11-14-2007



UNIT 2 TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING SET FOR DECEMBER MEETING

 

The Unit 2 School Board reviewed the preliminary tax levy for 2008 at Monday night's meeting. According to information gathered, there will likely be a 6% increase in property taxes. To make sure the district receives what is assessed, the board is looking to base their levy at an estimated assessed value of $133,523,536, which is close to a 10% increase.  Therefore, a Truth in Taxation hearing advertisement is necessary.  Even with the increase, the district will not receive any more that what there is to receive after the assessment next year. The official levy hearing was set for the December board meeting.

 

In other business, Unit 2 FFA sponsor Steve Zimmerman, along with three students, presented a summary of their trip to the 80th Annual National FFA Convention.  Students participated in several activities throughout the week. Board members then voted to extend the joint agreement with Greenville College for the use of the college's track.  The current agreement was set to expire at the end of the year.

 

The Unit 2 Board of Education also approved the renewal of the district insurance.  The rate will be a 6% savings over last year's premium. And board members approved the development of the Administrative Procedures Manua,l through the services of the Illinois Association of School Boards. 


BOND COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH APPROVES PAY RAISES

 

At the Bond County Health Board Meeting, held Monday night, the board approved pay raises totaling almost $40,000 annually.   The health department has 58 employees, of which 37 are full time, 7 part-time, and 14 perform on call duties.  The raises represent an increase, for individual employees, ranging from 2.25% to 5.75%.

 

The board approved a health insurance plan for employees, which is the same as the current plan, except for a small increase in co-pay on prescriptions.

 

Maxine Barth, Health Department Director, said the health department has received a DOOLA Grant totaling $50,000.  The grant money will be used to hire a lay person or persons, who will be trained to work with expectant mothers, offering emotional support and information, as well as accompanying the mothers to doctor’s appointments and during labor and delivery.

 

Darryl Bolen, board chairmen, said the board needs to move aggressively forward with the planning of the Health Department’s new facility, which is to be built on  land recently purchased off 4th street south of Greenville. He said, a needs assessment, to determine square footage, is the next step.  Bolen also said that after a meeting with Kingsbury Park District representatives, he felt that the possibility of the park district having any interest in development at the health department’s new site was very remote.

 

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AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE BURGLARY TO MACHINE SHED

 

Kent Priddle, of Panama, reported to the Bond County Sheriff's Department, Monday morning at 7:17 am, that someone had burglarized his machine shed sometime between November 5th and November 11th.  Taken were 3 chainsaws, 2 socket sets, a battery charger, 12 feet of facia aluminum, 2 rolls of wire, a weed eater, a hand drill, and a 225 amp welder.  Police are investigating.


COLLEGE READINESS PILOT PROGRAM SIGNED INTO LAW

 

A recent bill, signed into law, creates a new program aimed to help high school students get ready for college, according to State Senator Frank Watson.  Senate Bill 858 creates a three-year College and Career Readiness Pilot Program to analyze college courses, develop a Readiness Prescription for each high school student, develop intervention strategies and test each student to assess progress and readiness.  The students will also be monitored and assessed throughout college.

 

Other new bills, signed into law last week, include an expansion of the newborn screening program and a resolution to disputes between cable and network companies, over sports programming.  Watson also said that at the end of the week, Illinois schools were still waiting to hear when they would start receiving extra state money.  Lawmakers approved legislation, to implement parts of the budget, that allocate $550 million to more than 700 school districts.  The legislation is awaiting the Governor's signature.

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LEM RHODES BOARD TO HOLD MEETING NOVEMBER 15TH

 

The Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation Board of Directors will hold their regular monthly meeting at noon on Thursday, November 15th.  The lunch meeting will be held in the Greenville Regional Hospital Administration Board Room.  The foundation is a community effort to support residents of Bond County, who are battling cancer. 

 

Longtime Bond County resident Lemuel E. Rhodes lost his brother and his own life to the disease in 2002. In his Will, Rhodes provided proceeds from a part of his trust to establish the foundation.  Funds can be used to offset the cost associated with items not covered by insurance.

 

The Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation board is made up of community leaders who oversee the policies and operations.  Applications are reviewed at monthly meetings and on an as-needed bases.  For more information call 618-664-1230 ext. 3017.


RESIDENTS REMINDED NOT TO FEED WILD DEER

 

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reminding Illinois residents and visitors, not to feed wild deer and other wildlife, in areas where wild deer are present.  A ban on feeding wild deer was enacted in 2002 as part of the effort to limit the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, in the Illinois wild deer herd.

 

The ban includes food, salt, mineral blocks and other food products, with some exemptions. IDNR Acting Director Sam Flood says that people might think that they are helping the deer out, during the harsh winter months, by feeding them, but areas where deer congregate have the potential to contribute to the spread of the disease. 

 

Chronic Wasting Disease is a fatal neurological disease found in deer and elk.  It is not known to be contagious to livestock or humans.  The first confirmed case was recorded in 2002.  IDNR continues to collect tissue samples for testing.


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