09-16-2009

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71ST SOUTHWESTERN ELECTRIC ANNUAL MEETING

 

Several thousand people attended the 71st Southwestern Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting Saturday, September 12, at the Greenville Junior High School.  Breakfast was served beginning at 7:00 a.m. with the annual business meeting starting at 10:00.  When asked, by WGEL, about the big issues for this year, Chief Executive Officer Kerry Sloan said that the rate increase, which has been discussed since 2006, would finally need to be implemented next month.  A 9% rate increase will take affect in October 2009.  Sloan went on to say there has not been a rate increase in 16 years and in fact, there has been an 18% rate reduction over the last eight years.  Even with the rate increase, Southwestern Electric rates will still be below what they were fifteen years ago.

 

When asked about the proposed Cap and Trade Bill, Sloan said that in his nearly 25 years in the electrical service business, he has never encountered anything that can be so devastating to this co-op as the Cap and Trade Bill.  It is currently his biggest concern.  He said that if the House version passes, that could mean an increase of hundreds of dollars, per family per year, in electrical bills.  According to Sloan, officials in Washington DC say it could cost $150.00 - 300.00 a year while other groups and organizations project the cost could be as much as $1500.00 per year.  Sloan said that is just too much.

 

At the meeting, Alan Libra of Alhambra, Ron Schaufelberger of Greenville, and Randy Wolf of St. Elmo were all re-elected to the Southwestern Electric Board of Directors.


TIFF PUBLIC HEARING HELD AT CITY HALL

 

Monday night the new proposed Tax Increment Finance district in the Greenville Industrial Park took another step towards reality after a required public hearing. Mike Webber, from the consulting firm working for the city on the TIF district, talked about three pending projects, with the possibility of creating up to 345 jobs, that are looking at ground within the new TIF district. Hope Walker asked City Manager Dave Willey about possible tax increases for farmland in the TIF and if a road would be needed for any of the new projects. Willey answered that owners would be compensated for any loss of ground for new roads built across their property. Greenville Superintendent of Schools Jeff Strieker spoke for the school district in wishing the TIF success in creating jobs and said, after conversations with City Manager Willey and Mayor Gaffner, he was assured the needs of the school district and other tax districts would be a concern for the city.  After comments, the meeting was adjourned. The next action on the TIF will probably take place at the next regular city council meeting or at a special meeting later this month.

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KINGSBURY PARK DISTRICT MONTHLY MEETING

 

The September Kingsbury Park District Board meeting was Monday night. Director Jerry Sauerwein reported the bid for next years fireworks came in at almost double what last years was. The reason for this is the bid was submitted as an electronic display for the fireworks. Sauerwein said, “This is probably the way almost everyone is going to be presenting now, due to safety precautions.” It was suggested that the park district talk with the city and the county to see if they would be willing to help with any of the additional cost.

 

The board approved the purchase of a 2007 tractor from Sevier Brothers Equipment, not to exceed the price of $46,000. The board noted there has been a lot of trash left on the grounds of the new skateboard park. There will be a sign posted saying, “Trash is to be cleaned up or the park will have to close for a set period of time.”

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GREENVILLE FIREMEN CALLED TO SKID STEER FIRE

 

 

Greenville Firemen were dispatched Sunday evening at 5:45 to a report of skid steer machine on fire at a residence on Bowman Road.  According to the fire report, hydraulic fluid was leaking onto the exhaust system and caught fire.  The owner extinguished the fire prior to the arrival of firemen.  Damage is estimated at approximately $500.00.  There were no injuries and firemen were on the scene for about 20 minutes.

 


ANNUAL RIPSON BRIDGE FESTIVAL

 

The annual Ripson Bridge Festival is scheduled for Sunday, October 4th from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Activities include an old-fashioned cakewalk, children's games, country music all day, and 100 craft stands.  Delicious food will be served and apple butter and lye soap will be available for purchase.  Shuttle service will be provided from the parking lot to the bridge.  The festival is located south of Sorento and north of Old Ripley.

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GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING 

 

Homecoming at Greenville High School is this week.  On Monday, the King and Queen where announced.  King is Brian Doll and Queen is Sabrina Gatson.  Homecoming week will conclude this Friday with the Comets football game against Hillsboro and the homecoming dance.  There will also be a homecoming parade at 3PM on Friday. 


OBITUARIES

EDWARD W. “Eddie” ULMER

 

Edward W. “Eddie” Ulmer, age 87 of Greenville, passed away Monday, September 14th at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St Louis, MO.  Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 1PM at The Smith Grove Baptist Church, Greenville, IL. Burial will be in Smith Grove Cemetery, Greenville. Graveside military honors by V.F.W. Post #1377.  Friends may call today after 5 PM at Young Funeral Home, Greenville IL.  Memorials are suggested to the Smith Grove Baptist Church or Smith Grove Cemetery.  Young Funeral Home, Greenville IL, is in charge of arrangements.

 

EVELYN C. BRENKENDORF

 

Evelyn C. Brenkendorf, age 83, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, September 15th at Faith Care Center.  Funeral services for 83 year-old Evelyn Brenkendorf will be held Thursday at 11AM at the First United Methodist Church of St. Jacob. Interment in Keystone Cemetery St. Jacob. Visitation will be Thursday, September 17th from 9 to 11am at the First United Methodist Church of St. Jacob.

 


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