Sycamore council hears fire department update

SYCAMORE – Sycamore village council met for a short but busy session Tuesday evening.

In an update about plans for a joint Sycamore-McCutchenville fire district, visiting fire officer Michael Tschanen said the subject is discussed at almost every meeting of the Sycamore Fire Department.

Councilwoman Darcy Zimmerman said information is being sought and there are plans for a meeting of interested parties. She said New Riegel and Attica-Venice-Reed fire representatives would like to attend.

Discussion ensued on the possibility of a fire district vote in November, but Councilman Anthony Flood said there was a lot on council’s plate now and shouldn’t be rushed. Flood said he would like more feedback from the explanatory committee.

Tschanen reported:

Fire class has been completed.

Trustee/council meeting 6:30 p.m. March 18.

Pagers distributed and operating fine.

Tschanen said a “demo” fire engine still is available and “priced to move.” If purchased, the engine would replace a Pierce 20 which is more than 30 years old. The engine is six passenger with a 1,400 gallon pump.

Council asked clerk/treasurer Chris Moler about a renewal fire levy placed on the November ballot. Moler said a council would have to pass a resolution with specific wording stating that it is collecting for 2013, certifying property values with the auditor, and must take place 90 days before the election. Council stressed that it is a renewal.

Flood also expressed his satisfaction with the new village website, village Council president Vicki Weininger said a listing of links to area businesses and calendar of local events will be available for the public, and tax forms will be uploaded soon, according to Councilwoman Dawn Needles.

Village administrator Chuck Clark brought a concern regarding changing a “yield” sign at Davis and Ninth streets to a stop sign. A resolution will be drafted for the next meeting for a vote. Clark also said he hoped USDA funding to be approved by the end of the week on the new water treatment facility. Clark finished by stating flyers have been distributed at Mohawk school regarding pool manager and lifeguard positions.

Upcoming events:

Annual Lions Club Doughnut Sale, 7 a.m. March 23 at fire station, $6/dozen.

Utility committee meeting, 6 p.m. March 12 prior to regular council meeting.

Moler is to attend a local government conference April 2-3. Council approved to pay travel, lodging and other related costs. Weininger said she also plans to attend at no cost to the village.