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.