By ERIC SCHAADT

Staff Writer

ARLINGTON — Despite Monday’s snowflakes, Arlington Council turned its attention to spring.

The spring cleanup date was set for 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 11 at the northern portion of the village park.

The drop-off service is available only to Arlington residents, according to village officials. Batteries will not be accepted.

Separately, Village Council gave the initial reading to an ordinance that would give village employees a 3 percent pay raise for this year.

The measure will require two additional readings before council can take a final vote.

Separately, village officials are considering giving residents the option of paying water and sewer bills on the internet via credit card or debit card.

A customer would pay a $3 or $5 fee per transaction, if the service is offered.

“This is something we’re looking at possibly doing,” said Paul Beidelschies, president of the Arlington Board of Public Affairs.

Councilman Brian Essiinger expressed his reservations about how the accounting process would be handled.

No decision was made Monday.

In other business, council:

• Held two separate closed executive sessions, one for a land purchase and other for an employee matter.

• Will spend $19,500 to repair the Apple Tree Grove retention pond. The costs will be assessed to the owners of the 26 lots there.

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