HEALTH DEPARTMENT MOVING AHEAD WITH NEW BUILDING PLANS
The Bond County Health Board held a building and grounds committee meeting Wednesday night. Board members heard presentations from Planning Design Studio and Korte Company in regards to site planning designs for the proposed 20,000 sq. foot building to be constructed on Fourth Street. Maxine Barth, Health Department Director, said that both presentations will be discussed Monday night at their regular board meeting. She's unsure if a decision will be made at that time as to which company to choose.
Barth also said that the board is in the process of purchasing the 28.7 acres. Currently the title search is being done on the land located on Fourth street by the State Shed. The hope is to be able to start construction in Spring 2008.
KEYESTONE ACQUIRING RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR PIPELINE
An oil pipeline project is pushing forward with a proposed project that would go through the southern portion of Bond County. The TransCanada Keystone Pipeline would transport approximately 435,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta, Canada to Wood River and Patoka, IL.
Since November 2005, TransCanada has conducted 47 open house meetings in the U.S. and Canada to explain the project. So far this year, along some portions of the route, Keystone has already acquired right-of-way for the pipeline. Throughout the remainder of 2007, they will acquire the right-of-way for the entire 1,800-mile route. By the end of the year, TransCanada hopes to receive all regulatory approvals and permits from the U.S. federal government and each state.
The Keystone project would consist of 30" and 36" pipelines within a 110' wide corridor; however, in Illinois a portion is proposed with 24" line and a 95' wide corridor. Construction on the $2.1 billion oil pipeline is scheduled to start in 2008 in Canada, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, and in 2009 in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.
ILLINOIS GETS FEDERAL AGRICULTURAL DISASTER DECLARATION
Farmers in about two-thirds of Illinois will now be able to get some federal help for this spring's freeze that devastated wheat and fruit crops across the state. 55 counties in downstate Illinois have been declared primary disaster areas. Illinois Agriculture Director, Chuck Hartke, says the Easter freeze devastated wheat and fruit crops, and took an entire year's work away from some farmers.
Temperatures in early April dropped to the low 20s and high teens. While not unprecedented, the cold caused heavy damage because it followed an extremely warm March that accelerated crop development. It's reported that Illinois's $13 million peach crop could be a total loss, and damaged winter wheat could cost farmers more than $30 million.
Counties declared primary disaster areas include Bond, Clinton, Madison, Fayette and Montgomery. Along with the primary disaster areas, 26 other contiguous counties were approved for disaster assistance. Farmers and fruit growers who believe they may qualify for disaster assistance should contact their county Farm Service Agency office.
VACANCY ON BOND COUNTY 911 BOARD
The Bond County 911 Board met Thursday morning at 9am for their regular monthly meeting. Board members discussed the flyers that went out with resident's tax bills providing information about the ordinance of having your address visible from the road.
It was also announced that there is now a board vacancy due to the death of Ron Leneave. The opening will be forwarded to the Bond County Board, who will then make the appointment. 911 Coordinator Alan Davis said Leneave represented the fire districts in the area. The hope is to find a replacement who would also represent a fire district. In other business the 911 Board paid bills and moved July's meeting to Monday, July 9th, at 9am.
CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN A SUCCESS THROUGOUT GREENVILLE
For The last two and half weeks, the Greenville Police Department joined several thousand national, state and local law enforcement officials in enforcing the "Click It or Ticket" safety belt campaign. Locally, there were a total of 97 driver, 27 passenger and 4 child no seatbelt tickets issued in the enforcement zones since May 21st. Other citations issued included two for no valid driver's license, one for allowing an unauthorized driver and one for disobeying a traffic control device.
The numbers from this most recent campaign are slightly higher than the totals from the enforcement zones set up in November of 2006. The goal of the National "Click It or Ticket" campaign is to remind motorists that buckling up saves lives.
LOCAL YOUTH RAISE MONEY FOR INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION
Over the past few months, high school students at the local Free Methodist Church have been collecting money for the International Justice Mission (IJM). The organization was created to bring justice to oppressive situations in foreign countries. The mission itself helps to free child laborers and those in bonded slavery.
During the school year, students collected money during the lunch hours. In March, a spaghetti dinner raised just under $1,000 of the $5,000 goal. Pastor, Greg Groves, said there were nearly 60 kids in the youth group that have participated in raising money toward the mission. They individually pledged to do things ranging from giving a speech in school about the International Justice Mission, to sponsoring a child, to becoming an actual IJM member. By the end of May, the teens at the Free Methodist Church had surpassed their goal, by raising $5,343.
VERY DRY MAY, 8TH WARMEST ON RECORD FOR ILLINOIS
May 2007 was the 8th warmest and 23rd driest May since 1895. Statewide temperatures were 67.3°F degrees…which is 4.5°F above normal. Statewide, May precipitation in Illinois was 2.62"…which is 1.65" below normal. However, local totals show more rain than the state average. According to the city of Greenville rain gauges, the month of May brought in the second highest amount of precipitation so far this year with 3.61" of rain reported at the Waste Water Treatment Plant on Route 40.
State Climatologist, Jim Angel, comments that even though rain throughout central Illinois over the Memorial Day Weekend provided relief for shallow-rooted corn and soybeans, the Southeast part of the state is struggling with significant drought and abnormally dry conditions. The National Weather Service outlooks for June through August call for equal chances of temperatures and precipitation near normal.
BOARD OF HEALTH JUNE MEETING PREVIEW
The Bond County Health Board will meet Monday night at 6:30PM for their regular monthly meeting. Items on the agenda include the Prairie Counseling Center Policies and a Board of Health vacancy. Board members will also discuss the report from the Building and Grounds Committee meeting last Wednesday.
The Bond County Cougars baseball team played the Woodriver Moose team in a doubleheader on Wednesday. The Cougars won both games and scored a combined 25 runs.
The 19th Annual West Central Illinois All Star football game will be played Saturday June 16th at 5:30 at Carlinville High School. Players from Greenville are Craig Spliter and Dustin Sharp at Defensive Tackle, Ike Perfetti at Guard and Josh Hulvey at Fullback.
ANTHONY "TONY" J. HAMPTON
Anthony "Tony" J. Hampton, 65 of Greenville, passed away Thursday at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services for 65 year-old Anthony "Tony" J. Hampton will be held Monday at 10:30am at the Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville. Visitation is Sunday from 4-8PM at the funeral home. Burial in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery in Collinsville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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