11-10-2011

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GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The Greenville City Council met Tuesday night at the municipal building.  Attendance was near capacity and most of the attendees were there in support of the Character Education Program in Bond County schools. The council heard presentations by key people in the Character Education Program and unanimously approved a resolution supporting the effort. T council will discuss methods of helping Unit #2 in upcoming meetings.
The council voted to approve a five-year contract that sets the price for the treatment of liquid leaching from the Bond County Landfill at a price of $0.03 per gallon.  They approved two engineering studies for water main replacement at Third and Harris and at Bowman Drive for a total cost of $93,500.00.
City Manager Dave Willey said due to his investigation into electrical utility aggregation he concluded the action would have no real benefit for the city.
A large part of the four-hour meeting was spent in a discussion regarding new income streams for the city.  The council passed a balanced budget for the coming year but there is no money in it for capital expenditures and very little for repairs.  Several times during the discussion, City Manager Willey expressed his concern for the city’s infrastructure if the budgets for subsequent years also have no money for growth and upkeep.  Utilities taxing, an increase of sales tax, increasing the tax levy, and installation of a fiber optic network were all discussed as possible ways to increase revenues to the city.  No actions were taken and no specific actions are being pursued.


THREE BURGLARIES FROM VEHICLES IN HIGHLAND

Highland Police are investigating three reports, received Tuesday, November 8, of burglaries to motor vehicles in the twelve hundred and thirteen hundred blocks of 13th Street.  According to a press release from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, vehicle burglaries often increase around the holiday season due to valuables left inside.  When you leave your vehicle, be sure it is locked even if it is parked at your residence.  Do not leave valuables in your car.  If valuables must be left in the car, place them out of sight or in the trunk.  If you have an alarm, be sure it is activated and avoid parking your car in an isolated or unlit area.

 

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MADISON COUNTY TO OFFER FREE LEGAL ADVICE

The Madison County legal community is offering free legal advice to low-income residents representing themselves in court or who have legal questions.  The legal advice clinics are the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the Law Library at the Madison County Courthouse.  Each appointment is for thirty minutes.  To make an appointment or for more information, call 618-296-5921.


PAINT THE TOWN BLUE

Greenville High School Art Club and Pep Club members will be "Painting the Town Blue" today and Friday to help pump up Comet pride for this week’s home playoff game against Virden North Mac.  If you are interested in participating, notify Joe Alstat at 664-5580 by 3:00 p.m. today to have your windows painted.  The game is Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Don Stout Field.  If the Comets win, they will play either Anna Jonesboro or Mt. Carmel in the semifinals.

 

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OBITUARIES

Janet C. Bloemker

Janet C. Bloemker, age 69, of Alhambra, passed away Wednesday, November 9 at her residence. Funeral services will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Salem Cemetery.

Leatha Viola Tackett

Leatha Viola Tackett, age 69, of Granite City, passed away Saturday, November 5 in Granite City.  Friends may call Saturday, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Memorials are suggested to the family. 

Ray Gray

Ray Gray, age 66, of Keyesport, passed away Wednesday, November 9 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral arrangements for 66 year-old Ray Gray are incomplete at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.

William J. Stallard

William J. Stallard, age 86, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, November 9 at Highland Health Care Center.  Funeral arrangements for 86 year-old William J. Stallard are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


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