Sublette working deal with local wrestling club

Posted 3/23/22

SUBLETTE — The Village of Sublette is working up a contract for the Clipper Wrestling Club to use the Ellice Dinges Center for practice starting this fall.

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Sublette working deal with local wrestling club


SUBLETTE — The Village of Sublette is working up a contract for the Clipper Wrestling Club to use the Ellice Dinges Center for practice starting this fall.

Brent Montavon and Jennifer Phelps from the Clipper Wrestling Club attended the monthly Sublette Village Board meeting on Monday, March 14, in the Ellice Dinges Center. The Sublette board has been looking into the possibility of the club renting the EDC for practice. All members of the board were present except trustee Jeff Myers.

Montavon told the board that the club was looking for a place for practice. He said the season starts November 1 and is done in March. He said the club was looking to use the EDC four nights a week for practice, with practices averages a hour and half to two hours. He said they can use the Amboy High School for free but if the school is shut down for any reason, they cannot use the facility. 

He added that the Mendota wrestling club shut down, so he was trying to find a central location where the area wrestlers could come together for practice. He said the goal is to grow the wrestling program. 

He proposed the club paying the village $2,000 for a rental fee and $400 for a storage fee for the mats. The mats are currently being housed at the Amboy Junior High. 

Phelps said the club comes with its own insurance and that the parents of the wrestlers would sign waivers so the village would not be responsible for injuries.

Board members expressed agreement over the terms presented, and asked for time to fine tune the rental agreement for the club.

Heartland Cable

Jim Frances of Heartland Cable Broadband spoke to the board about the services Heartland Cable offers to the Sublette residents. Frances was asked to speak to the board because another company, Surf Broadband Solutions, has approached the village about putting fiber optic internet in Sublette.

Frances told the board that Heartland has more than 22,000 feet of cable in the village. He added that there are currently 95 internet customers and 80 television customers. He said he can sell customers a plan up to 500 mb, adding he has two customers who do 100 mb. Frances said the cost for 10 mb is $39.99, 25 mb is $49.99, 50 mb is $75, and 100 mb is $100 per month. 

He also told the board that if fiber was installed it would probably be 100 percent underground. 

Stenzel mentioned that if the village ever established it’s own sewer system and needed to run sewer lines to every residents, that would be the time to run fiber lines.  

Stenzel asked the board what they wanted to do about Surf Broadband. Village trustee Julie Kessel said the board should wait to do anything. Village trustee Larry Ellis voiced the village should do nothing with the company. Stenzel recommended leaving the discussion open for one more month.

In other board news:

• The village has set Saturday, April 23 as the annual village clean-up day. Sign-up sheets will be available at the post office and Bonnell’s General Store.

• Garbage rates went up from $11.54 per month to $12 per month as of March 1.

The next Sublette Village Board meeting will be held on Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m., in the Ellice Dinges Center.