The Greenville City Council met Tuesday night. The council heard a presentation from the Good Energy company regarding Municipal Electrical Aggregation.  For the council to proceed with the matter, a public question must be placed on the April 9 ballot, asking citizens to authorize the city to work with Good Energy to negotiate electric utility rates for residential and small business retail customers, unless they opt-out of the program.  Good Energy believes the savings to consumers will be $150.00-$200.00 per household. January 22 is the last day for local governing bodies to adopt an ordinance to allow the binding question to appear on the ballot.  The council voted unanimously to place the issue on the ballot.

Last month, the council approved an engineering contract to study and design Hena Street sewer alterations.  The study concluded the Hena Street sewer should be replaced to prevent future backups on Killarney Street.  The proposal included the cost to design replacement sewers from Killarney to College Avenue but the study showed the sewer should actually be replaced all the way to Vine and Ivy Lane where it connects to the 18” sewer, about 40% more line.

Kyle Littlefield was appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals and twelve meetings were set between now and May to review the current draft of the Unified Development Ordinance.  You may see the Greenville City Council meeting on New Wave channel 12 tonight at 6:00 o'clock. 


The I-70 patrol from the Bond County Sheriff’s Department is raising revenues for the county and reducing accidents on that stretch of I-70, according to Sheriff Jeff Brown and the Bond County Board.  At Tuesday’s meeting, the board voted 5-0 to add another deputy to the patrol.  Brown told the board a new deputy will be hired to work the interstate and will not take away from the number of deputies policing the county.  By adding the new deputy to patrol the interstate the revenue generated will help balance the county budget.  Board member Gerald McCray said I-70 deputies are also available in an emergency.  Brown said according to IDOT, the I-70 patrol deputies have reduced the number of accidents on Bond County’s stretch of Interstate 70.
The county board approved the appointment of John Greenwood to the Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District. 




At their monthly Monday meeting, the Mulberry Grove Village Board heard from a concerned resident about equity in enforcement of village ordinances.
Code Enforcement Officer Harold Thull reported requested zoning changes were approved for conversion of the old greenhouse to apartments.  Remodeling is progressing.  Thull requests all residents put up house numbers as required by village ordinance.
The next meeting is Monday, February 4, at 7:00 p.m.


According to Kaskaskia College Director of Adult Education and Literacy Lisa Atkins, the cost to take GED tests is increasing in 2014 and test requirements are changing.  Effective January 2014, the GED testing cost is going up from $50.00 - $120.00.  The test will consist of four sub tests instead of five and test takers will be required to type rather than handwrite an essay.  Atkins urges students who desire to earn their GED to enroll in one of the review classes as soon as possible and finish the required tests in 2013 before the changes take effect.  For more information about the KC GED program, call 545-3115.



Patricia C. Renschen    

Patricia C. Renschen, age 93, of Arlington, Virginia, formerly of Aviston, passed away Thursday, December 13.  A memorial Mass will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston.  Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to St. Francis Cemetery or in the form of Masses.  Hempen Funeral Home in Aviston is in charge of arrangements.

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