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Sublette officials proceeding with SubletteFest plans

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 15th, 2013

SUBLETTE – The Sublette Village Board met on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at the Ellice Dinges Center with Trustees Tim Bonnell and Dave Howell absent. After approval of last month’s minutes from the Board and Committee meetings, treasurer Theresa Wilson advised that there were three CDs coming due, which were 10-month terms. The board approved renewing each for the same length of time.

Wilson also questioned whether $16,000, the usual appropriation for the maintenance building, should be put into another CD rather than the general fund. The board approved the purchase of a CD, as long as it was earmarked for the maintenance building fund.

Don Dinges, Economic Development Coordinator, reported that he has been having meetings with the SubletteFest committee regarding the 2014 celebration. Two “Dueling Pianos” fundraisers are both sold out. Other committees are progressing in finalizing plans for events during the 160-year celebration.

Dinges advised that the Illinois Central Railroad Collectors magazine had a nice article about Sublette and the Illinois Central Railroad in their last issue, written by Mike Hogan.

Also, some years ago the village made a contribution to set up a “Rail Trail,” which led to various railroad points of interest in Lee, Ogle, and LaSalle counties. The Lee County Tourism Council created a committee to promote this. Since interest has fallen recently, the committee disbanded and they are returning the balance of funds left in the account, so Sublette received a check in the amount of $16.71.

The farmers market ended in mid-September and was well attended through the summer.

Plans are now being made for Christmas in the Village.

Since Dave Howell was not present, village president John Stenzel read the report from the Sept. 16 finance committee meeting.

Stenzel advised that the water tower warranty work is to be done in the spring.

Under old business, the Cable TV/Internet Franchise Agreement and the Antenna Space Lease on the water tower were approved for the term of five years.

There was discussion regarding an On Premise Liquor License request by Bonnell’s General Store. The village ordinance Section 5E only allows two Class A licenses. Changes would have to be made to the Liquor Ordinance. A copy was distributed to the board for review. It will be brought up again next month.

Stenzel also advised that he spoke with Dave Weber of Wendler and received a proposal of $25,000 for engineering for North Front Street and drainage project. The board will review and report next month.

The board approved the 2013-2014 budget in the amount of $739,900 and the posting of the Tax Levy.

The board also approved a Class T liquor license request from “Sublette 365” for fundraising events on Nov. 2, 2013, and Feb. 22, 2014, from 7 p.m. to midnight. These events are to raise money to help offset the cost of the 160-year celebration.

President Stenzel opened two bids that were received for the Maintenance Contract. Dyno Dean bid $25,020 for one year or $2,085 per month. Z-Best bid $25,000 per year with a five-year contract. A committee will be formed to consider the bids and talk with each bidder for fine-tuning what would be included in the contract. A decision will be made next month. Stenzel read a note from Roemmich Resort Homes, the former maintenance contract holder, thanking the village for their association during all the past years.

The board set the Trick or Treat date for Thursday, Oct. 31, during the hours of 5 and 7 p.m.

Date reminders: Oct. 22, Sublette Business Association meeting; Nov. 11, monthly village board meeting; Tuesday, Dec. 10, monthly village board meeting (note change in day).

After approving payment of bills and with no further business or comments, the meeting was adjourned.

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