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Mobile Housing Discussed in Lyndon


People living in RVs and trailers for extended periods of time in the village was a topic of concern during the Lyndon Board of Trustees meeting on Monday.

Trustee Becky Piester asked the board if the village’s current ordinance regarding people living in trailers on properties in the village for extended periods of time needed updating. She was told by city attorney Matt Cole that the current ordinances covered the issue. Piester said she knew of several instances of this occurring in the village and would like to see police chief Mike Fisk begin enforcing the ordinance which bans such practice.

When contacted Fisk said that living in a trailer violates the village’s zoning ordinance which requires residences to be permanently hooked to utilities with minimum square footage requirements depending on the number of inhabitants. Fisk delivered letters to the property owners who face daily fines if the practice is not stopped in two weeks.

Property Issues

The Whiteside County Clerk asked the village to detach the ComEd Substation from the village limits since it is surrounded by properties that are not in the village. Cole said the village has no obligation to do anything about the situation and said he would contact the County Clerk and have that office get in touch with ComEd to see if they would like to begin the process.

A second request for detachment from the village of three small plats owned by Lippens Farms was discussed with the village taking no action, but suggested that the property owner contact legal counsel to try and seek a clarification on the property.

Board Action

Amended the village code to increase the minimum age for sale and purchase of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21 years of age to reflect the change in Illinois state law as of July 1, 2019.

Approved an outdoor music permit for Bear’s Bar for August 10.

Approved a building permit for Matt Ward.

Approved the repair of leaf springs for the village’s dump truck at a cost of $1,698.

Approved the purchase of 90 yd.³ of playground approved mulch for Richmond Park at a cost of $1,890.

Approved the repair of the air-conditioning in the village police car for $1,000.

Approved the purchase of hot patch for road repair at a cost of up to $650 for the public works department.

Set the date of Saturday, August 3 for the next village e-waste drop-off. Hours for drop off will be 9:00 AM until noon at the public works department on Moline Road.

A brief discussion was held about replacing trees in Richmond Park that have been lost to disease. Public Works Director John Wright suggested that perhaps people would like to donate trees in memory of a loved one. No action was taken.

Department Reports

Police Chief Mike Fisk

Thanked the trustees for their expressions of sympathy during the recent passing of his father.

Reminded residents about keeping their yards mowed.

The addition to the fire station is 99% completed. There will be some additional rock installed for parking on the west side of the new addition.

Reminded residents to contact him with any animal control issues. He will contact the county to address the problem.

Public Works Director John Wright

Announced that Mike Piester has been hired as a part-time worker for the department and Austin McKee has been hired as seasonal help.

20 new planks for the historic Lyndon Bridge have arrived and will be installed next week.

Told the trustees that Gary Sutton and Bryan Bowen have done some training to learn how to do daily water tests for the village in hopes they can occasionally fill in when needed.

The next regular board meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 13 at 6:00 PM.


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