THREE MEMBERS RETIRE FROM HEALTH BOARD
The Bond County Health Board meeting Monday night was brief. According to Henry Siekmann, who provided the audit report, the 2009 audit turned out to be better than expected, considering the recent economic turmoil. The department is still owed almost $300,000 dollars in grants but seems to be in better financial shape than others.
According to a West Nile Virus update, no infected birds were reported in Bond County but some birds across the state have been reported to carrry the virus. There was no new positive report on the sale of the old health board building.
Three board members will be leaving and they received a rousing hand of appreciation for their work on the board. Algren Anderson, who served on the board since 1980, commented on how things have changed since he started. His 30 years of service is believed to be the longest ever for a health board member. Betty Shenkel will be missed as she served nine years and Dr. Andy Goggin will retire from the board after six years. A comment was made that his jocularity will be missed. All three received plaques for their services. Suggested new board members are Dr. Tom Dawdy, Diane Lippert and Dennis Korte and will be voted on at the next meeting. The next health board meeting will be July 12.
DONNEWALD DISTRIBUTING RIBBON CUTTING
It was ribbon cutting time Monday morning for the new 10 million dollar Anheuser Bush Distribution Center in Greenville’s Wolf Industrial Park. WGEL spoke with Mike Donnewald who said, “It’s great to be here, and to finally realize that today has come. It has been a long time coming but thanks to dedicated employees, and everyone involved, it's opening day. The pond in the back runs our geothermal system. The building is 100 percent geothermal, not only the office but also the product storage areas. It is more expensive to put in, but in the long run you can recoup some cost, and there are some tax credits available to help put it in. We just thought it was the right thing to do from an environmental stand point. We are just glad to be here and that this day has come. We are looking for to a long stay in Greenville, and it’s just good to finally have it open."