No action on Darien sewers, claim

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March 17, 2009
— The Darien Village Board took no action Monday night on two big items on the village's “to do” list.

The board briefly talked about ongoing issues with the village's sewer system. But the conversation deteriorated, and the board did not take action, Administrator Marc Dennison told The Janesville Gazette this morning.

The problem is the aging system is full of leaks, so the village is paying to treat more than just sewer water.

The board recently voted to borrow $100,000 from the tax incremental financing district to cover the projected shortage in water treatment revenue.

At the time, a consultant advised the board to work quickly to find another way to pay for the shortage next year.

The board also did not vote on a notice of claim that has been filed by 10 village employees and an elected official. The notice states that the claimants' Fourth Amendment rights were violated by surveillance cameras installed in the Darien Police Department.

The board didn't take action because village attorney David Danz was ill and unable to attend Monday night's meeting. The issue will be back on the agenda April 20.

The board next will meet in closed session at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Darien Public Library, 47 S. Park St., Darien. Board members will get more information about the ongoing investigation into the cameras and other issues surrounding Police Chief Steve DeVoy.

The board voted March 7 to fire DeVoy as a result of the investigation, although a hearing still is pending.

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