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Roberts board deals with public works issues

The Monday evening meeting of the Roberts Village Board began with both Police Chief Dan Burgess and Public Works Director John Bond reporting that the Good Neighbor Days Festival came off without a hitch.

There were no serious injuries reported and the crowd was well behaved for the most part, according to Burgess. Bond reported there was a brief power outage at the park, which was resolved quickly after locating a burned out wire at the ballpark under the infield. Burgess also confirmed the department is operating at full capacity with their newest addition officer Todd Shafer having competed his training

In his monthly report, Bond informed the board that his department had submitted a claim to the manufacturer of the shingles used to roof the village building citing their rapid deterioration over the last year.

Following up on last month's request by the board to investigate other options for the village's supply of biodegradable trash bags, Bond presented a new product by manufacturer Nature Bag which meets U.S. Federal standards. The new bag is of the preferred compostable type, comes in the desirable 33-gallon size, takes longer to degrade and is less expensive than their current product.

"A lot of communities have elected not to supply bags and just require people to use this standard for curbside pick-up," Bond added.

The board approved trying a case of the new bags at a cost of $100.

After continued debate best summarized by board member Pizzi when he said, "People look at lines before signs when they're driving," the board approved the paint striping of Division from the tracks to the Holiday Station, Main Street, and TT from Cherry East with a solid double yellow line, and West Boulevard and Pine Street with a single dashed yellow line.

The stretch of Division from the tracks to Ida will also include a white striped pedestrian lane with decals all for a total of $1,200. Painting will be completed before the start of school this fall.

A small leak attributed to high ground water levels was discovered in the floor of the digester control room at the treatment plant. An estimate to repair the leak came in at $500-$1,000. Bond agreed to monitor the situation and report back at the next meeting.

In other business:

* Based on the recommendation by the Plan Commission, the board denied approval of a Certified Survey Map for the plate beneath the Frontier Cell tower in Rolling Meadows. President Willard Moeri reported he had informed Terry Emerson of the Plan Commission's recommendation.

* Board member Katy Kapaun reported that the final warranty inspection for the troublesome electric doors at the library is scheduled with Red Wing Construction. Library fundraising efforts during the Good Neighbor Days celebration raised more than $500. Library Director Brenda Hackman announced this summer's reading program theme is "Dream Big, Read." She also announced the first upgrade to the library's computer system since 2005 has been completed successfully.

* Bond briefly reviewed a number of aspects used by the state in their annual evaluation of the performance of the village's wastewater treatment facility. The village facility graded out to a perfect 4.0 average. Following Bond's report, the board approved Compliance Maintenance Annual Report 2012-1R.

* The board convened into closed session for preliminary consideration of specific personnel problems.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 9, at 7 p.m.