Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2013, 9:04 pm

Sherrard cuts sticker fee for slow-moving vehicles in half

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By Cathy Decker, correspondent@qconline.com

SHERRARD -- The village board on Monday agreed to cut sticker fees for slow-moving vehicles such as ATVs and golf carts from $50 to $25 per year.

The action came after Mayor Terry Ayers told the board a petition from residents was submitted seeking the reduction.

People who don't update or buy the stickers will receive a warning ticket the first time but could be fined $200 to $500 after that.

Trustee Delbert Henry said he attended a Mercer County Safety Planning Committee to hear three proposals for road improvements on a stretch of County Road 5, known as 300th Street. The county wanted input from the village and school and fire districts on three options for fixing the 0.7-mile stretch.

One option would be to add a 6-inch overlay on the road, at a cost of $432,000, to be paid with Illinois Department of Transportation funds that won't be available until 2017. A second option is to have the county highway department add a 3-inch skim coat for an estimated $232,000, and the third would be to patch the street for about $50,000 and wait for the IDOT funds for a total renovation.

Trustee Henry said his recommendation was to remove the top layer and replace it with a skim coat, which could begin this spring.

In other business, the board:
- Asked the village clerk to send a letter to the Sherrard school district, asking it to fix a "lake" forming at the ball diamond site caused by a problem with a culvert. The board said it's a safety issue.

- Asked the maintenance department to begin fixing potholes with cold patch materials.

- Agreed to hold an appropriations committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 27.

- Learnedroad work on Oakwood Drive will begin April 1, with the village agreeing to install stop signs on 7th Street East and 7th Street West.

- Agreed to buy lime green door hangers to hang on homes to notify of boil orders or meter readings.