CONSTRUCTION ON THE INDUSTRIAL PARK OVERPASS
At Tuesday nights Greenville City Council meeting the council approved agreements with the Illinois Department of Transportation that will result in the beginning of construction on the new overpass at Route 40 this summer. That overpass will allow two ways into and out of the Wolf Industrial Park. The construction bid on the project came in well under the engineering estimate, with the city paying only 125 thousand of the total 5.4 million dollar price tag. The remainder of the cost is split between the Federal government and the State of Illinois.
The council discussed how the city would spend the 210 thousand dollars from federal stimulus funds. That money will have to be spent on roads and a project must be picked by March 25. Last month, the council approved 42 intersections for new stop signs, but last night Mayor Alan Gaffner asked the council to possibly reconsider some of those signs and asked the city manager to move slowly in putting up the new signs. That lead to a spirited debate as to the necessity of the signs, all of which will be placed at intersections that have never had traffic control devices. After the discussion, the decision to put up the signs stood. However, if your intersection is on the list of 42 and you don't like the stop sign idea, the council would like to hear from you. The council also held an executive session prior to the public meeting, but had nothing to make public after that executive session.
STIMULUS PACKAGE HELPS VANDALIA'S ROADWAYS
With the new stimulus monies being given to communities, Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman is anticipating receiving over $210,000 from the stimulus package. According to Gottman, the money will be used to improve roadways, infrastructure and safety. They will prioritize several shovel ready projects within the Illinois Department of Transportation guidelines. Mayor Gottman is also working with other agencies in Springfield to get more stimulus money. He added, they need to spend the money wisely.
AFTER 34 YEARS IN OFFICE, BREESE MAYOR RETIRES
After 34 years, Breese Mayor Don Maue is retiring as a public official. WGEL asked Maue what he sees as the city's biggest improvement since he has been in office. Maue quickly mentioned the upgrade of the city's power plant. He added that when power demand has increased over the years they would add new engines to the plant, and if the power went out they could fire up the engines and restore power to the city. Maue also mentioned the building and completion of the $10 million water plant. The mayor is excited to spend more time with his grandkids and get out on the golf course.