Sublette makes improvements using Local CURE funds


SUBLETTE — The Village of Sublette approved projects that used funds from the Local CURE Support Program to make improvements to the village.

The Village of Sublette Board met on Monday, Oct. 12 in the Ellice Dinges Center. All board members were present.

The Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (or Local CURE) Support Program is a support program for units of local government, outside of Cook, Lake, Will, Kane and DuPage County. This is federally funded from the Coronavirus Relief Fund using dollars allocated to Illinois through the CARES Act, and will reimburse units of local government for costs incurred during March 1 through Dec. 30, 2020.

The board held a special meeting on Sept. 28 to apply for the funds. The village was awarded $18,942.

On Oct. 12, the village discussed and voted on where that money would be spent.

The first project approved was the purchase of three laptops for the village clerk, treasurer, and president; six Chromebooks for the village trustees; Cloudberry backup; three Microsoft Office licenses for the computers; Email accounts for all trustees and village president, clerk and treasurer; three back-ups including cloud, computer and external hard drive. The cost for the purchase is $9,442. 

Acting Village President John Stenzel said this new technology will allow the village options in case remote meetings need to be held again.

The second project approved was the purchase of a handicapped push button for the front doors at the Ellice Dinges Center. The package also included touchless door locks. The cost for the project is $9,500.

Stenzel said having the automatic door will be less contact for everyone. He added that the door on the left side walking into the Ellice Dinges Center would be the automatic door. 

Sublette Village Trustee Jeff Myers said having a push button door would be a really good idea.

Other ideas mentioned included automatic hand sanitizer machines and a sprayer that could sanitize rooms, tables and chairs after use. Both items will be addressed at the next board meeting.

In other board news:

• The board set the Trick or Treating hours for Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 – 7 p.m.

• The board agreed to continue to not take rental agreements for 2021 as of this point.

• The board approved the 2020-21 levy at $15,363. Stenzel told the board Village Treasurer Theresa Wilson looked up the village’s levy history, and that the levy has been the same amount since 2009. 

• Don Dinges reported that the Sublette Christmas in the Village is canceled unless something miraculous happens in November. However, the village will still put up the Christmas tree, and Village Trustee Scott Hansen will talk to the Sublette Business Association about the trees the businesses decorate.

• Sublette Village Clerk MacKenzie Belan has prepared packets for those wishing to run for elected office in 2021. Those open positions include three village trustee positions, village clerk, and village president. Election packets must be turned back into the village clerk by Dec. 21. The village will also be looking to appoint a new village treasurer as current Wilson will be retiring. The village trustees whose seats are up at the 2021 election include Julie Kessel, Brian Wilson and Robert Bulfer.

The next Sublette Village Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 9, in the Ellice Dinges Center.

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