Each year the Board of Trustees review accomplishments of the previous year and set goals for the coming year.
To contact customer service for Republic Services
http://www.republicservices.com or call: (815) 723-3200
The Cullom Village Board has increased the Garbage and Water Rate for 2018. The new rate for residential customers is $480 a year with payment in full by January 31, 2018. A $30 increase.
Again, there are options to split up the payments in either half-year or quarter year payments with a service fee of $60. A $10 increase over previous years.
Garbage and Water Bills will be mailed the first week in January.
UPDATE: The Village has conducted an informal survey. There appears to be approximately 120 Ash trees in Cullom, with approximately 80 on Village property. They will need to be removed in the near future.
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a beetle native to Asia, about the size of a grain of rice was first detected in Michigan in 2002 and has started to spread throughout the United States.
We do have EAB in Cullom. Within a few years all Ash trees in the village will be dead or dying. The village has developed a tree management program and all Ash trees on village property are on an established list to be removed and replaced with other species.
All sixteen native Ash species are susceptible to the EAB. An Ash tree can be recognized by the compound leaves which are arranged opposite of one another on the branches.
Homeowners will have to consider their own options, to protect or replace the trees on their own property. If you choose to protect them, the sooner you begin treating the tree with insecticides, the better. You will need to treat the tree over its lifetime. The Morton Arboretum has a website with more information: mortonarb.org/plantadvice
Symptoms and Signs
Sometimes damage to the tree may not be apparent for up to three years of infestation. The most obvious signs of an attack are dead limbs near the upper part of the tree. Woodpecker damage is sometimes apparent as they search for larvae and damage the bark of the trees.
The EAB eggs are laid between layers of bark. When they hatch the larvae bore into the tree where they feed on the inner bark creating “S”-shaped tunnels called galleries.
Adults begin to emerge through “D”-shaped exit holes and will remain active until the end of summer.
Homeowners should check their trees for infestations.
The following is an overview of the goals and objectives for 2017 determined by the Village Board of Trustees.
* North-side Business District Sidewalk Replacement Project
* General Sidewalk Repair and Maintenance
* New Zoning Ordinance Map
* Develop Emergency Management Plan
* Tower Inspection – Cleaning
* Replace Valve at tower location
* Paint outside Iron Filter
* Annual Sand Filter Maintenance
* Continue Hydrant/Valve Exercising Maintenance Programs
* Water Quality Report Notice Mailing
* Renew Allied/Republic Contract
* Plant trees – ongoing tree maintenance
* Establish Street Sign Replacement Program
* Continue Alley Maintenance Program
* Develop plan of correction for drainage issues
* Investigate/Correct existing driveway/culvert issues
* Accounting Procedures Updated
* Prevailing Wage Ordinance – <June>
* Appropriation Ordinance – <July>
* Levy Ordinance <November>
* Audit of Accounts
* Encourage/Oversee/Enforce Main Street Building Repair
* Establish Community Advisory Board
* Christmas on Main Street
* Strict Ordinance Enforcement
* Abandoned/unlicensed vehicles
* Animal Control
* Junk/Trash on property
* Whatever other issues that may arise.