MAYOR GAFFNER ON UTILITIES TAX APPROVAL
The Greenville City Council met Tuesday night at the municipal building. The major item of discussion was the 2012-2013 budget and the revenue shortfall. After hours of discussion and input from citizens, the Council approved a utility tax of 5% on gas and a sliding scale on electric rates, depending on use amounts. Mayor Allan Gaffner said they attempted to provide additional information about the city’s budget for the next fiscal year as well as investments they have made in the past using general fund balances. These general funds needed to be replenished. Mayor Gaffner said these investments have placed the community in a positive position where they will be poised for growth in the future. He added he has never been more optimistic about the future of the city. He said Greenville is poised for good things and will be able to continue providing the level of service citizens want. The revenues from the utility tax will allow Greenville to continue to invest and benefit the community. New revenues are expected as early as this August.
KASKASKIA COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES SPECIAL MEETING
The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees scheduled a special meeting on Monday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Wedekemper Board Room at Kaskaskia College. Items on the agenda include the approval of a contractor for the Veterans Tribute Project, acceptance of the retirement of an assistant professor, and the approval of the KCFT Collective Bargaining Agreement.
LADY COMETS SOCCER TEAM RECEIVES TWO HONORS AT IHSSCA MEETING
The Greenville High School Lady Comets Soccer Team has been successful this year in a number of ways. Team coach Mike Young said he attended the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association All-Sectional meeting recently. 27 schools were represented at the meeting and individual players were nominated for the All-State and All-Sectional teams. Greenville’s Layla Zahniser was nominated to the All-Sectional team and the entire Lady Comets soccer team was awarded the special Sportsmanship Award. The Roxana team nominated the Lady Comets because they were impressed with the way they played and cheered each other on, always maintaining a positive and supportive attitude. The Roxana coach used the Lady Comets as an example of how she would like her team to play. Mike said the girls have worked very hard this year and they work well together which has allowed them to do so well.
GREENVILLE LAKE MEETING
At Monday night’s Lake Committee meeting, it was reported the lake patrol might be limited this year due to the budget. Largemouth bass were to be put in the lake, however, after checking with several suppliers, it was determined available fish were too small and the order was canceled. The committee plans to increase the number of fish placed in the lake this fall to make up for the amount missed this spring.
The number of lake-use permits is down considerably, probably due to the economy and the price of gas. One hundred sixty-two out-of-area permits were issued so far of 250 available. Willman expects permit purchases to increase, especially for local users. About 600 permit purchases are expected by July 4.
Surface temperature was 80 degrees Sunday, which made skiing very pleasant and several skiers were on the lake over the weekend. Boat permits may be purchased at the municipal building.
MULBERRY GROVE FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO SKID LOADER FIRE
Mulberry Grove Firefighters responded Thursday, at 3:11 p.m., to a report of a skid loader on fire at a residence on Trix Avenue northeast of Mulberry Grove. According to Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, it was a John Deere model 317 which was totally destroyed. Damage is estimated at approximately $15,000.00. There were no injuries and firefighters were on the scene about 45 minutes.