WHAT WE KNOW: This year's rains have created a couple areas of drainage problems in Bishop Hill.
WHAT'S NEW: Brian Fox Ellis of Bishop Hill Creative Commons talked to the board about putting in semi-permeable parking along Berglund Street to accommodate events where they draw up to 100 people to concerts. He said he wanted to put in two small rain gardens for retention to manage the drainage in a way that doesn't cause erosion. Board members gave him the go-ahead to make temporary changes, warning him that the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant will mean new water mains in town within the next two years that might disrupt some of his actions.
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WHAT'S NEXT: Mayor Mike Funke expressed frustration with the state for leaving its water bill with the village in arrears for a year. Treasurer Sharon Wexell said the state is trying to cut expenses and take control of its bills to make sure things aren't being paid "willy-nilly." "I'm good with that. I'm glad the state is questioning," she said, but she sent a bill in two different formats multiple times to no avail. The village normally does not send out water bills. She said she believes the state will pay now, but the mayor said if it hasn't paid by July 1, he is in favor of shutting the water off. The village services water to the state at the park, the hotel, the museum, the church and two public restrooms. "It's $160 a month for all the buildings they have here. That is probably pretty dirt cheap," she remarked.