08-21-2013



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GREENVILLE FPD HOSTS MAN WALKING ACROSS USA TO HONOR FALLEN SOLDIERS

The Greenville Fire Protection District hosted a guest Tuesday evening who is walking across the United States to honor fallen soldiers. 

WGEL caught up with Joe “Tiger” Patrick, who is walking across the United States, from California to Washington, D.C., to honor soldiers who have died in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Patrick is carrying a quilt that, when unfolded, measures 25’ X 8’.  It is made up of 1’ X 1’ tiles, each of which contain 35 photos of soldiers who have died since 2001. It was created by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in his hometown

Along the way, Patrick is making presentations to various groups and meeting with the family and friends of many of the soldiers killed in the line of duty that appear on his quilt.  He said his experience can only be described as “amazing”.

Patrick told WGEL most of his support on this trip has come from local fire protection districts.  In most cases, the fire chief from a town he visits will phone ahead to the next town and let that fire chief there know Patrick is on the way.

To find out more about Tiger Patrick and his quilt, you can find him on Facebook or do a simple Google search.  Today, Patrick will head east on Rt. 40 until he arrives in Indianapolis.  He said if you see him, you’re welcome to stop him and ask about his journey.

Joe "Tiger" Patrick, kneeling, tells the stories of many of the fallen soldiers pictured

on his quilt to members of the Greenville Fire Protection District.

The banner measures 25' X 8' and contains the photos and names of over 6,000

soldiers who have died since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq started in 2001.

A small segment of the quilt being carried across the country by Joe "Tiger" Patrick.


CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERING LARGER BUSINESS TAX DISTRICT

The Greenville City Council met in special session Monday night and voted to accept a Business Tax District plan that includes a much larger area than the district discussed during August's regular meeting. 

Retail sales inside the Business Tax District would collect an additional one percent sales tax on taxable items, which excludes disael fuel, groceries, and cars, among other purchases. 

The new, enlarged district would include up to thirteen businesses; the district discussed in August only contained Love’s Truck Stop.  The extra one percent sales tax would have to be used inside the business district to improve infrastructure like roads and utilities and, unlike in a TIF district, these funds could be used to build new buildings. 

The council voted 5-0 to approve the plan to go forward. The next step is a public hearing, set for September 10th at the start of the regular city council meeting at 7:30PM.  The current goal of the city council is to have the new tax in place in January of 2014. 

City Manager Dave Wiley said the district is projected to raise $5 million dollars during its up to 23 year life.  If more development occurs that figure would go higher.      


UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD ACCEPTS TENTATIVE FY14 BUDGET, SETS HEARING FOR SEPTEMBER

In Monday night's Unit 2 School Board meeting, the board accepted a tentative budget presented by Superintendent Jeff Strieker and set a budget hearing for September 16th at 7:00 pm in the Greenville High School Library.

The treasurer's report showed the district received over $600,000 in state aid payments for July. Superintendent Strieker told the board the state payments are coming in a lot faster than this time last year.

The board also accepted the low bid from Culbertson Heating and Cooling of Vandalia, in an amount not to exceed $75,018, for boiler removal and replacement in the Greenville Jr High/Elementary School. The work is scheduled to be completed by October 15th.

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MULBERRY GROVE UNIT 1 FINANCIALLY BETTER THAN LAST YEAR

Mulberry Grove Superintendent Mike Gauch reported at the Monday Board of Education meeting, the district financial outlook is better than a year ago.  The district received the first installment of $640,000 of county property taxes last week.  General state aid is expected to be about $8,500 more than last year and property taxes for the district are approximately $43,000 more than a year ago.  Gauch said the current fund balance looks good and he is encouraged it will stay this way throughout the year.

David Pistorious from Mid State Bonds presented information about selling working cash bonds and Ryan Hortenstine with Quality Network Solutions shared details of their computer systems analysis and maintenance service. 

The board approved formation of a high school photography club.  Volunteer teacher sponsors will be sought so there is no cost to the district. 

Following a closed session, the board hired Trevor Suess as assistant junior high baseball coach and Rachel Brewer as assistant junior high softball coach and accepted the resignation of junior high cheerleading sponsor Emily Tally, effective immediately.

The September meeting is Monday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. with a budget hearing at 6:45


NEW LAW WILL RAISE ILLINOIS SPEED LIMIT

Illinois drivers will soon be able to go a little faster on rural interstates.  Governor Pat Quinn has approved a measure that ups the speed limit from 65 to 70-miles per hour. The law allows officials in those areas to make adjustments to the limit based on their local needs.  The law takes effect January 1st. 


REPRESENTATIVE JOHN CAVALETTO TO COME TO GREENVILLE

State Representative John Cavaletto will meet with Greenville constituents today from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Bond County Farm Bureau office on Harris Avenue.  No appointment is necessary.  For more information, call his office at 548-9080.


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