SHIMKUS VISITS GREENVILLE
While other congressmen in Washington took their summer vacation, Congressman John Shimkus took the opportunity to meet with residents in Greenville, on Tuesday. We had a chance to talk with Congressman Shimkus about the nation's number one domestic problem, the high cost of energy. Shimkus had this response to our concerns.
"House republican members have been in Washington talking to our visitors on the floor about energy, every day. We like to buy American, why not buy American energy. When we buy American, we bring in American jobs, employ more steel workers and more engineers with good wages and health benefits."
"Economics 101, you can't walk away from the supply and demand argument. We'll always import (oil) but do we need to import from countries that want to take our money and harm us, like the Middle East? We're trying to remind the public, we have billions of barrels of oil on the Continental Shelf, billions of barrels of oil up in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge." Shimkus told us our country should not be in the situation it is in.
MEETING FOR TIF DISTRICTS
City Manager Dave Willey gave us some information on the two public hearings, that will be held on the same night, to deal with the Route 127/ I-70 TIF and the Wolf Industrial Park TIF. The parties, that will be affected by the TIF districts, have been notified and there will be two public hearings on Monday night, August 25th, at 6:00 and 6:30, to address both locations.
MULBERRY GROVE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Monday night, the 2008-2009 tentative budget was presented at a special 6:30 PM meeting of the Mulberry Grove Board of Education. The regular meeting began at 7:00 PM. The board received information on the "Voice of Democracy" and "Patriot Pin" programs.
The Rocket Team has been invited to participate in a rocket competition sponsored by NASA.
Numerous improvements in networks, servers, and e-mail service have been made to the district's technology program. Improvements continue in the Agriculture and Industrial Arts labs and classrooms.
Following a closed session, the board approved the hiring of half-time KRP Teacher Sara Nolte and Teresa Tompkins Assistant JH Softball Coach, for 2008-2009.
The annual budget hearing will be Monday, September 22nd, at 6:30 PM, with the regular meeting to follow at 7:00 PM.