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Rayland looks at proposed levy

October 24, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

RAYLAND - The proposed 3-mill levy for current expenses in the village drew attention at a recent meeting of Village Council.

Village residents will consider the levy in the Nov. 6 election.

Mayor Tammy Morelli emphasized the importance of passage of the five-year levy. It would pay for necessary expenditures, such as streetlights as well as support street work and police, fire, parks and buildings.

If the levy fails, cuts in services will be made, officials said.

In other matters, Morelli swore in Robert Conrad as a new council member. Conrad fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Councilman Dean Conners, who moved out of the village.

Morelli reported a thank-you was received from the Rayland Volunteer Fire Department for cleaning the fire department's hall after the recent steak fry sponsored the beautification committee in conjunction with the village.

In other business:

The mayor said to avoid conflicts, the utility office clerk is to notify council of proposed tag days before approval is given.

A problem with a dog running loose was discussed, and it was noted the resident who said that he was menaced by the dog didn't file a complaint with police Chief Jim Henry because the resident had already contacted the county about the matter. Morelli said since no complaint was filed, it limits what the village can do.

Councilwoman Carolyn Tolonese said the assistant dog warden had contacted her, and the owners had been ticketed.

Village Administrator Rich Bibbo said the street department is operating with one laborer, as the other two are attending college but will be available for spot duty as the need arises.

Bibbo also reported street patching, painting of fire hydrants and curbs and most grass-cutting has been completed.

Fiscal Officer Rick Soos updated council about meeting with representatives from the state auditor's office about the village audit. He said nothing in the audit report can be discussed publicly as yet.

Bibbo noted he is ordering new reflective traffic signs as mandated by the state. He can obtain a special price by ordering them before Nov. 1, saving $8 to $14 a sign. The village administrator said the deadline for replacing the signs is Dec. 31.

A spaghetti dinner benefit is set from noon to 5 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Indian Club to benefit the Andy and April Donbeck family whose home on the Narrows Road was destroyed by fire on Sept. 29.

A resident in the south end of the village asked that signs be erected in that area because of a deaf child. It was noted the village has a policy that residents requesting such signs pay for them.

It was noted a multi-village Christmas parade is planned on Dec. 8. The parade will travel through Rayland, Yorkville and Tiltonsville. It will be followed by a gathering at the Warren Township Park. Line-up for the parade will be at 4 p.m. in Rayland, and the parade will be at 6.

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