Amy Achs, AP Erie Correspondent
The Erie Village Trustees met for their Monthly meeting on Tuesday night. Much of the night’s meeting dealt with moving forward with several recommendations from Revitalize Erie intern Katelin Bridgman, including TIF development, grants, and celebrations.
The TIF development committee is moving closer to hiring a consultant. The Village Board is working with the Erie School Board to share the cost of the development of the TIF district and voted unanimously to offer to split the fees of the consultants from Moran Economic Development.
Updating the village website has been an ongoing project. It is a complicated upgrade with several legal requirements involved. Bridgeman has helped facilitate the project and on her recommendation the board unanimously approved the hiring of Team WTI to update the site making it legally compliant and ensure the launch of a new site. Police Chief Brian Hawk will update and maintain the site.
The board granted permission to Revitalize Erie’s Beautification Committee to apply for a $50,000 grant to redesign the town triangle space and pay to have a professional artist paint a mural in time for the Erie Sesquicentennial celebrations this fall. The beautification committee will meet January 12th to discuss the plans and will present them to the Village Board for approval.
Bridgman has been working with the Blackhawk Hills Regional Council to take a look at the sidewalks and walkability of Erie to identify and make recommendations where sidewalks should be updated or installed.
Police- Chief Brian Hawk
The trustees voted unanimously to approve the contract with new Police Chief Brian Hawk.
Hawk reported 93 contacts during the month and squad car maintenance issues are being addressed. The search for a new patrol officer is continuing.
The Chief asked for permission to apply for a USDA Rural Development Grant that will match up to 35% of the cost of a new squad car. the request was approved unanimously.
Public Works Report– Joel Papineau
The new snowplow needs repairs, which is under warranty, is awaiting parts. An updated, used snowplow was found and the board unanimously approved the purchase for $3,000.
The last discussion centered around the plans for street work for 2022. A prioritized list of streets was provided for the trustees, and with minor changes, the board gave permission to Joel Papineau to work with the Whiteside County Highway Department to obtain preliminary costs of the street repairs.
President’s Report – Marcia Smith
The board approved Gail Possley, Village Clerk, be made an additional signee for the checking account.
Upcoming Important Dates
A planning meeting for Erie’s 150th celebration will be held on Monday, January 24th in the Village Hall at 6:00. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The next Village Board meeting will be Tuesday, February 8th at 6:00 p.m.