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No contest in Naplate for April municipal election

Naplate Village Clerk Gerry Kammerer announced plans to file completed petitions with the La Salle County clerk’s office this week for the April 2 consolidated election. The mayoral position, along with three trustee positions, are all uncontested.

Incumbent Mayor Gary Mooney will be on the ballot for a four-year term. The other incumbent trustee, Missy Crawford, will serve for another four-year term.

Two new faces will likely join Crawford and current trustees Lloyd Ludwig and Ross Sarti when the new board takes over in May. Art Preci is on the ballot for a four-year term; Dwayne Davis for two years.

“This isn’t the first time we’ve had uncontested or write-in candidates for an election,” Ludwig said. “Eight years ago I won as a write-in candidate because no one was really interested in the office at the time. This time, the ballot is complete with no write-in candidates.”

Lift pump repairs

The board approved a $12,245 payment to Machine Maintenance Repair, La Salle, for work on the village’s lift station pump. Ludwig noted that at some point, the village would have to replace the pump. Mooney said that if the village could get a grant, a new pump could be considered.

Engineering services

The board approved bills from Vergrzyn & Sarver, Ottawa, totaling $3,560 for engineering services. Of that, $1,589 was for the preparation of a USDA water and sewer grant application.

The program provides funding for clean drinking water systems, sanitary sewage and solid waste disposal and storm water drainage to homes and businesses in eligible areas (populations of 10,000 or less). The program also offers long-term, low-interest loans and if funds are available, a grant may be combined with a loan to keep village costs reasonable.

The village also paid $1,971 to the company for engineering fees for the Owens Street MFT (Motor Fuel Tax) road project.

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