About this story: What kind of Christmas gift did the Village of Cambridge give to residents? And what does CSI stand for, anyway?

Cambridge residents again this year received a Christmas gift from the village board.
At their meeting Monday, Dec. 18, village board members approved abating the 2017 tax levy.

About this story: What kind of Christmas gift did the Village of Cambridge give to residents? And what does CSI stand for, anyway?

Cambridge residents again this year received a Christmas gift from the village board.

At their meeting Monday, Dec. 18, village board members approved abating the 2017 tax levy.

As a result, village residents will not have to pay $247,232.15 in principal and interest on three bonds in their 2018 property taxes.

The 2018 property taxes will not be used to pay $127,945 in 2018 for Build America bonds, $38,749.15 in Prospect Street bonds and $80,538.00 for North Street bonds.

The money will come from other sources. Those payments will be made with general fund dollars, motor fuel funds and tax increment finance district funds.

In other action, the board approved accepting $1,000 for a one-year lease with Confinement Systems Inc. (CSI) to allow them to continue to display a model home on the western portion of East Side Park. The model home has been in that location for several years.

The board also discussed bids received earlier this month for the new park pavilion in College Square Park and tabled any action until additional information can be obtained from the two lowest bidders as well as from the Cambridge High School building trades student organization.

The board also:

• Learned from Trustee Dick Burns that talks will be scheduled with retired Rock Island city manager John Phillips, now a volunteer senior advisor for the Illinois City-County Management Association, to obtain information for the replacement of current village administrator Dwaine VanMeenen, who plans to retire in April.

• Rejected a request to vacate the portion of the alley from Center Street north to Depot Street.

• Approved an ordinance which prohibits sexual harassment for the Village of Cambridge employees.

• Approved a rezoning classification for a home at 117 East Court Street from multi-family residential to commercial for Andrea Konie, who will operate “Dinners on Me.” The rezoning will allow her to prepare and sell frozen dinners from that address.

• Approved a rezoning classification for a residence at 193 West Court Street, from multi-family residential to commercial, for Kenneth and Brandy Swanson to allow them to operate a licensed day care at that location.

• Approved designating Jan. 21-27, 2018, as Cambridge School Choice Week.

• Approved continuing to meet at 6 p.m. on the last Monday of the month in 2018, except when holidays occur on that date.