A piece of property owned by the Village of Lyndon has been a topic of discussion by the Village board during its last two meetings.
The board considered a request by residents Tim Hunter and Dan Link to vacate land between their properties on 1st St. West. Hunter said both parties want the land between them to be better maintained and feel the best way to achieve that is to take ownership of it. Hunter said he and Link are not opposed to buying the lot.
The parcel in question is at the end of 7th Ave. W. were it meets the Rock River. The two neighbors want to improve the ground by trimming and possibly removing some trees.
Resident Arlyn Madsen reiterated his stance on the village not vacating property saying, “Three times in the past a board vacated property only to have someone later (years) ask why did the board do that?” He added that if the board does vacate the requested property that the village should receive some type of compensation for it. No action was taken on the matter.
The board heard a presentation from Tara Walters with the Blackhawk Hills Regional Council. She explained that the organization can assist municipalities with a number of services including: grant writing, strategic planning, capital improvements planning, and community & economic development. The organization has relationships with a number of state and federal agencies. Walters noted one recent project was helping the village of Tampico obtain a grant to help pay for a new HVAC system in the Reagan Community Center.
Rock River Trail Initiative
Resident Tim Hunter updated the board on his efforts to draw attention to the Rock River Trail Initiative in the Village. He has received multiple signs that will be placed along Highway 78, Moline Road, and within the village directing people to the trail which includes the Historic Lyndon Bridge. The trail includes biking, hiking, and kayaking/canoeing routes from the head waters of the Rock River in Waupun, Wisconsin to its 320 mile end in Rock island. A brief discussion was also held concerning possible access to the river for canoers and kayakers. See more information on the trail.
Reports From Village Officials
Mayor Piester announced that board member Barry Spencer has resigned his seat due to scheduling conflicts with his job and meeting times. With the resignation the board now has two vacancies, one to fill a three and a half year term and the other for one and a half years. Piester asked for anyone interested to contact her.
She also reported that several street lights that were out have been repaired. Special thanks to Georgia Schaver for her efforts in getting that done.
The historic bridge will be lit for the holidays on December 4th.
Public Works – Supt. John Wright
The recent E-Waste drop off went well with the collected items all transported to Prophetstown for shipping.
All of the department’s trucks have been prepared for inspection testing for the winter season.
Wright reported he is still looking for a used truck and snowplow.
Approved prize money for Christmas display contest of $75 for first place, $50 for second, and $25 for third.
Approved a year end bonus of $150 for office personnel.
Approved $100 for village employees Christmas lunch.
Approved maintaining the tax levy. Mayor Piester added that the levy has been maintained at the same level for 10 years due to good oversight by board members over the years.
Took no action on a request for a building permit for Carlos Lorenzy for a sidewalk and slab.
Approved a donation of $200 for the Toys For Tots campaign.
Approved approximately $150 for the purchase of informational signs for the historic bridge and Richmond Park.
The board met in executive session with no action taken.
The next board meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 14th at 6:00 P.M.