12-13-2006 




NEVCO SCOREBOARD COMPANY MAY BE MOVING TO INDUSTRIAL PARK

The economic expansion news came early and often at last night's Greenville City Council meeting as several items on last night's agenda turned into big announcements indeed. During the public hearing for a CDAP Grant Application for $410,000 for a parking lot it was announced that the reason for the parking lot was to accommodate a new location for Nevco Scoreboard in the Wolf Industrial Park. Should the grant be successful Nevco will build a new $5 million facility on 16.4 acres less the 3 acre parking lot. The council quickly voted to support the grant application, as well as passing an option for Nevco to buy the needed industrial park property. In the land purchase agreement Nevco must start construction within one year of approval of the state grant.

Next the council took up an annexation and rezoning to B-2 request from Edna and Karl Suess for 26 acres they own bordered by the I-70 entrance ramp and Route 127 just north of the interstate. Rick Shuffield representing Love's Travel Stops of Oklahoma City then outlined his company's plans to build a 5 to 6 million dollar facility including a 9,000 square foot building with a convenience store, franchise restaurant and gift shop plus 16 fueling points. The company plans to develop 10 acres first and commended the city's efforts to include the property in its TIF district plans. They plan to start building in the spring and be open at the end of next year. The project is projected to create 40 to 65 full time jobs. Love's operates 200 Travel Centers in 31 states including several in Illinois.

City Manager Dave Willey added to the good news when he informed the council that Dave Rehkamper of Tri Ford told him that Ford Motor Company had approved Tri-Ford's satellite operation at the former Taylor Derrick location in Greenville.

The council also approved spending $50,000 to finance research on how the city could attract more commercial retail business. The city hopes to move quickly to take advantage of that research which will be performed by the Buxton Company, the same company that will be doing similar research for Vandalia. 

In other action the council passed a pay raise for the City's Tourism Director.  You can see most of the open part of the meeting tonight on Greenville Cable Channel 3 at 6PM.


SKATEBOARD PARK COULD BE IN KPD FUTURE

The Kingsbury Park District board has announced plans for construction of a skateboard park sometime in the next eighteen months.  Additionally, board president Dave Barbey said he was recently contacted by someone representing a group of citizens offering to raise money for a skateboard facility.  Barbey commented at Monday night’s KPD meeting that the cost would be around $150,000.  Park district director Jerry Sauerwein told WGEL that they are considering a 40 x 40 concrete park that would be located at either the Jaycee Park or near the pool.  Park board members attending January’s Illinois Association of Parks meeting in Chicago will conduct further research on skateboard facilities.

On a 5-1 vote, the KPD board adopted the tax levy for the coming fiscal year.  The amount levied is $237,575 with around $91,000 of that for the recreation fund.  Board member Dalelene Yates was the dissenting vote.

Silt dam work at Patriot’s Park is nearing completion and construction of the new boat ramp is underway.  Sauerwein complimented Blankenship Construction for their work at Patriot’s during the Clean Lakes Grant funded project.  Sauerwein said he has received several inquiries about the excess dirt taken from the lake during the dredging.  He is compiling a waiting list for those wanting any of the dirt not used by the KPD.

And following discussion on the underused payphone at Patriot’s, it was decided to have it removed.  The cost to the district is $51 a month with it only generating around $100 a year in revenue.  The KPD will keep its payphone at the pool.

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TIF DISTRICT PUBLIC HEARING

The City of Greenville held two public hearings concerning the establishment of two TIF districts last night. Some of the people in attendance expressed their concerns about increased taxes to finance the districts. Attorney Consultant Mike Weber explained that the only increased taxes would be from new development created within the two districts. After last night's hearings the city council can act on establishing the districts within two weeks. The two new TIF districts would be the downtown district including the square and property along Harris Avenue and the second district is near the intersection of Route 127 and I-70, including the 26 acres the city rezoned in last night's council meeting to accommodate the new Love's Travel Stop. The districts have a life of 23 years but would be dissolved within seven years should no new projects be developed. Any property owner in one of the districts wanting to take advantage of funds would have to negotiate with the city to take advantage of TIF generated monies.


