BY KIM LUTTRELL
TILTON — Village trustees affirmed the mayor's selection of Robert Finley to fill the vacant trustee's seat left by the recent death of Tim Pichon. Clerk Connie Weddle administered the oath of office.
Also, at Thursday night's meeting, the board received a proposal from ERH Enterprises of Westville to rebuild the Jefferson Street lift station and to install emergency backup natural gas generators at three lift stations.
ERH's proposal was for $192,098. However, Mayor David Phillips pointed out that $32,007 was to be paid to Ameren to extend a three-phase line to the generators.
Trustees also approved two zoning variances presented by the planning commission.
The first variance was a request from James Palmer. Palmer has purchased the former Bob Campbell Appliance property on Georgetown Road and wants to build three mini storage buildings on the east side of the property. The three buildings will contain 132 individual storage units. Palmer plans to lease out the existing building space.
The other variance was for David Biggerstaff of Catlin. Biggerstaff plans to remodel a garage at 3 Lane Street into an office for his home inspection business.
In other board action, trustees:
+ Approved the appointment of Jeff Keeling as a part-time police officer.
+ Learned the village received a $750 grant from KaBoom Playgrounds. The funds will put towards the new sidewalks around the park.
+ Learned the fire department is hosting a haunted house in the former office space at the site of the GM foundry. It is open every Friday and Saturday until Halloween beginning at 7 p.m.
+ Set trick or treat hours from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Trick or treating is only allowed at houses with their porch light on.
+ Set the Halloween parade to be at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in front of the fire station. The parade will begin lining up at 1:30 p.m. After the parade, chili and hot dogs will be served. Beginning at 5 p.m., the village will be hosting a concert by Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets. Those attending the concert are asked to bring lawn chairs.
+ Learned the village will be have a police officer patrolling on an ATV two days a week. Phillips said the officer would be focusing on village ordinance violations such as junk cars and other nuisance violations. By using the ATV, the officer will be able to patrol alleys as well, looking for violations.
+ Warned residents that solicitors for energy companies are operating in the village without permits. All solicitors are required to obtain a permit from the village before conducting door-to-door solicitations. Residents are advised to ask the solicitor to see their permit and if they do not have one to call the police.
The next Tilton Village Board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 in the municipal building.