CITY OF CARLYLE LOOKING TO APPROACH THE MASSASAUGA ISSUE
A threatened species of rattlesnake has been a huge topic in Carlyle as of late. The construction of a new Wal-Mart and, until recently, a proposed bike path, have been halted due to endangered species laws surrounding the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake. Much of Carlyle is included in the snake's territorial ground, therefore, before any project is allowed to move forward, a "take" permit must be assigned by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. This permit keeps each company from legal liability if a snake were to be harmed on their property, and the process of getting the permit can be a slow one.
City Administrator, Bill Gruen, told WGEL that the city council recently authorized him to hire a law firm from Springfield to see how this issue can be approached. He said that questions had been prepared for the firm and they are now in the process of getting those answered. Gruen feels that the snake issue could have an impact on commercial property, especially vacant property. He said that the City is simply trying to make Carlyle an actual option to developers when compared to surrounding towns.
As of now, the bike path is moving forward, with the Massasauga Rattlesnake no longer impeding the progress. However, the new Wal-Mart is still in the process of getting their "Take" permit. As a result, the deadline for construction in that TIF district has been extended one year.
THREE MEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION TO BURGLARIES IN BOND COUNTY
Three men, who were recently arrested in connection with a burglary in Hillsboro, have now been charged in Bond County Court. 29 year Clayton E. Petryshyn, of Vandalia, along with 23 year-old Matthew J. Jacknewitz and 22 year-old Michael D. Hansson, both of Belleville, are each facing 4 counts of alleged Residential Burglary.
According to court records, each are charged with allegedly breaking into four homes, throughout the county, on October 18th and 19th. Each count is a Class 1 Felony.
Police were able to track down the suspects after a cell phone was left behind at a residence in Hillsboro. According to police, a search of Petryshyn's home in Vandalia, allegedly revealed stolen property. Petryshyn and Jacknewitz are currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail.
RAIN TOTALS FOR OCTOBER
We have rain totals for Greenville, for the month of October, from Rain Man Rick.
There was 3.94 inches of rain recorded at the Sewer Plant, 4.14 inches on 6th Street, and 4.22 inches of rain measured at Rt. 140 and Idler Lane.