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 Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.