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Trustees approve $50K for village water system study

Village considering no police chief

The village board of trustees is waiting to hear from the state attorney general’s office as to the legality of the possibility of not having a police chief after current chief Lloyd Perkins retires at the end of this year. Instead, the village would appoint current police sergeant Marty Steven as sergeant-in-charge, and he would run the department.

The change would make a significant difference in the village budget by the reduction in salary cost, said Trustee Sue Jones.

The village is uncertain if it can eliminate the police chief position because of conflicting laws on the subject. State law says a municipality with a police chief in place since 1985 must maintain the position, but civil service law states that a village with population less than 150,000 and fewer than four full-time officers does not require a chief.

Currently, the village has two full-time officers and eight part-time officers.

While the village awaits the attorney general’s opinion, it is beginning the transition to a department without Perkins by having Stevens take on increased responsibilities and appointing department clerk Cindy Jacobs as community service officer.

— The village board of trustees last week approved the expenditure of nearly $50,000 to study the village’s 80-year-old water system in an ultimate effort to improve “fire flow,” the flow and pressure used by the fire department. The study, and the subsequent system improvements that result from it, also are expected to positively impact village property insurance rates.

“This is a prudent thing to do,” said Mayor Marty Hubbard at the village board’s July 26 meeting. “It’s just long overdue and needs to be done. We’ve got fire flow issues in the village.”

The Water System Asset Management Plan Project will allow the village to contract with GHD, an engineering, architecture and environmental consulting firm, which will survey the entire village water system and create both an map and a hydraulic model of that system. The model with then be used to run different scenarios to find the best way to improve pressure and flow on the system.

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