STORMS ROCK THE WGEL LISTENING AREA....TWICE
The first Tornado Warnings sounded around 5:00 PM yesterday as a series of very destructive thunderstorms came through Bond, Fayette and Montgomery Counties taking out trees, and power poles. In Greenville, lines and trees were down on Prairie, Charles, Oak, Elm, Locust, Hena, 4th, Killarney, Winter, and Willard Streets, and Bowman Drive. Several trees are down at the Greenville Country Club. Tree limbs were down on Harris Avenue and Ameren was busy restoring power to many parts of the city. Southwestern Electric was working into the night in the county. Greenville City crews were busy cleaning up downed trees. Storms early this morning brought down trees on Lynch Loop and Rt. 140. Vandalia was hit hard with trees down, power poles cut in half and trees down on railroad tracks. Almost the entire city was out of power following the storm. There have been no reports of injuries from either batch of storms.
As of 6:00 o'clock this morning, the sewer plant had received 1.4 inches of rain. The station on 6th Street showed 1.95 inches and 1.68 inches were measured at Idler Lane and Rt. 140.
BOND COUNTY BOARD MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT
The Bond County Board heard from a resident near Donnellson concerning a property in Bond County and just outside of Donnellson that has multiple abandoned cars and other junk, including tires and barrels on it. The resident brought multiple pictures she said were of the property that did show junk and cars in extreme disrepair. The property it not a listed junk yard and the council said they would speak with State's Attorney Chris Bauer about any ordinances or state laws that might be in violation.
The board approved the Sheriff's and County Clerk's reports. The board also approved an appreciation certificate for Bond County servicemen and women who are returning from being stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
The Greenville City Council will meet Thursday night at 7:00 p.m., at the Municipal Building. Items on the agenda include a public hearing for an appropriation ordinance, resolution for IHDA Energy Efficiency Grant submission, and an executive session to discus the purchase and sale of real estate, pending litigation and personnel matters.
UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
The Bond County Unit 2 School Board met Monday night at the unit conference room. All the kindergarten, grade and high school students, along with the faculty, are excited as the new school year starts. There is an increase in student enrollment this year for most of the district. After all of the improvements at the high school, just a few things need to be finished. The district is still facing deficits due to not getting state payments on time. This is making it difficult to develop a budget for the district because the state and the comptroller cannot positively say what monies will be released to the district. At this time, Greenville is owed around $500,000 from the state. All the federal monies have been paid on time. Because of these funding uncertainties, the budget is scheduled to be presented at the September school board meeting.