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Local News Summary - November 30, 2022 Edition

Landfill injection well installation progress
The drilling of an injection well at the landfill was off to a slow start because of weather and other factors, but the project moved forward with the drilling company working through the holiday weekend. After hitting an obstruction at a depth of 88 feet, the drilling bit was angled to break up the obstruction.

When completed, the injection well will be at a depth of about 2,305 feet. Discussion took place about whether leachate will have to be pumped up to a level that will allow gravity feed into the well, and Connie Gerrie, landfill administrator, said the leachate feed might have to be screened before going into the well. The goal is to be able to use the injection well in the spring.

Council members hope to improve Emerick Park playground
Council members for the Village of Hillman are hoping to use grant funding from the Department of Natural Resources to enhance the playground at Emerick Park. Along with funding from Hillman Power Company, the playground could see improvements totaling about $150,000.

David Post, village manager, said the playground improvements could include more playground equipment, picnic tables and a pickle ball court. Steve Orlandi, trustee, said consideration should be given to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The council may address a resolution for funding at the Dec. 6 council meeting.

On another matter, business owners can receive a zero percent interest match of up to $5,000 for façade work on buildings. The village maintains a revolving loan fund for improvements, but council members are hoping to incentivize business owners with the zero percent interest match.

“We want to give them a chance to do the sides of buildings or anything people can see,” Post told the Tribune. “They have three years to pay it back.”

Atlanta School board amends 2023 budget at meeting
School board members for Atlanta Community Schools at the Nov. 21 regular board meeting amended the 2023 budget to reflect more in ending fund balance. An increase in state aid as well as other funding has helped increase revenues over expenditures from the projected $18,010 to more than $200,000.

Tony Suszek, superintendent, said the unassigned fund balance for 2023 is now at $985,284. Although that appears to be a healthy fund balance, Suszek reminded board members the district has received $300,000 in funding for Elementary and Secondary Student Emergency Relief for the past couple of years because of the pandemic.

“That represents three teachers, and we want to maintain that,” Suszek explained. “We don’t want to go back to split classes.”

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