Sycamore council seeks part-time police officer, talks village website concerns

SYCAMORE The village of Sycamore is seeking applicants to fill a part-time police officer position. Currently, Police Chief Richard Blankenship and an auxiliary officer are patrolling the village. Council member approved a motion for Police Chief Blankenship to work up to 43 hours per week until the position has been filled.

The Income Tax office will soon be receiving a new sign. The sign will note where and how to send in payments. Council members hope this will assist residents when attempting to turn in payments.

Another area of concern for council members is the village website. Council member Darcy Zimmerman voiced concerns that the website does not have contact information listed. Other council members voiced concerns concerning issues with printing and downloading the correct forms.

Village Administrator Chuck Clark noted he received a proposal for a compaction soil test, which was not part of the original cost or scope of services. Due to the test already being done but not listed in the original proposal, Sands & Decker will try to make it right with the village. This may include some cost reductions but it’s unclear at this time as to what action will be taken. Council members did agree Sands & Decker should absorb a portion of the cost.

In new business, council members approved to waive the 3 reading rule on Resolution 1327-13, which states to accept the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor.

In other business, members approved the following:

To pay the all bills submitted, including fire and ambulance.

Parks meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Memorial Park.

Finance meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. for appropriations.

An electric meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 4:30 p.m.

Fire Chief Brian Clouse informed members of the following:

Waiting on the arrival of a new computer to switch EMS billing.

Will remove the AC from the roof.

Ladder truck is almost complete. Painting of the truck is almost complete and they’re currently working on the inside of the truck.

Selling doughnuts Oct. 26.

Fire safety will take place Oct. 6-12 with 2nd grade students touring the fire station.

The Halloween Parade will take place Nov. 2.

Council member Vicki Weininger commented on the action in town for the betterment of the village. Council member Anthony Flood thanked the police for what they do for the village.