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May 1, 2008

The Palestine Board of Trustees met in regular session on May 1, 2008, at 6:00 PM. Trustees answering the roll call were Gene Purcell, Greta Dennison, David Branson, Walter Fritchie, J.D. Kimberlin, and Larry Surrells.

Margaret Littlejohn, Sewer Utility Clerk, and Chief Jim Clark were also present.
Visitors present were Robinson Daily News Reporter, Tom Osborn, Brett Burkett, Larry Miller, Bob Taylor, and David and Carol Matteson.

The meeting began with all in attendance reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the last meeting were approved.


David Matteson, titleholder of properties at 205 North Rush and 415 South Main was present to formally discuss the condemnation proceedings as they relate to him. These properties have been sold by Matteson on contract to the current residents of record Matteson asked for an explanation as to what is considered to be "livable". Larry Surrells explained that a property should be completely habitable with all safety problems corrected to be livable. These two properties were in deplorable condition, totally.
Pat Schofield said that neighbors had been complaining about the properties for several years, and that Sgt. Myers, Larry Surrells, and she had made inspections of the properties and agreed that they were not up to standard.

Larry Surrells asked David Matteson to bring in plans for bringing properties up to standard. David Matteson requested a list of things that needed to be done to the condemned properties. Mayor Schofield agreed to get a list prepared and delivered to him.

Larry Miller asked how long condemnations could be on hold. It was explained that it could be the time required to make improvements so long as action was taking place. He then asked about the situation with prior condemnations started in previous years. With reference to one property, in particular, it was agreed that there had been no recent follow-up.

Mayor Schofield said that the Village has been in contact with the owners of 307 W. Market St., and through our Village Attorney, a list of conditions has been delivered to them that must be addressed.


The Crawford County Humane Society has requested a payment of $4000 to them to help sustain their expenses to operate. They state that if the villages and towns of Crawford County do not make this payment, they will no longer pick up our animals. Costs of operation are exceeding their current annual contracted amount of $25,750.00. The current contract between the County and the Humane Society, which expires the end of this year, excludes the incorporated areas in the County. Greta Dennison moved, seconded by Gene Purcell, to table the request for further study. The motion passed unanimously.

The Palestine Chamber of Commerce presented the Board with a statement for advertising this year's Rodeo. Gene Purcell moved, seconded by Greta Dennison, that we buy a program space for $70. The motion passed unanimously.

Brett Burkett presented information on proposed waterline upgrade in Robinson and Palestine. They are seeking grants for this project. The old waterlines are filled with corrosion of iron and magnesium. This reduces water pressure and increases the probability of serious leaks. The Village of Palestine will seek a grant for the Project Design Costs, (which will include engineering fees, etc.) in the near future.

The Sewer Department has requested permission to order various plugs and parts for use in the sewer repairs, etc., and estimated to cost $743.80. David Branson moved, seconded by Walter Fritchie, to approve the purchase of this equipment. Motion passed unanimously.

It was suggested that a seismologic test can be run in each manhole to determine if there are other problems with our sewer lines similar to the one we have just fixed. A problem area would be considered an emergency by the CDAP, thus qualifying for emergency funds before beginning repairs. This information was provided by the CDAP when Mayor Schofield was seeking financial help with our recent sewer problem. By consensus, the Board requested that the Mayor get more information about this process.

Chief Clark gave his report. The major incident was that of a small boy, who had ridden his bicycle in front of a slow moving automobile and was slightly injured. Cars picking up other students had blocked the vision of both the boy and the driver. No charges were pressed. New NO PARKING signs will be placed near the cross walks.

Bob Taylor, representing the local AmVets, announced that they will be holding their regular memorial services this year on Memorial Day and requested all to attend.

Larry Surrells moved , seconded by Walter Fritchie to adjourn.

Meeting adjourned at 7:00 P.M.


Patricia Schofield, President
Floyd M. Fuller, Clerk

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