12-15-2006

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CITY MANAGER GIVES DETAILS ABOUT EXPANSION ANNOUNCEMENTS IN GREENVILLE

There were a number of big announcements at Tuesday night's Greenville City Council meeting. City Manager Dave Willey explained that Nevco is considering a new site out in the industrial park, which means they would be relocating their manufacturing facility, warehouse and offices. The building on Harris Avenue would become available for other uses.  The 26-acres at exit 45 off of I-70 was rezoned at the request of the Suess's to accommodate a company called Love's Travel Stop.

Love's operates nearly 200 travel stops throughout the U.S and intends on building a 9,000 sq. foot building with parking for 65-70 cars and the same for trucks.  It will offer both gasoline and diesel fueling facilities, have a fast food restaurant attached, and create 40-65 full time jobs.  The expected annual revenue from the travel stop is between 7 and 8 million dollars.  Willey commented that it be will located in both the proposed TIF district and the Illinois Enterprise Zone.  He said as a developer you can't take advantage of both of those, so it's unclear at this point which one will be more advantageous to the travel stop. 

Willey also commented on new information received from Dave Rehkemper that Ford had approved the satellite location of Tri-ford to be in Greenville.  The satellite operation will be a regular dealership as in Highland.  And according to Willey, this is just the beginning of more things to come.  He said there is still more to do as the city is continuing to search for appropriate commercial businesses and talk to industrial prospects. To help with this, the City of Greenville has hired the Buxton Company to research our market trade information on spending habits in our area.  This information is then matched up to retailer's profiles on spending habits they look for in their customers.


REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENS HOSTS HEARING ON OUTAGES

What would it cost to have bulletproof or should the term be tree proof electric service? That was a big part of the discussion Wednesday night at Greenville City Hall as State Representative Ron Stephens held the first of several public meetings to hear questions and ideas from citizens recently affected by the power outages caused by the November 30th ice storm. According to one Ameren official the cost to deliver underground electrical service to every household could be as high as $50,000 a customer. Dave Barbey of Southwestern Electric pointed out that even if you have underground utilities today somewhere in the system your electric is transmitted on above ground lines.

Another question concerned the more aggressive use of tree crews to trim limbs away from power lines.  It was pointed out that several consumers in Missouri actually won law suits to keep utility companies from trimming their trees. The consensus of the meeting was an expression of gratitude to the linemen who worked long hours to restore power. Stephens told the group he planned to push for tax breaks for consumers purchasing generators and he was in favor of putting transmission wires underground. In case you thought you saw a familiar face or two on TV at the meeting, it did draw a crew from a St. Louis Station.


BOND COUNTY FAIR BOARD MEETING

The annual meeting of the Bond County Fair members was held at the community building at the fairgrounds last Tuesday evening.  Those in attendance were impressed by the condition of the building as it has been improved so much in the past year with new windows, new siding, a sump pump and new paint on the walls.  It is currently being rented out for tumbling classes.

President Woker reported improvements on the fairgrounds during the past year including the midway road being oiled, the south restrooms being repaired, the horse arena moved to the east side of the fairgrounds and some barn roofs repaired.  The Junior Comets football teams now use the fairground parking lots for practice.

There have been memorial tables installed near the pork stand in memory of Virgil Schoen and Dave Lutz who were active fair board supported for many years.  A memorial plaque was presented to Gene Potthast for his fifty years of service including a seat on the board of directors and the dairy department superintendent.

2006 was a successful year for the Bond County Fair and loans are being paid off ahead of schedule.  To purchase land on the east side of the fairgrounds, the board borrowed $37,886 to which $20,000 has been repaid.  $21,900 was spent to improve the community building, of which $16,000 was borrowed and $4,000 has already been repaid.  The fair board has a nice balance on hand at the end of the year with all bills current.  Craig Woker, Jerry McCray, Jerry Nelson, David Freeman and Randy Ostrom were re-elected to the board of directors.


FIVE REQUESTS FOR ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

The Zoning Board of Appeals met Tuesday, December 12 and heard five requests.  A request by David Jackson was granted for a variance in order for him to place a shed with 5 feet of the side property line located in Section 30 of Central Township.  Leon Wall requested 13 acres to be rezoned in order to establish a business to sell automobiles, motorcycles, RV's and furniture located in Section 7 of LaGrange Township.  Wall's request was tabled, as board members wanted more information. 

Three other requests for special use permits were approved and sent to the Bond County Board for final approval.  The requests were from Melvin and Ellen Tedrick to place a new manufactured home on their five acres in Mulberry, Richard Zbinden to place a 1994 manufactured home as an office located in Central Township and Donna Conlee dba Giller Trucking for her to extablish a small rural business on her four acres in Shoal Creek Township.  The Bond County Board will vote on these requests Tuesday, December 19 at their regular meeting.

 
 



 

LOCAL CHURCH ASSISTS IN THE COLLECTION OF SHOEBOX GIFTS

An international program designed to reach children across the globe, has had the help of the Greenville First Christian Church and local residents for the last five years.  Operation Christmas Child is a program in which people send presents in shoeboxes to children in over 112 countries.  In the last thirteen years, over 45 million boxes have been sent with over 7.6 million going out last year.  In Greenville, the First Christian Church is a drop off point for the boxes.  Coordinator Sally said people put in the most creative things such as items that will allow children to make music like harmonicas.  A few hygiene products are usually put in the boxes along with fun items like dolls, hair bows, cars, little games and flashlights with batteries.  Bolen said they try to stay away from military things as most of these boxes go to war torn countries.

This year, in the Greenville area, 1,455 shoeboxes were put on a trailer loaned by Jerry McFarland and shipped to Effingham.  From there, they were sent to Minneapolis and then shipped over seas.  Bolen explained how this program is important not only to children across the globe, but to our local residents.  She said the interesting thing is that people realize they are touching the lives of children in other countries.  Bolen believes people are able to reach these children with the love of Christ in this way better they other.  She said these children will remember that someone loved them in the United States and wanted to give them a gift.

Shoeboxes donated from the Greenville area this year were sent to several countries including Albania, Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, Iraq and Georgia.


STATE TO HOST WEBCAST VEHICLE AUCTION

The State of Illinois will auction 160 vehicles from its fleet including cars, pick-up trucks and police cruisers on Saturday as part of the Department of Central Management Services’ ongoing efforts to raise revenues by selling surplus state property. Earlier this fall, Illinois became the first state in the nation to auction its surplus property simultaneously in the warehouse and via webcast that allowed real-time bidding on the Internet. The auction will take place at the warehouse located at 1924 South 10 ½ Street in Springfield, with registration of bidders beginning at 7am and auction beginning at 9am.  All sales are final and as-is; there are no refunds or exchanges.




TUNE INTO 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.


SPORTS

Junior High Boys Basketball
Mulberry Grove’s 8th grade team lost 52-26 against Altamont Thursday night, while the 7th grade team won 42-36 also versus Altamont.

High School Boys Basketball
The Boys Mulberry Grove Basketball team defeated Ramsey 82-43 on Thursday.


OBITUARIES

None to Report


WEATHER

Saturday: Mostly Cloudy 30% of Rain High: 65 Low: 40

Sunday: Partly Cloudy High: 60 Low: 40


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROMO

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guests this week are Melissa Siebert, Education Coordinator at Greenville Regional Hospital and Dick Campana, President of the Leslie Cam Smoking Cessation Center in Chesterfield, MO.  Melissa and Dick will talk to us about the upcoming Auriculotherapy Clinic at Greenville Regional Hospital and they will also tell us what Auriculotherapy is and what is does.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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