GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
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.
KASKASKIA COLLEGE ELECTION RESULTS
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.