The Greenville City Council met Tuesday night.  The meeting started with Greenville High School’s Ryan Alderman speaking on truth as part of the regular series of Character Education presentations that are a part of each city council meeting.
The council opened a public hearing in regard to a CDAP Public Infrastructure grant application for water line improvements in the vicinity of Bowman Drive and Ridge Street.  No public comments were heard.  The council subsequently voted to support and commit funds to the project and to approve filing for IDOT permits.
In other business, the Council voted to let the 3-year farm lease contract to Mollett Farms and voted 3-2 to award the cemetery maintenance contract, for mowing and upkeep to both Montrose and Lansing Cemeteries, to the existing contractor, though that bid was not the lowest received.  Discussion on the topic centered on the high quality of work by the current contractor along with positive community reaction to the quality of their work.
City Manager Dave Willey presented information regarding the importance of city identity and branding as a way to market the city.  The council will hear more on the subject in future meetings.
The council discussed creating a pedestrian and bicycle facilities plan for the city and decided to speak with both the Bond County Board and the Kingsbury Park District about helping or leading further investigation into the idea.
The council approved an ordinance to annex Bond County Highway Department property into the city and approved a bid for $128,000.00 to line nearly 2,000 linear feet of sewer line at the intersection of Routes 40 and 127, west to Ridge Avenue.
The council unanimously approved amending the city Liquor Control Ordinance to allow another Class D, restaurant license for Hibachi Asian Buffet on the Greenville Square.  The approval increases the number of licenses from one to two.  To qualify, the applicant must take in 51% or more of their revenue in food sales.  Due to proximity to the courthouse, the business may not show any signs about alcohol. 


Two are dead and two more seriously injured in a Route 159 accident just north of Red Bud Tuesday night at 9:41.  According to an accident witness, the 2001 Taurus was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Route 159 when the car veered off the roadway to the west and the front of the car struck a utility pole and then struck a tree on the driver's side.  The driver, 24 year-old Curtis Owen and 28 year-old John Macklin, both of Red Bud, were killed in the accident.  21 year-old Mark Marlow of Waterloo was seriously injured as was 20 year-old Tress Korves of Belleville.  Korves was arched from the scene to St. Louis University Hospital and Marlow was taken to Red Bud Regional Hospital.  The crash remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police. 



The Mulberry Grove FFA will be celebrating National FFA Week with a number of fun activities.  Mulberry Grove FFA Reporter Lori Albert said National FFA Weeks is February 18-25.  Chapter Advisor Mr. Matt Elam asked Lori to share information about the Mulberry Grove FFA Work Auction the organization is hosting Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m.  29 FFA members are offering an 8-hour work day to the highest bidder for each student.  The Work Auction is an annual event that is generally one of their biggest fund raisers.  To participate in the auction, go to the Mulberry Grove Elementary Gym Thursday and get a bidder number.  For more information, call the high school at 326-8221.



We did get some rain yesterday and overnight and here are the rain totals for Greenville as recorded at 6:00 o'clock this morning. The Sewer Plant measured 35 hundredths of an inch and the stations at Sixth Street and at Idler Lane and Rt. 140 showed three tenths.


The weather is not the only thing that has been mild this Winter.  Nurse Penny Dixon at the Bond County Health Department said this year’s flu season has been very mild.  Very few positive cases of Influenza A and B have been seen at the health department.  Last week, Nurse Dixon received a call reporting approximately 40 children from one of the schools in Bond County were out with the flu.  Not all the children had been officially tested but they all shared the same symptoms including headache, nausea, vomiting, and a fever.  The very best way to prevent yourself from getting the flu is hand washing.  Wash your hands frequently, or use hand sanitizer, to help minimize your risk.  If you have any questions, call the Bond County Health Department at 664-1442.


Friday, February 17, Greenville High School will honor their senior athletes at Senior Night.  Greenville High School Athletic Director Joe Alstat said right after the Junior-Varsity game, at approximately 7:00 p.m.,  they will honor the senior boys basketball players, cheerleaders, dance team, and band members.  Alstat said they will also recognize former Greenville High School Athletic Director Larry Stewart. 



Jerry Motycka 

Jerry Motycka, age 75, of Panama, passed away Tuesday, February 14 at his home.  Funeral services will Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Greenville.  Burial will be in Union Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church in Greenville or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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