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Minutes of February 1, 2007
Village of Palestine Board of Trustees Meeting

The Palestine Village Board of Trustees met in regular session on February 1, 2007, at 6:00 PM.

The meeting began with everyone reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Trustees answering the roll call were: Gene Purcell, Greta Dennison, David Branson, Walt Fritchie, and Larry Surrells. Larry Miller was absent. Margaret Littlejohn and Chief Jim Clark were also in attendance.

Visitors present was Daily News Reporter, Tom Osborne, Bob Taylor, and J. D. Kimberlin.

Minutes of the December meeting were unanimously approved as presented.


The report on the Caucus, held on January 22, 2007. Greta Dennison, Incumbent, Larry Surrells, Incumbent, and J. D. Kimberlin, were nominated and unanimously voted to run for the three (3) Trustees positions. J. D. Kimberlin will run for the vacancy created by Larry Miller’s decision not to seek re-election as Trustee. These three will appear on the April 17, 2007 ballot.

The upgrade of the warning system, to include the Voice Module, was again discussed. Larry Surrells moved to pursue the specific contributors to underwrite the whole cost of the upgrade. Greta Dennison seconded. Motion passed unanimously.


The Revision of the Mobile Home Ordinance was formally approved. Gene Purcell made the motion for this formal approval; Greta Dennison seconded. Motion unanimously passed.

Chief Jim Clark gave the report for the three (3) bids that we have received for a new Police Patrol vehicle. David Branson moved to formally accept the bid from Ickes Chevrolet, in the amount of $17,310.06, plus tax, cost of title and license, and approximately $1200.00 for the transfer of equipment to the new squad car. Larry Surrells seconded. Formal approval was unanimously approved.

The Budget workday , scheduled for March 17, 8:30 AM, was acknowledged.

The Palestine Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2007. David Branson moved to approve the purchase of tickets for each Trustee, who will attend, Floyd, and Margaret, at a cost of $15.00 each. He stipulated this motion was to be for the perpetual purchase of said tickets. Walt Fritchie seconded the motion. Motion unanimously approved.

Due to recent experiences with Peddlers and Solicitors in town, it was decided after a general discussion, that the License and Permits should be changed to reflect an increase in the per diem charges for these licensures. Walt Fritchie moved that the Peddler and Hawkers Permit fee be increased to $20.00 per day, and Itinerate Merchants fee be increased to $20.00 per day, with a further notation that all fees are ANNUAL unless otherwise stated. Greta Dennison seconded the motion; motion passed unanimously.

The Copier that was originally approved for purchase in October, for $2689.00 from Allied Office Systems, in Terre Haute, IN, was never delivered. Miller’s Office Equipment was contacted, and they submitted an estimate for a similar copier in the amount of $1765.00, which included an allowance for trade-in. The Village will realize a $924.00 savings on this purchase. Plus the Full Service Maintenance Contract is $250.00 per year compared to $350.00 through Allied; and Overage Charge per sheet is .02 per copy compared to .03 per copy through Allied. The copier will be delivered before the end of this week.

Larry Surrells moved that the Village acknowledge and pay the 48.5¢ per mile as increased by the Federal Government, effective January 1, 2007. Walt Fritchie seconded; motion carried unanimously.

The Village Attorney, Frank J. Weber, sent a letter to the Village regarding the Open Meetings Act-Electronic Attendant Rule, which became effective January 1, 2007. He stipulated that the Village need not abide by this new statute. By general consensus, it was agreed that the Village would not act on this new statute.

Greta Dennison is in charge of opening the Pioneer Room for February and March.

The lighted sign that was awarded to the Village of Palestine by the Crawford County Tourism Committee will be placed at the corner of East Franklin and North Jackson St, with the consent of property owner Ed Brock. An agreement covering the placement of this sign will be prepared by the Village attorney, for the Village and Mr. Brock to execute.

David Branson, Chairman of the Sewer Committee, gave an update on the Flygte Program for the possible lagoon upgrade. The funds for the upgrade would be made available at a low interest rate of five (5%) percent.

Larry Surrells moved to adjourn.

By consensus the meeting adjourned at 6:46 PM.

Patricia Schofield, President
Floyd M. Fuller, Clerk

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