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 Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.