The Tampico Lions Club gazebo with seasonal colors.

Tampico Sells Surplus Police Car

By Sarah Ford, AP Staff Writer

The Tampico Board of Commissioners approved a bid for the surplus police car at their meeting on Tuesday, February 20.
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Three sealed bids were received for the 2011 Ford Crown Vic, to be sold in “as is” condition. The highest bid was $2,500 by Avery Mayoral. Village Attorney Bill Shirk had a bill of sale, title, and keys ready for the buyer following the council’s approval.

Tampico’s surplus police car will be sold for $2,500.

The council also approved a resolution directing Mayor Bruce Peltier and Rock River Energy Services to seek bids and negotiate wholesale electric supply contracts. The village’s contract with Dynegy expires in September 2024, but the sooner they go out for bids, the better rates they can secure.

The council also approved designating Village Utilities Clerk Jennifer Vails to be the Deputy FOIA Officer, with any duties to be performed in the absence of chief FOIA Officer, Village Clerk Jamie McIntire.

Village Official Reports

Public Works Superintendent Tyler Chriest inquired about the village offering dumpsters for spring clean-up of bulk items. He provided quotes from three companies, with the council giving approval to move forward with setting it up. The dumpster can be placed by the sewer plant so they can lock the gate at night, and users will need to show proof of residence. Specifics will be given at an upcoming meeting.  

Chriest also wants to offer two e-waste disposal days this year and the council supported him coordinating a spring event. They can use the new salt shed to box up the e-waste and store it on pallets so Whiteside County can pick it up there. He also proposed tire disposal at a cost of $5 per tire, paid by any residents wishing to dispose of them.       

“We want residents to take pride in where they live, whether they rent or own,” Chriest said of the clean-up opportunities. He’ll provide more information and event details at an upcoming meeting.

Chriest also reported that he has a few zoning requests for residential solar energy, with the council giving him approval to review those requests based on current village code.   

Public Comments

Denverd Hutton requested that the village offer internet access to citizens at the Reagan Community Center/Police Department. He had to file a police report but was unable to access wi-fi, so he had to go home and write the details for the report and then return to the center. The council agreed to look at options, as the building’s wi-fi is currently restricted for official use only.

Republic Services Service Manager Jim Pozzi discussed renewal of the waste contract since it expires in June 2024. The council asked if they could add spring and fall cleanup dumpsters to the contract. The service and rates would be kept as is, said Pozzi, who also reported that Brad has returned as the village’s driver. “Your partnership with Republic Services is important, we have a good relationship, and we hope to be your hauler,” he said.

McIntire said bid packets have been mailed out to four waste disposal companies and the council will open bids at the March meeting before deciding on a contractor.

Unfinished Business

McIntire reminded the council to work on their budget sheets for each department, so they can change line items or budget for certain items before voting on the budget in April. The council agreed to work on an annual village newsletter to be distributed in May 2024.

The council discussed an increase to water and sewer rates effective May 2024 with the new fiscal year budget. McIntire said as part of a state grant, they need to increase the minimum sewer usage to 5,000 gallons per month to meet that grant threshold. The estimated rate increases for both services was $3.72 per month.

Chriest suggested increasing the sewer amount and not the water amount, so it wouldn’t be a “doubling up” of rate increases this year. McIntire said she’d have to go through the numbers again to see if that was feasible. The village has already invested money into grant-writing services and after the second phase of the sewer project, the sewer work will be done and “better for the community.”

The council agreed that they want the minimal increase on water/sewer rates, though they’re a necessary part of the infrastructure projects. “We don’t want to go back on our word,” said Commissioner Tammy Kendell. They’ll revisit the rate discussion at the next meeting.  

Officer Brian Oostenryk provided a report that internet servicer Tech Management will be shutting down June 30, so they need another company to provide mobile internet for laptops in the squad cars. He suggested FirstNet, which is used by the county and other local communities. He also requested internet for two squad laptops instead of just one. The cost for two connections will still be less than one under Tech Management, with an estimated cost of $80 per month. It will be easier and quicker for the Police Department to have two laptops.    

Building Permits

Approval was given to the following:

  • 317 S. Main St. – Skid Shed
  • 207 E. Booth St. – 11 windows and one door
  • 202 S. Grove St. – Front door

Bills in the amount of $9,392.89 and payroll in the amount of $5,822.76 were approved.

The next regular meeting of the Tampico council will be on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Reagan Community Center.   

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