June 2020 Administrator’s Report

ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

JUNE, 2020

 

RESOLUTION TO BE PRESENTED TO PARTICIPATE IN POSSIBLE COUNTY CORONAVIRUS RELIEF DISTRIBUTION FUNDING AS OUTLINED BY THE “CARES” ACT:

 

Included in your packet is a resolution, to be passed by emergency, that would allow the village to receive funds to cover costs incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  As this resolution is required to be passed immediately so it can be included with the County Auditor, who will receive the federal funds, the set up of this relief fund, is the reason it is being passed as an emergency.  Even though the Village did not incur great expense due to the virus, we want to participate in any funding that is available.  I have included an attachment that answers frequently asked questions on what this CARES act is and how it has to be accounted for.  Once we are included in the county relief fund and more information is provided to the village on how to document expenditures, a finance committee meeting will be held to review the process.

 

GRANT REQUESTED FROM COUNTY FOR DOWNTOWN BUILDING DEMOLITION:  UPDATE

The potential buyer of the Home Town Pantry has decided if the Village can provide more parking on Railroad Street, he would consider rehabbing the building rather than having it torn down.  The request for assistance from the Commissioners has been withdrawn.  As the sale of the properties is currently in an estate, the purchase is being delayed.  It is felt that the property will be sold to the same interested buyer.  As things move forward the Village will be available to address and work together with the new owner to make the purchase and development a reality.

 

NEW SIGNAL LIGHTS TO BE INSTALLED AT THE MAIN STREET/RIVER STREET INTERSECTION:

 

The 2 traffic signal lights at the Main Street intersection will be replaced with new LED fixtures in the next couple of months.  The Village had inquired if the fixtures would be retrofitted for LED and during the inspection, it was discovered that the gaskets had dried out and the lenses were in danger of falling out.  It was determined that the housing had also cracked and due to age it would be best to have them replaced.

 

The cost of the two new signals will be paid for out of the State Highway fund at a cost of approximately $5,900.00.  It is imperative that these lights can be depended on to cycle properly and not be the cause of any accidents due to their failure.  The Village can be liable for not keeping the fixtures accurate.

 

PUBLIC ENTITIES POOL WILL GRANT THE VILLAGE $1,000 TO ASSIST IN NEW MULCH FOR THE PLAYGROUND:

 

The Village’s insurance Company, PEP, will grant to the Village $1,000.00 to help fund 75 yards of wood carpet mulch to be placed around the playground structures at the park.   The total cost is estimated to be $1,686.00.  The playground structures need to have a deep layer of mulch around them to help prevent any accidents from children who may trip or fall being hurt.  It is a requirement to add and/or replace mulch every other year at a minimum.

 

 

 

KROOS DRIVE STORM DRAINAGE TO BE EXTENDED:

 

The new storm line that was installed last year on Kroos Drive will be extended further to the north to be able to pick up several new homes being built.  This extension is planned to happen the week of June 15th depending on the weather.  Again the installation will be completed by village employees with assistance from Pendergrast Farm Drainage and Kennedy Excavating.  The approximate cost is $10,500.00 for materials and labor.

 

RIVERSIDE/ GREENWAY PARKS HAVE RE-OPENED:

 

Riverside Park has re-opened to the public with the playground equipment to be opened on June 10th.  The restrooms and picnic tables are available and the Village will take reservations for the main pavilion.

 

VFW POST 5087 PROVIDED NEW AMERICAN FLAGS AND POLES:

 

The VFW Post 5087 recently purchased 10 new American Flags and Poles for the downtown street light poles.  The flags get faded and the poles get bent by trucks making deliveries in the downtown.  The Village appreciates the Post providing assistance to the Village in keeping the flags looking great in our downtown business district.

 

 

CHAMBER/ACDC FILLED FLOWER PLANTERS IN THE DOWNTOWN:

 

Members of the Antwerp Chamber and ACDC recently filled the downtown planters with Spring Flowers and the Village appreciates everything these organizations due to help beautify the downtown and assistance and promotion they supply to our local businesses.

 

CHAMBER IS PLANNING DAY IN THE PARK FOR AUGUST 1ST:

 

After consulting with business owners, the Chamber is intending to go forward with their parade and activities at Riverside Park for Day in the Park on Saturday, August 1st.  Volunteers are always welcome.

 

VILLAGE WIDE GARAGE SALES THIS WEEKEND, FRIDAY JUNE 12TH AND SATURDAY JUNE 13TH.  Location maps available at Pit Stop.