Fix up your home lately? Oglesby residents have

Nearly $250,000 in home improvements logged in 2nd quarter

Oglesby recorded a minor building boom in the second quarter, with a spate of home improvement projects totaling nearly $250,000

Monday, the Oglesby City Council approved a summary of the second quarter building permits showing projects valued at $247,685. Virtually also the projects were residential, except for a $34,000 commercial improvement at Cortileno’s.

“We’re pleased that people are investing in Oglesby and we want it to continue,” said Mayor Dom Rivara.

Nevertheless, the uptick in building activity reflects an economy that generally has improved as infection controls were lifted.

Finally, the council observed an extended moment of silence for Bruce Farneti and Rose Zomboracz, former Oglesby city commissioners, who died June 26 and July 5, respectively.

Farneti was the Oglesby commissioner first to win as a write-in candidate. Zomboracz was the first woman to hold the office.

In other matters, the council:

  • Announced that recent disruptions in garbage service have resulted from the hiring of fill-in employees who are not yet familiar with Oglesby routes. Commissioner Carrie Lijewski said she was advised problems will be fully resolved this fall.
  • Approved an appropriations ordinance; that is, a wish list giving the city emergency spending authority.
  • Announced an overhaul of the city ordinances. Lijewski said old and obsolete city codes could be modified or even stricken from the books