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Halloween planning underway in Sandwich, city council told

Those fearing that there won’t be trick-or-treating this year don’t have anything to be scared about unless the state dresses up as The Grinch Who Stole Halloween.

Sandwich Mayor Rich Robinson confirmed during the Sept. 28 City Council meeting that the only thing possibly hindering local kids from filling their pillowcases with Milky Ways, Milk Duds, M&Ms and more is the State of Illinois.

“We are still planning on having Halloween, but we won’t do a resolution until the middle of October like we normally do,” he said. “But unless the state comes out and says something differently, trick or treating will be occurring on the 31st.”

Still, Robinson knows that having Halloween in the middle of a pandemic is going to upset some people.

“I guarantee you there will be parents upset someone is answering their door not wearing a mask and handing out candy,” he said. “And they’ll be some people giving out candy that will be upset that some kids aren’t wearing masks. And all I can say to that is if it’s going to upset you that way don’t participate. It’s that simple.”

Prior to Halloween, there will be hydrant flushing and the last of the brush pickup program for 2020.

Hydrant flushing is scheduled to begin on Oct. 12 and continue through Oct. 16. The plans call for the flushing to take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. The final pickup dates for the brush program are Oct. 5 for Ward 1, Oct. 12 for Ward 2, Oct. 19 for Ward 3 and Oct. 26 for Ward4.

City Council approved an engineering services agreement with Engineering Enterprises, Inc., of Sugar Grove, in an amount to not exceed $45,000 for a risk and resilience assessment and emergency response plan. This is a new requirement for every five years and Sandwich will need to complete the risk and resilience assessment portion by June 2021.

Robinson presented an ordinance pertaining to The Local CURE Program seeking coronavirus relief funds. However, how the city would spend the grant if they were awarded the funds is unknown. It passed and now the city can move ahead and complete documentation for the program.

“I have no idea at this point in time,” he said. “There’s lots of things we could do here in the city of Sandwich with $306,000," Robinson said.

Explaining that the funds don’t necessarily have to be related to the pandemic, Robinson also stated that it would be City Council choosing how to best utilize the big check.

“We are eligible for it because of the pandemic so that’s why we’re eligible,” he said. “It’s not going to be my choice, it’s going to be the entire council (to decide) what happens with that money.”

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