01-10-2007



COUNCIL HEARS WATER AND SIGN REQUESTS

Tuesday night's Greenville City Council meeting started out with a request by Steve Shank and Ron Bingham for the City to participate in expenses to bring city water to their property on Route 40. City Manager Dave Willey told the Council that they have already participated with labor and other in-kind help on the project. The council put off any decision on that request.

The council did decide to grant sign variances for the new Love's Travel Stop that should be starting construction just north of I-70 at Route 127 this spring. The big variance to the sign ordinance will allow the sign to stand 112 feet in order to be seen over existing trees. 

Greenville will be getting a new cable TV franchise. Cass Communications sold the Greenville franchise to Telecommunications Management. So far the city has raised $17,500 of the money needed for the Buxton Research project. Bradford Bank, Midland States Bank, two developers and an anonymous donor have contributed to the project. Buxton would research what type of commercial development would be a good fit for Greenville.

City Manager Willey told the council he would be pushing for more tourism funds for the American Farm Heritage Museum. The Council began discussion of the 07-08 City Budget. Council members will be bringing their input as to what Street projects should be taken on this year to the February meeting. And next month's meeting will include a public hearing on possible smoking bans for the city. You can see the entire open portion of last night's meeting tonight on Greenville Cable Channel 3 at 6PM.


MULBERRY GROVE APPLYING FOR GRANT FUNDING

The Village of Mulberry Grove is again applying for C-DAP grant funding to assist with upgrades to the water line system.  Mulberry Grove had previously been selected for the grants but failed to receive one last year.  If chosen, the village would be required to cover $46,500 of the project’s cost.  The grant totals $186,000.  The project would cover Market and parts of Maple, Tower, and 7th Streets.Petitions are now available for the Spring election as the village clerk and three board members will see their terms expire. Brooke Earnest was appointed following the resignation of the previous village clerk. The board seats open are those currently held by Karan Belcher, Don Smith, and Ron Hartmann.  The final day to file petitions is Monday January 29.

Mulberry Grove Police Chief Robert Sutton reported that traffic stops occupied most of his department’s time as 9 citations were written and 8 warning issued in December.  There were also two ordinance violation warnings given.  

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VACCINES, LICENSES AND REPORTING TOOLS DISCUSSED AT HEALTH BOARD MEETING

The Bond County Board of Health met Monday night and approved the purchase of Misys Software.  This will assist with billing and data information that Medicare is now requiring on all reporting.  The Environmental Health Director, Tom Melvin, provided information to board members on the sewage treatment permits and the food protection program.  It was then discussed that the state has sufficient funding to purchase 31,000 of the Gardasil Vaccine for HPV for downstate Illinois.  For now the program will target 11-12 year-old girls who are on public aid, uninsured, Native American or Native Alaskan.  It was mentioned that this vaccine could also be purchased privately. On a related topic, it was announced that the Health Department is out of flu vaccine.  2,400 flu shots were given along with 51 doses of the pneumonia vaccine.

The Bond County Health Board then reviewed the Public Health Support Program that is fee based for Home Health clients.  In 2008, this program will need to be licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health as required by Medicare.  The Professional Advisory Committee provided their annual review of new policies and programs of the Home Health and Hospice department.

In other business, board members approved the Mental Health Management Report, the Administrator's evaluation and Administrator's salary.


IILINOIS GOVERNOR SWORN INTO OFFICE MONDAY

Governor Rod Blagojevich, Illinois' 40th Governor, took his Oath of Office Monday during a ceremony at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield.  The Governor was joined by his wife Patricia and his two daughters, Amy and Annie.  During his inaugural address, Blagojevich pledged to continue the work he began four years ago - changing the priorities of state government so it works for the people.

In the coming months, the Governor will detail the next phase of his health care reform plan and work to improve the quality of care.  For the 1.4 million adults still uninsured in Illinois, he will also work to ensure that not only children, but each of their family members also has access to affordable quality health care.  The Governor also pledged to reform the tax system that favors corporate loopholes and work with small business owners to create new jobs.

 
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KEYESPORT BOARD HEARS CONCERNS

The Keyesport Village Board held their monthly meeting on Monday night and discussed complaints they’ve received concerning trash pickup service. Several residents claimed Doty Sanitation comes too early in the morning before they can put their trash out, another complaint is that Doty allegedly doesn’t leave trash cans in a considerate way or place. Ken Carver said he will discuss this issue with the company himself.

Last month the property of Carlos Hammond was fined due to lack of clean up on his property. The Board found out that Hammond did not receive the notice until this week so the board fined him $75.00 and extended his deadline 30 days to complete the project.

Last month the board discussed having an alley surveyed behind 1st and 2nd street to find out how far an old fence was over the line. The alley was surveyed and the fence has been taken down. Another alley behind Railroad Street was brought up to be surveyed at last months meeting. The board found out that there are 2 different blue prints for the alley so it would be more difficult to survey and would cost the city around $2,000 to have it done. The council decided to not have it surveyed at this time.


LETTER TO FEMA TO EXTEND FEDERAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE TO TEN COUNTIES

Congressmen John Shimkus and Jerry Costello and U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Barack Obama sent a letter late Monday night to FEMA Director David Paulison.  They are requesting that President Bush extend federal disaster assistance to 10 counties in Southwestern and Central Illinois after a severe winter storm ripped through these areas in late November 2006.  Of these 10, Bond, Madison and Montgomery counties were included.  The request comes after President Bush recently issued an emergency declaration for 26 counties in Illinois, none of which were in Southern Illinois.  In the letter sent Monday night, the members ask the same assistance be provided to these 10 counties to help rebuild and recover from the natural disaster as many are still struggling with the costs of debris removal. 

The severe winter weather system hit on November 30, 2006 and resulted in near-record snowfall in some counties and extraordinary ice formation on roads, electric power distribution systems, trees and other structures.  The storm disrupted power to hundreds of thousands of households and businesses.

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WEDNESDAY SPORTS

HS BASKETBALL
The Varsity Comets defeated Litchfield 49-35 as Derek Atchison and Jason Mollett each had 15 points and Josh Patrick 12.

At the Morrisonville Winter Classic tourney on Monday, the Mulberry Grove Aces lost to Nokomis 60-22.  Reuben Betts had 12 for Mulberry.

JR HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL
In 8th grade action, the Pocahontas Indians recorded a 34-30 win over Ramsey.  Brad Perry had 15 points and Jared Haberer 11.  The Indians lost the 7th grade game 33-19 as Devon Lawson had 8 points for Pocahontas. 


OBITUARIES

William D. "Bill" Etcheson

William D. "Bill" Etcheson age 72 of Greenville, Illinois passed away Sunday, January 7th at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, January 11th at 6PM at Young Funeral Home, Greenville, interment will be at a later date. Friends may call Thursday after 4PM at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.

Charles "Randy" Spies

Charles "Randy" Spies age 60 of Old Ripley passed away today (Wednesday, January 10th) at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.


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