TILTON — Village trustees approved payment of $150,666 for the former J Tec Racing/J Tec Powder Coating Co. property located on Catlin/Tilton Road.
The J Tec property had been vacant since the company closed both businesses in November 2012. The property had most recently been owned by TJ Ribbe.
The village plans to convert the building into a community center. While the plans are not complete for the building, village officials have taken steps to equip the building with a commercial-type kitchen.
According to Mayor David Phillips, in the past the village has hosted a Christmas dinner for village seniors in the streets and alley garage.
"We would pull out the trucks and set up tables and chairs and the food was brought in," Phillips said. "With the purchase of this building we have a place to prepare and serve the meal in a nice, clean setting."
Phillips also anticipates other civic organizations will make use of the building.
Trustees approved a proposal from McDowell Builders of Sidell for $29,282 to modify Fire Station No. 1 so that the new fire truck will fit in the building. The modifications include increasing the door opening and new doors.
In other board action, trustees:
+ Agreed to allow village liquor licensees to follow the county hours of operation with the exception of Sunday. Village businesses with liquor licenses will able to open 7 a.m. and remain open until 3 a.m. with last call at 2:30 a.m. except for Sunday. Sunday hours will remain noon-8 p.m. with the exception of Super Bowl Sunday.
+ Approved groundwater erosion ordinance as required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The ordinance spells out village requirements for street sweeping, the distribution of flyers to the public concerning groundwater contamination information as well as maintaining notices on the village's website.