7-12-2006 




NEW ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT RULING MAY HAVE LONG REACHING EFFECTS

The Supreme Court of the State of Illinois has dealt local municipalities a curve ball that, according to City Attorney Pat Schaulferberger, the state legislature may eventually have to sort out. The court ruling may require Greenville to regulate and provide services for areas in the county that have pre -annexation agreements including several subdivisions within one and a half miles of current city limits and property almost as far as the Montgomery County line. City Manager Dave Willey pointed out that the city might have to provide regulations and services such as police without benefit of collecting any taxes.

The first focus of the court decision brought about 20 residence of Oak Hill Estates Subdivision to the council meeting to ask the city to force the Oak Hill's developer to finish roads and put up street signs in accordance with City regulations. Five years ago the City Council used it's right to regulate development within one and a half miles of the city to grant wavers for Oak Hill's Estates. Now thanks to the Supreme Court the City may have to provide services to Oak Hill's and several other subdivisions.

City water was another big subject at last nights meeting. The last time the city raised water and sewer rates was in 1999. According to Dave Rodden, the engineer hired to study city water rates, to catch up and provide the required service the city would have to take water and sewer rates up approximately 23 percent.  That increase would be an average 3.2 percent raise per year since 1999. The council tabled any action on water sewer rate increases until next month.

Greenville will be moving ahead with a fourth round of Housing Rehab Grants with a contract with Kolis Consulting who gets their fees from the grant award. The city is still looking for qualified participating property owners to use 190 thousand dollars left in the 2005 grant for property renovations. The Council adjourned into executive session to talk about Personnel, and the Sale of Real Estate. You can see the open session of last nights meeting tonight at 6PM on Greenville Cable Channel 3.


ROAD CLOSURE

The Bond County Highway Department will be closing the Millersburg Road from IL-143 to the South county line, commonly known as the South Brick Church Road on Thursday, July 13 from 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. for oiling. A section of the Keyesport Road (south county line) from the Millersburg Road to Jenne Road will be closed also.  Please take this closure into consideration if traveling in the area Thursday. Call the Highway Department office with questions or concerns.

A CHECK WAS PRESENTED TO THE KEYESPORT VILLAGE BOARD AT THEIR MONDAY MEETING

The Keyesport Village Board held their monthly meeting on Monday night and was presented a check by Pat Beck from the Royal Neighbors Association for $450.00. The village will use the check for purchase of flags and flagpoles. As well as donating money to the Village, the Royal Neighbors also donated $450.00 to the Keyesport Decorative Club for purchase of flowers and decorations. The Village of Keyesport will be putting the finishing touches on Keyesport Road and 4th Street later on. They still have about a half a mile of patchwork that needs to be taken care of. The community center in Keyesport has a new pavilion at the park. In the future there will be picnic tables and barbecue grills furnished for activities. A letter of interest was received for the treasurer position. The board voted to hire Marsha Martin who is very interested in the job and will take over for Virginia Oswalt as soon as she is fully trained.

 





SMALL CLAIMS SUIT TO BE SET FOR TRIAL

A small claims suit filed in June naming the Kingsbury Park District as the defendant will be set for trial this fall.  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.  During a hearing held in Bond County court on Monday, the KPD was represented by Kara Jones from a Carbondale law firm that is handling the case for the district’s insurance carrier, Illinois Parks Association Risk Services.  Jones requested and was granted an extension to prepare the defense’s response to Kennedy’s claims.  The trial will be set no sooner than 45 days from now and most likely would begin in late September. 

MULBERRY GROVE BOARD CONSIDERING MANDATORY TRASH PICKUP

The Mulberry Grove village board is again considering mandatory trash pickup for the residents.  At Monday night’s meeting, the board opened bids from three companies:  Stewart Sanitation for $12 per month, Doty Sanitation for $11 per month, and Allied Waste for $14.40 per month.  Mayor Jana Willis said she would discuss some legal issues about trash pickup with the village attorney.  No decisions were made.

The board also discussed enforcing Mulberry’s burning ordinance and voted in favor of raising the charge for mowing yards that have surpassed 8 inches in length.  According to the village ordinance, anyone who has not mowed their yard prior to the eight inch length is subject to having their grass cut by village employees at a cost of $75 per hour.  The previous charge was $45 per hour.

There have been no petitions submitted to the village hall requesting a liquor ordinance question being placed on the ballot.  It was mentioned at a recent meeting that someone was circulating a petition.  Mayor Willis said she would be checking on the deadline for getting the liquor question on the fall ballot. 

The board adopted Mulberry Grove’s budget and appropriations ordinance for the upcoming fiscal year. 




 

FIVE INJURED IN ACCIDENT NEAR BUTLER

Five people were seriously injured Tuesday morning in a single vehicle accident on Route 127 just south of Butler in Montgomery County.  The Illinois State Police report that the driver, 21-year-old Bobby Jo Graves of Springfield, was southbound and lost control of her SUV.  The vehicle overturned sending Graves and her passengers---22-year-old Kayla A. Hurst, 1-year-old Kylie Creager, 6-year-old Skyla Creager, and 2-year-old Jaylen Creager---to Hillsboro Hospital.  Graves was ticketed for alleged Driving Too Fast For Conditions and Operating An Uninsured Motor Vehicle. 

 

 


POCAHONTAS AMERICAN LEGION LOOKING FOR NEW POST HOME

The Pocahontas American Legion Post 1104 is currently looking for a place to call home. Kent Weiss, commander of the post, told WGEL they are looking for their own place because they are getting bigger and have flags, trailers, weapons, and other things stored in four different places. 

He also said that even though the Pocahontas/Old Ripley Fire Protection District Firehouse in Pocahontas has been nice enough to let them use their firehouse for meetings, they would like to have their own building for a place to hold their meetings.

Weiss told WGEL that the post will find a small piece of land to build on and do not have a set date on when they hope to have something built and finished.  He said that the post has been discussing this since last year. The post has also started a building fund and anyone wishing to donate can contact Weiss at 669-2115.

 

JAPANESE BEETLES INVADE BOND COUNTY

Many people throughout Bond County have noticed a rise in the beetle population this season.  WGEL talked with Lynn Weise about the Japanese Beetle invasion.

"We have three different kinds of beetles that people are finding", reported Weise.  The Japanese Beetle, smaller then the other two (the June Bug and the Masked Chafer) is what has been causing the most damage to gardens, trees and crops.  The Japanese Beetles live about 10 months out of the year as grubs under the soil. The adult grubs you see now have already laid eggs which will start to appear as grubs around the middle of August in your soil.  Damage they can do include eating the fruits and vegetables and lacing the leaves of the plant.  These beetles are native to this area and will be back next year.

Weise says the reason we are seeing more Japanese Beetles this year is because we had damp soil throughout the winter and didn't get a deep ground freeze.




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