BOND COUNTY HEALTH BOARD APPROVES SITE UTILIZATION PLANNER
By a unanimous vote, the Bond County Board of Health approved the Korte Company as the site utilization planner for the new land recently purchased by the board. The new site, located off south 4th street in Greenville, consisting of approximately 28 acres, was purchased at a cost of $9800 an acre. The Korte Company will determine a needs assessment and will be responsible for a master plan for the site. Maxine Barth, Health Department Director, said the request to annex the property into the city of Greenville and rezone it to B-2 is on the council's agenda for their next meeting, which is Tuesday, August 14th. She also said the farm tenant on the property was requesting a long term lease, but the board only approved a year to year lease. Health Board Chairman, Darryl Bolen, said they hope to begin construction on the new facility by some time late in 2008, and that talks continue with other entities that may be interested in developments on the site. Maxine Barth also told the board that the health department had received CARF accreditation for three years. Chairman Bolen said the approval speaks very well for Maxine and her staff. CARF accreditation is very important when applying for grants.
NEW PARK BOARD MEMBER SWORN IN MONDAY NIGHT
At Monday's Park District meeting, John Goldsmith was sworn in as the newest Commissioner. Joe Barth presented the annual Audit. The park districts executive director, Jerry Sauerwein, attributed the increase in pool receipts to the increase in pool fees. The group also discussed the possibility of paying Summer League Umpires more money next year in the hopes of getting more experienced Umps. After an executive session to talk about Litigation, Land acquisition and personnel they adjourned without any action from that session.
COUNTY CLERK WARNS OF RIP-OFF INVOLVING CERTIFIED COPIES OF LAND DEEDS
Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz is warning residents of a questionable practice involving many northern Illinois counties, and making its way south. There is a company called "Illinois Deed Provider, Inc." targeting people, and offering to sell them a certified copy of their land deed for $69.50. In the letter sent to residents, the company stresses that the property owner should have this certified copy. However, Reitz says these copies come from his office, where land records are open to the public. A certified copy at his office costs $25, therefore this deed provider company is making a $44 profit. Reitz wants people to know that if they have land records recorded in his office, then they do not need a certified copy of those records in their hands. Anyone receiving an offer to buy a cop of land records should call the Bond County Clerk's Office at 664-0449.
HOT TEMPERATURES AND LACK OF RAIN ALLOW FIRES TO START EASIER
The Greenville Fire Department responded to a grass fire Monday afternoon around 1:30PM at the I-70 45 Exit Ramp. According to Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston, the fire was probably started by a cigarette being thrown out of a car window. He said that with temperatures in the upper 90's and the lack of rain for the area, residents should keep in mind that everything is dry right now, and fires can start with little ignition and spread fast. The grass fire Monday was extinguished in about 20 minutes, but was only yards away from spreading through a fence. This is the second grass fire in the last week that is thought to have been started by a cigarette being thrown from a window.
PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS
Planning Commission Chairman Hugh Siefken called the meeting to order and conducted a public hearing into the merits of converting a private residence at the corner of Main and Locust Streets in Greenville to a Bed and Breakfast. Marilae Latham and Cheryl Werner plan to operate the Two Sisters Bed & Breakfast at that location. Hearing no objections from anyone present and after City Manager Dave Willey told the Commission that the City Council had changed the ordinance to allow a Bed and Breakfast as a special use, the Commission voted to pass along a recommendation to approve the plans to tonights Greenville City Council meeting. The Commission also approved for City Council consideration, a preliminary and final plat for a Commerce Plaza to be built by Ron Bingham and Jason Sugg at 600 East City Route 40.
VILLAGE OF SMITHBORO OILING ROADS ON WEDNESDAY
The Village of Smithboro will be oiling 3rd 4th and 5th Streets in Smithboro,today starting at 8am and lasting through the late afternoon. All cars must be moved from these streets by 8am, or they will be towed at the owner's expense. If you have any questions, call 664-2776.
DANIKEN TREE FARM TO HOST 2008 TRADE SHOW
Daniken's Tree Farm, located five miles west of Greenville on Rt. 40, will host the 2008 Mid-American Christmas Tree (MACT) Convention and Trade Show. David and Joey Daniken attended this year's MACT show, July 26-28, at Bohman Tree Farm near Greensburg, Indiana. At the show, Joey was appointed Executive Administrator of the association and David was elected to the Board of Directors. Since one of the duties of the administrator is to coordinate the summer meeting, Joey and David volunteered to host next years MACT Convention and Trade Show, July 24-26, 2008.
DALE H. HABERER
Dale H. Haberer, age 79, of Pocahontas, passed away August 13th at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland. Funeral services for 79 year-old Dale H. Haberer will be Friday, August 17th, at 10:00 am at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the May Funeral Home in Pocahontas and Friday, from 8:00 - 9:30 am. Memorials are suggested to the Greenville High School Athletic Fund or to Masses.
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