DUNDEE—The village was very successful in gaining approval of two grant applications for work at the wastewater treatment plant. However an application for a Green Initiative grant was not approved.
Trustees learned about the denial from Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. during their Oct. 13 meeting. The grant would have funded the third phase of work at the plant including a fine bubble aerator and a new replacement clarifier. Cratsley said there were nearly 400 applicants for the grants.
In other business: Accepted the lone tree removal bids of $10,150 and $2,800 from Fishers Tree Service of Bluff Point. The second amount is for tree removal in Hillside Cemetery.
• Trustee Larry Howell asked about the lack of no parking signs in front of DCS where there used to be signs. Howell was concerned about ruts in the lawn and visibility, asking that the signs be installed again. Another area of concern is on Seneca Street by Dundee Baptist Church. Village resident Pamela Miller said there used to be two hour parking allowed at the site. Streets Superintendent Andy Howell will check the village code book regarding signs.
• The board discussed recurring water issues. Cratsley said, “We need to sit down as a village and establish guidelines on how to handle water issues.” He suggested village water Commissioners Greg Wright and Warren Smith meet to work on a process. The village reads water meters and bills on a quarterly basis and Smith asked if the meters could be read monthly as a pilot project to see if things are on track. The current system of reading meters indicates an error code if a meter turns continuously for two hours. Water treatment plant operator Howard Sautter suggested a letter be sent to water customers asking them if they have a problem to contact the village immediately. Water leaks can lead to larger than expected bills.
• Halloween activities were discussed. Trick or Treat hours will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Only homes with porch lights on should be visited. Dundee Fire Department Auxiliary will sponsor a Halloween parade and party. The parade will begin at Five Star Bank at 1 p.m. and end at the DCS gym. Refreshments will be served and prizes awarded for the best costumes. Trunk or Treat will take place again this year on the north side of the parking lot at Martini’s Shurfine. No activity is allowed in any village parks on Halloween. Lights will be left on in the parks for security.
• Community Wellness project coordinator Lauren Snyder reported on activities noting Food Sense is now very fourth Tuesday. Participants in this program pay $15.50 in advance for food costing $40. Information is available at the Dundee Youth Center.
• Trustees canceled the meeting scheduled Nov. 24 at 5 p.m.
The next meeting of the Dundee Village Board will be at 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the village office on Union Street.