Alma Plans to Go All Out for Halloween This YearThe Alma Village Board wants the community to go all out again this year for Halloween. The board agreed to hold a costume judging contest and provide hot dogs and other treats to those Trick or Treating in the park. Trick or Treating night was set for Wednesday, October 31st, with the costume judging at village hall at 5:30 followed by trick or treating from six to eight. The board is inviting residents to come to the park to hand out their treats to kids. The board agreed to spend $200 towards Halloween activities. There will be first, second and third places awarded in three age groups from infant to eight years of age. Anyone who would like to donate to help with the cost can call Shannon Yates at 316-9284.
Mayor Russell Swift reported bids would be opened at noon on Friday for the village hall addition that will include two handicapped accessible bathrooms and an office expansion. The village's motor fuel tax fund has been straightened out with the Illinois Department of Transportation. Swift says they now have the full $54,000 available for road improvements. He's pleased the problems were straightened out without the village being fined for record keeping problems. Some of the money will be used to oil and chip the bus routes and major village streets on Wednesday of this week.
The Alma Board has directed the Police Chief to increase enforcement of ordinance violations. Derelict vehicles and golf cars and ATV's running on village streets without the required license tags were at the top of the list of concerns.
The board agreed to spend up to $350 for landscape blocks for the sign outside the front of the Alma Village Hall building.
The board voted to increase salaries to village officials elected in the April election. The pay for mayor will increase from $200 to $400 per month. The clerk's salary will increase from $225 to $300. Trustee pay will increase from $40 to $50 for a regular meeting and from $10 to $50 for any special meetings. Petitions for the mayor, clerk, and four open trustee seats in the April election are now available at Alma Village Hall.
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