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Enfield Village Board purchases new backhoe

The Enfield Village Board met for their April meeting on Tuesday night and agreed to purchase a new Case I.H. backhoe from Diamond Equipment of Mt. Vernon for $80,390, to be delivered in a couple of months.

It will be paid for with a $25,000 grant from the state, from the $24,138 in the backhoe fund, from a bank loan of up to $20,000, and if the Village is unable to sell the old backhoe outright, Diamond will take it on a $16,500 trade-in.

It was also agreed to advertise for bids for the old backhoe for the next 30 days with a minimum bid of $18,500. Bids will be opened at the June 21 board meeting. The village has the right to refuse any or all bids.

Village attorney John Stanley is retiring at the end of this month, and on his recommendation, Jonathan Turpin of Carmi was appointed the new village attorney effective May first.

The board accepted an application from John Julian to place a modular home on his property at the corner of Walnut and Locust Streets. The house currently there will be torn down.

The annual town-wide rummage sale will be on Saturday, May 14th.

The annual cleanup day will be announced at the May board meeting.

And Mayor Tom Harbor said the Easter egg hunt was probably the most attended one that they have ever held.