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Utica website will get its first update since 2015

Work aims to make site easier to navigate

Utica trustees approved a working budget Thursday to revamp their website, better reflect the attractions of the village and make it easier to navigate the page for governmental information.

Village President David Stewart explained the website has not been updated since its inception in 2015.

"We paid $9,000 at that time to create the site back then and we feel it is time to improve on it with new photographs and to make it easier to navigate," Stewart said.

Trustees agreed to a maximum budget of $5,000 for the design/placement work. Stewart said Director of Village Affairs Jamie Turczyn will oversee the project.

Approved last year, the board was informed a payment of $2,488.33 was made last month to the Illinois Department of Revenue toward previously agreed village expenses for the ongoing Illinois River Bridge project, which carries Route 178 over the river. The new span will include a walk/bicycle pathway connecting the village to Starved Rock State Park.

Additionally, Police Chief Rodney Damron said the recently ordered truck for his department will soon be delivered to the village with a few weeks. Striping and police equipment instillation will be completed shortly after delivery.

Public Works Director Curt Spayer told trustees two new houses will start construction within the village limits later this spring and that "there might be more." Stewart said any new housing starts is "good news for Utica."

The board also approved the village's annual employee payroll schedule that sets the wages for the next fiscal year that begins April 1.

Before adjournment, board members granted a $50 donation to Maria Pawlak, a 16 year-old Utica resident and La Salle-Peru High School student, for her participation in the Special Olympics Polar Plunge set for Sunday, Feb. 29 in Lake Mendota. Trustees Ron and Mary Pawlak, grandparents of Maria, removed themselves from the vote. The annual event raises money for local Special Olympics athletes participation.

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