12-21-2011

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UNIT 2 BOARD OF EDUCATION RAISES TAX LEVY BY NEARLY $100,000

The Unit 2 Board of Education met Monday night at the Greenville Junior High.  The first two hours of the meeting were devoted to the passing of the 2012 tax levy.  Superintendent Jeff Strieker requested a 6.2 percent increase in the levy.  Strieker told the board and the large crowd in attendance the school faces many uncertainties and hurdles, including less general state aid, less money from the state for transportation, and roads around the schools that need improvement.  Several community members commented against the levy increase and pointed out several other taxing bodies in Bond County have been able to keep their levies the same as last year or to a very minimal increase.  After the conversation ended, board member Vance Daniken moved to keep the tax levy at the same amount as last year which was $5,526,864.00.  That motion was seconded by board member Jackson but failed when it came to a vote with Daniken and Jackson voting yes and Moore, Frey, Young, Prater, and Gaffner voting no.  Then a motion was made by Moore to raise the tax levy to $5,626,841.00, an increase of just under $100,000.00 but about 4.5 percent less than requested by Superintendent Strieker.  The extra money in the levy would go into the Tort fund.  That motion passed with Moore, Young, Jackson, and Gaffner voting yes and Daniken, Frey, and Prater voting no.  Daniken said in voting no, the taxpayer deserved a break and the school district could go without a levy increase for one year.  For property tax payers this increase will mean a real dollar increase to their property taxes in Bond County.       


SMOKING VEHICLE ON INTERSTATE 70

Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters responded Monday, at 7:15 a.m., to a report of a smoking vehicle in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 just east of the Pocahontas exit.  According to information from the Greenville Police Department, upon arrival firefighters found a car with an overheated engine.  There was no fire. 

 

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SHERIFF BROWN WEIGHS IN ON COURTHOUSE REPAIRS

The Bond County Courthouse is in need of a few repairs and updates.  We spoke with Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown, who oversees county buildings. Sheriff Brown told WGEL they recently met with the Public Building Commission regarding the maintenance and a grant project for the courthouse to upgrade and replace some of the heating and cooling units.  The grant is through the Southwest Planning Commission and would cover 80% of the project.  Sheriff Brown believes it would cost the county around $20,000.00 in matching funds.  Brown said they are waiting for solid numbers before putting the project out for bids.  They also talked to the Public Building Commission regarding repairs eventually needed at the courthouse.  While crews were putting up the lights on the courthouse exterior, they noticed some holes in the soffit.  Brown would like to form a committee to help ensure some improvements over the next few years. The Bond County Public Building Commission is awaiting more information before making any decisions regarding the repairs.


NEW BUCHHEIT POSSIBLE FOR CARLYLE

The Old Walmart building in Carlyle may have a new use.  We spoke with Carlyle City Administrator Bill Gruen who said the city recently received a request from Buchheit to rezone some property in Carlyle.  He understands they are working toward a contract to purchase the old Walmart building in Carlyle.  The executives at Buchheit met with Carlyle Mayor Jan Fauke and Gruen and said they intend to purchase the building and put in a new Buchheit location at a later date.  They asked that the building be rezoned so they would have some flexibility to place tenants in the building.  Gruen told WGEL they are ready to work with Buchheit to help with purchasing the building.  He told us he looks forward to Buchheit hopefully putting in a new location in Carlyle and he believes it would be well received by the community.  The old Walmart building is on Old U.S. Route 50 in Carlyle.

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OBITUARIES

Joaquina Santiago

Joaquina Santiago, age 80, of Carlyle, passed away Tuesday, December 20 at her residence.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  The rosary will be prayed Thursday, at 7:00 p.m.

 


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