BOND COUNTY BOARD HIRES NEW HIGHWAY ENGINEER
The Bond County Board recently hired Jeremy Pestle, of Macomb, IL, as the new Bond County Highway Engineer with a unanimous vote. Pestle told WGEL he is looking forward to working for the county.
"I spent two and a half years [in McDonough County] under Dan Ratterman, a former county engineer here. I ended up going to a consultant and worked there for a while. But I missed this world here in the county environment, and look forward to seeing how it goes here."
Before settling the matter, Board Chairman Howard Elmore asked Pestle about his baseball affiliations. After a long pause, Pestle tactfully replied that he is too busy to follow baseball. Pestle’s hire will be finalized, pending IDOT approval, at the next Bond County Board meeting on Tuesday, April 15.
GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL COULD VOTE ON LEAF BURNING TONIGHT
The Greenville City Council is set to meet Tuesday night at 7:30PM at city hall. The council will likely discuss and may take a vote to change the current leaf burning ordinance in the city. The topic was tabled from the last meeting.
Another item on the agenda includes public meetings being scheduled on the topic of occupancy permits. The council is considering requiring an inspection of a home or apartment prior to allowing that property to be occupied. Three public meetings will be help where the public can share their views with the council. The meetings are planned for Thursday April 17th at Noon and 4PM and again on Tuesday April 22nd at 6PM.
CITY OF GREENVILLE FEELING IMPACT OF WINTER WEATHER
Even after the snow has melted, the City of Greenville is feeling the impact of this year’s extreme winter weather. Public Works Director Bill Grider told us the city depleted all but 75 tons of their 800 ton salt supply, is now 160 percent over budget for overtime pay and will continue to feel the sting well into the summer.
“The cold weather has really played a major part in the road conditions. We have a lot of roads that have swollen up and deteriorated due to the extremely cold temperatures we’ve had,” Grider told WGEL. “We’re having to spend some extra money this summer now to get the roads repaired and get them built back as they need it, with added asphalt costs and black top costs.”
Grider said other communities in the area and throughout the state are feeling the same financial impact. He said the city is now in the process of putting together the budget for the next fiscal year and may have to find ways to make up for this year’s unanticipated spending.
CATHIE WIEDENHOEFT RETIRES AFTER 16 YEARS AT NACO
NACO Printing in Greenville held a reception for Cathie Wiedenhoeft Friday. Cathie is retiring after 16 years with Naco. Last month Cathie was named as the recipient of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Turley Memorial Award.
Cathie with NACO owner Larry Deiters
Photo courtesy of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce