Westville declines to waive lien

Kim Luttrell

Correspondent

Independent News

Westville trustees discussed a request to waive a lien of more than $15,000 it has placed on the property located at 312 S. State Street.

According to Mayor Mike Weese, the village had been asked to waive the lien so that a local resident could lease the property to open a used car lot.

Weese said the lien was placed on the property back in 2005.  The village placed the lien on the property after repeated requests to the property owner to have garbage on the property picked up and weeds cut down, village employees eventually went in cleaned up the property and cut down the weeds.

Weese said village employees continue to cut down the weeds as needed.

The site, which was a former gas station, has been sold a couple of times according to Weese.  The current owner resides in Wisconsin.

Village attorney Ed Barney told trustees that the interested party can go ahead and lease the property without a need for the lien to be removed.  Barney said the lien would need to be settled if the property is sold.  Barney also told the council that they could accept a lump sum payment to discharge the lien.  The lien has a 9 percent a year penalty added to it. No vote was taken to discharge the lien.

In other council action, trustees:

- Learned from village treasurer Mike Larson that committees need to start meeting to work on the next fiscal year budget.

- Heard from police Chief David Booe that the new drug collection box placed inside the municipal building is being well used by the community, the box allows residents to dispose of outdated or unneeded prescription drugs.  The collected drugs are routinely transferred to the Vermilion County Sheriff for disposal.

- Learned Zamberletti Park will open Apr, 1, weather permitting,

The Westville village council will meet at 7 p.m. Mar. 28 at the municipal building.

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