SAUK VILLAGE | Sauk Village administrators and officials this week turned the village over to a bunch of school kids.
Twenty eighth-graders, to be exact.
Student Government Day was celebrated Tuesday. The students from Rickover Junior High assumed the positions that run village government, from trustee to president to director of public works.
The annual event is sponsored by the Public Relations Committee. Trustee Rosie Williams, chair of the committee, was especially excited with this year’s program.
“These kids are amazing,” Williams told the audience. “The parents of these children should be very proud of the job they have done.”
The students spent the day with their respective mentor. They also toured the police and fire departments, the public works department and Village Hall. Williams said the students asked a lot of intelligent, probing questions, especially during the police department tour.
At Tuesday night’s Village Board meeting, the 20 students were sworn in at their respective jobs. Then they conducted the village official business, including awarding a contract for road repairs and resurfacing.
Student village president Imani Crews told the audience that the road work would be at no cost to taxpayers under the Motor Fuel Tax and Community Development Block Grant
Student village engineer Tenell Spann explained the four bids along with the recommendation to the board for approval.
As an official board, the students approved a motion to award the project to Gallagher Asphalt, which was the lowest bid at $271,997.
The road work includes 223rd Street from Nichols Avenue to Murphy Avenue, 215th Place from Peterson Avenue to Jeffrey Avenue, Luella Court from 221st Street, 225st Court from Theisen Avenue, Merrill Court from 216th Street, and 223rd Place Court from Yates Avenue
The construction time frame is from April through August.
The student board also approved a motion to extend the contract of Call One, the village landline phone service.