11-22-2006 




JOINT REVIEW BOARD RECOMMENDS TIF DISTRICTS TO COUNCIL

The joint review board whose responsibility is to review two proposed TIF districts for Greenville has voted to recommend their acceptance.  The districts would be located in downtown Greenville and at the Interstate 70/Route 127 interchange.  A TIF or Tax Increment Financing district places the property tax revenue attributed to an increase in the value of the property within that district into a special fund.  Only the additional revenue generated above the base established when the TIF district was created can go into this fund.  The revenue in the TIF fund can go for infrastructure improvements, land acquisition, and other costs associated with promoting economic development. 

Prior to the vote, Bond County Supervisor of Assessments Don Albert asked why the downtown area qualified as a TIF District.  Willey explained that it is considered a “conservation area.”  This designation is contingent on the property within the TIF qualifying under several eligibility factors including declining or subpar Equalized Assessed Valuation or EAV growth, deteriorating buildings, and street and sidewalk condition.  There was also discussion on a question by the Unit 2 School District on how it could be impacted. 

The I-70/Route 127 TIF proposal passed on a 5-0 vote while the downtown TIF was approved 4-1 with Albert voting “no.”  The recommendations go to the Greenville City Council who will host a public hearing on the issue.


UNIT 2 BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES INSURANCE

The Unit 2 Board of Education met Monday night and heard a presentation from Steve Bushue with Bushue Human Resources, Inc. in regards to bids on the district's insurance.  A bid of a $207,855 premium plus earthquake liability not to exceed $3,000 was accepted by Patrick Insurance Agency and passed by the board.

Meg File, member of the Technology Committee, recently attended the Illinois Education and Technology Conference.  She supplied information for the district to consider on free videoconferencing in the classroom offered by the University of Illinois.  Gary Brauns, Greenville Jr. High Principal provided a demonstration on the ISAT Wizard used by his school for the last 3 years.  The program is designed save time when grouping and individualizing Illinois Standard Achievement Test scores.

Under the Asbestos proposal, Unit 2 Board of Education members approved a new contract with KAM Solutions for a three-year asbestos inspection costing $1,950.  The fall application for the school library grant was completed on-line, and members Monday night passed a motion to submit it.  Members reviewed the prospective tex levy changes for next year, and set the official levy hearing for December's meeting.

Also approved by the board was an overnight trip to Springfield for the high school boy's basketball team, the treasurer's report, bills and the resignation of the Sorento girl's volleyball coach.


FIRST DAY OF SAFETY BELT CHECKS NETS 30 CITATIONS

Monday was the first day of the Greenville Police Department’s periodic safety belt checks.  Police established vehicle stops at the intersection of College and Eastern and later at College and Elm.  Greenville police Chief Lou Lorton told WGEL that a total of 30 citations were issued.  Twenty-eight were for seat belt violations with four of those being written to passengers.  One ticket was issued for driving while license suspended and Greenville officers also conducted a warrant arrest.  The safety belt checks will continue over the next two weeks.


LIFT DESIGNED BY GREENVILLE MAN TO HELP THOSE IN WHEELCHAIRS

Individuals who are wheel chair-bound will soon have more options on the types of vehicles they can own, thanks to a Greenville man.  Scott Darnell, with Further-Options has spent many years designing a wheelchair lift that can be installed in certain trucks.  Darnell has been wheelchair-bound since a spinal cord injury in 1991 and spoke to WGEL about his determination to get his product available to others.

He said he still had the same types of thoughts about accomplishing different things and making other avenues open, it was just that he didn't have hands or the capabilities to do himself.  Darnell stated there was a lot of patience involved, but he had a lot of support from a lot of people.  He believes that he was very fortunate and blessed that despite having a terrible thing happen to him, he had wonderful people around.
               
Until now, individuals in wheelchairs had to drive vans, as it was really the only vehicle capable of being installed with lift equipment.  Darnell's DMS-3 has arms that fit under the wheelchair, lift it into the truck and swing the chair right up to the steering wheel.  Currently, the lift is available for most full-size, two-wheel drive pickups with extended cabs and "suicide doors", however, Darnell is working on modifications to give people more vehicle choices. 

He believes that when we get on the road, everything is even.  If everyone is driving a vehicle that reflects their personality there are no disabilities, no difference.  Darnell explained, that by having a product out there that allows you to own a vehicle that doesn't look disabled is huge and means a great deal to someone in his situation.

WGEL will have more with Scott Darnell in a future Public Affairs Program.


GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL HOSTING 13TH ANNUAL LUMINARY PROJECT

Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring the 13th annual “Light a Luminary for a Loved One or Friend” program.  For a donation of $10, given to the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary, a holiday luminary featuring the die-cut design of a Christmas tree or snowflake will be placed and lighted along the driveway and sidewalks surrounding Greenville Regional Hospital and Fair Oaks “in honor of" or “in memory of" a family member, loved one, or friend. The luminaries will be lighted the evening after Thanksgiving and displaced through January 7. Donations to the “Light a Luminary Project” may be made at the 49th annual Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar.  Contributions may also be sent to Greenville Regional Hospital or Fair Oaks in care of the “Light a Luminary Project.”

 
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FINAL BALLOTS COUNTED, NO CHANGES IN OUTCOME

The final ballots from the November 7th election have been counted in County Clerk Randy Reitz’s office but there was no change in the outcome.  Five absentee and four provisional ballots were added to those already tabulated Election Night.  The absentee votes were all postmarked prior to the midnight November 6th deadline but did not arrive at Reitz’s office until after the election.  Provisional ballots are cast by those who are not registered but can prove residency.  Reitz told WGEL that two other absentee ballots were not counted because they were postmarked after the deadline.  The final canvas was conducted and these results are being sent to the State Board of Elections. 

