12-26-2007



A POSSIBLE NEW BIG PROJECT IN GREENVILLE

 

A short meeting, but some big news came out of Thursday nights Greenville City Council meeting. A possible $20 million project is waiting to see if a large piece of property can be added to Greenville's Tax Increment Financing, or TIF district.

 

In order to get the acreage next to the Fire Station on Harris Avenue, along 127 to behind Frank Watson's office and 2 Acres Motel into a new or extended TIF, the Council voted to OK an engineering contract with Houser Engineering for $24,800 to survey the properties drainage situation. With that information, it's Assistant City Manager Lisa Stephens hope the land can be included in a TIF. Greenville Mayor Alan Gaffner described the potential $20 million project as a combination of Commercial and Retail enmities.

 

In other action, the Council voted to lend $30,000, from the revolving loan fund, to Lucy and Chris Kelly to open a Bakery in Mrs. Sam's restaurant. They also held a Truth in Taxation hearing and passed the tax levy ordinance. The tax levy raises the rate from 1.0948 to 1.1396. City Manager Dave Willey said the major increase was due to Police and Employee pension funds and Social Security.


QUIET HOLIDAY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

 

According to local police, everything was quiet Christmas night in Greenville and Bond County. 

 

A car/deer accident occurred early Monday morning at 4:58 am on Plant School Avenue.  A deer ran into the driver's side of a car causing over $500.00 damage to the vehicle.  The driver was not injured.

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EXPANSION OF KC'S GREENVILLE EDUCATION CENTER DISCUSSED

 

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met last Thursday for their regular monthly meeting.  Tim Hood reported that a proposal to expand the Greenville Education Center is being developed and a new site could possibly be under a partnership with Greenville College, with a central location and a minimum of 10,000 square foot of total floor space.  The center would hold 8-10 classrooms.

 

In other business, George Woods, Dean of Workforce Education for Illinois Eastern Community Colleges spoke to the board about the overview of their Coal Mining Technology Program. Tim Hood added that the program is currently the most advanced in the state.  He then reported on a partnership between KC and SICCM that could offer new programs like Medical Lab and Surgical Technology.


FCI COMMUNITY BOARD MEETS

 

The Greenville Federal Correctional Institution Community board met with prison official's Thursday morning to discuss Community and Institution issues. Deputy Warden Kevin Murphy told the group FCI will be working on two problems.

 

Number one is early releases from prison because of new guidelines that will result in shorter sentences for inmates serving time for Crack Cocaine violations. Approximately 300 Greenville FCI inmates will be effected by that Change.  The second issue is a need to hire a dentist for the Greenville facility. If you know of a dentist or recent dental school graduate looking for a federal job contact the Greenville FCI.

 

Currently, Greenville FCI employs 261 people.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON ACCIDENT FROM EARLY DECEMBER

 

We have some additional information concerning an accident, which was reported earlier on WGEL.  Stacey Taylor, age 29, of Smithboro, was involved in a single vehicle accident, at 2:52 am Friday, December 14th, at the junction of Pleasant Mound Avenue and Pheasant Road, south of Smithboro. 

 

According to the accident report, Taylor was injured in the accident and taken by Bond County EMS to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment.  She was cited, by the Bond County Sheriff's Department, for alleged DUI, driving on a suspended or revoked driver's license, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to reduce speed to avoid and accident, and improper lane usage.  Charges are pending at this time.


ACCIDENT WITH INJURY IN HIGHLAND

 

Kimberly Predmore, 25, of Highland, was involved in a single vehicle accident, Friday, December 21st.  She was westbound on Sportsman Road, approximately ¼ mile west of Nagel Drive, when she crossed into the eastbound lane, continued off the road, hit a storm drain and then a road culvert.  She was transported to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Predmore was cited for alleged DUI, improper lane usage, and leaving the scene of an accident.


METRO EAST OCTOBER UNEMPLOYMENT RATES RISES FROM 2006

 

The Illinois Section, of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area, shows a rise in the unemployment rate, for area counties, during the month of November. In Bond County the rate was 4.8%, up from 4.5% one year ago, with Clinton County at 4.6%, up from 3.7% in November 2006. Madison County also showed an increase of 5.3% currently, compared to 4.2% this time last year.  The average unemployment rate for November 2007 was 5.5%

 

Even though there was in increase in unemployment, there has been a gain of over 1,100 jobs in the St. Louis Metropolitan area throughout the year.  Job gains included those in Educational and Health Services, Wholesale trade, Information, Retail Trade and Government.


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