The Belgium Village Board this month approved allocating extra money for a storm sewer project that could boost a local business.
The board unanimously agreed to putting another $10,000 toward storm sewer work on Commerce Street. It had allocated $10,000 for the project last year, but bids came in around $17,400.
Fixing the storm sewer could clear the way for a business owner to buy the former IPS Belgium Foundry building and expanding it. Storm sewer issues had held up the purchase.
In addition, the board approved several purchases on recommendations from subcommittees.
From the Finance and Personnel Committee, the Village Board approved buying:
• A door system that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act for the Village Hall entrance from CareProdx of Fishers, Ind., for $2,500. Doors donated from Luxembourg are too heavy to meet ADA standards;
• Election equipment for $445;
• Department of Public Works shop repairs and maintenance for $4,000 that was omitted from the 2016 budget;
• A credenza and black literature rack for $2,000 for Village Hall;
• A contract with open.gov, a cloud-based financial management system, for $1,500 setup and $3,000 per year for three and a half years;
The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Committee recommended:
• A dog park fence for $15,975;
• Six picnic table frames from www.parktables.com for $1,200 for Heritage Park. The tables will be constructed by Dylan Jentges as his Eagle Scout project;
• A net, poles, cable and rent lift equipment for $2,200 to install a net above the baseball field’s backstop in Community Park.
The village replaced the fence about a decade ago, but not the net. Fly balls had been going into people’s yards and hitting cars. Trustee Pete Anzia said the net is “just going to make residents happy.”
From the Public Utilities Committee, the board approved buying two hydromatic six-inch sewage pumps for the Chestnut Street Lift Station for $29,591. Money comes from the equipment replacement fund.
From the Public Works Committee, the board approved buying a second camera and time sync box for the recycling center for $3,000.