BY KIM LUTTRELL
Village commissioners approved an ordinance Tuesday night authorizing the purchase of a house and two lots located at 107 and 109 Prairie Street.
The former residents of the house had been cited by police for numerous village ordinance violations and owed the village $3,000 in unpaid water bills.
The property, which is part of an estate, will be conveyed to the village. Under terms of the agreement, the village will release its lien of $3,000 on the property and will pay the 2011 real estate taxes of $1,472.
The village also will pay unspecified title fees and legal fees incurred in acquiring the property.
After the acquisition, the village plans to demolish the house and offer the lots for sale.
The commissioners also approved the purchase of a new police vehicle. Members approved the purchase of a 2013 Dodge Charger police car from Thomas Dodge of Highland, Ind. The base price of the car is $21,887 with options of $385.
With the cost to transfer radio, computer and light bar from the current police car, the total cost is not to exceed $25,000.
The new vehicle will replace a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria. The village also has a 2011 Ford Expedition. Once the new vehicle is received, which is in about six weeks, the 2006 Ford will be offered for sale by sealed bids.
In other council action, commissioners:
Approved Simmons Tree Service of Catlin to take down some trees along the alley adjacent to the Catlin IGA. The roots of the trees are causing damage to the paved alley.
The village will have Simmons take down the trees to the height of an adjacent fence and village employees will remove the remainder of the trees and stumps. Simmons Tree Service will be paid $800 for its work.
Approved the hiring of Rachael Boyd of Catlin as deputy village clerk. Boyd will become the village clerk when current clerk Michelle Carter leaves next year. Boyd, who will start Nov. 26, will be paid $13 per hour. Mayor Jim Robinson said there were 32 applicants for the position.
Catlin Village Council members will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in the village hall.