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Minutes of June 2, 2005
Palestine Board of Trustees Meeting

The Palestine Board of Trustees met in regular session on June 2, 2005, at 6:00 p.m. Trustees answering roll call were Larry Miller, Gene Purcell, Greta Dennison, David Branson, and Larry Surrells. Walter Fritchie, Jr. was absent. Visitors in attendance were Robinson Daily News Reporter, Tom Osborn, Palestine Pioneer Reporter, Jim Ellis, Margaret Littlejohn, Bob Taylor, Jim Clark, Leon Parker, Linda Shea, Lamara Schulz, Nekia Purcell, and Jack Stoltz.

The meeting was opened by all those in attendance reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the prior meeting were read and approved.

The amended Ordinance 41.19 was presented for approval. Larry Miller moved that the ordinance be approved as presented, Larry Surrells seconded the motion. Motion was approved unanimously,

Town Christmas Decorations were discussed. Gene Purcell moved that a joint committee be formed to Investigate the Christmas Decoration situation. Seconded by Greta Dennison. Motion was approved unanimously.

Pat Schofield asked the board to set an amount that could be spent without board approval. Gene Purcell moved that the Village Clerk and/or Mayor without board approval might spend an amount up to $100.00. Seconded by Larry Surrells. Motion was approved unanimously.

The use of golf carts on designated streets was discussed. Chief Clark was concerned about safety and the towns liability regarding this matter. Gene Purcell moved that a committee be formed to suggest requirements for the use of golf carts on the public streets and have Frank Weber, Attorney, review and report back to the board. Seconded by David Branson. Motion approved unanimously.

The president appointed Gene Purcell, chairman, Jim Clark, and Larry Surrells to this committee.

Wanda Walls has 4 lots between her property and the RB ROW that she proposed the city might use for a park or recreation area for children. No action was taken.

A Farmers’ Market has been proposed for Thursdays and Fridays during the summer. The town property lot contiguous to the Brock building on Main Street could be used for this project during the summer months. The Palestine Chamber of Commerce will support this project. Larry Surrells moved that we check on the possibilities of this. Seconded by Gene Purcell. Motion carried unanimously.

Upon the request of Jim Ellis, Larry Miller moved that the agenda, ordinances, and minutes of the Board Meetings be posted on the Village Website of Pioneer Village Website monthly. Seconded by Greta Dennison. Motion passed unanimously.

New tractor tires have been purchased and installed. Larry Surrells moved that the purchase be approved. Seconded by David Branson, Motion approved unanimously.

A new hand mower is needed by the town workers. Gene Purcell moved that a mower meeting the needs of the workers be purchased. Seconded by Larry Surrells. Motion passed unanimously.

The trash pickup with Waste Management expired on April 30, 2005. New bid specs are ready to send out and a Notice will be placed in the Palestine paper. Greta Dennison moved that the bid Notice be approved. Seconded by Larry Miller. Motion approved unanimously.

License and permit fees were reviewed. No changes were recommended.

A breakfast welcoming Illiana Cores to the community early in July was proposed. The cost will be borne by the Village.

Margaret Littlejohn reported that a new statement to sewer users has resulted in a substantial collection of past due accounts.

Ameren has sent a new Ordinance regarding a 20 year extension of their Gas Franchise. New with this Franchise is their agreement to pay the Village $3,250 per year for 20 years. Greta Dennison moved to accept this Ordinance. Seconded by Larry Surrells. Motion approved unanimously.

President requested permisson to purchase a Building Permit Guide for $99.00 to be used in guiding building construction and additions in the Village. Larry Surells moved to purchase the Guide. Seconded by David Branson, Motion approved unanimously,

The new Prevailing Wage Ordinance was presented for approval. Larry Miller moved to accept this Ordinance. Seconded by Greta Dennison, Motion approved unanimously.

The new Tax Appropriation Ordinance was presented. Gene Purcell moved to accept the Ordinance. Seconded by Greta Dennison. Motion approved unanimously,

The president requested permission to obtain estimates for the purchase of a computer for her use, and an estimate for the cost of networking the clerk and presidents machines. Larry Surrells moved that the estimates be obtained and report back to the Village Board. Seconded by Larry Miller. Motion approved unanimously.

An incomplete sewer connection has been reported at 401 W. Porter St. This connection was to have been completed at the time of the Porter Street sewer extension. The error should be the Villages’ responsibility. Gene Purcell move that the Village pay the owner the prevailing cost per foot to make the necessary connection, Seconded by Larry Miller. Motion approved unanimously.

A retirement party is being planned for Richard Kent and Judy Winger.

A request to purchase Commentory Plaques and gift certificates was made. Larry Surrells moved for these expenditures. Seconded by David Brarison. Motion passed unanimously.

Heather Delaney requested permission to paint signs around the Village as a community service project. This matter was referred to PPPS

The committies assigned at the last meeting gave progress reports.

Larry Miller moved that the Board go to Executive Session to discuss personnel. Seconded by Gene Purcell. Motion approved unanimously,

Meeting adjourned at 7:33 p.m.

The regular session of the board of trustees reconvened at 7:45 p.m.

Larry Miller moved that Margaret Littlejohn be returned to a full time position of 30 hours weekly at her current wage rate of $8.00 per hour and that her medical insurance be reinstated and be paid by the Village. Motion seconded by Larry Surrells.

Larry Miller moved that the lot at the end of Wabash St. now owned by the Village be vacated to Tom Franklin who has been caring for it since 1999. Seconded by Gene Purcell. Motion carried unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Patricia Schofield, President
Floyd M. Fuller, Clerk

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