CITY COUNCIL HEARS COMPLAINTS ABOUT GRIGG STREET WORK
Several citizens, living on Grigg Street, presented pictures and testimony at Tuesday nights Greenville City Council meeting about water problems caused by the Grigg Street construction project. For several reasons, including the fact that the project is still under construction, the council called a special meeting for Friday to decide what to do about those problems. City Manager, Dave Willey, thought he would have time to come up with costs of various solutions to those water problems.
Grigg Street wasn't the only cause of citizen unrest last night. Sev eral people brought to the council concerns about what was being deposited on a City Material Storage Yard behind their home on Louis Latzer Drive. John Stanton told the council that originally only clean rock was deposited on the site but in recent years dirt and other materials from city work sites has piled up creating an unsightly mess and foul aromas. The council and the city manager agreed to look into various options for solving the problem.
Last Spring's water main break at Rt.127 and Route 40 continues to cost money, as the city will have to spend almost $28,000 repairing State Route 40, since it was the City's main that caused the asphalt to separate from the concrete base.
Several folks talked against banning leaf burning this fall. City manager Willey told the Council a ban would cost the city money, how much he could not estimate. It was pointed out the leaves bagged by citizens were taken to the city water plant where they are burned. One way or the other the leaves get torched.
The Council is still struggling with where to spend city street improvement money, and last night they swore in their newest member as Roger Sanders took the seat vacated by Lisa Stephens when she became assistant City Manager.
PROJECTED NURSING SHORTAGE TO BE ADDRESSED
To better estimate the impact of the projected nursing shortage across Illinois, the state is collecting information from nurses to help develop recruitment, retention and training strategies. The Illinois Center for Nursing will analyze the findings. Current forecasts indicate that Illinois will be facing a shortage of more than 21,000 nurses by 2020. The survey includes questions about training, current working conditions, continuing education and teaching opportunities. Nurses have the option of completing the 20 minute survey on paper or taking it online. Because the survey was mailed to a representative sampling in each degree of nursing, it is particularly important that those who received a survey questionnaire complete the form and return it as soon as possible. Surveys were mailed on June 25th and are due by July 17th.
MADIGAN WARNS CONSUMERS OF POTENTIAL TIRE SAFETY HAZARDS
Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning consumers of defectively manufactured tires that may have been sold in Illinois and could create a potential safety hazard for those riding in light trucks, SUVs and vans. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has learned that the tires were manufactured with an insufficient gum strip between the steel belts of the tires, making the tires susceptible to tread separation, which can cause serious and potentially fatal accidents. More than 7,000 affected tires may have been marketed as light truck radial tires and sold under the brand names of Westlake, Compass and YKS, between mid-2002 and mid-2006. The defective tires are manufactured in China by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. For tire sizes included in the recall, visit www.IllinoisAttorneyGeneral.gov.