HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT TO RECEIVE STIMULUS MONEY
The Bond County Board met in regular session Tuesday Morning. The Bond County Highway Department will receive $25,000 from the federal economic stimulus funds. These are not grants. The funds will be received through a reimbursable process where either the Illinois Department of Transportation or the local agency provides the initial funding required for each project. This means the Highway Department must pay for the project first and then be reimbursed. The County Engineer will have to provide a list of projects that fit within the economic stimulus guidelines by March 25th to receive the funds.
In other business, McCormick asked the board for county aid on several projects. The board approved $2,000 in county aid to go toward the bridge repair on Gum Avenue. County Highway Department will pay the other half of $2000. Mulberry Grove Township had two culverts washed out and will need to be replaced, costing the City of Mulberry Grove $13,500. The county has agreed to provide county aid for these projects. A final project, in Mulberry Grove, receiving county aid will be replacement of the culvert on Laurel Avenue for a cost of $3,000.
Zoning Administrator George Shaw asked the board if they would provide a Small Rural Business Special Use Permit to Jay Wade of Lagrange Township, for him to establish a hunting dog facility. The business will be used for training pointing and retrieving dogs. Board member Gerald McCray approved the permit with the board all in favor.
HOILES DAVIS MUSEUM TO BE IN COOK BOOK
The Bond County Historical Society met recently. Society President Sharon Grimes said that the society will participate in a cookbook project that is endorsed by the National Road Association of Illinois. Professional Artist David Badger will sketch buildings and places in Greenville and along the National Road, particularly Bond County. The drawings will be compiled for the cookbook. A recipe is then selected to go with the drawing. For example, the Hoiles Davis Museum will decide on a recipe to accompany their drawing. She added that they are wanting to get 50 to 60 places involved and that each participant gets to keep the original drawing.
SHIMKUS TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS IN VANDALIA
Congressman John Shimkus will be available to meet his constituents at the Vandalia City Hall, Friday, March 13, from 2:00 - 3:30 PM. Appointments are not necessary, but help keep waiting times to a minimum. You can schedule an appointment by calling 618-344-3065.