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Transformer Fire Causes Damage In Tampico


An electrical transformer fire, which may have been caused by a lightning strike, did damage to the village’s water supply system last week. Public Works Director Tyler Chriest reported that the damaged transformer caused either a surge or a loss of three phase power, which damaged the motor on the primary water well at the water tower. The system was switched to the backup well without any loss in pressure to the system.

Unfortunately, the motor was not salvageable and a new one has since been installed and is awaiting tests to go on-line. Chriest said the switch back to the main well will not cause any disruption in service to customers. He added the new motor will be more efficient with a much larger pumping capacity.

Mayor’s Report

Mayor Hill reported that the opening of the bids for the Wastewater Relining Project will be conducted on Wednesday, November 10th with the board already agreeing the project will be granted to the lowest bid.

Mayor Hill announced that Sand Prairie Fiber Optic and Internet will be making a presentation at the Village meeting on November 16th regarding trying to get more affordable internet to rural areas. The public is welcome to attend and ask questions. The company is asking residents to take an interest survey at connectsp.com .

The Halloween fundraising event for the Tampico Festival raised approximately $400 for next year’s fireworks display. Village Utilities Clerk, Jamie McIntire, advised that the scavenger hunt and the trunk or treat were “awesome and so much fun”, but there was some concern for the way people were driving around and speeding on the side streets of town while the kids were trick or treating. Chief Lewis suggested having Officer Hollaway patrol next year allowing Lewis to participate in the trunk-or-treat event. Lewis also suggested blocking off Main Street next year for the event. Hill advised that it would require a special permit since Main Street is an Oversized Load Route.

Board Member Reports

Commissioner Coleman advised that since the power outage, the lights are not coming on like they should at Reagan Park. Hill said those lights are on a timer and will need to be reset.

Public Works Department Report

Public Works Director, Tyler Chriest, updated the board on repairs to the water system. Hill asked if the cost of the damage could be turned in to insurance. Chriest said the company doing the repairs will inspect the old well and note it on the invoice. Village Clerk Kathy Leathers advised that she will need an affidavit from the company showing it was lighting damage to turn in to insurance.

The storm drain system has been serviced by a Vac Truck company. Chriest said one area of concern is Booth Street, between Main and Benton Streets, which may have some collapsed clay tile. It was suggested to reach out to IDOT since it is their right-of-way. Mayor Hill advised that she will contact IDOT.

Several concrete projects have been completed including in front of Sandrock Insurance and a few sidewalk repairs.

Approved Fence Permits

207 E. Market – Lantz.

106 S. Fremont – Billings.

New Business

The Council approved a contract with Test Inc. for Water and Wastewater Testing.

Approved Building Permits

207 N. Benton – Roof

308 W. Kimball – Siding Garage

106 S. Main – Siding Building

502 E. Second – Siding Garage

103 Canal – Utility Building

Executive Session

The board met in executive session but no action was taken

The next Village meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM


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