ASHTON — The Ashton Village Board unanimously approved an ordinance variance as recommended by the zoning board of appeals to adjust the rear set back from 25 feet to 6 feet on the property at 612 N. 1st Street.
The community economic development committee met in August and continued their talks about of establishing a long term comprehensive plan and of updating ordinances. They will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 at the village hall.
Trustee Tom Balch reported that the water tower project is now complete and the extra equipment that was used during the interim has been removed. He reported a smooth transition going back online. He commended the city workers on the excellent job during this project. He also reported that fire hydrant work has been started.
Trustee Susan Larson reported that movies in the park on Aug. 17 had gone extremely well and that they look forward to doing it again next summer. She thanked Carol Goley, Dave Balch and Joe Gleissner for their hard work in making it happen. The committee continues to seek information and bids on work that needs to be done on the shelters.
The state of Illinois has returned the plans for the splashpad to Willett Hoffman and Associates for a few more revisions. Permits will not be granted until all of the issues have met state standards.
Police chief Darrell Farringer reported that things are going well in the school zone. He and Bob Stover are working to resolve an issue with trees blocking the flashing yellow lights. He reported that there had been some vandalism to the restrooms at Griffith Park.
Farringer will host a meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the city hall regarding disaster preparedness.
The cemetery board will meet at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 at the Ashton Village Offices to look at mapping of the far north section of the cemetery. Trustee Tom Balch also reported that owners of cemetery plots have requested the removal of an old water pump. The pump is operational but the quality of the water is questionable. Dennis Bartels suggested following Lee County Health Department guidelines in removal of the pump.
The Mills and Petrie Board is looking into some new window treatments in various areas of the building. The library continues to make progress on a cataloging project.