Yorkville council maps YTR alliance

YORKVILLE – Village Council got down to business Tuesday night discussing upcoming projects and participation in the Yorkville-Tiltonsville-Rayland (YTR) alliance.

On Monday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m., council will meet with the rest of the YTR alliance in Tiltonsville. Topics on the agenda will include a crack-sealer machine, a potential summer event for the community, and electric aggregation, which is already set to be on May’s election ballot for Yorkville.

The Neighborhood Watch program will restart in March, with a meeting to be announced at a later date. Council is hoping to encourage residents to form neighborhood groups with representatives that will meet regularly.

Council passed an ordinance to implement a $5 service fee. The fee is being implemented due to state and county cutbacks to village funding.

Council president Karen Vargo announced that the village had been turned down for a grant for repairs to the municipal building from the Local Government Innovation Fund (LGIF). However, as of March 10 the village may apply for a feasibility study. The study would require an architect to survey the building, and depending on need, up to $50,000 could be granted. The village could also apply for a no-interest loan. While the village did not qualify for the LGIF grant, recognition of need was made.

“We’re now on the radarI told them that we don’t get money for our [police] cruisers anymore. There is a grant for equipment and staff funding for police and fire departments. They’re going to watch for it if it comes up. If anything, we got our name out there,” said Vargo.

Council received a correspondence update regarding the Esmark Steel Mill. State Rep. Jack Cera and State Sen. Lou Gentile penned letters to James Bouchard, CEO of Esmark, Inc., questioning where he stands in the process of opening the mill. The letters were sent on Jan. 24 and as of Tuesday’s meeting no response had been heard.

The street department was complimented for smooth handling of the latest winter storm. Snow removal was effective and salt was put to good use. Village administrator John Morelli informed council that the salt supply is getting low, but anticipates it will be restocked soon. Yorkville is not the only community running low on salt; inclement weather has caused many local areas to dip low into their supplies for the winter season.

The next council meeting will be held Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m.

Warner may be reached at mwarner@timesleaderonline.com.