February 2, 2006
The Palestine Board of Trustees met in regular session on February 2, 2006, at 6:00 PM. Trustees answering the roll call were Gene Purcell, Greta Dennison, David Branson, Walter Fritchie and Larry Surrells. Larry Miller was absent.
Visitors in attendance were Bob Taylor, Lamara Schultz, and Beulah Bowen. Also present were Chief of Police Jim Clark, and Sewer Utility Clerk Margaret Littlejohn.
The meeting began with all in attendance reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Lamotte Township has passed an ordinance allowing golf carts to travel on their roads between the Village and the Lamotte Park.
Recently passed is Illinois SB 25 – Electric Vehicles, effective January 1, 2006. These vehicles are only permitted on streets with a speed limit of 35 MPH or less and must be operated only by a person with a valid drivers license.
The State DOT has yet to approve a crossing of Illinois Route 33.
The burning of leaves was discussed. Larry Miller had left a suggestion that leaf burning not be permitted between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm while school was in session. If burning is not approved, a much larger leaf vacuum system and truck will be needed for timely leaf removal.
Bob Taylor suggested shredding and composting leaves, brush, and removed trees. The compost could be made available to residents for fertilizer or mulching material.
Larry Surrells moved and Greta Dennison seconded a motion to table the leaf burning issue for further information. Motion passed unanimously.
Beulah Bowen came before the Village Board to explain that a grant was available for improving the downtown area making it more attractive and appealing to visiting shoppers. Jennifer Rardin is writing a proposal for the grant which must be presented by the Village Mayor. Larry Surrells moved and David Branson seconded a motion to pursue the grant. The motion passed unanimously.
The Palestine Chamber of Commerce annual dinner meeting will be February 15 at 6:00 pm. Mayor Schofield requested permission to purchase door prizes for the purchase of merchandise from local merchants.
Gene Purcell moved and Larry Surrells seconded a motion to provide door prizes this year and annually thereafter. The motion passed unanimously.
By consensus the Board Members and Office Personnel will attend as a group with the tickets paid by the Village.
Police Chief, Jim Clark, asked permission to have the local Policy Manual reviewed and updated by Risk Management Group. Clark has written the current Manual, but the laws have changed so rapidly that an outside legal party needs to bring us up to date to avoid possible legal problems arising from police activity.
Larry Surrells moved and David Branson seconded a motion to approve the spending of approximately $3,500 for the Policy Manual update. The motion was approved unanimously.
Chief Clark also asked for a motion to replace the graphics on one police car at a cost of $409.22. Walter Fritchie moved and Greta Dennison seconded a motion that the bid for replacing the graphics be accepted. The motion passed unanimously.
The Finance Committee, Street Committee, Police Department and Sewer Committees are all working on the projected needs and budgeting for the coming year.
Patricia Schofield, President