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Marine Water Projects Continue

By Stephanie Malench

MARINE — The Marine Village Board held its second meeting of the month on Wednesday, Feb. 21. John Molitor, Lynn Scherer, and Rick Gibbs were in attendance.

Molitor was concerned that the end date for the sewer lining project is coming up and it does not look like much work has been done. Mayor Kelly Tracy said that there have been no updates except that there have been lots of issues, but none outside the scope of work. He also said that the sale of the property on East Alton for Mawdsley’s Subdivision will not be happening since the buyer planned to put five homes on the property if he bought it. The property owner decided not to sell when he learned of the plan.

The only other unfinished business update involving land was the proposed gift/annexation of the solar farm by Dr. Drake is still in negotiations while the village waits on numbers from the state.

Darren Apken, Water and Sewer Chair, reported the Neptune Radio Read software will have an annual subscription fee of $4.27 per meter read for up to 500 with a minimum charge of $1,000 each year. The service package includes onsite training, the ability to print out a 40-day history for each meter and list of the top 5 users each month. Apken also requested clarification on a resident at the top of Muggler Lane who was concerned about if he would need permission to dig and replace his water service line to replace pipes at the property line. Tracy said yes, even though it is his waterline, he would need to reach out to the village for permission first and the homeowner would also be responsible for putting the road back after replacing the pipes.

Although Commissioner Mark Voigt was not in attendance, Tracy said he and Chief Stewart had nothing to report on the investigation into an anonymous letter sent to Tracy.

Parks Chair Shaun Gunter said he delivered the PEP grant to Madison County and will be attending the announcement meeting on March 1.

The Finance Committee met before the meeting and everything is running smoothly.

Streets and Ordinances committees had no reports. The next meeting will be March 6 at 7 pm.

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