The Lyons Town Council unanimously approved the annual budget ordinance at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening.
They also approved a Fair Housing Ordinance as required for housing grants and the annual bond for Town Marshal Ron Sparks was renewed with Pekin Insurance.
The Council discussed an issue of a tree branch hanging over a road in town. A school bus driver had earlier reported the branch was hitting his bus. It was decided to contact the homeowner to let him know the Town would like to trim the branch.
Council President Scott Powers asked for an update on progress with the past problem of a large amount of water flowing that was not being metered. At one point, about 35 percent of the total amount flowing out of the town wells was being lost. Steps were taken to monitor some meters and watch for possible leaks - with good results. Clerk-Treasurer Kim Flynn reported the situation had improved and the amount of water lost is now under 25 percent.
The Council informally discussed an ongoing problem with one water customer who has been repeatedly late paying a high volume bill. They hope the customer will resolve the issue. In advance of another possible shut-off, the policy on late payments and shut-offs, set by town ordinance, was reviewed and discussed with the clerk-treasurer.
One resident attended the meeting to report a problem with a storm drain she said was not able to drain water properly because another property owner had stopped it up and covered it up. She said that is causing water to back up and it was causing the drain on her property to sink.
Before the resident left the meeting, Powers told her, "We'll take a look at it." And as soon as the meeting was adjourned, Powers left with Marshal Sparks to do just that.
All members were present including Powers and Councilwomen Michelle Emmons and Kimberly Nickless.
The next regular monthly meeting of the Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.