VOTER TURNOUT FOR ELECTION TUESDAY GREATER THAN IN PAST YEARS
Many people went to the polls Tuesday throughout the area. Two of the elections were for Greenville City Council. Marshall Mollet, Will Boyd and Roger Sanders were running for two, 4-year seats on the council. Roger Sanders and Will Boyd were elected. In the other Greenville City Council race, Matt Roadman and Charles Kelly Ireland were running for the position. Matt Roadman was elected.
Another major race was for the Unit 2 Board of Education. Eight candidates were running for four seats on the board. Elected were Jay Young, Jeff Moore, Aimie Frey and Vance Daniken.
An alcohol referendum was on the ballot for the Village of Sorento. At question was whether the prohibition on the sale of alcoholic beverages would continue in Sorento. There were 94 "No" votes and 44 "Yes" votes, indicating the prohibition will be lifted.
Voter turnout at Tuesday's election was greater than in past years. The overall turnout in Bond County was 28.97 percent with over 3400 votes being cast throughout the county.
BOND COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS
Here are some Bond County results from Tuesday’s election. David Clark was elected Pocahontas President. Pocahontas Trustees elected were Susan Kovach, Nicholas Knebel and Ryan Curry. In Smithboro, Lora Kennedy was elected mayor, Tina Koontz Treasurer, John Kirsh, Edwin Eller and Wilson King as 4-year Trustees, and Donald Mathews as a 2-year Trustee. Kelly White was elected Sorento President. Elected as Sorento Trustees were Linda Hansen, Robert Grigg and Edward Wallace. In Mulberry Grove, Douglas Enloe was elected President.
Mike Nevinger was elected Central Township Highway Commissioner. Other Township Highway Commissioners elected were Boyd Turley in Lagrange, Theodore Willman in Pleasant Mound, Stacy Sidwell in Shoal Creek and Gordon Buvarskis in Tamalco. Township Trustees elected in LaGrange were Darrell Mollett, Don Niehaus, Elvin Cripe and Roy Bohle. In Old Ripley, Trustees are Ben Collman, Bernice Lurkins, Kenneth Stevenson Jr. and David Thiems. In Pleasant Mound, Dan Willis, Tom Koontz, Donald Britt and Todd Goodin are the elected Truatees. And in Panama, Trustees elected were Marvin Miller, Alvin Ash and Mike Knebel. In Old Ripley Ruth Wise was elected Township Clerk. In Pleasant Mound, Carl Albert was elected Township Supervisor and in Panama, Edgar Reed was elected President.
BOND COUNTY BOARD MEETS ON ELECTION DAY
The Bond County Board met in regular session Tuesday at the Courthouse. County Highway Engineer Mike McCormick presented the costs and amounts for road oiling for approval. The board approved the requests to purchase materials for oiling roads from Mike Maedge trucking in Highland and Don Anderson Company in Hoffman. It was also approved to repair a culvert near Cox Monument Avenue. McCormick also reported on the progress of an agreement safeguarding county and township roads from any possible damage while the Keystone pipeline is laid. According to McCormick, Keystone has offered to issue a 1 million dollar bond or insurance policy against any possible damage to roads. It is not anticipated that such damage would occur, but this safeguards the county from having to pay the bill if unexpected problems happen. The agreement has yet to be finalized, pending a review by State’s Attorney Chris Bauer.
McCormick went on to discuss the possibility of the county using stimulus money to fund the improvement of a part of Sorento Road. Two earlier projects submitted for approval for stimulus money had been rejected by IDOT, but McCormick feels certain that this project meets all the criteria for stimulus funding.
The County Clerks’ office reported that $18,454.97 was sent from their office to the Treasurer’s office in March.
You can watch the most recent Bond County Board Meeting on New Wave Channel 3 tonight at 6 O'Clock.