At Monday evening’s Herscher Village Board meeting, Mayor Ray Schneider announced that the Village of Herscher and its residents do not qualify for any existing disaster aid, although Representative Lindsay Parkhurst continues to research options for any possible assistance. Schneider stated, “It’s disappointing, but we aren’t done.”
Mike Bruner expressed his thanks to the village employees for their assistance during the recent flooding.
Residents who are finished with their sandbags will have them picked up as soon as the village secures a dry location for them. The village will keep the sandbags for further use this summer. Last year’s flood was in July.
Schneider shared that the highest rainfall ever received in the Chicago area has been in the past three years, thereby confirming a shift in weather patterns.
A Water Retention Committee will be established consisting of the board members and two citizens from the village. Bob Voss is the chairman of the new committee.
An overhead door will be purchased for the water treatment plant to save the expense of tearing down the wall and replacing it when improvements are completed for a total savings of $760.
The electrical aggregate agreement will expire in September, therefore a new contract will be signed soon. The current company will match Com Ed’s rates and will donate $6000 per year to the village.
Herscher residents have been very successful with Census 2020 response and are in 14th place in Illinois and 201st place in the United States.