BY BOB LOGAN
FRANKLIN GROVE — The Franklin Grove Village Board voted unanimously Monday night to sell the 1997 Ford Crown Victoria police car that was recently replaced in service by a 2013 Ford purchased at the Illinois State bid price plus destination fees.
The car will be sold “as is” through sealed bids to be delivered to the village clerk on or before 9 a.m. on Nov. 1. A minimum bid price of $600 has been set by the board. To view the car, contact police chief Tom Lehman at (815) 973-9061 for an appointment.
Village Clerk Lori Smith reminded board members that petitions are available for circulation for the spring elections to the library and village boards.Several library trustee positions, three village trustee positions, the village clerk and village president positions are up for election.
The board approved increases to the Village Clerk and treasurer salaries respectively, raising the salaries from $7,500 to $8,500 and from $4,200 to $5,000 annually, beginning with the fiscal year 2013-14 following the election.
The board also approved raises to the Village President’s salary beginning with the fiscal year 2013-14 from $3,100 to $3,500, and stipends for serving as police commissioner and liquor commissioner from $250 each to $350 each, for a total salary of $4,200.
The last salary increase for the village president was approved prior to the 2005 election.
Bids have been solicited for the installation of the upgraded early warning system to be installed in early November. The control system has been backordered and the system will be come operational as soon after the control system arrives as possible.
Halloween trick or treat hours were set for Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. to be followed by the annual costume parade at AFC Elementary School beginning at 7 p.m.The board approved $150 for prizes and refreshments.
As soon as the State Fire Marshall indicates that he has completed his investigation of the September fire at the Harold Suski property at 321 N. Walnut, notice will be given that the property has been declared a nuisance and clean-up can proceed.