Extended parade planned for Veteran's Day

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter
The Pavilion Closed ropes and signs should be coming down soon, after some discussion at Monday's Oct. 3 Aledo City Council meeting when the city council agreed to reopen the facility.

The Aledo City Council approved Tuesday's Oct. 11 Veteran's Day parade at Monday's Oct. 3 meeting. The parade will run along the same basic route, but will be extended to the new Veteran's Memorial just west of the Mercer County VFW Hall. The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. that day, with a special ceremony to dedicate the new Veteran's display.

Another downtown decision made Monday night was to reopen the Central Park Pavilion. The pavilion has been off limits for more than a month due to concern over vandalism. The council voted to reopen the pavilion. Also related Central Park policy usage was approved. The council agreed to a new Central Park facility rental policy, that sets up fees and rules for band shell ($50) and pavilion and grill rental ($50). Both use fees also each have a refundable $50 deposit.

The policy also has added a $30 fee for set-up and breakdown plus $10 per hour for use of the band shell's sound system. All park usage for events must be scheduled 30 days in advance of the event by filling out an application. All fees must be paid when turning in the application. Penalties may apply for damages beyond normal wear and tear by the city keeping the deposit, and charging the group for excessive costs. Cleaning of the grill is to take place no later than 8 a.m. following the day of the rental.

The council learned more about plans to upgrade the city's lift station to accommodate businesses in the city's Industrial Park. The city will be purchasing a two new 5 h.p pumps for the lift station, replacing the 2 h.p. pumps. Scott Kammerman of Missman Stanley estimated the pump cost at around $72,000, with a $66,000 cost for expanding the Main from the current four-inch pipe to at least a 6-inch pipe. The city council asked Public Works Director Steve Moller to research pricing for the new pumps. The council also agreed to let Missman Stanley continue with preparation for the sanitary sewer project.

In other business the council:

* Noted that city-wide cleanup begins Wednesday, Oct 5 and runs through Oct. 9. Dumpsters will be located at the city garage, 309 E. Main Street;

* Set Halloween Trick or Treat hours are Monday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m.

* Agreed to suspend the rules and pass an ordinance on the first reading to designate possible depositories for city funds. The list of banks has been expanded to include: THE National Bank, 1st Community Bank, Midwest Bank of Western Illinois, Country Bank, Farmer's State Bank, Edward Jones Investment, The Illinois Funds, Blackhawk Bank & Trust, Quad City Bank & Trust and BankORION.

* Approved entering into a contract with the Village of Seaton to provide 20 hours of police service per month to the village at a total cost of $756 per month.