7-28-2008

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THUNDERSTORMS / LIGHTNING CAUSE EQUIPMENT FAILURES AT POLICE STATIONS

 

 

Thunderstorms that moved through the area late last night and early this morning caused some damage at the local police stations.  Apparently close lightning is to blame for equipment failure at both the Greenville Police Station and the Bond County Sheriff's Department.  According to Greenville Police employees, about 11:30 Sunday night, the Greenville Police station lost their communications radio, several computers, the state computer for tracking license plates and phone service.  Phones were out for only about 5 minutes, but city employees and the 911 coordinator worked throughout the night to restore the other equipment.  Computers were up and running again by about 4:30 this morning at both stations. 

 


PROGRESS BEING MADE IN CONSTRUCTION OF NEW HEALTH DEPARTMENT BUILDING

 

Plans for the new Bond County Health Department facility, being built on South 4th Street, continue to move forward.  The Geo-technical Survey, Environmental Site Assessment, and Archaeological Study have all been completed and no major problems were found.

 

At last Monday night’s board meeting, Maxine Barth, Health Department Director, said the tentative dates for bid letting for the facility will be August 15 to 18th.  The bids will be due back by September 8th and a ground breaking ceremony is planned for September 10th.

 

One hundred eighty thousand dollars is the soft cost estimate so far.

Soft costs include phone, fire, and security systems as well as interior furniture etc. Maxine said this figure does not include any tables or chairs for the community room.

 

There was a general discussion regarding the sale of the current health department building. Maxine said, the Bond County Board must first pass a resolution allowing the sale of the building, and that the building is appraised at $485,000.

 

The Building and Grounds committee will meet on Wednesday, July 30th, with Korte Company, to review the latest set of drawings for the facility.

 

The next health board meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 11th.

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ST. LAWRENCE CATHOLIC CHURCH YOUTH ATTEND MISSION IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA

 

After working nearly a year to raise funds, 23 adults and young adults from the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville spent a week in Omaha, Nebraska the week of July 6th, doing mission work throughout the city.  They were part of the Catholic Heart Work Camp, which has a two-fold mission.  Their first goal is to share the love of Jesus and serve the neglected, brokenhearted and marginalized in any way needed and the second is to empower participants to live as Disciples of Christ through serving others.  Randy Alderman and Boneva Wamser, organizers for the event, called this an amazing experience for the youth and they are looking forward to next year.  Plans for the 2009 mission trip will be announced soon.

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FLOOD RISK INFORMATION OPEN HOUSES IN MADISON, MONROE AND ST. CLAIR COUNTIES

 

Flood risk information open houses are scheduled for Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties, July 29-31.  Property owners, realtors, lenders, and insurance agents are urged to attend to learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within their communities.  The open house in Monroe County will be Tuesday, July 29th, from 5:00 - 8:30 PM at the Monroe County Annex, at 901 Illinois Avenue, in Waterloo.  For Madison County, the open house is Wednesday, July 30th, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the Gateway Convention Center, Center Hall B, 1 Gateway Drive, in Collinsville.  For St. Clair County, the open house will be Thursday July 31st, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM, at the Southwest Illinois College Varsity Gym (Building MC 1500, Entrance H), 2500 Carlyle Avenue, Belleville.  Use parking lots M4 and M5.  For more information, call 312-408-5518.

 

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MADIGAN ENFORCES AT&T RATE REDUCTIONS

 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has reached a settlement with AT&T Illinois, providing telephone customers with $1.5 million in refunds and $5.5 million in future rate concessions through November 2011.  This settlement is the result of a discovery that AT&T Illinois had failed to make mandated rate reductions on certain rate packages.  Having over-billed customers, AT&T promptly repaid overcharges with interest and agreed to maintain lower per call rates and a lower package rate for an extended period of time.  For tips on how to lower phone charges, call 1-800-386-5438.


JOHN CAVALETTO OFFERS PROPERTY TAX RELIEF PLAN

 

John Cavaletto is proposing a plan to bring much needed property tax relief to families and seniors in Illinois.  His plan calls for increasing the Homestead Exemption from $6,000.00 to $7,500.00 and increasing the Senior Homestead Exemption from $4,000.00 to $5,500.00.  He is also proposing doubling the Income Tax Credit from 5% to 10%, which will increase the Property Tax Rebate.  "Families need relief from skyrocketing property taxes and they need it now." Said Cavaletto.  For more information or to join John Cavaletto's "Agenda for Action," call 618-548-8043.


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