MULBERRY GROVE VILLAGE BOARD AMENDS WATER BILL ORDINANCE
At the Mulberry Grove Village Board meeting Monday night, the board approved an amended water bill ordinance. Increased fees will be assessed when bills are past due. The amended ordinance becomes effective for the March billing cycle.
Four applications were received for the position of building code enforcement officer. The personnel committee scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday, February 9 to review the applications.
The purchase of a new computer for the village office was discussed. The board approved an expenditure of up to $1500.00 to purchase a new computer.
The cost of Mulberry Grove Cemetery plots was increased from $100.00 to $200.00 each, effective March 1, 2011.
The next meeting is March 7 at 7:00 p.m.
VILLAGE OF SMITHBORO
The Smithboro Village Board met Monday night.
Trustee John Kirsch reported cost estimates of replacing water meters and just replacing the top reader. He estimated the cost to raise meters would be approximately $400.00 per meter and the price to replace the meter with a top read meter would be less than $100.00. The board voted to purchase 20 top read meters and the $600.00 reader. Meters will be replaced as needed in the spring and summer. Haller Excavating will be contracted to repair leaks in the water lines as needed.
The board approved the hiring of Attorney Michael Diaz on an as-needed basis.
The Smithboro Fire Department Pancake and Sausage Supper is Friday, February 18 in the Mulberry Grove High School Gym.
FIRST NATIONAL BANK RECOGNIZED
First National Bank has received a Million Dollar Lender plaque from the USDA Rural Development organization, recognizing them as one of the top guaranteed housing lenders in Illinois for 2010. The bank originated $1.4 million to help 22 moderate income home buyers purchase their first home or upgrade to a better one.
First National Bank has facilities in Greenville, Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka and Mulberry Grove. They are one of more than 300 lenders in Illinois who participate in the USDA’s Rural Development home loan program.
FLU WIDESPREAD IN ILLINOIS
Doctors say flu cases in Illinois have been so bad this year that more people have been visiting emergency rooms complaining of flu-like symptoms. Doctors have mostly been seeing the common flu virus strain. Illinois is one of eleven states where the flu is widespread. Four children have died in the U.S. in the past month. Doctors still recommend getting a flu shot.
According to Greenville Regional Hospital, there were eleven flu cases reported in January, and five so far this month. If you haven’t received your flu shot and still want one, contact the Bond County Health Department.
VERNA R. WALTHER
Verna R. Walther, age 96, of Highland, passed away Monday, February 7 at Faith Countryside Home in Highland. Funeral services will be Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical United Church of Christ. Spengel-Boulanger Funeral home in Highland is in charge of the arrangements.
CHARLES C. GREEN
Charles C. Green, age 71, of Old Ripley, passed away Tuesday, February 8 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral arrangements for 71 year-old Charles Green are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.
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