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Potential plant operators evaluated

Quincy Village Council conducted an executive session discussion during a recent regular meeting concerning the wastewater treatment plant.

Council discussed the finalists among a batch of applicants vying for a full-time operator’s position at the plant. Members of the Quincy-DeGraff Joint Sewer Board had narrowed to three the number of qualified applicants and now the respective village councils must pass an ordinance creating the full-time position and approving the chosen candidate.

A meeting between the councils is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the DeGraff municipal building.

Outside the executive session, council lamented the most recent defeat of two operating levies.

According to Fiscal Officer Sandra Ward, defeat of the levies will have the biggest impact on the street levy fund, which was supported by one of the failed operating levies and funded some of the more expensive street projects in the village.

Council discussed the possibility of assessing the expense of streetlights to the property taxes for lights to remain on and the possibility of placing new levies on the ballot in the spring of 2013.

A Logan County Sheriff’s sale to auction off the former Quincy Foundry building is scheduled for Dec. 19. A minimum bid of $25,000 is required. The building would need to be secured and cleanup of trash and weeds would be required, council reports.

Council reports the cost of arranging sheriff’s deputies to patrol the village will increase 50 cents to $26.50 per hour for 2013. No action on the contract was taken as council evaluates whether it can afford to pay the rate increase.

Administrator Kirk Helmandollar reported that several of the trees that had been planted in the spring have been destroyed by people breaking off branches. Mr. Helmandollar also expressed concern about the destruction of playground equipment at Railroad Park.

Mrs. Ward reported the final audit for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 have been finalized and can be viewed online,

Council meets again in regular session on Dec. 4.

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