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Village board presents budget projects for upcoming year

Pickle ball courts at Dillehay Park and upgrades to Zickuhr Park were among the items discussed last week for the upcoming Mt. Morris village budget.

At the March 27 village board meeting, trustees explained the projects they hope to accomplish, or at least start on, in the new fiscal year, which begins on May 1.

Finance Committee chairman Phil Labash said the Parks & Recreation Committee has budgeted funds for pickle ball courts at Dillehay Park on the south side of the village.

He said committee chairman Jim Hopkins, who did not attend the meeting, also plans to start saving money for badly needed upgrades at Zickuhr Park on the west side of town.

“That’s the closest park for kids who live in that part of town,” he said.

He said Hopkins hopes to address playground equipment and parking at Zickuhr and maybe build a dog park there.

Labash also recommended budgeting for a request from the Plainview Cemetery Board for $2,500 to help cover its bills.

An increasing number of cremations has meant less revenue for the cemetery, he said, because its main source of income is from grave openings.

The Mt. Morris Township Board has already approved an identical request, Labash said.

Streets & Sidewalk Committee Chairman Mike Fay outlined plans to remove and replace trees in the coming year, as well as replace a stretch of sidewalk near Pinecrest Community and manholes at Cross Creek Subdivision.

Also on his list was planning ahead for repairs to Emily Street, a project that has been discussed for some time.

Public Property Committee Chairman Jerry Stauffer said paving the parking lot south of the village hall is one of the top priorities on his list.

Repairs to the infrastructure under Emily Street and routine maintenance on the village’s newest well on Leaf River Road topped the list for Sewer & Water Committee chairman Jeff Pennington. Labash said the Police Department plans to buy a new squad car in the coming year, a purchase actually budgeted in the current year.

Funds for the feral cat program will likely be increased, he said, because the program is seeing success.

The board will approve the new budget at an upcoming meeting.

In another matter, village president Dan Elsasser assured residents that a crew in the village to work on natural gas mains will replace the sidewalks they have removed and restore landscaping once the project is done.

The crew has been working for several weeks, replacing old gas mains and lines to residences and businesses.

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