Posted Online: Sept. 07, 2010, 9:37 pm

Silvis seeks to honor scouts

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By Seth Kabala,

SILVIS-- Village officials think local volunteers deserve a little praise.

At Tuesday night's meeting, Ald. Caryn Unsicker, 4th Ward, called a public services meeting for 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13 to discuss recognizing Scout Troop 113 for their trash collection along Hospital Road. For years, the troop has volunteered to clean between Illini Drive and the Avenue of the Cities. Ald. Unsicker said it was time to recognize their service.

"They do that street every month," she said. "We can't expect them to keep doing that month after month with no recognition."

Other council members concurred, suggesting tokens of appreciation. Mayor Bill Fox suggested a donation to the troop's fund for a trip planned to Boundary Waters. Without outside funding, he said, some scouts likely cannot go.

The ideas will be discussed at the Sept. 13 meeting.

In other business:

-- Ald. Bob Cervantes, 1st Ward, said the city received a $5,287 grant to buy new energy efficient lighting for city hall and the public safety building. The city must contribute 20 percent of the cost, funds which will likely come from the infrastructure tax, said city administrator Jim Grafton. The 45 new lights will replace old incandescent and can fixtures, with the projected energy savings paying for the project in two to three years, Mayor Fox said.

-- As a committee of the whole, alderman approved a tentative agreement to buy a right-of-way easement from the Herron family to allow the 10th Street paving project to continue. The Herrons will receive property tax assistance and drainage help in exchange for the agreement.