COAL VALLEY -- The owner of the Candlelight Village mobile home park has agreed to make improvements.
At Wednesday's meeting, village officials heard of conversations last week between Candlelight Village owner Walt Blackard, Coal Valley Mayor Stan Engstrom and village attorney Bill Phares over unsecured derelict trailers and piles of brush on the property.
Village trustee Drue Mielke said Mr. Blackard has agreed to make improvements to the mobile home park and maintain it in an acceptable manner. Additionally, he agreed to meet with village officials every six months to discuss the park, Mr. Mielke said.
Board members on Wednesday also were updated on a new shelter in Coal Valley Municipal Park on 1st Street. Construction began in May and was completed in mid-September.
"This was money well spent," said village administrator Alan Wilson. "Everyone says it's a great facility."
The three-season building has 2x4 constructed walls, insulation and fans. People wishing to reserve it should call village hall. Coal Valley residents will have priority, said Mr. Wilson.
In other news, the board approved using tax-increment-finance funds to install a larger sewer line from The Rock reception hall and Blackhawk Bank and Trust. The Rock originally was a hardware store, and the existing sewer line cannot accommodate the number of people who use the business as a reception facility.
The two businesses share one sewer line, Mr. Wilson said, and after a weekend event at The Rock, the sewer line backs up into Blackhawk Bank and Trust. The replacement work is expected to cost $13,000.
The board also:
• Set trick-or-treat hours for 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31.
• Announced the annual audit by Gabelmann and Associates showed Coal Valley has healthy cash reserves. Praise was given to village treasurer Penny Woods.
• Approved spending up to $1,300 on a new radar gun.
• Approved buying a new truck from Lindquist Ford for $35,000 to be used in snow removal. Another $25,000 was approved for a box and other equipment to turn the truck into a dump/plow truck.
Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."