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Seneca considers employee compensation ordinance repeal

This week, the Seneca Village Board talked about amending a rule regarding employee three-year hourly compensations. 

Finance Commissioner Rick Barla said it was unusual for villages to have this type of ordinance “because of the jobs and changes that occur so frequently. It's really not a requirement and the council can be in charge of compensations.”
Public Health and Safety Commissioner Rich Applebee said the ordinance and employee compensation rates were out of date. Russell said the ordinance dated back to 2006.
“The council has talked about repealing this ordinance for at least a year,” Spicer added. “I think we should repeal this and move forward.”
The repeal of this ordinance will be voted on at the Tuesday, March 20, board meeting.

Seneca Grade School minor subdivision request
Mayor David Spicer said the grade school is in the process of selling property at 354-358 South Market Street with approximate dimensions of 165 feet by 300 feet. 
“The school would like to split the lots, a plan the zoning board approved after hearing no objections," the mayor said.
The board will vote on an ordinance regarding the school's request at the March 20 board meeting.

Two new water pump purchases
The village board approved a payment of $3,680.86 from the water fund to Hawkins, Inc. Water Treatment Group, in Peotone, for two water pumps and labor to remove and install them. The pumps are used to inject chemicals, such as chlorine into the water.
“We have two water pumps, one as our main pump and the other one as our backup,” Spicer said. “Our main pump went down about two weeks ago and we had to wait one month for parts we needed. (March 6) they arrived, but they were the wrong parts. So, we decided to order two new pumps from Hawkins because if anything goes wrong in the future, we can get the parts within an hour. That time frame includes repairing or replacing.”

Street Department praised
Spicer and Streets and Public Improvements Commissioner Jeff Olson had nothing but praise for street department employees when the village board approved a $1,732.50 payment to A & E Septic Services, Coal City, for work done on the canal just before February's large rainfalls.
“I would never have thought of this as a way to solve our flooding issues,” Spicer said. “Our streets staff came up with the idea of busting the ice in the creek.”
The idea was if the ice was broken up, with heavy rains, the water would flow better and not jam up at the creek's culvert or anywhere else in the village. It took took 10 1/2 hours for an operators from A & E Septic Services to remove the ice with a L4100 grader with a 8-foot boom extension. The village's plan worked.
“By breaking up the ice, it all but eliminated the flooding problems,” Olson said. “This was a plan that was well worth it. I know other areas around us experienced flooding but because of our plan, we had no problems. Our street crew (Scott, Jimmy and crew) really did a great job.”

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