CRETE | The Village Board is contemplating a program to replace trees killed by an infestation this year of the emerald ash borer.
Officials heard a brief presentation Monday by village Administrator Tom Durkin, who said a 1997 inventory of ash trees was found and the village would soon conduct a check to determine the exact condition of every single tree.
“We’re going to go out and see what’s still there from among the trees that haven’t been cut down already,” Durkin said. “We need to see what stage of dying our are trees in.”
Public Works Superintendent Phil Hameister said about 10 trees have been removed during the past two weeks.
A plan to actually replace the trees — which are scattered throughout the village — has yet to be determined, with Durkin saying the issue will continue to be discussed by the Village Board in coming weeks.
The discussion came at a Village Board meeting presided over by Trustee Mark Wiater, with village President Michael Einhorn missing his first meeting in about 10 years due to a vacation trip to Hawaii.
Wiater made a point of keeping the meeting moving at a brisk pace. He jokingly criticized Trustee Dean Gaffney for being too verbose with his Building and Grounds committee report about the potential impact of foreclosures on the village.
“You’re obviously not familiar with my ways for running meetings, that report was way too long,” Wiater said of the roughly five-minute report.
While Fire Chief Lyle Bachert said of his report, “I hope I don’t go too long. I don’t want a reprimand.”
Einhorn is expected to be back in Crete for the Village Board’s next scheduled meeting Oct. 28.
In other business, the Village Board approved a resolution permitting the purchase of up to $40,000 in money received from the state from Motor Fuel Tax funds for purchases of salt to keep the local streets clear of ice during the winter months.
Hameister said the village will purchase the salt at a price of $48 per ton, and that the supply should be ample to get through the winter.
Village trustees also voted in favor of having their attorney draft an ordinance that allows the Becoming You – Hair and Nails salon, 565 W. Exchange St., to receive reimbursement from tax increment finance district funds to pay for a new sign outside the business.
A final vote will come at the next board meeting. Under the village’s rules, a business within the TIF district can be reimbursed for up to half the cost of the sign – which in this case is $618.