After several minutes of debate and discussion, members of the Wilsonville Board of Trustees voted Monday night to approve the purchase of a John Deere 4066 tractor with a bucket and backhoe at a cost of $50,100 from Sloan Implement, Hamel. The new tractor will replace a 13-year-old Holland American tractor that went into the shop for repairs a month ago. The village will finance the purchase with a pre-approved loan from United Community Bank at an interest rate of 2.4 percent.
In a related matter, the board also voted unanimously to pay Sievers Equipment, Staunton, $4,333 for work already done toward repairing the old tractor and to have Sievers deliver the machine to George Harbaugh, a private tractor mechanic, to complete the repair work at a cost of $5,000 to $7,000, depending upon the cost of parts. Sievers reportedly quoted a price of $8,460, in addition to the $4,333 already owed, to complete the repairs. The old tractor reportedly was sidelined a month ago with a problem of slipping out of gear while in operation.
The board held an emergency meeting July 31 ostensibly to consider how to address the tractor issue
The board held an emergency meeting July 31 ostensibly to consider how to address the tractor issue, but opted to delay formal action until its regular monthly meeting Monday night.
Sloan submitted one of two bids for replacing the tractor. A second bid from Sievers Equipment quoted pricing for two Kubota tractor models ranging from $45,325 for a 60-horsepower unit to $46,643 for a 70-horsepower machine. Sievers offered a $14,000 trade-in allowance for the old tractor, provided the repairs were completed. Sloan submitted a second option of $57,500 for a John Deere 4066 with a cab instead of a canopy.
Harbaugh’s son, Chris, told the board his father said the older tractor could be fixed for $5,000 to $7,000, depending upon the cost of parts. The Holland American reportedly is an uncommon older model and parts are not readily available. He said his father probably would acquire used parts for the machine from a reputable tractor salvage business.
“My dad said the actual value of that tractor is $19,000,” Harbaugh said. “They’re not giving you full value. He could fix that tractor and you could turn around and sell it for $20,000 to $22,000.”
He could fix that tractor and you could turn around and sell it for $20,000 to $22,000.
Ryan Montoro, another visitor, suggested that the older tractor may have been subject to excessive wear and tear because the village used it for mowing. He suggested that the village might want to consider buying a larger zero-turn mower for mowing and use its tractor for other projects.
“I think we need to decide what tractor we want and then go from there,” said Trustee Roland Rife.
“I know we need a tractor, but do you think we should get ours fixed so we have a tractor that works, that’s not in a pile, to trade in?” Trustee Joe Wood asked.
After more discussion, the board generally agreed that buying a new tractor would be in the best interest of the village. Discussion then turned to which bid to accept.
“The Kubota is a bigger tractor with more power and a lower price,” Village President Annetta Veres commented.
Wood said he leaned toward the John Deere. “I think you can get into smaller areas with it,” he said.
On a motion by Rife, seconded by Wood, the board then voted unanimously to purchase the John Deere from Sloan Equipment.
On a follow-up motion by Wood, seconded by Keith Mohr, the board voted unanimously to have Harbaugh repair the older tractor and to have Sievers deliver it to Harbaugh’s shop. Trustee Bob Carr volunteered to contact Sievers and see if they would deliver the equipment free of charge in exchange for the village paying its current repair bill in full.
LIBERTY LIFT STATION
President Veres reported that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency had issued a long-awaited permit to proceed with renovations to the Liberty Lift Station. The work will include replacing two existing pumps with new pumps capable of pumping 359 gallons per minute. Additionally, the village plans to install a “catch basket” to filter foreign objects from the effluent before it reaches the pumps. In the past, pumps have been damaged when items such as discarded clothing and mop heads entered the sewage stream. The renovated lift station also will be activated by a sensor system rather than a float system that can be subject to fouling.
“This is really good news,” Veres said. “We’ve been waiting for this for a while.”
Trustee John Veres said the renovations also will include a standby generator, and added the village may consider adding generators to other lift stations in the future.
“There’s no need for us to spend all this money and then as soon as we have a power outage, we lose it,” Trustee Veres said.
There’s no need for us to spend all this money and then as soon as we have a power outage, we lose it
Rodney Potts, an engineer with John H. Crawford and Associates Engineers, is expected to prepare plans for the project and advertise for bids from contractors to do the work.
On a motion by Trustee Carr, seconded by Rife, the board voted to proceed with replacing an altitude valve for the city’s water tower at a cost of $10,347, which includes about $8,500 for parts. Trustee Veres said Ranger Excavating will do the work. He said Ranger will have to excavate an area near the base of the water tower to install the valve. He added that the location of a by-pass valve, which could affect the project, is unknown until it is excavated and could result in some additional cost.
Trustee Veres said the village should keep documentation for the cost of the project since it could be considered as part of the village’s matching funds if it is successful in securing a state grant to renovate the water tower and replace water meters. The grant application is due in October.
