The Norris City Village Board met last night at the Lions Club Building.
The Village received four bids for work on Phase II of the water main replacement project. The law says the board must pick the lowest “reasonable” bid and the actual lowest bid received was from a company that has a lawsuit pending in Saline County and has done projects in Harrisburg that have had some complaints. The second lowest bid, from Wiggs Excavating in Benton was only $15,360.05 higher than that, so the board voted to approve the contract from Wiggs totaling $696,037.50.
Mayor Roy Kissell gave a special “thank you” to Richie Kingston for letting the village use his backhoe for three days to help clear the snow while their backhoe was down.
Natural gas prices in February were probably up slightly due to the cold spell and higher usage, but they won’t know how much for another two or three days.
The Board approved a water line extension for Bob Sutton of County Road 450 and a gas line extension for Mic Colbert of 548 Illinois Highway One. Contracts for the projects have been drawn up.
The Police Committee met before the regular board meeting and the Department is going to stay the course for now despite the recent signing of the Criminal Reform Bill, as many of the provisions won’t go into effect for a few more years or will be changed in the future.
In the police report for February, there were four reports written, two arrests made, and no citations were issued, and there were also eight 9-1-1 calls. There is an ongoing sexual abuse investigation, and they recognized the retirement of White County Sheriff Doug Meier and Deputy Randy Graves being appointed as his replacement.
The next village board meeting will be Monday, April 5th at 7 PM and will be moved back to City Hall. Mayor Kissell and the board thanked the Lions Club for the use of their building for the past few months.