The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 15, 2014

Westville cancels Fourth of July celebration

The Commercial-News

WESTVILLE — After six years, the village will not have any type of organized July 4th celebration this year.

"Due to a lack of community support and a lack of volunteers, the Westville Lions Club will no longer be sponsoring a July 4th celebration," Darren Van Duyn, village trustee and president of the Lions Club told the council. "We knew it would be tough to do when we brought it back six years ago, but we just don't have the support that it needs."

Van Duyn cited the costs of the bands that had been booked to play in the park as well as the cost of the fireworks also as reasons for discontinuing the celebration.

According to Van Duyn the club had tried to bring in a carnival to draw some more families in, but found the few carnivals operating are already booked well in advance.

The council meeting was in the gymnasium of St. Mary's School due to a flooring problem at the municipal building.

The flooring problem began last summer after a new tile floor was installed. Some of the new tiles began becoming loose. A membrane and new tile floor were installed over the old floor tiles, which contained asbestos.

Due to the concern for exposure to asbestos in the old flooring, council members decided to meet in the gymnasium.

Council members have waited for several months for the Danville flooring company as well as the manufacturer to come up with a solution to the loose floor tiles. The village has not paid the nearly $7,000 bill for the new flooring and several members expressed their weariness the problem has gone on this long.

Some council members suggested having the old asbestos-laden floor tiles removed by a asbestos abatement firm and sending the bill to the flooring company.

In other council action, trustees learned there were problems plowing the sidewalks along State Street after the recent snowstorm. Mayor Mike Weese said the village uses a small tractor with a blade to plow the sidewalks but due to the amount of snow and the subzero temperatures, there were problems with the snow removal. Weese suggested either equipping the small tractor with a V-blade or possibly a snow blower might be a better way to remove the snow.

Also, trustee Darin Troglia spoke out against the policy of allowing village employees drive village trucks home. Weese said it is usually up to each administration to determine the policy. He allows the gas and water employee who is on call to drive a vehicle home so the employee can respond to an emergency quicker. He said the employees are covered under the village insurance as long as it is work-related.

Village council members will meet next at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in the municipal building.