Of the nine votes, in the Bond County Treasurer’s race, Katie Weiss received five and Della Field four.  In Bond County Board District 1, Frank Lucco and Justin Lurkins each received one vote; in District 3 Dorine Price received one additional vote; and Jill Franks picked up another vote in the District 5 race.


BOND MADISON PHASE FOUR ALMOST COMPLETE

The phase four water main extension for the Bond Madison Water Company is nearly finished.  Manager Sandy Kuhn told WGEL the only thing left to do is clean up.  She stated that during the 44-mile line extension, they were able to connect around 240 customers.  This entire project was funded by federal loans for lines stretching from Ayers Road, to Sorento Ave, to Woburn Rd and around some of Governor Bond Lake.  Because funding was not received from a grant as expected, 32 customers in the Pleasant Mound area were cut, due to line extensions not able to be laid.  Kuhn said they would look for grants and apply for federal funding next year to get lines extended to those customers. 

Kuhn also said that some residents experienced crop damage, which is unavoidable during line construction.  Crop damage forms are available at the office and must be filled out in order for Bond Madison Water to reimburse money lost.

Bond Madison Water Company has a total of 305 miles of water lines throughout Bond and Madison County.  Their current water supplier is Illinois American Water Company, but with rising numbers in customers, they are also looking for a supplier from the east.


SCOUT FOOD COLLECTION SPREADS TO OTHER AREAS

Although the total number of food items collected was slightly down from previous years, local Scout leaders were pleased with Saturday's drive.  Members of Greenville Boy Scout and Cub Scout packs 50 and 57 went door-to-door to pick up food bags that had been distributed the week before.  Mulberry Grove Cub Scout Pack 59 also canvassed portions of the Woburn, Pleasant Mound, and Smithboro areas.  According to Scout leader Dave Walker, around 5,500 canned and jar goods as well as boxed food was gathered.  Scouting for Food typically totals 6,000 items. These will be used in the food baskets distributed to the needy on December 16 at the Bond County Senior Center.  Those who would still like to donate food or had their donations missed during Saturday's pickup, can drop-off the items at the Greenville First Christian Church.


GREENVILLE COLLEGE HONORS DOCTOR RICHARD AND ARLENE STEPHENS

On Saturday, November 11, Greenville College honored Dr. Richard and Arlene Stephens with the Minshall Servant Leadership Award during the college’s annual fall President’s Society dinner. Presented for their years of service and leadership, the award hangs in the entrance to the dining commons. The Stephens first came to Greenville College as students and graduated in May 1953. The couple returned to Greenville College with Richard serving as a faculty member in 1957.

After gaining his doctorate at Washington University in St. Louis and after some teaching and administrative experience at Indiana State and Indiana University, he again returned to Greenville as the Vice-President of Academic Affairs and dean of the faculty.

During Richard’s 16-year presidency, Arlene entertained many campus visitors and began a very effective program for board members’ wives.  Arlene arranged trips to St. Louis and Springfield for teas with faculty wives, and other interesting activities. Since his retirement, Dr. Stephens has continued to assist in fundraising for the college. He conducts evaluation and training sessions for new college presidents and deans.

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FAKE EMAIL OFFERING TV SHOW TICKETS

Consumers are being warned about unsolicited emails they may receive for a special invitation from The Oprah Winfrey Show to attend a show taping.  The e-mails are unauthorized and part of a scam designed to defraud money or gain personal information.  The fake email will ask you to submit personal information in order to receive tickets to The Oprah Winfrey Show.  According to Harpo Productions, the show does not sell tickets or ticket travel packages to fans.  Consumers should disregard any email that purportedly comes from The Oprah Winfrey Show offering show-taping tickets for free.  If you have sent money or divulged personal information regarding this scam, you can contact Illinois' Consumer Fraud Hotline at 1-800-386-5438.


HAYRIDE CHANGE OF TIME THIS WEDNESDAY

Because of WGEL’s live coverage Wednesday Night of the Mulberry Grove Aces basketball game against Brownstown, the Hayride will begin an hour earlier.  Tune in Jerry Jansen and the Wednesday Night Hayride right after the 6pm local news.  We’ll join Kent Kesner for play-by-play from the Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament around 7:45pm and then return to the Hayride following the game. 


WEDNESDAY SPORTS

HS BASKETBALL
The Mulberry Grove Aces won their opening game at their Turkey Tournament.  Mulberry Grove defeated Mt. Olive 69-59.  Reuban Betts had 25 points, Jason Kendall 15, and Dustin Lindahl 12.  Lindahl also pulled down 7 rebounds.  Aaron Kendall chipped in 9 assists.  Brownstown won the night's other game 55-36 over Sandoval.  Tonight on WGEL, we'll have play-by-play of the Aces game against Brownstown. 

JR HIGH BASKETBALL
The Sorento Greyhounds won the Ramsey 7th grade tournament on Saturday.  The Greyhounds defeated the Pocahontas Indians 37-35.  Kevin Foley scored 12 for Sorento and Andrew Childerson 17 for Pocahontas. 

The two teams had a rematch on Monday night as Sorento won the JV game 30-14 over Pocahontas.  Alex Bone had 9 for Sorento.  The Greyhounds varsity team defeated the Indians 37-36.  Paul Schreiber had 24 for Sorento and Brad Perry 13 for Pocahontas. 


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