SUBLETTE - The Sublette Village board meeting was held Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at the Ellice Dinges Center with all members present.
After approval of minutes from previous board and committee meetings and the treasurer's report, village president John Stenzel introduced Anna Sacco-Miller, candidate for Lee County State's Attorney, Kasey Considine, candidate for Lee County Board District 2, and Jerry Leffelman, candidate for Lee County Board District 2. They each gave a brief summary of what they hoped to accomplish if elected. Sacco-Miller felt she could provide fresh leadership, Considine said he would help make improvements to the county board, and Leffelman would work to keep track of money and spending. Candidates made themselves available for discussion after the meeting.
Committee reports: It was reported that a water leak near the park has been fixed. It had been located and fixed within an hour or two and nearby residents had the boil order lifted.
Test Inc. report included six locates and two complaints. The hydrants have been flushed and there are still five meters to be replaced. Two members of the audience complained of the high chlorine taste of the water. It was explained that because of the flushing the water was pushed through quicker than usual and therefore chlorine was a little stronger. There is no health risk in the higher level.
In the absence of Don Dinges, Economic Development Coordinator, his report was read by John Stenzel. It stated that plans are underway for 2012 Christmas Walk in December. Dinges attended an Economic Development Conference at Sauk Valley Community College on Oct. 3, which included three good speakers.
He is still working on Sublette coming events for the 2013 Lee County Tourism Calendar of Events.
Regarding the 2013 Toy Show, the Oliver Collectors Club requested information.
Dinges also received responses from the Nash Club and Hudson Club regarding the Car Show. Several pictures from this year's car show appeared in the Hudson monthly bulletin.
Dinges has also had contact from a person interested in possibly starting business in Sublette.
The Street, Alley, & Sidewalk committee is still working on a plan for possible future work on Prairieview Street.
President Stenzel advised that there are still violations regarding the village burn pile. People are still dumping unacceptable items in the pile.
He also reminded residents that petitions are available for the April 2013 election in which the positions of village president, clerk and three trustees will be up for re-election.
Under unfinished business, the purchase of 109 W. Main Street property is getting near a week or two of closing. The asbestos has been removed, but they have to check on gas service, as there might be a charge for disconnect.
Under new business, Trick or Treating was set for Sunday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
A motion was made and passed to purchase new flags to replace the old ones on Main Street and to have others to present to new businesses.
It was also mentioned that the possibility of closing or curtailing services of the Sublette Post Office is being discussed. A survey was sent out and if you did not receive one you may obtain one at the post office counter. At a meeting, to be held Oct. 25, 2012, at 2 p.m., at the Sublette Post Office, local management will answer questions, and share results of the survey. A final decision will not be made until after the meeting, which will enable the Postal Service to obtain all community input and opinions, from both the surveys and the meeting before making a final decision.
Date reminders: Oct. 23, Sublette Business Association meeting, 7 p.m., Oct. 25, Post Office meeting, 2 p.m., Nov. 12, village board meeting, 7 p.m.
With no further business or comments, the meeting was adjourned.