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Marine to Apply for PEP Grant for Lawnmowers

By Stephanie Malench

MARINE — The Marine Village Board met for the first time in 2024 on Jan 17.

There were no public comments or reports from Streets or Police and Health. A notice was mailed to the village and residents that IDOT will be conducting land surveys along 143 for upcoming road improvements. They have the right to alert landowners if they need to enter your property. Another letter was sent to both the village and residents that Charter customers will see rate increases effective Jan. 31.

During the Police Chief Report, Sargent Anderson filled in and announced that Chief Stewart was looking to hire Jared Nash who currently works full time as an officer in Mount Olive and recently graduated from the police academy. Stewart and Trustee Voigt will interview him.

During the Water and Sewer Report, committee chair Darren Apken reported a resident had a sewer back up and is looking for reimbursement from the village for $450. The problem appears to not be the Village’s fault or due to the sewer lining project. Because the sewer work was going on nearby, the situation was able to be fixed quickly at a fraction of the cost it could have been. He also reported a new fire hydrant had to be replaced on Humboldt St. and another will need to be replaced on Linden St. The cost of each hydrant is $3,000 and repairs cannot be made because the hydrants were installed in the 1950s and have layers of leather seals.

Parks Chair Shaun Gunter updated the board on the application guidelines for the PEP grant. Lawnmowers are an acceptable expense and the whole $15,000 must be spent in 2024. Three bids will be sought, and the application sent in by Feb. 16, 2024.

The board passed an ordinance to amend the holiday code to include Martin Luther King Day and Juneteenth to the holiday schedule as well as include wording that Marine follows all state and Federal holidays, so the ordinance does not have to be updated each time a holiday is added, deleted, or changed. The June 19th board meeting has been cancelled.

There were no major updates on the annexations needed to approve the Dollar General project.

The next meeting will be Feb. 7 at 7 pm in Village Hall.

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