SUBLETTE — Trustees split votes on several motions Monday night during the regular Sublette Village Board meeting, according to acting village president John Stenzel.

A motion to appoint Dana Considine as the village attorney was approved but trustees Julie Kessel and Laura Jackson both voted against the appointment. Considine, a Dixon attorney, specializes in family, commercial and municipal law. She replaces Kelly Flessner who was appointed by Michael Vaessen, the previous village president who resigned in June.

Considine is familiar with village ordinances and will be able to assist as they work to get some properties cleaned up.

The board also split on a donation to the upcoming “Hops and Harmony” event. Organizers requested a $5,000 donation with trustees Laura Jackson and Scott Hanson the only ones to approve the motion. Instead, trustees approved a donation of $3,500 instead. This is a new event for the village and will be on Sept. 14.

They also approved a donation of $4,400 to the Park Board for upgrades to the walking path at the village park. Stenzel said packed gravel will be added this year and then a chip and seal will be done next year to create a more durable surface.

A new contract with Heartland Cable will include installation of a natural gas line for an emergency generator for the company. Heartland provides cable and internet to residents and also offers high speed internet to the village at no charge.

A motion to add another liquor license to the village died on the floor. Trustees did not bring it to a vote since the village already has four licenses and the fifth was a request from a potential video gambling business. Stenzel said trustees thought it would not bring any new business in town and would only split the existing business.

Electrical upgrades could be in store next month following information Stenzel shared with trustees. He said energy efficient lighting on Main Street, at the water plant and tower and in the Ellice Dinges Center could result in significant savings. He plans to have more information for the board when they meet again in September.

Tamara Abbey can be reached by calling or texting (815) 539-5200 or mendota@newstrib.com.

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