11-1-2007

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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.


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ALZHEIMER’S UPDATE SEMINAR

 

More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. The Greenville Regional Hospital Education Department will host its annual Alzheimer’s Update seminar, free of charge, on Tuesday, November 13th at 6 p.m. in the hospital’s Community Room. James Dearing of the Alzheimer’s Association will present the “Memory Loss 101” program, detailing treatment options, research updates, prevention tips, and more. Pre-registration is not required, but would be appreciated. Call 664-1230 extension 3551.


SET CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH

 

November is here, which means that the end of Daylight Savings Time is near.  Early this Sunday morning, November 4th, clocks will need to be set back to reflect the change.  Residents must "Fall" back, which means that the time will go back one hour at 2am.  It's suggested that before you go to bed on Saturday night, you set all of your clocks back one hour.  It's also a good time to check the batteries in your fire and carbon monoxide alarms in your home.

 

Federal law in the United States does not require any one area to use DST. But if a state does choose to observe it, they must follow the starting and ending dates, which is the second Sunday in March through the first Sunday in November. More than one billion people, in over 70 countries observe Daylight Savings Time.


SB 1397 RESTRICTS CHILD SEX OFFENDERS AND METH PRODUCERS

 

Governor Rod Blagojevich signed SB 1397 into law last week.  The new law includes increased maximum jail sentences for several types of sex offenses and requires sex offenders to notify law enforcement within 72 hours of a change in address, employment or school, rather than the current 5 days.  The law also creates a Pilot Program in Williamson County, in Southern Illinois, to track the sale of ingredients used to produce methamphetamine.  The law takes effect January 1, 2008.


New State Website Shows Political Contributors And Contracts

 
Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes launched a new website that will let people find any links between campaign contributors and state contracts.  Hynes says that it will help root out corruption in government and end the pay-to-play politics.

 

In the meantime, he's still lobbying lawmakers to pass an ethics bill.  The House passed it earlier this year unanimously, but the Senate has yet to take up the measure.  Hynes says he hopes the new "Open Book" website will help put public pressure on corrupt lawmakers. 

 

Jay Stewart with the Better Government Association says it was hard to get this information before, but this website makes will make it a lot easier.

 



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