Brocton contracts for water department accounting and billing

By DANIEL BRISENO dnl.briseno@gmail.com
Posted 11/16/20

BROCTON — Management of water department accounts in the Village of Brocton is getting moved to an outside source.

Eric Emrich from EJ Water Cooperative of Dieterich made a presentation …

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Brocton contracts for water department accounting and billing

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BROCTON — Management of water department accounts in the Village of Brocton is getting moved to an outside source.

Eric Emrich from EJ Water Cooperative of Dieterich made a presentation about the cooperative assuming responsibility for water department billing and accounting at the Wednesday, Nov. 11, village board meeting.

According to its website, the EJ cooperative is a non-profit and the largest rural water cooperative in Illinois providing water to residents across six counties. The cooperative also offers contract services as was proposed to the Brocton Village Board, and Emrich discussed how the cooperative can help Brocton with financial management of the village water department.

The board passed a resolution approving the change, pending review by the village attorney. Emrich said EJ Cooperative will mail letters to Brocton’s residents explaining the change that becomes effective Jan. 1, 2021.

During the public comment section of the meeting, the board heard concerns from residents.

Ronnie McGill addressed the issue of playground equipment. He said several gaps and cracks in the equipment are of sufficient size to catch a child’s hand or fingers and cause injury. Board members said they will look into making repairs.

Ralph Craig renewed his complaint about the conditions found at 405 South Howard. He said the village gave the residents time to clean up the property, but that effort stopped in September and a trailer full of items was unloaded into the yard on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Mayor Dennis Cary and the trustees agreed the residents have had enough time and enough warnings to correct the problems. Police Chief Ray Sollars was instructed to investigate and issue citations, if he finds violations of village ordinances. The citations are necessary as a first step in seeking court intervention, if the residents refuse to comply.

John Sutcliff took issue with residents riding minibikes in the village, which he said is illegal. The board took it under advisement, and Sollars is to watch for the riders.

In another matter, Sollars stated the squad car received a new transmission.