CAP Services explains how incubator business will run

The Coloma Village Board meeting was held on Sept. 27.

The board gave a report on the USDA grant for the incubator business. The board has accepted the grant and the offer on the property has also been accepted. The location will be at the old hardware store on Front Street.

The board had a representative from CAP Services who explained how their incubator was run. Each business submits a security deposit and signs a lease. Rent is charged by the square foot and the rent is gradually increased in the hopes that once the business is established they will move on and another new business will take their space. The average length of stay is three years. Each business pays for their own renovation of their space and must have renter insurance.

Westfield School District Bus director Petra Gottschala discussed with the board the problems of the crosswalk at Coloma Elementary School. Several alternate ideas were discussed. The board will have the streets committee look into the situation and bring a recommendation to the board.

Board member Bob Lee discussed the purchase of a new maintenance truck at a cost of $29,500 which includes the plow. The cost also includes the trade in of the old truck. The board approved the purchase of the truck. The board also discussed the purchase of a used backhoe that will replace the one that was purchased in 1992.

Sue Apps reported to the board about the Urban Forestry Grant for $2,500. This will pay for the trees that will be placed on Front Street.

Oct. 10 flu shots will be available at the community center. The rent for the Village Park has been raised to $100.

The board approved Trick or Treating times for Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m.

The next village board meeting will be on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 pm.