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News & Notes: March 26

March 25, 2009

MD-IH Foundation awards nearly $3,000 in grants

The Maple Dale-Indian Hill Educational Foundation recently awarded $2,820 in grants to teachers for the second half of the 2008-09 school year.

The grants are:

• $1,000 to speech pathologist Donna Kleiner for materials in the speech and language lending library for parents, teachers and students;

• $800 to art teachers Roseanne Literski and Katie Nowak for a speed saw and stand;

• $770 to library media staff members Chris See and Kris Ricigliano for a global culture collection of nonfiction books in the Maple Dale library; and

• $250 to guidance counselor Jeff Bohacek for recess equipment.

River Hills Village Board meeting to be held week later

The River Hills Village Board's next regular meeting has been moved to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Village Hall, 7650 N. Pheasant Lane.

The board normally meets the third Wednesday of the month, but opted to push the next meeting back a week so new trustees can begin serving.

River Hills sewer work this summer to cost $46,771

The River Hills Village Board on March 18 awarded a $46,771 contract to Madison-based Terra Engineering & Construction for sewer work that will take place this summer.

Village Engineer Robert Elkin recommended the firm, which was the lowest of five bidders for the project. The highest bidder, Veit & Co. of Rogers, Minn., provided a quote of $85,592.

Terra will perform such tasks as cleaning, rehabilitating and installing new equipment for the village's sanitary sewer system.

Committee recommends grant application

Meeting as a Committee of the Whole on March 19, Bayside trustees recommended the Village Board approve a new grant application for the Pelham Parkway Safe Routes to School road and sidewalk plan.

The state did not approve the grant last year, but Village Manager Andy Pederson said state officials notified the village the plan is eligible for funding under the federal stimulus transportation enhancement grant program.

The board will meet Thursday, April 2.

Bayside to seek suggestions about Ellsworth Park pavilion

Bayside Village President Sam Dickman hopes to get some feedback from residents on a course of action for the pavilion at Ellsworth Park.

The pavilion, originally built as a warming house for skating, has been closed during most of the year because of the cost of keeping it heated during winter. The village closed the bathrooms recently because of water supply issues.

Although the pavilion is occasionally rented for private events, the total revenue over the last five years from such rentals has been less than $1,000. Heating and power costs since 2002 total $8,300.

Trustees, meeting as a Committee of the Whole on March 19, agreed bathrooms for the park and users of the ball diamond, tennis courts and tot lot were necessary.

The board could consider renting out the pavilion in the summer months only and closing it in the winter, using the pavilion for storage only, removing the walls to create a type of covered outdoor shelter, and demolishing the pavilion entirely.

Dickman said the upcoming village newsletter should ask for residents input on the future of the pavilion.

Ordinance to be rewritten because of contradictions

The Bayside ordinance governing the outdoor parking or storage of everything from cars and boats to snowplow blades and recreational vehicles confuses even the police officers who are charged with enforcing it, Police Chief Bruce Resnick told the Committee of the Whole on March 19.

Over the years, modifications and additions to the ordinance have created contradictions.

Resnick and Village Attorney Chris Jaekels will start from scratch on a replacement ordinance that will be brought to the committee at a future date.

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