Waldron village council news 4.23

Written by David Green.

Waldron village council members voted April 8 to put the wind to work to help keep the park pond in good condition.

Council voted unanimously, with Rick Bays absent, to spend $1,700 for a wind-powered aerator.

The pond was recently improved and now council wants to maintain its condition.

An aeration system will add oxygen to the water and lessen or eliminate the need to add treatment chemicals to the water.

Council also voted to buy 30 trees to fill in some empty areas along streets. Council will buy eight Profusion crabapples, eight Prairie Fire crabapple, nine Cleveland pears, and five Crimson King maples.

Any village resident who would like to have a tree planted in the boulevard should call clerk Ruth Hotchkiss at the village office.

SIDEWALK—Sidewalk repair was approved at the Catherine Crist and Glen Patterson residences. Meller Construction will do the work and the village will pay half the cost.

A tree in front of Roy Hall’s residence will be moved because it was inadvertently planted over a sewer line.

MISC.—Council voted against renewing membership in the Rural Water Association. The village code officer will be present for the May 10 clean-up day.

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