CITY OF GREENVILLE WITHDRAWS ACTION AGAINST KPD
The City of Greenville announced that they have decided to withdraw their action against the Kingsbury Park District. According to a press release issued by the city, "Because there have been no further attempts by the park district to close Dewey Street, the court action has become unnecessary"
The City said that this action will avoid further litigation expense for both parties, and the taxpayers of both the City and Kingsbury Park District will be spared the expense. This was a significant factor, according to the City of Greenville, in their meetings with the Park Board in an attempt to reach a resolution on the issue.
During the course of the issue, temporary gates were installed on Dewey Street, at the request of the Park District. These gates are routinely closed during park activities to protect the safety of the children. Maintenance of Dewey Street will continue to be done by the City of Greenville.
CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES HOTEL AND RENOVATION OF GREENVILLE BUSINESS
The Tiff districts, established by the City, are beginning to produce results. At last nights City Council meeting, a new proposed motel came before the Council for approval of a TIFF agreement. Another proposed TIFF agreement for renovating the Darnell General Store as a new location for Z-1 Automotive came to the Council. Both agreements need some details worked out, and City Manager Dave Willey told the Council that he felt those details could be quickly addressed. Also, at last nights meeting the Council voted to sell 5 acres in the Industrial Park to DEG Music for a new 12 thousand square foot factory and display space to make drums and other musical instruments.
A large crowd was on hand as the Council discussed a ban on leaf burning. Several citizens argued for unlimited leaf burning as designated days tended to concentrate the smoke on those days causing more potential problems for people who are sensitive to that smoke. After much discussion the Council decided to make no changes to it's burning ordinance. The Council also acted to rezone and annex the proposed location of the Bond County Health Department on 4th Street, and passed an agreement to pay back funds loaned to the City by Bond County, when the Industrial Park was first established.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR LOCAL STUDENTS
The first day of school is just around the corner. Students in Mulberry Grove Unit 1 will have their first day of school on Friday, August 17th, with a dismissal at 11:15 am. The first full day of school for Mulberry Grove students will be Monday, August 20th. Students in Unit 1 will be dismissed at 2:10 PM each day next week through Friday, August 24. For Unit 2, the first day of school is Monday, August 20th, with an 11am dismissal for district elementary centers, 11:07 for the Greenville High School and 11:12am for the Greenville Junior High. Unit 2 students will then have a one-hour early dismissal for the remainder of the week. OKAW Vocational classes will begin Tuesday, August 21st.
ZONING BOARD PASSED RECOMMENDATIONS ON TO COUNTY BOARD
The Bond County Zoning Board of Appeals met Tuesday night and passed a few recommendations on to the Bond County Board. A special use permit was recommended for Lester and Kim Cordvant, to place a mobile home, on 5 acres in Burgess Township, for their elderly mother. Also getting approval from the zoning board was Delano Scott, who wanted a variance to be able to add on to his house and build within 20 feet of the side property line. Calvin Meadows also received a recommendation for a variance to place a manufactured home on 100 acres in the Shoal Creek Township. Board members then recommended that Ron Wick be issued a small rural business special use permit, in order for him to build a racing storage and distribution facility for racing fuel, on 15 acres in the Mulberry Grove Township. He had also requested a variance and a special use permit to place an additional manufactured home on 5 acres for his mother and handicapped son. This request, along with others, will be sent to the Bond County Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday night.