STEPHENS TO HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING IN GREENVILLE

In response to power outages that residents experienced from the November 30 winter storm, State Representative Ron Stephens will be holding a town hall meeting in Greenville tonight (Wednesday) at City Hall.  A discussion will be held in reference to the difficulties these outages have presented for families and how local utility companies can prevent these large outages from occurring again.  Stephens believes faster ways need to be developed to restore power to homes, as it's the second time in the last year that the area has gone without power for several days after severe weather.  He said with winter only beginning, the issue needs to be tackled before another winter storm hits and more families are left out in the cold.  The meeting begins at 7PM and is open to the public.


RED KETTLES FILLED OVER THE WEEKEND

The Bond County Salvation Army had its busiest weekend of the season as bell ringers collected $3,637 including nearly $2,500 at Capri IGA.  Coordinator Wayne Pierce told WGEL the total does not include Capri IGA’s $1,000 matching donation.  This past weekend’s donations nearly doubled what the Salvation Army had collected in prior weeks.  The grand total is $8,586.  Pierce said groups and individuals are still needed for bell ringing.  He also reminds everyone who signs up to man a red kettle to mark their calendar and not forget when they are scheduled.  This year’s collection wraps up on Christmas Eve weekend.

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SHERIFF BROWN APPOINTS CHIEF DEPUTY

For the first time in years, a chief deputy has been selected by Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown. Sheriff Brown said he's never had a chief deputy, but had Sgt. Doug Lawrence in charge while Brown was out of town, to which he did a "wonderful job." The chief deputy position is non-union and Jim Leitschuh chose to come out of the union to accept the position. Brown said he hired Leitschuh ten years ago and that he's been a great employee.

Leitschuh has lived in Bond County his whole life and he told WGEL that this was a chance he couldn't pass up and he is really looking forward to the opportunity

Brown says that most Sheriff's Departments have chief deputies and that his office was one of the few that didn't.  This position will allow Leitschuh to attend meetings and free up some of the Sheriff's schedule.  Leitschuh began working in his new position as chief deputy on December 1st.


MULBERRY GROVE TSA BLOOD DRIVE TOTALS

The Mulberry Grove High School TSA sponsored an American Red Cross Blood Drive Monday at the high school.  Thirty-nine units were collected.  First time donors were Garrett Blankenship, John Zinkgraf, Derrel Rogers, Cassandra Schultz, Kaitlin Stone, Nathan Berger and Bradley Anderson.  Jimmie Rice was presented a 17-gallon pin; Georgianne Tompkins was awarded a 15-gallon pin; William Eubank a 6-gallon pin; James Blankenship a 5-gallon pin; and Joyce Eubank was presented a 3-gallon pin.


NO MEETING THIS MONTH FOR LIBRARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Greenville Public Library Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 14 will not be held this month.  The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 4PM in the library.

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LISTEN TO WGEL FOR THE CHRISTMAS STORE GAME

You could be a winner in WGEL’s Who’s Minding The Christmas Store Game.  We’ll give the correct caller the names of some of our participating stores…when we open the Christmas door, if you’ve selected the right one you’ll win a prize from that business.  You may only play once…only one winner per family.  You must be 18 or older to play.  Stay tuned to WGEL for your chance to play Who’s Minding The Christmas Store.


WEDNESDAY SPORTS

HS BASKETBALL
In a game heard last night on WGEL, Wesclin defeated the Highland Bulldogs 61-39. 

Beecher City was a winner over the Mulberry Grove Aces 68-48.  Jacob Jolliff had 16 points and 7 rebounds.  Aaron Kendall had 14 points and 4 assists.


OBITUARIES

EDDIE PEARL CROCKRAN

Eddie Pearl Crockran, 86 of Mulberry Grove, passed away Friday, December 8 in St. Louis, MO.  Funeral services for 86-year-old Eddie Pearl Crockran will be conducted Saturday, December 16 at 1PM at Young Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.  Interment in Mulberry Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday after 12 noon at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice.


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