07-18-2013

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COUNTY BOARD DISCUSSES ASSESSMENTS AND TAX RATES

The issue of property tax assessments and tax rates came up at Tuesday night’s Bond County Board meeting.  Board member Wes Pourchot told WGEL some citizens are concerned about their tax rate.  Pourchot said he believes the citizens felt the Supervisor of Assessment’s Office wasn’t communicating with them adequately.  Pourchot said that none of the citizens objected to having to pay more taxes, but they didn’t like the sharp increase that some are experiencing.  According to Pourchot, some individuals are seeing increases ranging from 300-600%.  Pourchot said that the board is going to try to resolve some of this and help work on this issue.

Bond County Supervisor of Assessments Deb Langham told WGEL that if anyone asks for a review then someone has to actually look at those properties.  In the fall, after the properties have been assessed, if there has been a change, it will be published in the newspaper and the property owner will receive a notice.  Once this has happened, property owners are given the opportunity to bring their concerns before the Board of Review for analysis and discussion.  Langham emphasized that her door is always open to individuals who have questions or concerns.  For more information, you can call the Supervisor of Assessments Office at 664-2848.


SEVERAL ADVANTAGES TO NEW SENIOR CENTER LOCATION

It was recently announced that the Bond County Senior Center will move to a new location, currently occupied by Mt. Zion Church, on Harris Avenue in Greenville.  Senior Center Director, Anna Oestreich, said there are several benefits to the new location.  First, it will give them a facility that is more secure in terms of the elements, energy savings, and parking.  Also, Oestreich said as they think about the future of the Bond County Senior Center, they want to try to be as economical as possible in the delivery of those services.  In the future, they hope to be able to put less money into upkeep and structural issues, so more of that money can go into funding for programming.  For more information on the move, call the Senior Center at 664-1465.


PETIT JURY CANCELLED

Bond County Circuit Clerk Rex Catron has announced that the Petit Jury scheduled for Monday, July 22nd at 9:30 a.m. has been cancelled.  The next Petit Jury date has been set for September 23rd.  For more information, call the Circuit Clerk’s office at 664-3208.

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UNIT 2 SCHOOL DISTRICT APPROVES PURCHASE OF FIVE NEW BUSES

In this month’s Unit 2 School Board meeting, the board voted to approve the purchase of five new school buses. The buses will cost the district just over $416,000. The board decided to purchase three of the buses outright and finance the last two. All buses will be ready for the 2013-2014 school year. Also approved for the transportation department was the purchase of camera equipment upgrades that will allow for a second camera head for each school bus. A bid from South Central FS was approved for gas, diesel, and oil.

The board entered into a contract with Slatton Excavating to complete culvert replacement work at the KRP building on Dewey Street not to exceed $12,160.

In the financial report the district received over $668,000 in June from the state. The district has received $170,000 more in payments in 2013, compared with 2012.

The board approved the contract with the Jr Comets for the use of the Football fields and practice fields for another year at a cost to the Jr Comets of $1,000.

Following a closed session, the board hired Michelle Keim, school counselor, at the Greenville Elementary School and Pocahontas and Sorento Centers.  Kari Massa was hired as Title 1 teacher at the Pocahontas and Sorento Centers and Ashley Niebrugge as first grade teacher at the Sorento Center.  Rena Ward was transferred to the AM/PM lift bus driver Greenville route.  The board accepted the resignation of Michelle Thiems and retained Dan Niemerg as District Treasurer.


GREENVILLE BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS TO MEET

The Greenville Board of Police Commissioners will meet this morning at 9:00 a.m., at the Greenville Municipal Building.  The agenda includes a review of policies and procedures, polygraph examinations, and a review of pre-employment inquiry forms.


POLICE PENSION FUND BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO MEET

The Police Pension Fund Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Greenville Municipal Building.  Agenda items include investments and a letter for disability request.  

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OBITUARIES

Betty M. Wobbe

Betty M. Wobbe, age 86 of Trenton, passed away Wednesday at Country Side Manor in Aviston.  A funeral mass of Christian burial will be Saturday at noon St. Mary’s Church.  Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.  Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 – 11:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Trenton VFW Auxiliary services will be held Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home  Memorials are suggested to Breast Cancer Research or to the donor’s choice.

Betty M. Wobbe was born December 26, 1926 in Trenton to Lester and Blanche (Faitz) Junghans: they preceded her in death.

Also preceded in death by a son in infancy Bernard Wobbe, a brother Raymond Junghans, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Frank and Elsie Wobbe, Catherine and Al Jansen, Aloys and Velma Wobbe, Herman and Louise Wobbe, Alvin Wobbe, Ann and Everett Anderson, Joseph Unger.

She married Victor Wobbe September 25, 1946 at St. George Catholic Church, New Baden, he survives.

Also surviving are her children Bonnie (Dennis) Dalke of Millstadt, Joseph (Nancy) Wobbe of New Baden, Gene (Brenda) Wobbe of Trenton, Jerome (Susan) Wobbe of O’Fallon, Barb (Larry) Olliges of Naperville, Beth (Gordon “Skip) Steck of Frankfurt.

13 grandchildren Brent (Jill) Dalke, Jessica (Fiancé Bryan Pancich) Dalke, Nicole (Justin) Hodgson, Laura (Stuart) Knuf, Melisa (Derek) Weh, Brandon (girl friend Erica)Wobbe, Larkin Wobbe, Tyler Wobbe, Ryan Olliges, Jill Olliges, Savanna Steck, Sabrina Steck, Mitchell Steck

9 great grandchildren Bauer, Isabelle, Gabrielle, Victor Dalke, Gavin, Ryan Hodgson, Parker, Hayden Knuf, Camden Weh

Brother Dale (Georgia) Junghans of St. Louis, MO

Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Vincent “Butch” (Mary Jane) Wobbe of Belleville, Robert (Frieda) Wobbe of Caseyville, Shirley Unger of St. Louis, Frances Wobbe of Atlanta GA

Betty retired from Scott Air Force Base Administrative Assistant.

She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Altar Sodality, Trenton, VFW Auxiliary Trenton, American Legion Auxiliary Trenton, Former Mater Dei Mother’s and Friend Club, and former 4H leader in Trenton.


Ronald K. Stoecklin

Ronald K. Stoecklin, age 82, of north of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, July 17, at Hillsboro Area Hospital.  Funeral arrangements for 82 year-old Ronald K. Stoecklin are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.


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