07-08-2009

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BOND COUNTY BOARD STARTS 2010 BUDGET TALKS

 

The Bond County Board started talks about the 2010 budget at their Tuesday morning meeting at the courthouse.  As the budget talks start, it’s the goal of the Bond County Board to have a zero growth budget for the next fiscal year.  The board plans on meeting with the heads of each county department to go through their line item budget estimates.  These meetings are planned to start before the next regular county board meeting on Tuesday, July 21st.  The finalized budget is due by September but this date can be extended if necessary.  With the state of the economy, it’s the consensus of the board that a budget with zero growth would be ideal going into the next fiscal year.  The county board approved the annual audit of the circuit clerks office, along with the monthly report from the county clerk.  During the audit discussion, Circuit Clerk John King said that his office has handled over 4,000 tickets already this year, a pace that will put them well over the 6,000 plus tickets that were handled in 2008.  And that online payments to the clerk's office have also seen a surge this year.  In 2008, approximately $199,000 in fees and fines were paid online. This year $190,000 in fees and fines have already been paid. 


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NEW POPULATION TOTALS FROM LATEST CENSUS ESTIMATES

With less than a year till the next official census starts on April 1, 2010, population estimates have been released to by the census department.  According to records on census.gov, 12.9 million people call Illinois home. That number is up almost 500,000 from 2000, or an increase of 3.9 percent.  Bond County has grown almost at the same rate as the whole state.  In 2000, Bond County’s population was 17,633 and is estimated in 2008 at 18,253, a 3.5 percent growth.  Madison County has also seen 3.5 percent in population growth from 2000 to 2009, with a total estimated population of over 250,000.  Clinton County has grown at 3.1 percent while Fayette County has lost 3.8 percent of its population to just under 20,000 residents.  Population estimates are used by federal and state governments in funds allocation.

 

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Village OF SMITHBORO MEETING JULY 6, 2009

 

The Village of Smithboro met Monday night. Mayor Lora Kennedy read the resignation letter from Village Clerk Angela Strohkirch. The board appointed Sue Kirsch the new village clerk. Mayor Kennedy then discussed the open spot for a new trustee. Linda Thoms was appointed the 6th board trustee. Both Kirsch and Thoms were sworn in by the Mayor. The board was updated about the progress for the de-annexed land. Mayor Kennedy reported that Lisa Stephens informed her that Greenville was now the only Illinois site for the possible new business. Greenville and a Missouri city are the only two who are competing for the industry site. August 10th is the date set to smoke the sewer lines for leaks. This procedure will take only part of the day to check all the lines. It must be a dry day to run the smoke test so if it rains that day it will be conducted August 11. Smithboro Fire Chief Dale Deverick spoke to the board and visitors about NIMS the National Incident Management System. This is a FEMA program and is set to prepare the village for the procedure for a natural disaster, an earth quake or other disasters. Deverick informed the village that he and several other members are getting the training through Homeland Security and FEMA to prepare for such a disaster. The board agreed to hire attorney Brock Willeford on a 6 month bases as the board lawyer as needed.

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OBITUARIES

JAMES D. BROWN

James "Jim" D. Brown age 77 of Greenville passed away Tuesday July 7th at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Arrangements are incomplete for 77 year old Jim Brown at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

WILMA SHARP

 

Wilma Sharp, age 88 of Coffeen, passed away Tuesday, July 7th at Hillsboro Area Hospital. Funeral Services for 88 year-old Wilma Sharp will be Friday at 10:30am at Free Methodist Church in Coffeen. Burial will be in Olive Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 8PM at Toberman-Dean Funeral Home.


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