The Carrier Mills Village Board received committee reports Thursday night.
The main topic of discussion was Mayor Louis Shaw's announcement that the village will benefit from a $3,000 grant from a Tornado Restoration Fund established by Illinois State Senator Gary Forby.
This grant is earmarked for use in restoring tornado damage or work to mitigate the effect of future natural disasters.
The board informally decided to seek a replacement for the emergency generator which is used to provide power to the municipal building in the event of protracted power failure after a natural disaster.
The generator would provide power to operate the city radio network and to allow the building to be used as an emergency heating or cooling center and to prepare food during an emergency. The board also informally decided to purchase a defibrillator to be placed in the municipal building.
Board member Jennifer O'Neal asked that the police increase patrols on Oak Street in front of the Post Office to prevent illegal parking which frequently blocked access to the outdoor mailbox.
Board member Greg Prince reported on the status of the $100,000 mobility improvement grant. The Village is beginning the process of applying for this grant, which would be available to improve access issues in the homes of individuals with restricted mobility. This grant will be available for qualifying homes within the city limits of Carrier Mills.
The board also began informal consideration of the purchase of two new radios for the Village work trucks. These radios would also be linked to the police and fire radios to allow city work crews to more readily assist in dealing with emergencies.