GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO SWITCH INSURANCE COMPANIES…PREMIUMS SLIGHTLY LOWER
At the Wednesday special council meeting, the Greenville City Council voted to switch health insurance companies from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Coventry. The city was looking at a 25% increase in insurance premiums if they stayed with Blue Cross Blue Shield, but by switching to Coventry the premiums went down slightly from last year. Not having that huge insurance increase helped the council pass a budget containing a $241,125.00 surplus in the general fund. The council passed the budget at Wednesday’s meeting. Employee contributions to insurance premiums will stay at last years’ levels. Currently employees pay 10% percent of their premium, 25% for dependents, and 100% for dental and vision.
The council approved the appointment of David Kessinger to the tourism committee. Kessinger will take the seat of Vickie Ellsworth who served on the tourism committee for more than 20 years. The council thanked Ellsworth for her decades of service.
POWER POLE DAMAGE AND POWER WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGE FROM CAR ACCIDENT
A two car non injury accident Thursday evening around 6pm damaged a power pole and left some Ameren customers in Greenville without electricity. A car driven by 17 year old Jacob A. Wilkerson of Keyesport was traveling east on Washington street when he entered the intersection of 4th street and struck a southbound car driven by 17 year old Abigail M. Hagler of Pocahontas. Damage to both cars was estimated over $1,500, damage to the power pole was hard to estimate. Some of the power customers were without power, some with intermittent power and flickering lights. About 9pm Ameren crews shut off power to most of their customers north of the railroad tracks and east of 3rd street to work on repairs to the pole. About 50 minutes later the pole was repaired and everybody’s power was back on.
UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK IN GREENVILLE
You have the opportunity to return your unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Drugs may be taken to the Greenville Police Department, Bond County Sheriff’s Department, or Greenville Regional Hospital. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue, providing a way of disposing of unwanted drugs safely. The service is free, anonymous, and no questions will be asked. For more information, call the police department at 664-2131.
2ND GREENVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BASEBALL LUNCHEON IS A BIG SUCCESS
Danny Cox was the guest of the 2nd Annual Greenville Chamber of Commerce Baseball Luncheon
Wednesday at Donnewald Distributing.
Cox answered questions from the packed audience about his life and of course Cardinals Baseball.
SENATOR MCCARTER ON CONCEAL CARRY
Another attempt to pass a concealed carry law in Illinois failed last week. Despite the setback, State Senator Kyle McCarter said an Illinois concealed carry law is still a viable issue. The lack of progress in the Illinois House will not deter him from supporting, debating, and voting to make concealed carry a part of Illinois law. McCarter said negotiations are underway in the Illinois Senate to craft a concealed carry law which reflects the true intent of the 2nd amendment. He is working to pass a law that specifically applies to all counties in Illinois. The 2nd amendment applies to all citizens, including those in Chicago. A federal court ordered Illinois lawmakers to pass some form of a concealed-carry law by June 9.