The Palestine Board of Trustees met in regular session on September 6, 2007, at 6:00 PM. Trustees answering the roll call were Gene Purcell, Greta Dennison, David Branson, Walter Fritchie, and J.D. Kimberlin. Larry Surrells arrived later.
Jim Clark and Margaret Littlejohn were also present.
Visitors present were Bob Taylor, Bob and Beulah Bowen, Katrina Schifler, Sandy Windes, Darin Taylor, Gene Lankston, Amy Kimberlin, Chantal Kimberlin, Beth Kimberlin, James Butler of USDA Wildlife Mgt, and Tom Osborne, Robinson Daily News Reporter.
The meeting began with all in attendance reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
The minutes of the last meeting were approved as presented, by consensus.
1. The Sewer Lagoon Upgrade has not started yet.
2. Beulah Bowen reported on the Main Street Park project. She proposed that a veterans memorial could be placed in the park where a flagpole will be erected. The exact features are still in the planning stage.
1. The 2007 Annual Tax Levy Ordinance needed to be updated to more accurately meet the revenue needs of the Village as well as to be in compliance with the state multipliers. Greta Dennison moved, seconded by David Branson, to re-approve the updated 2007 Tax Levy Ordinance. The motion carried unanimously.
2. Combine Insurance representatives would like to contact our employees to see if they would be interested in their insurance programs. By consensus, Mayor Schofield is to advise each employee of the opportunity and report back to the representatives.
3. Skunks are still a problem in the Village. James Butler, USDA Wildlife Officer, has made several removals and foresees more activity. Each prior call has required a separate contract with the USDA. In order for him to attack the problem, he is requesting a contract that will cover several events. This will eliminate the need for individual contracts. Walt Fritchie moved, seconded by David Branson, to a three year contract with the USDA Wildlife for pest removal in the amount of $1500 with any amount remaining to be refunded to the Village.
4. Katrina Schlifler has purchased the Ruth Lankston property and proposed to move there and continue her ball python snake raising hobby there. She explained and presented pictures of her current operation. Snakes are kept in drawers of a special metal heat controlled cabinet and cannot escape. There are alarms on each drawer/cage when opened that warn of possible escapes. The door to the room is closed and locked. She said that the chances of a snake escaping into the neighborhood is quite remote and should not be a problem for the neighborhood. The board took the issue under advisement.
5. A bid to clean up the parade route after the Labor Day Parade was submitted by Weston’s for $300. Greta Dennison moved, seconded by Walt Fritchie to accept the bid. Motion passed unanimously.
6. The Palestine Insurance Agency has worked up a new bid for the general insurance of the Village which is much lower in cost. A question of the Board regarding liability for herbicide and insecticide use was raised. It was decided to seek further information on this issue.
Chantal Kimberlin and daughter, Amy, presented information and pictures of their trip to Peru to study the area in connection with the Rain Forrest Project. The board was favorably impressed and asked them to present the program again at the Village Christmas Dinner.
The PIONEER ROOM assignment for the month of September is Walt Fritchie.
Budget Committee ...
chairman, Floyd Fuller
2. Requested permission to pay on line as many Village bills as possible. It is estimated that this would save as much as $500 per year in postage, check stock, and envelops. By consensus, the Board agreed to this change pending the finding of the CPA that there is no legal reason for not doing so and that all employees who are signers on the bank accounts have access to the account pin number.
Street, Sidewalks, and Alleys ... chairman, Larry Surrells
Patricia Schofield, President