The Greenville City Council is trying to plug a gap of just over $300,000.00 in next year’s budget.  At Tuesday night’s special meeting, the council went through the budget line by line and found very little left to cut.  City Manager Dave Willey made the comment “there is very little oink left on the pig” meaning there is little, if any, fat that can be cut from the budget before personnel and/or services are cut.  According to Willey to plug the budget gap would require letting four to five employees go which would lead to a drastic cut in services.  So the discussion turned to ways to raise revenue.  Two plans were discussed.  First a utility tax that would amount to residential users paying an average of $5.00 more per month. The actual amount would depend on electrical and gas usage and would vary from household to household and business to business. This tax would not require a voter referendum.  The second idea was a half cent additional sales tax.  This would require a referendum to be put on the November ballot.  A sales tax would also help draw money from customers that may not live in Greenville but come to Greenville to shop.  Willey said the revenue generated from sales tax is expected to keep trending up over the next year.  That is good news for the city.  The utility tax was estimated to generate $450,000.00 per year and the sales tax around $320,000.00.  Both items will be on the agenda for the May 8 regular city council meeting.  Willey also said if either tax plan is passed it would be wise of the city not to expand the budget for next year but to save any excess to rebuild the general fund and plan for future capital programs.  Willey said that next year’s budget has no large capital projects, but that cannot last forever.         



Friday, April 27 is Arbor Day and Kaskaskia College has several events planned to celebrate. Suzanne Christ said the first event is Thursday, April 26 on the Vandalia Campus with guest speaker Alex Eade.  Alex is a new Horticulture instructor at Kaskaskia College.  There will also be a ceremonial tree planting with lunch following.  The Kaskaskia College President and Board Chairman will both be present and will give some remarks.  Similar events are planned for Friday, April 27 at the KC Main Campus where Jenn Heinzmann will be the guest speaker.  For more information, call 545-3069.


To save money, the Governor is trying to shut down the Illinois Department of Agricultural Animal Welfare Lab in Centralia.  Doctor Phil Chapman talked about a hearing scheduled for this Friday about that closing.
At 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 27, in the Kaskaskia College School Auditorium in Centralia, there will be a meeting to discuss the closing of the Centralia Animal Lab.  Doctor Chapman said the lab does a lot for Southern Illinois.  It provides surveillance of potentially catastrophic diseases, such as Hoof and Mouth disease or Mad Cow disease.  If the center is closed, farmers would need to transport dead animals to Galesburg before the sample is rendered useless.  On a hot summer day, this would be virtually impossible.  State Representative Cavaletto called for the meeting and interested persons are encouraged to attend.  Doctor Chapman added that human lives could be threatened if an epidemic were to go undiagnosed.  The lab also provides surveillance for diseases such as H1N1 and provides a tremendous amount of protection.



Locking up and properly disposing of prescription medications may seem like a difficult task but it is necessary to ensure they do not get into the wrong hands.  Madison County State’s Attorney Thomas Gibbons said Saturday, April 28, in the parking lot of the Madison County Administration Building, they will be having a drop-off from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  It will be similar to a drive-through.  Folks may come by and anonymously drop off their unused or old medications into the drop box.  The first 20 people who come by and drop off their medications will receive a free lock box which they may use to store their prescription medications in at home.  Getting rid of your medications in a safe and secure way is something you may do year-round, however they should be done in drop off locations.  If you have any questions, call the Madison County State’s Attorney’s office at 692-6280 and ask for Stephanee.


The Bond County Challenger Baseball Program is having a fundraiser Saturday, May 19.  Brian McElroy said the Bond County Challenger Baseball Program is a baseball league for disabled children with any disability.  It is a way to get the kids included and part of a team.  Brian said they are trying to become more self sufficient as a program.  Due to rising costs, they decided to have a fundraiser.  So far, they have more than 35 vendors participating in the event.  They will have food, a silent auction, and all sorts of fun throughout the day from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.  Everyone is welcome.  If you have any questions, call Brian at 664-9357.



Ada A. Carter

Ada A. Carter, age 97, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, April 25 at Helia Health Care in Greenville.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Carmi Children’s Home.

Ben C. Harpstrite

Ben C. Harpstrite, age 85, of New Baden, passed away Tuesday, April 24.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Trenton First United Methodist Church.  Burial will be in Trenton Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Shriner’s Hospital for crippled children or to the Trenton First United Methodist Church.

Jerry H. Simpson

Jerry H. Simpson, age 79, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, April 24 at Saint Louis University Hospital.  Funeral services will be Sunday, May 6, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Highland.  Friends may call Saturday, May 5, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church.

Maxine Williford

Maxine Willeford, age 85, of west of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, April 25 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral services are Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Nebo Primitive Baptist Church.

Rose Gigliotti

Rose Gigliotti, age 88, of Greenville, formerly of Utica, New York, passed away Wednesday, April 25 at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements for 88 year-old Rose Gigliotti are pending at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.

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