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Tonica officials want to see speeding tickets written

Board also discusses various road, drainage and water projects

Kevin Sluder
Tonica village president
Kevin Sluder Tonica village president

TONICA — Tonica Village Board members on May 4 started discussing what roads need resurfacing, as the village will have up to $150,000 in state funds and $150,000 of its own to use this construction season.

The drive that circles through the newest subdivision on the west side of town needs resurfacing, especially a stretch where one lane is badly deteriorated from a drainage issue, board members said. Other locations mentioned included Oneca Street in front of the post office, Maple and an “S” curve on one edge of town.

The board approved Ameren’s location for installation of a pole south of the baseball diamond. The pole is for equipment related to automated meter readings.

Board members also discussed speeders and people accelerating quickly on Ray Richardson Road heading east from Route 251 as well as on Richardson Road between Route 251 and Interstate 39. The board and Mayor Kevin Sluder discussed asking the police to watch for speeders and write tickets. The board also had a discussion about whether the village can put up any signage on the county’s road.

The village’s engineer did not attend the meeting, but board members should expect to hear about an expensive project (up to $300,000) needed for accessing and replacement of a rusted-out filter at the well pump house along Second Street.

The board also discussed a drainage problem south of the already-completed Dollar General. The mayor said most of the drainage, already approved by the village and completed, is working OK from the site, but there’s a standing-water problem south of the site on private property. Sluder said the city might have to purchase a strip of land and create a ditch there.

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