Sublette message board repaired


Staff writer

SUBLETTE – The Village of Sublette Board has crossed off many items on its to-do list in the last few months.

The board meeting on Sept. 11 was no different as many topics were labeled completed.

For over a year, the village message board sign has been on the agenda. Although it will still be an objective for a little while longer, half of the battle is over as the lights on the sign that had gone out were replaced.

“At the last committee meeting it was decided that they could proceed with the repair if they got a good price,” said John Stenzel, the president of the Village of Sublette Board. “The sign was repaired for $1,800. It cost us $800 because the Sublette Business Association donated $1,000 for the repair.

“The repair is done, now we just have to draw up a lease with Orzech Auto Truck and Tow, because the business is where the electricity is coming from, or source the electricity to the sign ourselves.”

The storm tile under a section of U.S. Route 52 was repaired. Now that the repair is taken care of, the board is going to contact a contractor about finalizing the televising (running a camera through) that has to be completed to make sure all channels are open.

The railing on Main Street has been ordered, arrived, and replaced, however the final installation of how it should be set up is not finished yet, but will be soon.

On Sept. 14, the water tower returned online after it was drained on Sept. 4 and “washed, waxed, interiorly painted, and put back in service,” as Stenzel said.

Other matters discussed at the meeting included the property at 105 S. Front St. planned for demolition as it was bought by Sublette Elevator and the house and garage are not needed. The village board has to select two LED speed signs to use the approved grant, concrete patch work will be done on the concrete around the Ellice Dinges Center until it can be properly repaired by a contractor, and instead of 15 percent of Sublette sales tax going into the water fund it has been approved for the reduction to 10 percent.

Sublette events in the month of September such as Hops & Harmony and Pullin’ in the Park brought in big crowds. Don Dinges, the village economic development coordinator, said the tractor pull on Sept. 10 may have had the biggest attendance ever.

The next event is the Antique Power Days, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Mendota Hills Campground, that will include engines of all kinds, stem, gas and garden tractors, farm implements, vendors, crafts, antiques, and produce.