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Revitalization committee duties clarified

Apparently there was some confusion over the exact duties of the Davis Street Revitalization Committee.

The committee, made up of business owners and area residents, was formed to help create a vision and direction for the facade improvements and street enhancements to Hammond's main street, which is scheduled to take place in the summer of 2009.

However, the committee was under the impression that they were responsible for much more of the planning of the project than the Board had wanted. According to the Board, the committee's role is simply to help plan aesthetics, and the Board will be responsible for all final financial and planning decisions.

The Board decided to present a timeline in writing to the committee that will help outline their responsibilities as well as when the Board would like them to finish certain elements of the project.

In other business:

• Brian Reilly, a representative from Ehlers and Associates, was on hand to urge the Village to create a community development authority to help oversee the WestCAP housing project in the Village.

It was determined that the committee would be made up of two Board members and five citizens. Chris Buckel and Vince Trudell will be the Board members on the committee and the citizens will be chosen at a later date.

• The Board approved the creation of a downtown facade and micro-loan fund committee. The committee will be made up of all Board members, as that is what other communities involved in the micro-loan project have done.

• The Board will write a letter to the state to request a change in health insurance providers.

The Village's current provider, Humana, recently changed its policies so the clinics that Village employees used to visit are no longer covered under the Humana plan.

There are several health plans to choose from under the state system, and the Board wants to switch to Group Health so employees can continue to see the health professionals they have in the past.

• The Board approved the purchase of a new computer for the clerk's office as well as a grasshopper lawnmower for public works.

The Village of Hammond Board regularly holds its meetings on the second Monday of the month at the Village offices at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.