City extends agreement with cell tower company

By ROGER W. BONHAM Managing Editor

Arthur Graphic-Clarion of Arthur, Illinois

Village trustees on Monday took action that they feel may indirectly lead to improved cell phone reception in the area.

They approved a request from American Tower to extend the current land lease agreement with the city through 2070.

The request also set the fees to be paid by the cell phone tower company. The lease would have run out in 2025 without the extension.

Trustees believe the extended lease will help American Tower contract with additional phone companies to put their equipment on the tower located in the southwest quarter of the city-be-hind the Yoder Complex and C.H.I.

Currently Verizon is the only carrier using the tower.

The board approved two motions in connection with the lease extension. The first motion was to accept the land lease agreement as presented by American Tower. The second was to appoint Mayor Matt Bernius to sign and execute the paperwork involved with accepting the agreement.

Both motions were approved unanimously with Dave Tiffin, James Aikman, Karen Good, and Terry Clark voting in favor. J.D. Kuhns and Paul Pearce were absent.

Planning to hire a caterer for a function to be held within the city limits?. Caterers who serve alcoholic beverages at their events will have to obtain a caterer's liquor license for each event according to a new ordinance approved Monday night.

The board established a caterer's liquor license. The fee for the license is $50 per event.

The city received bids from three area contractors to finish the administrative offices interior of the new public works department building on West Progress Street.

Bids were received from O.E. Schrock of Arthur, Precision Builders and Associates of Sullivan, and Bernardi Construction of Arthur.

Bernardi's $36,831 bid was the lowest of the three and was about $6,000 less than the second lowest bid, which was submitted by O.E. Schrock.

Trustees awarded the contract to Bernardi Construction.

Leaf Disposal

Mayor Bernius said it was leaf time again in the city and reminds everyone that burning of yard waste, including leaves, is prohibited. Residents are required to bag their leaves and set them out for collection.

Anyone having questions about leaf disposal should contact the city office at 120 East Progress Street.

Also Monday, the board approved a request from the First Baptist Church of Arthur to close a street for a church-sponsored function.

Hickory Street between the alley north of the church to Park Street will be closed on Friday, October 30 to allow the church to put up a tent on the street and have a Trunk or Treat event for kids from 4 to 6 p.m.

The hours are the same as the city's official trick or treating hours for that evening.

Next regular meeting of Arthur Village Board will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 2. The board meets in the Board Room at the Municipal Building, 120 East Progress Street. Meetings are open to the public.

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