The Palestine Board of Trustees met in regular session on August 7, 2008, at 6:00 PM. Trustees answering the roll call were Gene Purcell, Greta Dennison, David Branson, Walter Fritchie, and Larry Surrells. J.D. Kimberlin was absent Chief Jim Clark and Margaret Littlejohn were also present.
Visitors present were Bob Taylor, David Hughes, and Robinson Daily News Reporter, Tom Osborn.
The meeting began with all present reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes of the last meeting were approved.
Updates on the condemnation proceeding against five substandard properties in the Village are as follows.
Streets, Alleys, and Sidewalk Chairman, Larry Surrells had several projects in the works.
AMEREN/CIPS has responded with an optional contract with the Village for 10 years, instead of the original 20 years, and propose to pay an annual fee of $6,826.50 which is 90% of the annual fee proposed in the 20 year contract. Greta Dennison moved, seconded by Gene Purcell, to accept the contract. Motion passed unanimously.
In further discussion about annexing the Ethonal Plant, it has been
determined that there is about a year left on the Enterprise Zone that
was provided to them in the early stages of construction. Attorney
Frank Weber advises that the Village must wait to start annexation
proceedings, until that zonal provision has expired.
The Village has received the approval from the IDOT to hold the annual Labor Day Parade. A copy of the permit has been delivered to the Palestine Chamber of Commerce President, Jim Clark.
Grant money(ies) have been received from the Illinois DCEO for
The sign for service men/women is currently being considered for replacement. The Flat Rock American Legion has suggested they may be interested in funding a portion of this cost. Walt Fritchie will report at the next meeting. We will need to find someone qualified to build an appropriate sign to honor these who serve.
An amendment to the Noise Pollution Ordinance regarding “Jake Brakes” was presented. David Branson moved, seconded by Walt Fritchie, to amend the ordinance to make the use of Jake Brakes, within the Village limits, illegal and to post warning signs at all entrances. Motion passed unanimously.
The current property taxes (taxable year 2007) due and payable in
2008, for the Village of Palestine, is $89,547.90. Of this amount,
$17,436.77 has been received.
The office roof has started leaking in several places recently (at least in 5 different locations). It has been tarred to prevent any further leaks at these current locations. Since the roof is at least 18 to 20 years old, the Board agrees that we should pursue replacement of the roof as soon as possible, and requested that bids be obtained for new metal roofing. Larry Surrells has already contacted 2 companies to provide us an estimate for this roof replacement.
Chief Jim Clark gave his report for the month. There has been a substantial increase in unlocked cars having articles stolen from them. It is believed that the culprits could be persons who have been recently released from prison. Otherwise, activities have been about as usual.
Larry Surrells reported that a sink hole has developed in the driveway of the Knoblett property, located at the corner of South Pike and West Harrison. It is being monitored daily and repaired as needed until after Labor Day. Then they will determine what needs to be done to properly restore the area and eliminated any further instability.
Larry Surrells stated that the old Village back hoe has not been used for some time and that it should be advertised for sale. There was consensus approval for this.
Pat Schofield reported that the mosquito spraying extensions and billings for the month of July, are $1772.34 for Palestine, $628.41 for Oblong and $1660.08 for Hutsonville.
Margaret Littlejohn reported that there are 667 sewer accounts that bring in $8,191 monthly. There are 13 that are currently in arrears and have been given their notice for immediate payment to avoid water cutoff.
Larry Surrells moved for adjournment, seconded by Gene Purcell.
The meeting adjourned at 6:48 P.M.
Patricia Schofield, President