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June 5, 2008

The Palestine Board of Trustees met in regular session on June 5, 2008, at 6:00 PM. Trustees answering the roll call were Gene Purcell, Greta Dennison, David Branson, Walter Fritchie, and J.D. Kimberlin. Larry Surrells was absent.

Margaret Littlejohn, Sewer Utility Clerk, and Chief Jim Clark were also present.

Visitors present were Bob Taylor, Larry Miller, and Jodi Ransford.

The meeting began with all present reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the last meeting were approved.

Greta Dennison moved, seconded by David Branson to removed from the table the request from the Crawford County Humane Society to add an annual fee of $4,000 to the County Animal Control Ordinance as the Village of Palestine’s share of local animal control.

Mayor Schofield reported that two meetings had been held with the County Board, animal control officers, the County Humane Society, and others to discuss the proposed ordinance.

The consensus was for the ordinance to go back to the County and that a new ordinance be drawn reflecting proposed changes that included a new contract with the Humane Society, a possible Control Officer, and fee per incidence fee. The new ordinance would then be brought to the Village for consideration.
The Village needs to review the current Animal Control Ordinance.

J.D. Kimberlin moved, seconded by Greta Dennison, to not pay the $4,000 requested by the County Board. Motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Schofield gave an update on the proposed condemned properties. Someone is said to be interested in buying 307 W Market if the property is condemned and the property cleared of all structures.

Frank Weber has suggested that a new condemnation ordinance be written clarifying certain issues that have arisen. He suggested that the police may make contact with owners regarding conditions that need to be improved and other issues.

Larry Miller wanted “unsafe and/or inhabitable” defined as regards condemning a property. He also questioned how to proceed if a property was owned and occupied by parties financially unable to make improvements. How is this affected by the fair housing regulations?

By consensus, Frank Weber was permitted to proceed with the condemnations in hand.

Previously, Biernbaum’a Garage had been given approval to connect to the Village Sewer system at their expense by crossing SR 33 and Washington St. They are requesting to change the crossing location to Washington St. at a point south of the SR 33 intersection.

Walter Fritchie moved, seconded by David Branson, to approve the change in crossing to connect to the Village Sewer system. The motion passed unanimously.


The Annual Appropriation Ordinance was presented for approval. Gene Purcell moved, seconded by Walt Fritchie, to approve the Annual Appropriation Ordinance. Motion passed unanimously.

The Tax Levy Ordinance was presented for approval. Greta Dennison moved, seconded by David Branson, to approve the Tax Levy Ordinance. Motion passed unanimously.

The Prevailing Wage Ordinance for 2008 was presented for approval. J.D. Kimberlin moved, seconded by Greta Dennison, to approve the Prevailing Wage Ordinance for 2008. Motion passed unanimously.

Mark Dennis has scheduled a one-day appliance pickup for June 21 or June 28 beginning at 8: AM. The pickup will include appliances water heaters, lawn mowers, car parts, scrap metal and other metal items. Items can be placed on the curb beginning Thursday June 19th or June 26th. Anyone other than Dennis Salvage caught picking up any items left at roadside will be prosecuted.

The DPW crew will be building a new sign to honor servicemen. Some other person will be lettering the sign.

Jim Clark gave his monthly report. He noted an increase in traffic tickets and lower incidences of other criminal activities. He believes that the new office helps because he is now able to be on the streets more.

Greta Dennison moved, seconded by Gene Purcell to go to Executive Session to discuss personnel issues. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 6:56 PM.
The regular meeting reconvened at 7:18 pm.

Greta Dennison moved, seconded by Walter Fritchie, to approve the new wage rates as discussed in the Executive Session. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 PM by Gene Purcell


Patricia Schofield, President
Floyd M. Fuller, Clerk

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