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Board discusses drainage woes near church

Better mitigation of water runoff sought

TONICA — Persistent drainage problems in the area of the Tonica United Methodist Church west of Wequash Street have popped up after roadwork recently completed along Wauponis Street.

Believing that the work performed by Advanced Asphalt Co. of Prince­ton did not completely conform to engineering plans, Tonica leaders have asked engineer Jack Kusek to meet with company representatives to seek an agreeable solution to further mitigate against water runoff.

In Kusek’s assessment, runoff in this area will not be completely alleviated due to various factors, including heavy rainfalls, varied elevations and the limitations of accessibility requirements — not to mention the challenge church leaders face of sunken ground on their property.

However, his effort, along with village leaders, will be to bring still more improvement to this area.

In other business, village attorney Robert Steele reviewed the property tax levy ordinance he had prepared and made available to the board at their previous meeting.

Amounts appropriated for general and special funds combined total nearly $1.2 million, while amounts levied for these funds combined total $117,500.

“There is a small increase of less than 5 percent in the levy over last year’s levy — it’s about a $4,500 increase of what we levied last year,” Steele said.

With this, the board unanimously adopted the levy as presented.

Additionally, having adopted an ordinance earlier in the year on general obligation bonds, Steele recommended that the board abate the corresponding levy, in that the village has funds available to pay the bonds.

In explaining this, Steele stated that “abatement means that we do not have the county deliver the funds to us for the payment of the levy because we have sufficient funds, in this case, through our water and sewer funds to pay those bonds.”

Based on Steele’s recommendation, the board approved the abatement of the old levy.

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