BOND COUNTY NOT QUITE PART OF SWIDA…YET
On January 18th, newly appointed Bond County representative Ed McMillan participated in his first Southwestern Illinois Development Authority meeting with Bond County as the newest member. SWIDA issues industrial revenue bonds which are federal and state tax exempt with lower interest rates. This makes them very appealing to prospective industry in the area. Board members even approved a preliminary Inducement Resolution request from the Nevco Scoreboard Company during that January meeting.
However, a couple of weeks ago, SWIDA's attorney realized that Bond County does not officially join the group until June 1st. Representatives at the SWIDA office in Collinsville told WGEL that this would really have no affect on Bond County. McMillan can continue to attend meetings, and Bond County will still be a part of the work done, it's just that McMillan won't be able to vote until the June meeting, when Bond County is officially a member of SWIDA.
The SWIDA Board meets the 3rd Thursday of every month and is comprised of two representatives from both Madison and St. Clair counties, one from Clinton County and five representatives appointed by the Governor. Bond County representative will be officially added in June.
ZONING RECOMMENDATIONS AND TRUSTEE APPOINTMENTS AT COUNTY BOARD
The Bond County Board met Tuesday night and approved three recommendations from the County Zoning Board of Appeals. Howard Elmore presented requests from Jack Ashford for a Small Rural Business Special Use Permit to build a private shed on Beaver Creek Trail. A request from John Zykan to have Taylor RV and Marine be rezoned from an A1 and C1 classification to a C2 classification for the use of selling and repairing motorized vehicles, and Linda Hill requested to place a 1995 manufactured home on a basement and attach it to her current home on Osage Lane. All requests were approved by board members.
Randy Vasel was appointed to the Greenville Airport Authority Board. Ralph Jernigan and Ron "Sonny" Primo were both requesting appointments to the one vacant trustee seat on the Smithboro Fire Protection District. Jernigan was appointed by county board members.
Announcements were made for requests from Orville Metler to be reappointed to the Three County Public Water District and for Dave Breiner to be appointed to the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Protection District. In other business, the Bond County Board voted to move their April 17th night meeting to Wednesday, April the 18th at 7:30PM due to the Election that day.
RESIDENTS CREDIT HEALTH FAIR TO SAVING THEIR LIVES
Greenville Regional Hospital will present Health Fair 2007, today from 7am-5pm at the Greenville First United Methodist. This year marks the 28th year for the event. Many individuals who have participated in the health fair have learned of personal health problems by taking advantage of the comprehensive blood tests available. Several people credit the test with saving their lives by detecting illnesses and diseases that showed no symptoms.
Jack Chism, a professor at Greenville College learned he had leukemia after test results came back, and he was directed to see an oncologist. Greenville City Manager Dave Willey discovered he had prostate cancer through the blood tests when elevated levels came back higher, than the previous year. Irene Frank, a resident at Emerald Pointe is a colon cancer survivor who credits beating her disease to the early detection from the blood results. Janice Blunt, of Greenville, found out that her liver enzymes were elevated on her blood result report, later learning she had primary biliary cirrhosis of the liver. And Elnora Hamel's results showed elevated calcium levels, enabling her to undergo treatment, preventing her from getting brittle bone disease.
For more information on the Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair 2007, call 664-2777.