Village of Palestine
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September 4, 2008

The Palestine Board of Trustees met in regular session on September 4, 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 was absent; Margaret Littlejohn was on vacation.

Visitors present were Bob Taylor and Michael Fulling.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were approved.

Current proceedings regarding condemnation of properties was updated.

1. 307 W. Market - All conditions for condemnation have been met. All buildings are to be removed and the lot leveled. A lien will be filed against the property once all expenses are known.
2. 205 N. Rush St. - on hold. No improvements have been made and condemnation will proceed within 30 days.
3. 415 S. Main St. - on hold. No further improvements have been made.
4. 509-511W. Grand Prairie St. - a 60 day notice to condemn was mailed on 06/26/08.

The signs for alleys being used as streets have not been ordered due to lack of notice of the proper speed limit.

The signs for "NO JAKE BRAKES" have been ordered and will be placed at the entrances of the Village upon arrival.

Two estimates have been received for the replacement of the roof of the Village Hall.

Attorney Frank Weber has been engaged to proceed with annexation of certain properties west of the Village - the ethanol plant and properties to the south.

A monument honoring all the servicemen/women, and a flag will be placed in the Main Street Park. The Flat Rock American Legion has offered to help with raising the funds for this project.

The low bid for replacing the roof of the Village Hall with a metal roof was submitted by Davies County Metal Sales Inc. of Cannelburg, IN for $9211.41. Larry Surrells moved, seconded by David Branson, to accept the bid subject to a written guarantee and assurance of proper liability insurance. The motion passed unanimously.

Mediacom has given a written notice that it intends to renew its agreement with the Village to provide cable service to the local citizens.

Mayor Schofield announced that the current property taxes, to be received, are $89,547.90. The first two distributions received total $48,748.40.

The frequency of yard sales was discussed with no decision being reached.

Progressive Chemical & Lighting, Inc. of Vincennes has submitted an estimate of costs for retrofitting the Village Hall and the equipment barn with energy saving fixtures and bulbs. No immediate action was taken. It was the consensus that both Crawford Electric and Otie's Electric should be given the opportunity to also bid on this project.

A "Children at Play" sign has been requested for the 400 block of East Market. Signs will be ordered and placed in that location as there are several young children in the area.

The DPW workers have rounded up scrap metal and copper and taken to Dumes at Vincennes for sale. The first load brought $877.60 and the second load brought $536.20. The old backhoe and the old mosquito sprayer will be advertised for sale. Bids will be opened at the next meeting.

The DWP workers are to be commended for the excellent and efficient manner in cleaning up the streets after the main street activities during the Labor Day Celebration.

A new 10 year Contract extension with AMEREN/CIPS has been received and executed.

There being no further business to come before the Board, Larry Surrells moved for adjournment, seconded by Gene Purcell. The meeting adjourned at 6:42 P.M.

Patricia Schofield, President
Floyd M. Fuller, Clerk

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