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WHAT WE KNOW:  Annawan Village Board members hope to soon have some demolition work done in the village.

WHAT'S NEW: At their meeting Tuesday, the village board approved a resolution to accept a $25,500 grant from Abandoned Residential Property Municipal Relief Program, administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority, to be used to condemn and demolish abandoned houses.

Mayor Tim Wise said, “We have at least three houses that are vacant and unsafe for anyone to live in and we would like to demolish those houses to improve the residential appearance in the village.”

In other business, the council:

• Approved spending $2,900 to hire McClaren, Wilson & Lawrie, Inc., Wheaton, to design the plans for the building which will be renovated to serve as the new Annawan Police Station. The building was donated to the village.

• Approved hiring Berchtold Blacktop, Wyoming, at a cost of $24,000, to blacktop the parking lot at the Annawan Community Center.

• Approved the plat for the Nanninga Subdivision at the northwest edge of Annawan.

• Approved appointing John Davis to serve as a trustee on the village board to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Nathan Stout who moved from Annawan.

— CLAUDIA LOUCKS / claudialoucks@gmail.com

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