SYCAMORE - Councilwoman Vicki Weininger reported at Sycamore's village council meeting Tuesday night the SycamoreFest was a great success. The village raised $1,020 toward pool expenses.
Along with money generated from pageant entry forms and concession revenues, major contributors such as First National Bank of Sycamore, Sowers Nursery, Deb Fox of IGA, Tiffin Walmart, Fillmore Pharmacy and Sycamore Telephone Co. supplied money and supplies. Village clerk/treasurer Chris Moler presented a list of other donations from area businesses and individuals. She commented on the festival saying she liked it. Mayor Matthew Boucher said the chicken dinner line "went on forever."
Council members were unanimous in their praise of the donations, camaraderie of everyone working together, and thanking all involved including Norm Adams of the American Legion.
Council set rental rates for the new shelter house at $50 with $25 to be refunded if the area is left clean. Council decided to retain rental fees in a maintenance fund for future upkeep of the shelter. The shelter near the ballpark remains open to residents at no charge.
Council heard Boucher review a meeting with the townships at the firehouse regarding pros and cons of forming a fire district or having McCutchenville volunteer fire enter into an agreement with Sycamore's fire department. More information was requested at the meeting on costs involved for various scenarios. Sycamore Fire Chief Bryan Clouse will schedule another meeting when he can arrange for the county prosecutor to attend.
Police Chief Richard Blankenship had no report, but responded to a councilwoman's question regarding fireworks by saying residents could not set off any type of exploding fireworks, including bottle rockets and firecrackers, but sparklers would be acceptable.
Council heard second reading of an ordinance setting 2012 estimated revenue and voted a pay raise of $1.50 per hour to village employee Paul Boes.
Council also heard holiday fireworks June 30 are to be put on by the fire department behind Legion Field, Mohawkettes will perform before the holiday fireworks and construction costs from invoices received on new shelter house $8,938.
Next meeting of village council will be 7:30 p.m. July 10 at the village hall.