DANVILLE — Danville Village Council heard updates from the latest odor test and historical background of the municipal building.

Nate Hoam from Chem Tech came and gave the test results to the council. The latest test saw a reduction rate of about 50 percent of the vapors in the building. Hoam said this was due to the new charcoal filters and the weather. Underground investigations and digging showed that there were no lines from the old gas well behind the building and a layer of slag in the front of the building.

Thanks to members of the community coming forward with photos and Hoam’s investigation of the village, an old photo revealed that a Ford dealership and gas station once sat at the municipal building. Cars in the photos and the gas pumps age the photo to around the 1920s. Hoam thinks that the gas tanks sat either right under the pumps or a few feet back. An old tank or soil contamination could lead to the odor issues that have been happening.

The next steps will be taking soil samples from the front of the building, digging to groundwater at 12 feet down. This would see if there is any contamination left in the soil from the old gas tanks.

Bob Dile, mayor of Danville, said the best bet is to dig where the photo indicates gas pumps and see what the tests show. More research is needed on the type of gas tanks and pumps that were used at the old Ford dealership, Dile said. Council agreed to start work as soon as possible.

Visitors Vivian Hawk, Hannah Duncan and Aubrey Dawson from Danville High School student council asked for the date of treat-or-treat to be changed. The reason for the change is due to the senior class’s haunted house fundraiser. Hawk said that the senior class wants as many students participating in the fundraiser. With the Devil-Dog game between East Knox and the school that week, the football boys would have a late practice and would be unable to participate.

The money from the fundraiser would be used for the class gift, senior yearbooks, and other items for the senior class.

Council agreed to change the date of trick-or-treating from Thursday, Oct. 31 to Tuesday, Oct. 29, with the time being 5:30-7 p.m. Dile said that the council wants to support the student council and treat-or-trick is about the kids.

In other council news:

•Chuck Cook has resigned from the council. Dile gave council 30 days to appoint a new council member. Those who wish to apply must have lived in Danville for over a year and be a registered voter.

•Approved the Wireless Emergency Notification System payment of $262.75 for 2019.

•Approved the contract with Pitney Bowes to help with postage of sewage and water bills.

•The Chicken Barbecue for the fire department will be held Oct. 6 starting at 11 a.m. at the firehouse in Danville.

•The tentative date for fall clean up has been set for Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at $20 a truckload.

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