ELM STREET DEVELOPMENT
Trustee Rife cast the sole “no” vote on a motion by Carr, seconded by Trustee David Day, to authorize development of Elm Street as an access to property Bill Molinar wants to develop on the west side of the village. The measure presumably ends a months-long issue about how Molinar will be able to access the property. Molinar approached the village board in January with a proposal to open Hill Street, an undeveloped but platted street, that would give him direct access to the property on which he wants to build. Through her attorney, resident Olga Massa, objected to that proposal because the street runs adjacent to her residence. It was subsequently discovered that a garage on the Massa property encroaches on the Hill Street right of way.
“How do you guys want to move forward?” President Veres asked before the vote. “It has been recommended to us by our attorney that we do not move forward with Hill Street because of the property on the street.” Trustee Veres noted the Hill Street point of access remains in litigation because of the Massa garage.
After voting to open Hill Street, Trustee Day commented that it was “really the only option” the village had.
Molinar will be responsible for developing the street, after which it would be turned over to the village for future maintenance.
Molinar attended the meeting earlier in the evening to reiterate his desire to use the Hill Street access to his property, but he left before the issue came up for a vote.
NEW FLAG POLE
On a motion by Carr, the board voted unanimously to buy a 25-foot telescoping flag pole to replace a deteriorating flag pole at the Wilsonville Community Center, and to add a concrete base with a plaque dedicating the flag pole in memory of the late Deno Filippini, who served more than 70 years as a village official before his death last month.
The flag pole will be in memory of the late Deno Filippini
Trustee Rife said he had located a flag pole from an online vendor at a cost of $60, marked down from $150. President Veres said the cost of the flag pole, concrete base and memorial plaque would be paid from the Civic Improvement Fund, which the Filipinni family designated for memorials at the time of Filipinni’s death.
DOGS AND CATS
Wilsonville Police Chief Wayne Watkins reported to the board that he would like to schedule a day for residents to bring their dogs to the police station to be properly tagged and registered. He said he may also talk to an area veterinarian to see if he can arrange to have a vet on hand to administer rabies shots to dogs who need them.
“We have a lot of dogs without tags or registrations,” he said, adding that local police recently dealt with a couple of dog bites in the community.
“There are a lot of people going to Rural King and getting the stuff to give the shots themselves,” Ordinance Officer Bob Reimann added. “That doesn’t work. The ordinance reads ‘by a licensed veterinarian’.”
Watkins said County Animal Control Officer Buzie Bertagnolli plans to be at the police station on the day he schedules registrations to ensure residents have proper paperwork for their animals. County rabies tags are $6.
“What about the cats?” Montoro asked.
Watkins said he wanted to deal with the dog issue first before addressing cats in the community
Watkins said he wanted to deal with the dog issue first before addressing cats in the community. “You are right, the cats are out of control,” he said. “But the cats aren’t biting people and dogs are.”
Reimann proposed to the board the possibility of enacting an ordinance to require annual inspections for rental properties. Under the current ordinance, inspections are required only when new tenants move in.
“We have people renting properties that haven’t been kept up,” he said, adding that he has seen rental homes with holes in the floor and no working air conditioning. An annual inspection, he said, would preclude such problems. “It would nip this in the bud before we get a lot of slum lords.”
“I’ve never heard of another town requiring both annual inspections and inspections between tenants,” said Montoro, who owns rental properties in the community. “The building inspector needs to do his job.” He said he has seen properties with obvious issues pass inspections after the inspector was on the premises only a few minutes. “He should be there 40 minutes or more.”
“I wanted to bring it up and see how people felt about it,” Reimann said. “We have owners who live out of town and the only time they show up is when there is a dire emergency.”
Montoro also asked if the village would consider releasing a lien of about $2,000 on a parcel of property he is considering buying. He also asked whether the village had any of knowledge about whether or not underground storage tanks on the property had been removed.
“That property was donated to us and we decided not to accept it because no one knows whether there are tanks there or not,” President Veres said. “No one remembers them being taken out.”
BASEBALL TRAINING SELECTION
Sheila Friend appeared before the board to ask about support for fundraising activities in connection with her grandson, 16-year-old Ryan Reid, being selected to attend baseball training in Jupiter, Fla., in December. She said she is planning a fundraiser that will include food, entertainment and a silent auction.
President Veres said the village would look into offering the Community Center as a venue for the fundraiser.
“That’s really cool that someone from our community has been selected for something like this,” she said.
In other action, the board:
- Implemented an alcohol and drug-free workplace policy per the recommendation of USDA in connection with the village receiving a grant for a new emergency siren.
- Authorized the purchase of a new copier for the village hall.
- Approved payment of a $1,500 bill from Crawford and Associates for work done toward securing permits for the Liberty Lift Station project.