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Utica to act on drainage issues

Responding to drainage and pavement problems on 2856th Road, Utica village trustees accepted a bid Tuesday on repairs to address the issue.

The lowest of two bids — received at $6,155 from Wozniak Concrete Finishing — was approved by the board following a detailed explanation of needed road and ditch repairs by Public Works Director Curt Spayer.

The board accepted Spayer's assessment that repairs to the problem would prevent a bigger problem in the future.

"It's being proactive," Spayer said.

The board also accepted Spayer's suggestion to buy an additional solids pump for the village's sewage system, which he said was needed in heavy rain situations. Trustees approved expenses up to $12,000 for Spayer to find a suitable pump. The village has rented such a pump in recent months when needed following severe thunderstorms.

President David Stewart also instructed Village Engineer Kevin Heitz and Spayer to investigate possible solutions to groundwater drainage issues on Florence Drive following recent complaints from residents.

In another matter, Heitz informed the board Waltham Elementary School officials have asked permission to begin planting trees around their new school. Heitz also said officials from Dollar General soon will be asking for the required building permits to begin construction of the new business location on U.S. 6 near Route 178. No timetable for that construction was announced.

Village Attorney Herb Klein said he will begin to research other community ordinances on solar panel installations for Utica homes and businesses. Klein said solar panel restrictions have not been previously addressed in existing village ordinances.

Stewart asked trustees to approve changes in the village's Craft/Distillery License Ordinance to include brew pubs and/or microbreweries in case any such business opts to open one within the village borders. The changes were approved.

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