7-16-2007


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FOR SALE SIGNS UP IN FRONT OF OLD JUNIOR HIGH

The old Junior High Building on Beaumont Ave. in Greenville is up for sale again. The vacant building was first sold by the Unit 2 School District back in 2006 to Donald Wall. According to Greenville City Manager, Dave Willey, the grounds were rezoned to R3 for multi-family use, and Wall was granted a permit to begin removing asbestos. He was also granted a special use permit to be able to lease out the cafeteria and gym. The new owners will have to apply for another permit.

According to realtor C.B. Richard Ellis' website, the 30,500 square foot building sits on over 5 acres. The building has been partially converted for 15 apartment units, with the sale price at $185,000.


VOLUME BASED LANDFILL FEE TO BE PRESENTED TO THE BOND COUNTY BOARD

At last week's Bond County Health Board Meeting, Tom Melvin, the Environmental Health Director, said he is planning on making a request to the Bond County Board to establish a volume-based fee at any landfill operating in the county. The funds raised would be used for a materials recycling program and solid waste program.

According to the Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act, counties were to develop a plan that would increase recycling to 25%. Melvin said the recycling rate is not easily measured, but the formula used showed a 2006 recycling rate of 13%. He also said his request to the board will be for a fee of 50 cents per cubic yard. Funds raised by what is called a “tipping fee” must be used for environmental related purposes.

Currently in Bond County no fees are charged, but surrounding counties do have charges in place. In 2005, approximately 274 thousand cubic yards of waste were accepted at the Bond County Landfill, so a 50 cent charge could have generated about $137,000. He will also recommend that the board appoint a committee to devise specifics for a recycling program.

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COUNTY ZONING SENDS TWO RECOMMENDATIONS TO COUNTY BOARD

The Bond County Zoning Board of Appeals met last week for their regular monthly meeting to hear two requests. Connie Ashford, requested a variance to sell 1 of 10 acres, located in Mills Township, to a neighbor and then divide the remaining acreage into two plots - one with four acres, the other with five. The other request was for Jim McCasland to be allowed to proceed with Phase 3 of the Oak Hill Estates subdivision, off of Idler Lane, by getting the nine acres rezoned from A1 to R1.

The County Zoning Board of Appeals approved both requests. Their recommendations will be forwarded to the Bond County Board for their meeting Tuesday night.


LITCHFIELD MOVING ALONG WITH PROPOSED ETHANOL PLANT

In the next step to having an ethanol plant just south of the city limits, the City of Litchfield recently approved a 15 year-contract with VeraSun Energy Corporation to provide them with up to 500 million gallons of treated water every year, for the proposed plant. According to Litchfield City Administrator Andy Ritchie, there are several things in place to keep the plan moving forward. Under the contract, the plant has 180 days from the execution of necessary permits, to purchase the 486 acres for the plant, with onsite construction to start within 3 years.

The 100 million-gallon per year ethanol plant will be located just south of Litchfield and create 50-60 permanent jobs, with 250 temporary construction jobs. Ritchie said the plant will purchase 35 million bushels of corn annually, along with $15 million of local maintenance and operating supplies.

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KEYESPORT VILLAGE BOARD

The Keyesport Village board met last week and was approached for help by Kevin Noris and his soon to be baseball team. Kevin and the kids put together a BBQ to raise money to fix up the baseball field at the park. They ended up raising over $1100. Noris said that they already have quite a few items needed for the field and equipment for the team, but are really looking at getting a scoreboard for the ball field, or a new fence. Mayor Ken Carver said if the team didn’t have enough money, to come back and the board would help out by donating. Right now Keyesport does not have a team in the Kingsbury Park District, but they are hoping that will change by next year.

At last months meeting the village was seeking applications for a part time worker. They ended up hiring Pat Kibler for the position. Kibler will be working with street and maintenance this entire summer.


VFW POST 1377 BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS

The VFW Post 1377, in Greenville, hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive Thursday, July 12th. Pins were awarded to Patsy Koonce for donating 13 gallons, to Shirley Volentine for donating 10 gallons and to Naomi Vought as a first time donor. A total of 33 units were collected.

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CLOTHING DONATION BOXES IN GREENVILLE

Two clothing donation boxes have been placed in Greenville by the Community Link Foundation to assist FAYCO Enterprises, Inc. The boxes are located next to the Red Apple Family Restaurant and Scott's Package Store. Boxes have also been placed in Vandalia and at the Country Style Café in Mulberry Grove. WGEL spoke with Bob Lindberg, Executive Director for FAYCO, who said the Community Link Foundation will be paid 6 cents per pound for donations, of which FAYCO will get 70%. Lindberg indicated that clothing donations do not go to local businesses or entities.

An organization known as Merchandising Pick-up Services (MPS) will pick up the material. Unlike FAYCO and the Community Link, MPS is a "for-profit" company that operates the Family Thrift Stores located in St. Louis, Atlanta, and Houston. FAYCO met with representatives of the Auxiliary Thrift Shop in Greenville, before having the boxes set in Greenville. According to Lindberg, as found in other communities, the presence of the donation boxes should not effect donations to existing stores such as the Auxiliary Thrift Shop.


BOND COUNTY UNIT 2 BOARD MEETING PREVIEW

The Bond County Community Unit School District No. 2 Board of Education Meeting is Monday, July 16th, 2007, beginning at 7:00 PM, in the Unit Office Conference Room. The agenda includes: supply bids for the 2007-2008 school year, a School Reach Presentation, tireb bids, and the District Improvement Plan. The school board has also scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, July 17th, at 6:00 PM.


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SOUTH MULBERRY GROVE/KEYESPORT ROAD CLOSURE

The Bond County Highway Department will be closing the South Mulberry Grove Road between Trapper Avenue and Pleasant Mound Avenue from Tuesday, July 17th to Thursday, July 19th. The closure will be from 8am-4PM each day. The road will be open to traffic before and after this time period. The closure is due to overlay work on the existing road. A detour route will be made available. Please take this closure into consideration if traveling in the area. Any questions or concerns, please contact the highway department office.




OBITUARIES

HARRISON E. BLANKENSHIP

Harrison E. Blankenship, 76 of Effingham, passed away Thursday, July 12th at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham. Funeral services for 76 year-old Harrison E. Blankenship will be held Monday at 10am at the Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham. Burial in Old Loogootee Cemetery in Loogootee, IL. Visitation was Sunday from 4-8PM at the funeral home. Memorials to the World Gospel Mission.

Harrison ministered at several United Methodists Churches in the surrounding area. He is the brother of Roger Blankenship of Keyesport and Ruth and Don Smith of Mulberry Grove.


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