Craig Suedmeyer chaired a planning meeting for the 2nd Annual Octoberfest being held in the Hoyleton Park on Saturday, October 15. The event is hosted by three Hoyleton organizations: the Community Club, Fire Association & Lions Club. Representatives present were Ryan Kees, Dustin Unverfehrt, and Patricia Rensing. T-shirts are once again being designed to carry out the tradition of “Big Ole’ Butts BBQ.” The highlight of the Octoberfest is crowning the Grand Champion for the Washington County BQ Championship. The BBQ cook-off event provides a venue for teams to present their best of the best in the preparation of beef brisket, port butt, baby back ribs, and chicken wings. Samplings are open to the public and a People’s Choice award is voted by the samplers.
The park will come alive opening at 11 a.m. serving lunch and beverages, a vendor/craft fair will be available, bounce houses for children, and many other events are in the planning stage. Durr Mann will provide DJ services. The food stand will remain open throughout the day with a planned closing of 8:00 p.m. so be sure to plan to stop in for good food and fellowship.
The Hoyleton Village Board met on September 6 upon Village President Alan Spenner calling the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Erin Schuette, Village Clerk, read the minutes of the August meeting and Janis Bourgeois, Village Treasurer presented the financial overview. Tony Smith resigned his position as Village Trustee as he has moved. Leo Ohms was appointed to fill the vacancy.
Bids were opened to award a 5-year contract for waste disposal. Upon reviewing the specifics, motion by Tony Smith, second by Lucas Grote for Sunrise Sanitation, from Salem, IL to be granted the contract effective January 1, 2017. The Board approved the purchase of a self-standing generator for the North Station and a report from Waylon Livesay found all Village equipment receiving preventative maintenance and standing work ready.
Deb Holle updated the Board on the Veteran’s Tribute-Memorial. 150+ bricks have been sold and the deadline for ordering has been set. Ralph Hustedde of Bach Landscaping is the designer for the tribute. It was motioned by Josh Holle, seconded by Rick Bourgeois and voted by the Board to locate the tribute along Park Street to the north of the brick pillars. October 17 has been set as the start date for our project. Eventually, the curbing will be modified for handicap access and the Village committed to provide the necessary electric for spotlighting. The back of the tribute will feature the Hoyleton Volunteer Fire Department. Dedication of the Veteran’s tribute is scheduled for Memorial Day, 2017.
The Board discussed derelict properties and the planned demolition of same. The Board is working in conjunction with the Village’s legal counsel, Aaron Epplin, to ensure notices have been filed and options to pursue should compliance not be forthcoming. Frank Tomasek has been reviewing the conformance timelines.
-December 5, 2016 has been set for the Village Caucus for the 2017 Election. The offices of the Village President, Treasurer, and three (3) Trustees will be up for fill. The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.