Residents to be responsible for damage to radio-read meters

By ROGER W. BONHAM, Managing Editor

Arthur Graphic-Clarion of Arthur, Illinois

Village officials are asking residents to be especially careful while clearing snow that covers the water meter pits.

Over the last two years, water department employees installed radio-read meters, including a transmitting device, at all residences that are water customers.

The transmitting device is a black three-inch diameter disk that is attached to the meter lid. It may resemble a hockey puck.

Residents can expect to receive notification from the village that damages to the transmitting device caused by snow removal or other avoidable incidents will result in the resident paying for a new transmitter.

At least two of the devices were damaged or lost last week during snow removal.

During the village board meeting Monday night, trustees directed attorney Bob Crossman to develop an ordinance for the radio-read device making it the responsibility of the residents to replace damaged transmission devices.

The devices cost in the range of $130 to $150 each.

In October the board adopted new rates for using the Community Building. At that time all uses of the building were subject to rental fees.

Trustees on Monday granted a request to waive the rental fee for the Red Cross Blood Drives. The drives are used twice a year. Under the rates adopted in October organizers would have paid $10 per hour with a maximum $75 for the whole day (the rate for local nonprofit organizations registered with the village).

Other non-profit rates (weddings, reunions, parties, etc.) are $50 for two hours; $75 for three to six hours; and $150 for a full day (8 a.m. to 1 a.m.).

Rate for profit-making functions is $350 per day.

Funeral dinners are $25.

The guidelines adopted in October also allow the village to collect deposits in advance from groups booking the facility.

Sue Perrine, deputy clerk and treasurer, said the new rates did not diminish use of the community building.

The board approved a request from Police Chief Mike Goodman to jay registration fees for him a ad Officer Roger Hansen to attend the Southern Illinois C riminal Justice Summit Febiuary 23 and 24 in Effingham.

The fee iss $125 each and will be paid out of the police department'!! drug enforcement fund.

Goodmar said the conference provides 15 hours of training thf.t goes toward meeting ongoing professional educational requirements.

Brett Thompson, owner of Anthony's Too, attended the meeting and requested permission to operate his establishment with extended hours on Supjr Bowl Sunday, February 7.

Village ordinance allows local bars to operate on Sunday from nocn to 8 p.m. Thompson requested an extension to 10 p.m. to allow customers the opportunity to enjoy the entire game.

Trustees approved the request.

According to Mayor Kingery, village ordinances are available for reading on the village website. He thanked Sue Perrine for putting the documents on the website,

Kingery also commended Bruce Wood for providing two of his employees to help Thursday and Fridays at the Visitor Center.

He also thanked Tri County Concrete for helping city employees remove snow by loading the trucks with salt and Bruce Oye for doing some plumbing work at the city shed.

"Our employees, business people, and residents did an excellent job of clearing snow from streets, sidewalks, and parking areas," Kingery said.

In other action Monday, the board:

Extended the agreement with Randall Electric regarding water and sewer billing service for one year at the same cost ($1,400 per month). They request that water customers include the stub from their water bills when making payments.

Officially hired Darcie Peck as high school crossing guard. Peck began work on January 11.

Entered into an enhanced price marketing agreement with Coldwell Banker (Kaye Dick) to sell lots in Meadowview Subdivision.

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