6-15-2006




JOB GROWTH IN GREENVILLE COMING ON STRONG

Job Growth in the last 17 months in Greenville has been strong according to Mayor Alan Gaffner speaking at Tuesday nights Greenville City Council meeting. One hundred and sixteen new jobs were created in Greenville since January of 2005. 73 were created by Carlisle Syntec and United Stationers, the other 43 from two new employer's Senior Information Center and the Glenwood project. Gaffner added that the number of new jobs was projected to grow to 149 by the end of the year. He credited the work of City Economic Director Rita McDowell, former City Manager Jim Stevens and current City Manager Dave Willey in helping bring job growth to Greenville.

It was labor relations night at the meeting as the council ratified a new 6 year contract with street, sewer and water workers and a 4 year contract with police. The Council also handed out annual raises to non-union workers.

The Council agreed to fund a jobs incentive plan presented by Dave Willey that would reward employers who expanded employment at existing as well as any new facilities. The cash awards for jobs would be retroactive to the first of the year.

The City's project to take care of the stray cat issues took a step forward as the city is getting ready to house the strays in the basement of the sewer control building. And the city will be purchasing two new squad cars this year. The city manager recommended the purchase and the council voted 4 to 1 to go ahead with the purchase. Mayor Gaffner expressed a desire to get more use out of the older vehicles and said he was in favor of buying only one new car. He was the only no vote.

Under new business the Mayor congratulated City Police Chief Lou Lorton on the recent arrests of person's allegedly involved in a string of local burglaries. The council was in executive session prior to the regular meeting and went into another executive session at the end to discuss more collective bargaining, personnel, and sale of real estate and pending litigation.

 



GREENVILLE DAIRY DAY

The 14th Annual Dairy Day is expected to return to the Greenville Square on June 17.  Activities will start early in the morning at 7:00 with the Farmer's Market. Lisette Ehrat said Dairy Day celebrates Bond County Dairy Farmers.  At Dairy Day there will be activities for people of all ages like music entertainment by Brigette Ulmer's Dance Depo, the Boneyard Creek Cloggers, the Waterloo German Band, and a new country singer Jamie Nattier.

There is a new event this year too. The first 50 children under the age of 12 dressed as farmers who go to the Farm Heritage Museum display, by the antique tractors on Main Street, will receive a Dairy Queen Kids Token.  A photo opportunity on one of the antique tractors is also available.

The main festivities will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dairy Day is being held in conjunction with the National Road Festival. Local organizations will provide food during Dairy Day such as pork burgers and bratwurst.





IDOT AND ISP STEP UP COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ENFORCEMENT AND INSPECTIONS TO MAKE ILLINOIS ROADS SAFER THIS SUMMER

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police are boosting their efforts to increase safety on the roadways during the busy summer-driving season by increasing enforcement and inspection activities aimed at semi-trucks and other commercial motor vehicles.  Semi-truck fatalities were up 20% in 2005 and for the first quarter of the year, semi-related fatalities were up sharply from 28 last year to 43 this year.  IDOT has channeled more than half a million dollars to increased enforcement and inspection activities.  IDOT has devoted $460,000 from the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program to the enforcement crackdown from now through September. 

These funds will pay for increased enforcement activities in all 21 Illinois State Police Districts.  The effort will focus on speeding trucks and other commercial motor vehicle moving violations that contribute to crashes.  In addition, IDOT is dedicating $100,000 to cover overtime costs for 2,000 hours of commercial motor vehicle inspections. 

 


KPD NAMED IN SMALL CLAIMS SUIT

The Kingsbury Park District has been named the defendant in a small claims suit filed in Bond County court last week.  Warren R. Kennedy of rural Greenville alleges in the suit that the park district is responsible for the flooding of his lower pasture, deterioration of a fence, and other hardships created by the overflow of the silt basin from Patriot's Park Lake.  Kennedy and the park district share a boundary including a fence row on the west side of Patriot's Park.  In the suit, Kennedy is seeking $10,000 in damages. 


SHIMKUS ANNOUNCED ANNUAL HUD CAPITAL GRANTS

Congressman John Shimkus has announced funding though the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD to the public housing authorities throughout the 19th District.  These are the fiscal year 2006 Capital Fund formula grants.  These may be used for modernization, development, financing, and management improvements.  HUD grants were awarded to Bond County for $180,271, Madison County for $1,401,590 and Montgomery County for $388,650. An additional replacement housing factor grant is included for those agencies that demolished or disposed of housing units and will be building or acquiring new units.




SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

On May 26, the Illinois State Police with the assistance from the U.S. Marshal's Task Force conducted a sex offender address verification detail.  During the detail, the addresses of 47 registered sex offenders were checked.  Any sex offenders found to be non-compliant were documented and an arrest warrant was requested.  On June 6, the Illinois State Police released information on 11 sex offenders who are currently wanted on warrants for Failure to Register as required by the Sex Offender Registration Act. Clinton and Madison Counties were among four counties who issued warrants. For more information or to let authorities know where a sex offender is residing, contact the Illinois State Police at 618-346-3701 or your local police department

 




SPORTS

40 KIDS ATTENDED FREE FISHING DERBY

Around 40 kids attended the free Bond County Fishing Derby at Patriot's Park Saturday.  Ashleigh Bennett caught a 14-inch catfish, which made her the winner of the biggest fish caught.  Christian Sauerwein won first place after catching the biggest bluegill, which was 7 1/2-inches. Joseph Archibold and Kyle Hans tied in second place after they both caught a bluegill measuring 7 1/4-inches.  For large mouth bass, Chloe Macon and Phillip Potochney tied in first place after catching a 9-inch large mouth bass.  Aaron Runyon caught an 8 1/2-inch large mouth bass putting him in second place.  Mike Hill caught the oddest item, a sock.

Prizes were awarded based on the size of the fish and were awarded to kids who caught the biggest large mouth bass, catfish, and bluegill.  Prizes were also given out for the oddest thing caught. The derby was a catch and release event.

The winners selected between a pool pass or fishing gear and winners also received a T-shirt.  All kids who attended received free fishing gear.

CARDINAL TICKET AUCTION FINAL

WGEL's on-air auction of the four Cardinals infield field box tickets this morning was a big success.  Our winning bidder was Jim Stever of Greenville at $320.  Funds generated by the auction will go to the Special Olympics Illinois.  Thanks to DeMoulin Brothers for donating the tickets and to local Special Olympics Torch Run coordinator Russ Rieke of the Greenville Police Department.  Congratulations Jim and enjoy the game on August 17.



DOTY AND CITY WIN SUIT

A long running lawsuit was decided in favor of the defendants in Bond County Court Monday. Robert E. Eaton and the City of Greenville prevailed in a suit filed by Charles R. Doty. The suit reportedly involved the positioning of Eaton's boat dock on his property adjacent to Doty's property on Governor Bond Lake. After hearing the evidence last April Judge John Knight ruled Monday in favor of the City and Eaton.


 

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