ROCKTON - Frank Saladino may not have won top honors at the Potable Water Conference last week in Springfield, but his colleagues within the village are still proud of him.
Village President Dale Adams announced earlier this week that Saladino finished runner-up in the Water Operator of the Year category. Saladino and Public Works Director Gordon Nygren had previously hosted state officials who toured the village and saw what Saladino did in his day-to-day work.
Saladino has been with the village for more than 15 years. As the village's water operator, he takes care of the water system, does sampling and issues boil orders when needed. He was nominated for the award by Nygren.
Also, village trustees learned Tuesday that a village squad car was totaled in an accident and will need to be replaced. Police Chief Steve Dickson was driving east of town near Walmart last month when another driver pulled in front of him. Neither Dickson nor the other driver were injured, however, the car Dickson was driving had its airbags deploy and was severely damaged.
The other driver's insurance paid for the bulk of the expenses incurred because of the collision. In all, about $20,000 was paid by the insurance company, Adams said.
The village continues to look for a spot for a new water well. Adams said they are looking for an area that is away from limestone because wells drilled through limestone often test high for radium. Village workers have found a prospective spot for a well near the Rockton Athletic Field off of Old River Road. They have drilled down more than 200 feet and found a good water source and no limestone, Adams said.
To provide for the village's needs, the new water source must be able to provide 900 gallons of water a minute. If approved, the new water well spot would replace the well near Stephen Mack Middle School.