LAND PURCHASE NOT COMPLETE YET
The land purchase for the Bond County Health Department is not yet finalized . That was the announcement made at the Health Board meeting Monday night. Director, Maxine Barth, told the board the paper work on the purchase is not done yet and it will probably be another couple weeks before it is complete. The Health department is in the process of purchasing 28 acres on south Fourth Street located near the state shed.
Health Board President, Darryl Bolen, said that one of the most important decisions the board will make is the hiring of a site planner for the land. Bolen said he would like to have a recommendation from the Building and Grounds Committee regarding the site planner, before a discussion is held with the entire board. Currently two planners are being considered, Planning Design Studio with Ottolino Winter and Huebner as construction. The second is the Korte Company in Highland. Both have excellent references, but Bolen said he felt more investigation is needed, and board member Dr. Hall agreed. The next meeting for the Building and Grounds Committee has not yet been decided. President Bolen also commented that lines of communication are being kept open with other entities that may also be interested in use of the site.
The next Bond County Health Board Meeting is scheduled for August 13th.
SUPER VALUE IN GREENVILLE TO CLOSE
After 77 years of service to grocery shoppers in Greenville, the Super Valu store will be closing later this year. Super Value President, Mike Schuette, said " It is very, very nice that many of you have tried to find ways to help us stay in Greenville, and our family has many wonderful memories and experiences to cherish from Greenville." A definite closing date has not been decided, but a "going out of business sale" is planned in the near future. The Super Value stores in Carlyle and Highland will continue to operate.
PHOTO ENFORCEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION ZONES
In March of 2005, the Illinois Department of Transportation, along with the Illinois State Police launched photo radar in construction zones throughout the St. Louis Metro-east area and districts in Chicago. The enforcement is continuing to spread to other areas of the state. According to Trooper Ralph Timmons, even though the enforcement has been in District 11 for the past year, it's possible to see more photo radar vans this summer, since several new troopers have recently been certified. Timmons reminds motorists that speed limits in construction zones are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year, even if no workers are present. In District 11, 60% of accidents in construction zones occur when there are no workers around and 85% of injuries in construction zones are to drivers or passengers in vehicles…not to construction workers. If you get caught speeding in a construction zone, the first offense will get you a $375 fine. The second offense will cost $1,000 along with a 90-day driver's license suspension.
NEW MEMBER APPOINTED TO KINGSBURY PARK BOARD
At Monday nights Kingsbury Park board meeting, John Goldsmith was selected as the new board member. Goldsmith will be filling a vacancy created when a winning candidate in last Springs election was found to not be a resident of hte district.
Board attorney, Jeff Mollett, advised the board that a tax litigation suit started in 1999 was resolved last month. The case was settled with no cost to the park board. Attorney Mollett also said the City of Greenville had filed a new amendment to the complaint in the ongoing Dewey St. dispute. Mollett did not have time to review the amendment before the meeting. Mollett also advised that the ongoing property line dispute with park boundary neighbors, continues.
The Park Board audit has been completed and the report will be available at next month's meeting. This Friday, July 13th, will be the last day for fall soccer early bird registration. Registration will continue until draft day, however it will cost $10 more after the 13th.
SECRETARY OF STATE ANTIQUE VEHICLE SHOW
The Old State Capitol area in downtown Springfield will be host to the 58th Annual Secretary of State Antique Vehicle Show on Saturday, September 8th. This show features some of the finest in antique and classic vehicles and sports cars and motorcycles, to make a total of over 1500 entries. Antique vehicle owners and enthusiasts are encouraged to come and enjoy this event. The vehicle judged best at the show will receive the Illinois State Champion award. This year’s show will also honor American Motors vehicles with the special Marquee Award. This award represents a different manufacturer each year. At least 46 classes of vehicles will receive awards in categories that include antique motor scooters, motor-powered bikes and antique motorcycles. Anyone interested will be able to purchase Special Event license plates promoting the Auto Show. The Antique Vehicle Advisory Committee will sponsor a reception for participants of the Auto Show on Friday, September 7th. For more information, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com
RAINFALL IN LATE JUNE HELPS CROPS AND LAWNS
According to Illinois State Climatologist, Jim Angel, the weather in June caused a huge change from very dry conditions the first 18 days, to very wet ones the rest of the month. As a result, crops, lawns, and gardens recovered quickly from abnormally dry conditions that began in May. Statewide June precipitation in Illinois was 4.47 inches, which was 0.39 inches above normal. Statewide temperatures were 72.7°F, 0.8°F above normal. The last 12 days of June had 3.44 inches, about twice the normal amount of 1.66-inch. The National Weather Service July outlook calls for an increased chance for below normal temperatures in much of western Illinois. The rest of the state has an increased chance for above normal temperatures for July-September.
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