Port Byron tables installing splash pad


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Posted Online: Oct. 01, 2012, 10:12 pm
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By Sarah Hayden, shayden@qconline.com
The prospect of installing a splash pad downtown Port Byron was tabled during Monday night's village board meeting.

While Mayor Bob Wilson strongly supported the project, most trustees said it would be a bad way to spend tax-increment-finance money.

"I don't think TIF money should be paying for this," said trustee Harold French. "We should use it to replace old water lines. We've had hundreds of repairs on those water lines in the last 15 years."

After meeting with a contractor two weeks ago, Mayor Wilson said the proposed splash pad location along Main Street near the shelter already has water and electrical lines, saving on cost. A bid of $26,000 has been submitted, but the village would have to tear out asphalt and pay to buy the equipment.

"This is an opportunity to do it now while we have TIF money available," said Mayor Wilson. "I think it's a worthy project."

Trustee Scott Sidor supported the splash pad, saying he thinks it will be used a lot. But trustee Bruce Peterson said he'd rather spend the TIF money on beautifying streets with hanging baskets and plants than spend it on something people will use only three months of the year.

In other news, Mr. Peterson announced a flu clinic will be at village hall on Oct. 15. Shots will be $35 or free to those with Medicare. The board on Monday also:

• Approved paying $10,000 to Duey's Corner Tap from the TIF facade program. Duey's will be reimbursed for fixing the front of their building.

• Approved paying $3,200 to Mississippi Truck and Trailer for repairs to a tandem dump truck.

• Approved buying a new John Deere lawnmower for $5,795.

• Approved replacing a sewer pump from MVP Plumbing for $3,120.

• Approved a five-year contract extension with Allied Waste that includes unlimited bulk pickup for two years.




















 



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