COPPER THIEVES RISK LIVES AND COMPROMISE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Peak prices for scrap copper have resulted in reckless, life-threatening behavior from copper thieves throughout the nation – including Southwestern Illinois. In April, copper thieves broke into four substations owned by Southwestern Electric Cooperative.
Once inside, thieves cut copper conductor from regulators and other substation equipment. Engineering personnel examined each substation following the break-ins. In at least one case, thieves accidentally had energized a concrete pad with 7,200 volts of electricity.
In addition to jeopardizing their safety, thieves are costing the cooperative thousands of dollars in lost time, materials, and repairs. If anyone has any information on the break-ins or sees suspicious behavior call your local law enforcement agency.
GEORGE SHAW IS HIRED AS BOND COUNTY ZONING ADMINISTRATOR
With the retirement of Howard Elmore, Bond county was in need of a new Zoning Admistrator. At the last Bond County Board meeting, George Shaw was hired to fill that position. Mr Shaw is currently the Building Inspector and Code Administrator for the Villages of Pocahontas, and Pierron. He will continue in those positions as well serving Bond County. Mr Shaw owned and operated Shaw Builders Inc. in Greenville from 1983 thru July of 2003.
As one of his qualifications he lists 57 years of experience in the construction industry. His first day on the job was Wednesday, where he will work several weeks overlapping with Howard Elmore.
SPECIAL MEETING ON MULBERRY GROVE SCHOOL DISTRICT
There will be a special board meeting of the Mulberry Grove Unit One School District tonight at 6:30PM. The agenda includes canvass/review of board election results, nominations for board officers, with voting and seating of new officers. The next meeting of the school district will be at their regular time of Monday May14th.