BOND COUNTY BOARD MEETING
The Bond County board held it's regular meeting this week at the Bond County Courthouse. A big topic of recent meetings, including one very well attended special meeting, has been a possible tipping fee for landfills in Bond County. This money would then be used to fund recycling in Bond County. At this week's meeting, the board unanimously passed a tipping fee of 1/27 of a cent per ton waste. The fee will soon start being collected, and since the amount of money that will continually be collected is uncertain, there is no specific program planned. The board is also forming an advisory panel to help with any programs and ideas on the most effective way to use any money collected.
A new face at Bond county board meetings is a bond county deputy. Starting last meeting, a deputy will be at every meeting for security. Since the recent shooting at Kirkwood, Missouri, many government meetings have taken extra security measures.
MULBERRY GROVE VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
The Mulberry Grove Village Board met in regular session Monday night, March 3rd, at 7:00 PM. The board approved changes in fines associated with infractions of the village animal control ordinance. The fine for each offense will now be $150.00 plus court costs.
The city lot south of the old maintenance shed, located at 105 South Maple Street, is available for purchase. Sealed bids will be accepted at the Village Hall or may be mailed to: PO Box 8, Mulberry Grove, IL 62262. Bids must be received by 4:30 PM, March 28, 2008.
The next scheduled Mulberry Grove Village Board meeting is April 6, 2008, at 7:00 PM.
ALL SOUTHWESTERN ELECTRIC MEMBERS HAVE POWER BACK
All Southwestern Electric members have had power restored after the server winter weather earlier this week. The outages were in Fayette and Effingham counties, and at its most sever, more than 500 members were without power. The area heaviest hit was south of I-70 and east of Route 51 in Fayette County. Linemen from Bond and Madison counties helped in restoring power, including working late into the night on Wednesday. Many of the outages were due to ice accumulating on the power lines, then the wind would catch the ice and raise the lines into the air. Often this up and down motion can leave a great many lines on the ground.