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Craft beer, pork festivals set for August in Utica

Roughly 35 Midwestern breweries are expected to participate in Utica's Craft Beer Street Festival Saturday, Aug. 24.

Additionally, Director of Village Affairs Jamie Turczyn told Utica trustees Thursday night the village's Pork Fest is set for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18. Trustees agreed the budget for the annual summer celebration should not exceed $30,000.

The annual audit analysis for Utica was accepted by the village board Thursday with welcomed results.

Kim Bird, manager of Hopkins and Associates, presented trustees with its annual financial report and explained, "The audit shows how the revenues have changed during the past year. The village continues to have a strong cash balance."

Mayor David Stewart said the report is available for public review at the Village Hall and will soon be posted online on Utica's website.

As it has done in past years, the board authorized the mayor to enter into a 12-month contract with Progressive Energy for residential and business electric aggregation. Progressive Energy has been providing the electric aggregation to the village since 2010 with little problem and notable savings. The annual savings for Utica customers, for those who enter the program, are projected to be $51.10.

The current aggregation contract for the village expires in September. As in past arrangements, any resident or business could opt-out of the voluntary program at any time.

The board approved expenditures for drainage, culvert and pavement repairs for Northwest Street. The cost of the project is not to exceed $30,000.

Village Engineer Kevin Heitz said he was looking at various village streets for possible future repairs. He explained the village could spend $142,000 from Motor Fuel Tax revenue for the road work. Heitz said he would soon present particular projects for the board's review and approval.

The board also approved — with Heitz's endorsement — a Pre-Treatment Permit with PQ Corporation. The agreement allows the village to monitor the company's water discharge process among other emissions.

Before adjournment, trustees agreed to award the Utica Little League $1,500 (the same amount as last year) for partial reimbursement of expenses for maintenance of the Carey Memorial Park and Neighbors Park baseball fields.

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