of March 1, 2007
The Palestine Board of Trustees met in regular session on March 1, 2007, at 6:00 PM. Trustees answering the roll call were Gene Purcell, Greta Dennison, Walter Fritchie Larry Surrells, and Larry Miller. David Branson was absent.
Margaret Littlejohn and Chief Jim Clark were present.
Visitors present were Bob Taylor, Daily News Reporter, Tom Osborne, and J.D. Kimbelin. Also present representing the LaMotte Township, were Scott Campbell and Leo Stoltz, Jr.
The meeting began with all in attendance reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
The minutes of the February meeting were unanimously approved.
The mosquito control equipment was discussed. The old equipment is over 14 years old. It continues to work well. However, if a breakdown should occur, it is highly improbable that replacement parts can be found.
Mayor Pat Schofield presented material on new equipment that the DPW had gathered. The DPW crew prefers electric powered equipment verses gas powered. It is less noisy, takes no liquid fuel, and will require less maintenance. Further discussion will continue at the next board meeting.
The Village Board will meet Saturday, March 17, at 8:30 AM to prepare the annual budget for the next fiscal year.
The annual Spring Clean-up will be Saturday. April 28, 2007/
A quote for a Village Website presented by Jim Ellis was reviewed. No action was taken. The matter was taken under advisement and for further study.
The U of I Extension Service has secured two grants for the Mini-Park project. They request a donation of $460.32 for obtaining a Grant for Concrete in the amount of $11,508, and a donation of $120.00 for obtaining a Grant for Fencing in the amount of $2,000.
Larry Surrells moved, seconded by Larry Miller, that the donations by made. The motion passed unanimously.
The State of Illinois deregulation of electric utilities as of January 1, 2007, has caused a sharp increase in electric bills. The Village of Palestine experienced a 74% increase in electric costs in January 2007 as compared to January 2006 according to Village Clerk, Floyd Fuller. A discussion ensued regarding the joining together with Robinson and Hutsonville in bidding for a group rate through a joint agreement of some sort.
By consensus, the Village Board agreed to check into the possibility of such an endeavor
A request for permission to have the Wine and Arts Festival to be held on October 6 and 7, 2007, was presented. The permit was for open glass privilege from the 100 block of Main St. to the 400 block of Main St. A letter of commitment from the Mayor shall be sent to the State of Illinois.
A motion to approve was made by Larry Surrells, seconded by Greta Dennison. The motion passed unanimously.
Larry Surrells, honored as Citizen of The Year by the Palestine Chamber of Commerce, was recognized with a salute of punch and cake.
The 4-H of Crawford County requested a donation of $35 for placing an ad in the Daily News promoting the benefits of the organization to the youth involved.
Budget Committee Chairman, Floyd Fuller, reported that work is going forward on plans for the Budget Meeting later in the month.
Police Chief Jim Clark reported that crime in the Village has been significantly lower so far this year. He also reported that he had completed a new Policy Manual for use by the Police Department. It was quite a chore to get all the legal information up to date in the manual.
Greta Dennison move to go to Executive Session to discuss wages for
the Police Department.
The Regular Meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 6:50 PM.
The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:04 PM.
Greta Dennison moved that all police employees be given a 3% pay increase effective January 1, 2007. Gene Purcell seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
Larry Miller moved to adjourn.
By consensus the meeting adjourned at 7:07 PM.
Patricia Schofield, President