Trustees OK Break Room For Public Works Employees In St. Jacob

By Steve Rensberry, Editor

Trustees in St. Jacob voted at their meeting on February 6 to approve the construction of a break room for public works employees in the village, at a cost not to exceed $3,500.

The decision followed a proposal by Public Works Department Supervisor Curtis Kinnick, who said the building would be approximately 12-feet by 21-feet in size.

St. Jacob Mayor Rich Scheifer asked if the building would meet American With Disabilities Act requirements. Kinnick replied that they could do so by installing a handicapped accessible doorway through the bay entrance.

Trustee Bobbie Ross suggested that funding be taken care of through revenue in the Water Fund, after which he made a motion to that effect. The motion was seconded by Trustee Guideon Richeson and approved by a unanimous vote of all those present. Trustee Chris Tolbert was absent.

Trustees approved a 2019 maintenance report, presented by Village Engineer Bob Massa of Juneau Associated, Inc., who said he pretty much used last year’s numbers to do the calculations, which includes about $16,000 for oil and chipping of streets, including labor costs for ice and snow removal.

Massa said one change from last year in how they managed expenses in 2018 will allow the village to effectively pay itself back for some Motor Fuel Tax related work that was done, making it eligible to transfer $5,265 from the MFT to another village account. A motion was made and approved to transfer the funds.

Kinnick raised a number of items stemming from an inspection of the village’s wastewater system last fall, some which he described as significant, beginning with needed generator work needed at the lift stations and the sewer plant, as well as overflow happening at the wastewater plant, which he called a huge issue.

“These are some of the things that came out of the report,” Kinnick said.

The system’s dissolved oxygen levels also are low, according to the report, he said, which can be resolved by installing an aeration system at a certain location.

Another issue stems from the overflow bypass report, with huge rain events impacting the system in such as way as too dump wastewater into the creek before it can go through the whole treatment process, Kinnick said. The municipality is required to notify the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency as to the amount, duration, time, etc. Sludge buildup in an old inbox tank, which collects water before it is dumped into the creek, as well as sludge in the chlorination tank, also needs to be addressed.

The thing that going to cost money is the generators, Kinnick said.

Police Chief Gary Kukla gave an activity report at the meeting for the period from January 16 – February 6.

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