September 1, 2005
The Palestine Board of Trustees met in regular session on September 15, 2005, at 6:00 P.M.. Trustees answering the roll call were Gene Purcell, Larry Miller, Greta Dennison, and Walter Fritchie. David Branson arriving in time for board action.
Visitors in attendance were Robinson Daily News Reporter, Tom Osborne, Richard Kent, Leon Parker, Jack Stoltz, Bob Taylor, and Margaret Littlejohn.
The meeting began with all in attendance reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
The minutes of the Board of Trustees held on August 4, 2005, were read and approved.
It was reported that Maxwell Concrete had surveyed the sidewalks in the Village and found that in some instances trees belonging to the property owners were damaging the sidewalks. It was suggested by Larry Surrells and the Mayor that walks in that condition not be repaired until the property owner removed the problem trees. No estimate of costs for repair work were presented. Estimate will be prepared and ready for next board meeting.
Larry Miller moved and Greta Dennison seconded a motion to set fall leaf burning days from October 1, 2005, to December 31, 2005. The motion passed unanimously.
The Townwide Fall Cleanup Day was set for Wednesday, October 12, 2005, as proposed by Waste Management.
Richard Kent gave a report on the Lamotte Watershed activities. Drainage is to be improved to reduce the flooding of Rt. 33 west of the Village. This will involve installing a 24” tile under Rd 10,000 west of the new High School. There is to be no cost to the Village.
Halloween Trick and Treat was set for October 31, 2005, from the hours of 6 – 8 P.M..
The Katrina Hurricane disaster was discussed. Greta Dennison moved and Gene Purcell seconded a motion to contribute $300 to the Salvation Army to help with the relief effort. The motion passed unanimously.
Property Committee – Larry Miller reported that 7 properties in the Village are in need of cleanup or condemnation. Also, the Village Hall needs some minor upkeep and a regular pest control program. Some of the properties were notified in November 2001 for cleanup, and they still have not complied.
Larry Miller moved that we obtain an estimate for painting labor from Adam Moraga, since he is already a part time employee, to paint the doors and trim of the Village/Community Building, as well as the Village Barn, and buy the paint at Fred's Hardware. Greta Dennison seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Larry Miller moved that we accept the estimate from Anew Trufax for our bi-monthly pest control at $50.00. Larry Surrells seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Sewer Committee – David Branson reported on a plan to identify the problem areas that may arise due to the age of the plant and then to propose plan of action.
Annexation – Greta Dennison is investigating the situation.
Christmas Lighting – Pat Schofield reported that a special committee of representatives from the Palestine Chamber, Palestine Merchants, and the Village, were working together on Christmas decorating on Main Street for this Christmas season.
Other item: Carl Woosley and Jim Baker thanked the Village Board for their recent raises and the vote of confidence the Board has given them.
Meeting Adjourned at 8:00 P.M.
Patricia Schofield, President