ILLINOIS STATE TROOPER HITS AND KILLS PEDESTRIAN
Illinois State Police in District 11 confirmed a state trooper struck and killed a pedestrian on Illinois Route 159 near Emerald Terrace Road near Swansea Tuesday, at 1:24 a.m. The pedestrian has been identified as James Gaskill. The unidentified trooper was transporting a prisoner at the time of the crash. Gaskill was part of a caravan of semi-trailers that had stopped near the center northbound lane of the highway according to ISP. The investigation continues.
ONE FATALITY IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN JERSEY COUNTY
One person was killed and another seriously injured in a motorcycle accident Saturday. Illinois State Police Officers and EMS personnel responded Saturday, at 8:17 p.m., to a motorcycle accident on Otterville Road, about two tenths of a mile north of Fry Lane in Jersey County. According to the accident report, John W. Snider, age 70 and Nancy K. Bowman, age 53, both of Grafton, were southbound on Otterville Road on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. For unknown reasons, the motorcycle left the road to the right and crashed into a ditch embankment, ejecting both passengers. Neither passenger was wearing a helmet. Snider died as a result of his injuries and Bowman was taken to Jersey Community Hospital and then ARCHed to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, with serious injuries. The crash remains under investigation.
NEWLY RE-ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS SWORN IN AT KPD MEETING
At Monday night’s Kingsbury Park District Board meeting, re-elected board members Dave Oestreich, Anthony Macon, and Dennis Warren were sworn in. Officers were elected with Tommy Simpson President, Shannon McGuire Vice-President, and Dave Oestreich Treasure, all with a 4-0 vote. Jerry Sauerwein was board Secretary.
Sauerwein reported the Rec brochure is out, the pool will open May 25, swim lessons begin June 3, the fishing derby is June 8, and softball and baseball start June 3. Sauerwein said replacement of the wooden poles with galvanized poles at JC Park should be done in September or October. The board asked about the climbing wall at the pool and Sauerwein said it should be going up this week or next.
Board member Macon asked other board members if they have had any input from the public regarding the cancellation of the 4th of July fireworks. Oestreich said a few people expressed to him they appreciate the board watching how their tax dollars are being spent and they will miss the fireworks. Sauerwein said they have heard almost all positive responses and a few suggestions on how the fireworks could be brought back. Sauerwein said he would like to see the fireworks brought back but not under the KPD umbrella. In past years, the KPD provided the area for shooting off the fireworks and and donated money towards their purchase. He said the board should consider doing something similar if arrangements can be made.
KPD Board Members
Back Row L to R Dennis Warren and Anthony Macon
Seated L to R Dave Oestreich and Tommy Simpson
MULBERRY GROVE VILLAGE BOARD WELCOMES NEW TRUSTEES
At the recent Mulberry Grove Village Board meeting, newly elected Mayor Mike Hendricksmeyer, Trustee Mark Wilkerson, Board clerk Candice Widger, and re-elected Trustee Jim Blankenship took their oath of office and were seated.
Village employee Larry Langel reported on the man-lift harness proposed for purchase to go with the lifting equipment discussed at the April meeting. The board approved the purchase of the lift equipment and harness.
Sanitation District Board members Gary Redfern, Yvette Hall, and Julie Nickel presented an equipment purchase plan. They proposed purchasing a utility truck for village use and were requesting board input about the usefulness of the truck. If purchased, the village would be responsible for maintenance, repairs, and insurance.
Village resident Larry Linky addressed issues in a proposed golf cart / utility vehicle ordinance. Police Officer Robert Sutton presented an ordinance from a neighboring village and addressed specific items in the ordinance. Board members will review the ordinance, discuss it at the June meeting, and a committee will make a recommendation to the board.
The next meeting is Monday, June 3, at 7:00 p.m.
FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO O’REILLY’S TUESDAY
Greenville Firefighters responded to O’Reilly Auto Parts on Elm Street Tuesday, May 14, at 1:50 p.m. According to the fire report, power to the building was turned off because repairmen were working on the air conditioning. When the power was turned back on, it activated the alarm. There was no fire. Firefighters were on the scene less than ten minutes.