Cherry Valley looks at bids for Baumann Park fire cleanup - – Rockford’s News Leader

Cherry Valley looks at bids for Baumann Park fire cleanup


Cleaning up.  That's what Cherry Valley's Public Works Committee focuses on less than a week after a building full of equipment and supplies burned to the ground.

Committee members approved a bid to get cleanup started.  Public works decided on a bid.  They'll pay $500 to have debris cleaned up and removed.  Debris that once helped keep their village up and running.

"People, you know, willing to lend a hand out there and understanding the situation and still providing service for the community and it makes us feel really good," said Chuck Freeman, interim Public Works Director.

Community outreach helps for now.  Eventually the borrowed services will need to replaced with something more permanent.

"We're going to be looking at the equipment we need to replace immediately," said Village President Jim Claeyssen.

The village still has its snow trucks, salt supply and some other winter gear.  But Cherry Valley lost a lot: $1.2 million worth.

"A lot of heavy equipment.  We lost an end-loader, a back hoe, we lost our Elgin street sweeper, we lost our 25 foot bucket truck that we used to work on traffic signals and things like that," said Claeyssen.

Now it's time to rebuild.  But not just physically.  Village leaders look to restore peace of mind and prepare for what could be a long winter.

"Pretty stressful for them, this has been their home for a number of years and obviously they've work out of everyday and for them its just like somebody losing their house," said Claeyssen.

"We've got a service to provide here for the village residents with the snow season upon us, it's pretty tough when you lose half of your equipment that you're used to operating to remove snow and make the streets safe for the public," said Freeman.

The full village board will vote to approve the debris cleanup bid at the next board meeting.

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