01-16-2009

 




 

GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO REPLACE SQUAD CAR DAMAGED IN ACCIDENT

 

At the most recent Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted to purchase a replacement squad car for the Greenville Police Department.  The squad car to be replaced, was severely damaged in an accident during a recent ice storm.  The car spun around during the accident causing damage to all four sides and both bumpers.  Fortunately, the officer was not hurt.  The police department budgets for a new squad car every year, which traditionally replaces the car with the most miles.  This purchase will take the place of the planned vehicle purchase for the 2009 fiscal year.  The car lost in the accident was scheduled to be replaced next year.  The cost for the 2009 Crown Victoria is $21,918 from Tri Ford.  Money from the insurance settlement will help offset the cost of the new squad car. However, the settlement has not yet been finalized. 

 

The council also approved the moving of 100,000 dollars from the general fund to the overpass fund for the engineering work on the overpass.  This money will be repaid to the general fund after IDOT reimbursement.  And the council approved an ordinance for Johnson Signs and Designs to place a new sign on their building. 


HEALTH DEPARTMENT BOARD MEETING

 

At the most recent Bond County Health Department Board meeting, the board met with the directors of Home Health and Hospice. The board also met in closed session to evaluate the Health Board Administrator, Maxine Barth.  The board commented on her outstanding work ethic and determination to the Health Department's success. The board passed a 3 percent pay raise for Barth.

 

Home Health Coordinator Peggy Sohn reported on In-Home Nursing. She said random referrals are coming in from the St. Louis area, although visits were down in 2008 by 1,000 patients.  Home Health income was down in 2008 bringing in nearly 849,000 dollars.

 

Hospice Director Candy Eveland delivered the Hospice yearly evaluation.  She has been collecting data throughout the year to see where improvements may be made. Bond County Hospice sent out a patient satisfaction survey and with a 57 percent return, they did not receive one bad review.

 

Eveland reported the completion of paperwork is lacking with skilled nurses.  This is being looked at and the board discussed a possible pay schedule according to work performance. 

 

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY MAY BE AFFECTED BY LAWS AND REGULATIONS

 

Several state agencies have teamed up to present an overview of laws and regulations that might affect the construction trades and related fields.  The workshop will cover issues ranging from potential environmental liabilities like mold, asbestos and lead, to development in floodplains and radon resistant building techniques.  The workshop will be in Decatur at Millikin University, Thursday, February 19, and in Edwardsville, Tuesday, February 24.  Workshop hours are from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM.  For more information, call 217-558-1536.

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NEW YEAR'S BABY AT GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL

 

Emma Lynn Cade, daughter of Dustin and Rebecca Cade, of Vandalia, was welcomed as the first baby of 2009, born at 5:04 AM, January 3, at Greenville Regional Hospital's Family Birth Center.  Emma Lynn weighed 7 pounds-10 ounces, was 20.5 inches long, and is the first child for the Cade family.  Emma's father, Dustin, is serving in Afghanistan and was granted a 15-day leave following his daughter's birth.  Emma and her parents were presented assorted baby items and other gifts from the hospital and area businesses in recognition as the New Year's Baby for 2009.




OBITUARIES

None to Report


WEATHER

SATURDAY - Partly cloudy, high 38, low 21

SUNDAY - Sunny, high 33, low 19


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for Public Affairs. Our guests this Sunday are City Manager Dave Willey and Greenville Mayor Alan Gaffner. They'll discuss the recent passing of the liquor ordinance, who is eligible for liquor licenses and what interested parties can expect with the application process. That's Public Affairs this Sunday on 101.7 WGEL.


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