SPECIAL USE PERMITS AND JUNK YARD DISCUSSED AT COUNTY BOARD
The Bond County Board met Tuesday night and was presented with two recommendations by County Zoning Administrator George Shaw. The Board heard requests for two special use permits. The first was from Mr. Dunham for a 1999 mobile home to be moved onto 20 plus acres that he owns in Shoal Creek Township. He plans to live in the trailer while he builds a new home. The other request was from Tim and Sherry Childress to place a new manufactured home on five acres in Pleasant Mound Township. Both special use permits were approved by County Board members.
In other business, the County Board agreed to look into a junk yard that sits just south of the Donnellson Village limits, per the request of village trustees, Nelda Adkinson and Jean Reeves. Research will need to be done to see if the yard was grandfathered in under the county zoning regulations. Board members then okayed a resolution to the Greenville City Council to apply for the Safe Routes to School Program. Liquor licenses were approved for Kenny's Lake Stop, Mabry's Restaurant and Taylorville RV and Marine.
PRAIRIE COUNSEL CENTER WORKS TOWARDS RE-ACCREDITATION
Surveyors from CARF, the Council of Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities, will be visiting the Prairie Counseling Center on July 9th and 10th. The center is seeking another three-year accreditation, and the surveyors are part of the process. While here the surveyors will tour the facilities, interview staff and two health board members. Accreditation is very important to the center, because it is a necessary requirement for receiving grant money from the state.
Because of the recent resignation of Deb Devore, there is a vacancy on the Bond County Health Board. Brenda Miller was selected to fill the vacancy. Brenda is a registered nurse, employed by Greenville Regional Hospital, and is Manager of Surgery. This recommendation went to the Bond County Board for an announcement. They will make the appointment at their next meeting.
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PRESENTED TUESDAY NIGHT
A safe route to school was the subject of a public meeting held Tuesday night at the Greenville City Hall. By June 29th, the City must submit a grant application to the Illinois Department of Transportation for money to help build safer walking and biking routes to Greenville schools. According to City Manager Dave Willey, the maximum grant would be $400,000, but if all 179 Illinois City's that qualified for the funds receive grants, the average grant would be about $40,000. Most of the funds would be coming from the federal government.
Loren Jackson, from HM & G Engineering Firm, mapped out several alternative plans for sidewalks. The consensus of the people at the meeting was that a pedestrian sidewalk along Hena Street would be the best alternative use of any grant money the City might get. Willey said they should know by September if any funds will be heading our way. He pointed out that although there is no matching money needed, all of the work would have to follow federal guidelines at higher costs.