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Shadow cast over North Hudson voting booths

A shadow has fallen over the North Hudson voting process, but it will soon be remedied.

Resident Karen Crawley, who is also a poll worker, addressed the Village Board of Trustees meeting last Tuesday with the problem.

She said the poll inspectors received many complaints from voters about the lack of lighting over the new voting booths on the north end of the meeting room during the Sept. 9 primary election.

"This was especially true for our elderly voters," she said.

Crawley made the suggestion that clip-on lights could be installed over each booth and hopefully the situation would be improved before the Nov. 4 general election.

Village Clerk Gloria Troester was already aware of the problem and proposed a possible solution.

She said there was an eight-bulb track light that was originally designed for one of the bathrooms in the newly renovated and expanded Village Hall that could be installed over the booths.

Troester said the only cost would be for an electrician to make the hook-up, and bids were being solicited.

"The last election was a small one and we didn't need all the booths, but the next one will be big," she said.

After hounding residents for the better part of two years to register to vote under new state rules, the village clerk said the mission has been largely accomplished.

"We had about six register for the primary. Out of 2,400 eligible voters in the village, 2,000 have registered," Troester said. The number represents about 83 percent of the voters in North Hudson.

The general election falls on Tuesday, Nov. 4, which would normally be the time for the regular board meeting. The November meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

In other action at the Oct. 7 meeting, the board:

  • Approved claims of $36,744.24 for September by a 6-0 margin. Trustee Joe Cothern was absent.
  • Approved a suggestion by the staff to forgo a formal agreement for computer services but instead carry the budgeted money for the item to use as needed.
  • Approved a new lease agreement for two copiers, one for the police department and one for the village office, at a cost of $249 a month for 48 months. The amount included a $21.30 per month increase of the current contract but included two new copy machines.
  • President Larry Larsen reported the budget was coming down to a final proposal. "We had a $200,000 problem that is now down to a $30,000 issue," he said. The next budget meeting was scheduled for Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
  • Approved up to $1,000 to install a sand blanket and move the saddle mat and buck-a-bout playground equipment from Pepper Fest Park to Woodcrest Park.

    Leaf Pickup Set Nov. 3-5

    The annual curbside leaf pickup in North Hudson is set for Nov. 3-5. Village residents must have their leaves bagged and at curbside by 6 a.m. Nov. 3.

    "If you set your bags out on Nov. 5 and the pickup has already gone by on your street, they'll sit there until spring," warned Jim Thomas, chairman of the Public Welfare Committee.

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