NEW LAKE DISCUSSED BY MANY IN BOND COUNTY
Future use of water in Bond County was a subject at both the County Board and Greenville City Council meetings. The possibility of a new Greenville City lake in Bond County has been no secret, but a proposal by Ameren to dam up the East fork of Shoal Creak may get that project some new publicity.
At the December 18th meeting of the Bond County Board several residents voiced concerns about the effects of Ameren wanting to put a gate and pump station along the East fork of Shoal Creek in order to hold water to be pumped back into Coffeen Lake. The Board voted to send a request for a public hearing on the project to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
Now the City of Greenville has concerns about Ameren's plans and City Manager Dave Willey has sent a letter to the IEPA saying the City is investigating the feasibility of a new reservoir on the East Fork. We talked to Dave Willey about the City's plan for a new lake and how Amerens' proposal could cause problems for that project. Willey's letter asks the IEPA that the City concerns are adequately addressed prior to a permit being issued for the Ameren project. Willey went on to say plans for a second city lake have been no secret but a public hearing on the proposal would be held sometime in January.
HIGHLAND AMBULANCE INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT
A Highland Ambulance with two EMT's, in route to an accident Friday, December 21st, was involved in an accident itself. The ambulance, driven by Timothy Rusteberg, 35 of Highland, was northbound on Zschokke Street when it collided with a vehicle, driven by Michael Iberg, 32 of Highland.
The Iberg vehicle was eastbound on 9th Street when the two vehicles met in the middle of the intersection. The momentum of the impact carried both vehicles off the roadway. The ambulance struck an apartment building, owned by Mark Bellm, doing damage to the building.
Rusteberg and another EMT, Brian Duncan, 43 also of Highland, were taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Highland for treatment, by another Highland ambulance. Iberg was not injured, but was cited for allegedly having no insurance.
MULBERRY GROVE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETS
Prior to the regular Mulberry Grove Board of Education meeting Monday night, a public hearing was held at 7PM, at which Superintendent Irwin reviewed the updated 2007 Tax Levy information. The district is expecting an overall increase of 4.33 %, in funds, above the 2006 Levy.
At the regular meeting at 7:30PM, Agriculture / Industrial Arts Instructor Matt Elam and two students demonstrated a software program involving electrical circuit design.
Following executive session, letters of retirement were accepted from Jane Eaton, Mary Adams, and Kathy Lappe, effective at the end of the 2011-2012 year. A letter of retirement was accepted from Gay Rench effective at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. The sporting clay club confirmation for 2008-2009 was approved as presented.
The 2007 District Levy was approved as presented. And, the 2008 graduation dates were set. 8th Grade graduation will be May 15th at 7PM and High School graduation will be May 17th at 1PM. The next scheduled board meeting will be January 22nd.