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Posted: Tuesday, Sep 10th, 2013

SUBLETTE – The Sublette Village Board met on Monday Sept. 9, 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 two CDs coming due. The board approved renewing each for 12 months at .35 percent interest.

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

Economic Development and Beautification Chair Tim Bonnell advised that the committee is working on the 160th year celebration for Sublette.

Don Dinges, Economic Development Coordinator, presented the board with the first place plaque that the Sublette float won at the Mendota Sweet Corn parade.

Dinges reported that he attended the Paw Paw Car Show on Labor Day and promoted the Sublette Car Show. The Sublette show was well attended with about 175 cars on display. Participants came from all over Illinois as well as Iowa, Wisconsin, and Missouri.

The Big Band Concert held on Sept. 7 was well received, although attendance was lower than expected due to other conflicting events. Profits from the concert are to be used for improvements in the Community Building.

On Sept. 8, Dinges represented Sublette at the dedication of the new firefighters memorial and the 9/11 Memorial at Sauk Valley Community College. Dinges, along with the Rev. Charles Jeanblanc of Amboy, placed a wreath near the memorial as a tribute to the communities involved in the memorials.

He has also sent news articles to area newspapers and radio stations regarding the car show, the band concert and Pullin’ in the Park. He has also been working with a new business planning to locate in Sublette, but no definite date has been set.

Dinges has been in contact with State Representative Don Moffitt and would like to have a public information night in October when Moffitt could possibly attend.

Dinges also mentioned how well tourism is doing in Illinois. In 2012, was the most money ever spent in Illinois. He looked at how well Sublette did with regard to sales tax. They received $9,356 in April, $15,008 in May, $14,788 in June, and $16,710 in July.

Village president John Stenzel reported that he would attend the Mayor’s Meeting on Sept. 19. The board approved Stenzel’s attendance at the 2013 IML Conference in October for two nights. Stenzel gave a listing of all the possible lectures/meetings that were offered.

Under unfinished business, Stenzel reported that the engineering company is reviewing the landscaping along the West First Street project.

Since the village maintenance contract will expire Oct. 13, 2013, the village will solicit bids for the contract until Oct. 14, 2013, at 7 p.m., either by mail or presented before the board meeting that night.

The nuisance ordinance violations are being settled satisfactorily. One has paid and the others are being handled or corrected.

Regarding On Premise liquor license request, it has been noted that the current village ordinance Section 5 E allows only two Class A Licenses, one Class B, and one Class C. The ordinance will have to be changed before any more licenses are issued. There will be a meeting set up with the village attorney to clarify changes to the ordinance.

Stenzel advised that a quote for a 4 ft. by 70 ft. picket fence at 109 W. Main St. would cost $2,700 installed. After discussion by the board, no action was taken.

Under new business, the board approved a Class T liquor license for the Sublette Business Association for Dec. 31, 2013, from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m., for a New Year’s Eve party. The cost is $100.

Due to a conflict, the date of the December village board meeting will have to be changed. The options are Tuesday, Dec. 10 or Monday, Dec. 16. No decision was made at this time.

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

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