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Roberts to get ice rink, biodegradable bags

The Village of Roberts Board meeting on Sept. 8 dealt primarily with park and public works issues.

John Bond, Public Works director, said his department had to remove a few dead trees from the boulevards. Replacing the trees would be discussed after applying for the Urban Forestry Grant. The grant requires an inventory of trees, planning which ones to promote variety and getting a training program in place to maintain the trees. Bond will work with Stacey Claussens, Park committee chair, to write the grant.

The site has been selected for an outdoor ice rink. The parking lot at the Village Park will be leveled to accommodate the skating. Bill Hawkins said he would do it for $200; the Board approved.

Terry Dull reported that the Park Board needed to replace the sign at Veteran's Park; landscaping would be later. The Board also discussed the possibility of getting picnic tables and benches at the Rolling Meadows playground.

The Board decided to subcontract the position of building inspector rather than hiring an employee. The Planning Commission will review the applications but the Village will do the actual hiring.

The Public Works Committee had quite a bit to report. They discussed temporary water meters with a fee of $20 - same as the Public Service Commission rate. The Board approved.

The drainage issue between Wolfcreek Circle and Dakota Avenue in Rolling Meadows was of concern. The Board decided to have Ayres & Associates resurvey the 20 foot easement, notifying landowners of the actual timeline when it was scheduled.

Bond also said the brush and yard waste was a major issue. Instead of picking up debris from individual houses, the committee suggested having self-service drop-off times, possibly with a user fee. The Village approved making biodegradable bags available at cost to anyone. The bags will be available through the Village Hall and Roberts Grocery.

The Village Cleanup Day was scheduled for Oct. 18, 2008.

In other news

The Library Board reported that money jars for the new building are available at many local businesses. They are also designing a recipe book and encouraging submissions. Their next fund-raiser is a Chili Feed at Cross Lutheran Church on Nov. 4 with crafts and baked goods.

The Library Board is also considering a self-checkout system at a cost of $2,500 with an annual maintenance fee of $144.

The Board approved Ordinance 2008-5 VB related to obnoxious weeds and grass.

The Board approved Resolution 2008-5R of adopting the Village of Roberts Official Map for Highway 65, contingent on the Township of Warren's adoption.

The proposal to update impact fees was tabled.

Bids opened for mobile home sewer rehabilitation on Sept. 11 at the Village Hall. They hope to approve the bid by Sept. 18.

The Village of Roberts Board meetings are the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. The public is welcome to attend.