The Greenville City Council held their regular, monthly meeting Tuesday night at the Municipal Building.  The council approved the consent agenda with no changes, and then moved to a discussion on a plan commission recommendation on revision to the Sign Regulation Ordinance.  City Manager, Dave Willey, reviewed the changes which include the addition of a sunset clause for current non-conforming signs.  Under the new ordinance, signs that are out of compliance will have a 10-year sunset provision which will require that they either remove the sign or bring it into compliance.

Willey also explained that sponsorship signs, like those near the midway at the fairgrounds and on outfield fences for ball diamonds, will be exempt from the ordinance.  Church directional signs, which Willey estimates are about 6 in number, will also be exempt.

Political signs, for future elections, will be allowed on private property with the property owner’s permission.  Willey explained that there are First Amendment issues regarding the right to display political signs and the law says those signs can stay forever if they conform to minimum sign size and construction requirements.  Political signs will be allowed on public right of way, including that which exists between sidewalk and street, but adjacent property owners must either give permission or are allowed to remove the signs.The ordinance was approved.

Most of the rest of the meeting was on the development of the 2014 budget.  A topic getting a good deal of discussion time was the use of the recent Atrazine settlement to purchase an additional police car, over the two already in the draft budget.  Employee Health Insurance costs are forecast to increase significantly despite good progress on holding costs down over recent years.  The final numbers for the coming year are not available yet but costs could be up 20% or more.  The premium quotes will not be available for a few days and have the possibility of making a huge impact on the budget for the coming year.

The council then went through a page-by-page review of about 2/3rds of the draft budget and set their next meeting to review the balance of the document and the results of the pending insurance premiums for April 23rd.


Unofficial results for Tuesday’s election show that Linda Stover and Bill Hawley were elected to serve 6 year terms on the Kaskaskia College Board.  The elections results were Stover at 8,178, Hawley 6,858, Robert Funderburk 5,789 and Vivian Creed 4,239.  Again unofficial results show that Stover and Hawley won seats on the KC Board in Tuesday’s election. 




The Mulberry Grove Board of Education met in special session Monday, and approved a one-year contract with the Mulberry Grove Education Association.  According to Superintendent Mike Gauch, the new contract includes some updates and clarifications in language.  Teachers agreed to a soft wage freeze but will receive steps for experience and additional education.  The new contract includes an increased stipend for college education re-imbursement from $80.00 per credit hour to $150.00 per credit hour for approved classes and a $20.00 per month increase toward employee health insurance if they are insured through the school carrier. 


Entries are now being accepted for the Bond County Historical Society Quilt Block Contest.  The theme for this year is “Baskets.”  Blocks for the contest may be constructed using any method.  There are four age divisions: ages 5-8, 9-12 year olds, teens age 13-18, and adults.  Blocks will be exhibited at the 11th Annual Bond County Historical Society Quilt Show on Saturday, May 4th at the Greenville Free Methodist Church.  Entry forms are available by calling Jan at 326-7343. Completed blocks are due by Saturday, April 13th.



A Memorial 5K Run/Walk in honor of Illinois State Trooper Kyle Deatherage, who was killed in the line of duty in November, will be held Saturday, April 13th at Lindendale Park in Highland.  You can register for the run online at www.runsignup.com/kyledeatherage5. Water and snacks will be provided post-race.  Packet pickup and registration will be available from 8:00 am to 9:30 am on the day of the event.The top three overall male and female finishers will receive a race medal, as well as the top male and female finishers in each of five age groups.All race proceeds will benefit the Friends of Deatherage Memorial Fund.



The Kaskaskia College Athletic Department is offering ten summer athletic camps.  All campers will get a camp T-shirt.  A softball skills camp and a hitting camp are June 10-11, and a pitching camp is June 12-13.  Each camp is from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., for students in grades K-8 and the cost for each camp is $30.00.

A boys basketball skills camp is June 10-14, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., for students in grades K-8.  The cost to attend is $60.00.  A girls basketball skills camp is June 17-18, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., also for students in grades K-8.  The fee for this camp is $30.00. A cross country and track skills camp for students in grades K-8, is June 10-12, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  The cost to participate is $30.00. For more information or to register, call 545-3372.



Wilbert A. Matthews III, age 64 of Memphis TN formerly of Greenville, passed away Saturday March 23rd at Veterans Hospital in Memphis.  Memorial services will be Friday April 12th at 11AM at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7PM and Friday until service time at the Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the family. 


Velma G. Ambuehl Hitz, age 91 of Highland formerly of Greenville, passed away Tuesday at her home.  Funeral arrangements will be Saturday April 13th at 11AM at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will follow in Grantfork Evangelical Cemetery in Grantfork.  Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4-7PM on Friday.  Memorials are suggested to the Grantfork United Church of Christ of His Kids. 

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