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Plans under way for Sublette 160th anniversary event

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 13th, 2013

SUBLETTE – The Sublette Village Board met on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at the Ellice Dinges Center with all members present. After approval of last month’s minutes from the Board and Committee meetings, treasurer Theresa Wilson advised that there were four CDs coming due, which were 10 and 12 month terms. The board approved renewing each for the same length of time when they became due at .35 percent interest.

The Test, Inc., report indicated one locate and still two meters to be replaced.

Economic Development and Beautification Report Chair Tim Bonnell advised that the meeting for the 160th year celebration went well. Another meeting is set for Aug. 19, and anyone interested in helping is welcome.

Don Dinges, Economic Development Coordinator, reported that Bob and Pauline Bulfer took the village float to the Mendota parade and won first place in the Friendship Division. They will be taking it to Amboy later this month. A driver for the Paw Paw parade on Labor Day weekend is still needed.

Dinges has been in contact with Mr. Wolf of the Massey Harris Collectors Club. They are planning to have their Winter Meet here during the 2014 Toy Show. The Minneapolis Moline Club is planning to have their 2016 convention here during the 2016 Toy Show and there has been an individual from Missouri requesting information about the 2016 Toy Show.

He has been working with Tim Bonnell to start plans for the 2014 Celebration. There was a nice turnout for the first meeting on Aug. 5, with the next meeting scheduled for Aug. 19. There was discussion about different events held in the past, and plans are to pick what will draw the best crowd.

The Toy Train and Truck Show has been moved from September to April of 2014, about a month after the Toy Show.

Dinges has been working with Ted Fredenhagen on a Big Band concert to be held Sept. 7, to raise funds for the Community Building. The car show plans for Sept. 7 are complete and if the weather cooperates, there should be a large number of cars.

The one-day tractor ride drew 43 tractors on Aug. 7, and the two-day ride held Aug. 10 weekend drew 68 tractors. Both rides turned out good with great weather.

Dinges talked to Brian Florschuetz regarding his new business, the Sublette Collision Center. Things are progressing well and he hopes to be getting the building up soon.

Bob Bulfer, Village Property, EDC & Park Chair, reported that consideration is being given to put eave spouts on the other side of EDC. It will be on next month’s agenda for discussion.

Under unfinished business, the board approved drainage improvements for West First Street in the form of two grates at $304 each, plus $85 each for installation.

Village president Stenzel reported that some progress has been made regarding nuisance ordinance violations. Some have been resolved and a $500 bill for clean up has been sent to the owners of 400 E. Main St.

The board approved the Prairieview Street 40 x 40 detention pond project, according to specifications, in the amount of $3,977 to TJS Excavating.

Under new business, the board approved the Wendler Engineering plan for the Sublette Elevator drainage. They also accepted the auditor’s report FY 2012-2013.

Video gaming/on premise liquor license request along with changes to the liquor ordinance have been tabled for more information.

Under other business, the board approved presenting a $20 gift certificate to Kevin Sporleder for his diligence in picking up trash during his walks around the village. It helps keep the streets looking nice.

Date reminders: Aug. 19, 7 p.m., Village 160th celebration meeting; Sept. 9, 7 p.m., monthly village board meeting.

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

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