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October 5, 2006

The Palestine Board of Trustees met in regular session on October 5, 2006, at 6:00 PM. Trustees answering the roll call were Gene Purcell, Greta Dennison, David Branson, Larry Surrells, Larry Miller and Walter Fritchie.

Chief Jim Clark and Margaret Littlejohn were also present.

Visitors present were Bob Taylor,.

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

The minutes of the September meeting were unanimously approved as presented.


The Jackie Murdock vs. the Village of Palestine was opened for discussion. Mayor Pat Schofield asked permission to discuss the case with Attorneys for our insurance company. Permission was granted by consensus. Further discussion was referred to Executive Session.

The Palestine Elementary School has requested a donation for their Character Counts program. The program has been very successful in the past. David Branson moved, seconded by Larry Surrells, that the Village donate $100 to the Character Counts program. Motion passed unanimously.

David Branson reported on the Sewer conditions as found by Vandevanter Engineering.
#1 Effluent lift station is OK.
#2 Influent lift station
One pump is in need of new lift chains.
Pump #1 is in critical condition
Pump #2 has an insulation problem
#3 East lift station has no problems at this time
#4 West lift station
Both pumps are grounded and in critical condition.
#5 Northwest lift station has no problems at this time.
#6 North lift station has no problems at this time.
Branson reported that necessary repairs will be made.

Mayor Schofield reported that the Emergency Warning System/Alarm has been installed and tested. ESDA Chairman, Jim Wallace, will be working with the Marathon Refinery to get our system connected to that of Marathon. The system will then be activated as needed by the Refinery. After preliminary tests, a warning test will be sounded at 11:30 AM each Wednesday. An encoder has also been installed at the LFPD Firehouse for emergency use in town.


A petition for annexation was presented for property owned by Leo and Phyllis Adams. The property is located on the West side of Washington St lying adjacent to the North Property line of the Palestine Elementary School. The petition was accepted by acclamation.

An ordinance for annexation of the above named property was presented for approval. Greta Dennison moved, seconded by Larry Miller, to accept the ordinance as presented. The motion passed unanimously.

The easement for a sidewalk on the west side of Washington St. from Grand Prairie St to the north property line of the Palestine Elementary School has been completed and the sidewalk installed.

Lincoln Trail College announced that it will provide CERT Training for groups of 10-12. By consensus the Board will support the program.

Gene Purcell moved, seconded by Larry Miller, that Halloween Trick or Treat within the Village be permitted October 31 between 6 & 8 PM. Stops are to be made only at houses with porch lights on. Motion passed unanimously.

Waste Management has established Village cleanup day as Saturday, October 28.

A new copying machine for the Village office is needed as service calls are becoming too frequent. The low bid of $2289 has been submitted by Allied Office Supply, Terre Haute. Larry Surrells moved, seconded by David Branson, to accept the bid along with an annual service fee of $360. Motion was approved unanimously.

The County Ambulance Service needs to increase its revenue from property taxes in order to continue to serve the county needs. They requested the use of the Pioneer Room for a meeting to present the need to local taxpayers at 5:30 PM, November 2, 2006. Approval was granted by consensus.

Kenny Matheney thanks the Board for replacing the bad sidewalks.

CMH Rural Health Clinic thanked the Board for the Peace Lilly sent to their open house.

Randy McCord has volunteered to tear down the old township shed that sits on Village property contiguous to his property. The Board agree by consensus to thank McCord for this.

Larry Surrells, Streets Chairman, reported that a large hollow tree at the Evans property needs to be removed. Larry Miller moved, seconded by Walt Fritchie, that Dee Everingham be hired to take the tree down as it is close to several wires that could pose a hazard for the DPW crew. The motion passed unanimously.

A problem with a sign on the Pierson property will go to Executive Session.


Budget – Floyd Fuller reported that expenditures were high due to a $23,000 payment for general insurance. He also stated that accounting procedures recommended by Brian Bradbury, CPA, of the Kemper CPA Group are being followed as closely as the limited office force can do.

Building – Larry Miller reported that fences are to be set back 3 feet from the property line.

Streets – Larry Surrells reported that the sidewalk replacement is about complete and that the alleys will receive attention after that.

Sewer – David Branson reported that he has made a count of the bath rooms in both schools to determine the proper sewer fee.

Larry Surrells moved, seconded by Walt Fritchie, to adjourn to executive session. Motion passed unanimously.

The meeting adjourned to executive session at 6:53 PM.

The regular session reconvened at 7:16 PM

There was nothing to report on the Law Suit or the Pierson sign.

Larry Miller moved to adjourn.

By consensus the meeting adjourned at 7:17 PM.

Patricia Schofield, President
Floyd M. Fuller, Clerk


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