By Ellen Proctor
For the Times-Tribune
New trustee Brent Frey, 34, of Marine, was sworn in at the September 5 Marine Village Board meeting.
His first action was to make a motion to adopt ordinance numbers 748 and 749, amending chapter 40 of the village ordinance book to include regulations for installing solar panels. The motion was seconded by trustee Kenneth Moss and passed with all in favor.
The trustees also voted to move forward with a plan for installing solar panels at the Village Park. Parks chairman Marc Voigt presented a proposal to erect a new disability-accessible pavilion with a roof that would accommodate the panels at a height sufficient to avoid removing many of the trees.
“We’ll have to remove the one dead tree,” Voigt said.
He said that a shade study and a satellite survey will determine whether any other trees will need to be removed; the pavilion will also reduce costs of park events as no expensive tents will be necessary.
“A pavilion has been proposed numerous times over the past ten years,” Mayor John Molitor said.
The trustees opted to act quickly, as the grant money must be used by fall of 2020 and there is a long waiting period for Ameren’s studies to be completed. The panels will offset an estimated $4,000 in electric bills yearly which adds up to $100,000 over 25 years. Additionally, Ameren offers a rebate program which could help recoup funds that need to be allocated for the project.
The trustees also voted to install a six-foot wide apron channel with drainage grates for the lift station on the north side of town for $6,446. The village will also install a new culvert.
Trustee Darren Apken reported that hydrant flushing was set to begin on September 5.
Village Clerk Amber Kapp reviewed the “POTS in a Box” plan (“Plain Old Telephone Lines) and the board members voted in favor of eliminating the current land lines and spending a one-time fee of $2,495 with a monthly fee of $100. The previous system was costing the village $700 monthly.
The board passed Resolution 2019-08, to allow the Balloons Over Marine festival to take place in the village park Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28. They also voted in favor of allowing the
Knights of Columbus to hold their annual Tootsie Roll Drive at the four-way stop where North and South
Duncan intersect with West Division Street, by the Stop-N-Go, September 13 and 14.
Trustee Rae Lynne Meyer reported that she had looked into the possiblility of receiving a donated AED
(Automated External Defibrillator) from the Greg Holthaus Memorial Fund in Highland. She said that she had offered to help with their wiffleball tournament fundraiser, Homers for the Heart, to be held at the KC
Ball Fields in Highland on Saturday, October 12.
The board members observed a minute of silence to honor the late Illinois State Police Trooper, Nick
Hopkins, who died on August 23 after being shot while serving a warrant in East St. Louis.