The Raymond Village Board met for their first meeting of the month on Monday evening, June 7, at the village hall.
Before addressing regular business, Eagle Scout Joshua Haustein was on hand to present his project. Haustein and his troop plan to construct birdhouses in Memorial Park. According to the Eagle Scout, no maintenance will be needed and he hopes to have them completed in a few weeks. A motion was made by Trustee Bill Krager and seconded by Trustee Kendall Snyder.
As part of the police report, Raymond Police Chief Kurt Eller advised he will get a report on the number of calls for service they received. He and Trustee Matt Workman asked the board to purchase a body camera for police at $731 due to safety. A motion was made by Trustee Bruce Poggenpohl and seconded by Trustee Krager to purchase a camera.
There are also reports of local children driving mini bikes and golf carts. The village reminds residents that it is illegal to ride motorized mini bikes and golf carts if one does not have a driver’s license. The board agreed to revoke any golf cart sticker should the driver be underage. Chief Eller plans to talk to the riders’ parents.
In streets and alleys, the board reported that two dumpsters have already been full as part of junk week. Two local young men, Graham and Liam Gunn, are assisting in their clean-up efforts and were given praise for their hard work. The nearby pile of metal will be taken to recycling.
In addition, the village truck had maintenance work done. Streets and Alleys Superintendent Mike Masten advised that he wants to place base white rock on the Springfield Road project underway. The fence by the fire house needs a fresh coat of paint.
Scott Hunt of WHKS said IDOT has approved the village motor fuel tax (MFT) maintenance agreement.
Hunt was also on hand to advise the board of the semi-annual sludge report. He said the man hours are the same and that it was a professional service agreement to do EPA and summary of all DMRs. The report will be completed in July and submitted in August. The cost is $1,500. A motion was made by Trustee Poggenpohl and seconded by Trustee Greg Bernhardt to hire WHKS to complete the report.
The new well will need a final inspection by Hurst-Rosche, Inc., samples need to be submitted and it will need drilling logs from Groush Irrigation before it fully operates. The village will inquire about the matter.
As part of the Shoal Creek Golf Course update, board members shared they are pleased with the grounds and activity. A tournament was recently held and the golf course had just enough golf carts for the event. However, several carts need replaced or maintenance work while five to six carts no longer operate. Trustee Krager said he will look into the matter while Water and Sewer Superintendent Rick Broaddus advised he will begin irrigation again. The board also discussed raising rates to generate more revenue for the course.
In a few final notes, the board reported that the land they considered for the burn pile is in a trust and they will look into it further. The Raymond Celebration will be held Sept. 2-4. The parade will take place Saturday, Sept. 4, at 5 p.m.
Those in attendance were Mayor Held and trustees Krager, Snyder, Workman and Poggenpohl, as well as Broaddus, Masten and Hunt. The next village board meeting will be held Monday, June 21, beginning at 7 p.m. at the hall.