By ERIC SCHAADT
ARLINGTON — Discussion at Arlington Council on Monday centered on efforts to deal with bitterly cold weather.
Weekend repairs were made after waterline breaks on Westview Drive and East Fellowship Drive, village officials said.
A positive note is that a telephone answering service/texting system to contact village officials in emergencies seemed to work. The system is being used on a two-week trial basis.
The upgraded answering system relays messages to selected village officials.
“I’m pleased with it,” Water and Sewer Superintendent Rick Monday told Village Council.
Monday said new village employee Casey Glick was able to help during a waterline problem Sunday. Glick was hired recently by council on an as-needed basis.
In a related matter, council agreed to spend $977 to install a back-up heater at the sewage treatment plant building.
If the power would go out at the building, the new heater would keep the building and its pipes warm enough to prevent freezing.
Also, Street Commissioner Kyle Crist announced that more road salt has been located for village roadways.
Last week, Crist said local suppliers had low inventories of salt, and Arlington was down to one load.
In other business, council:
• May again consider adding a security camera at the water treatment plant.
• Approved annual agreements to retain Street Commissioner Crist and Village Solicitor Don Rasmussen.
• Gave a first reading to an ordinance updating the village employee manual.
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