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MINUTES
PALESTINE VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
October 4, 2007

The Palestine Board of Trustees met in regular session on October 4, 2007, at 6:00 PM. Trustees answering the roll call were Gene Purcell, Greta Dennison, Walter Fritchie, J.D. Kimberlin, and Larry Surrells. David Branson was absent

Jim Clark and Margaret Littlejohn were also present.

Visitors present were Bob Taylor, Katrina Schifler, and Janice Windes.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were approved as presented, by consensus.

OLD BUSINESS

1. The Sewer Lagoon Upgrade is expected to start later this month.
2. The Main Street Mini-Park, with the help of State Representative Roger Eddie, is to receive a state grant of $15,000. There are possible matching fund available to benefit a farmers market.

NEW BUSINESS

1. State Representative, Roger Eddie, has obtained a $5,000 grant for the benefit of the
Palestine Police Department.

2. Eddie has also obtained a $100,000 grant for the Robinson Palestine Water Department for use in cleaning up the water problems.

3. By consensus, Trick or Treat night has been set for Halloween night to coincide with Robinson and Hutsonville.

4. The town-wide cleanup has been scheduled by Veola for Saturday, October 27. One major appliance may be picked up per household.

5. The Illinois Department of Conservation has examined the snake raising operation of Katrina Schifler and found it to be a very well kept operation that is well contained.

6. Greta Dennison moved, seconded by Gene Purcell to update the Peachtree Payroll Tax service. Motion carried unanimously.

7. The IDOT has audited the MFT account and found that $148.50 of sand was paid from the fund which was not authorized. Otherwise the fund is in order. The money is to be refunded from the General Fund.

8. The condemnation of a vacant trailer at 420 East LaMotte Street has been resolved. It will be hauled away by the street department.

9. Steve Lescalleet has suggested that the Village participate in a possible energy fair. No action was taken.

10. Flags should be flown on Columbus Day – October 8, 2007, and U. S. Navy Day – October 27, 2007.

11. A parade will be held either October 6 or 7 for a returning Veteran.

12. The TRUTH IN TAXATION MEETING has been set for Thursday, November 1, at 5:30 P.M..

13. Some citizens have complained about some local contractors not finishing the jobs they were hired to do. Some have been paid before finishing and have left the job unfinished. Consensus was that a Contractors Requirement List should be drawn up for the benefit of the contractors and the citizens. This List will be presented for Board approval at a later date.

14. The Village has done mosquito spraying for Hutsonville, Oblong, and Flat Rock this summer at our cost. The total billings for this work has been $1,404.

15. The settlement with Lanny Hoke may be coming to a close soon.

Gene Purcell is in charge of the Pioneer Room for the month of October.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Budget Committee Chairman, Floyd Fuller, announced that the auditors are scheduled for later this month.

Employee Relations Committee Chairman, Greta Dennison, asked that Margaret Littlejohn be given a $0.25 per hour raise as had earlier been recommended. Greta moved, seconded by Larry Surrells, that Margaret be raised $0.25 per hour. Motion passed unanimously.

Streets, Sidewalks, and Alleys Chairman, Larry Surrells, reported that two large trees have been removed and that sidewalk replacement will begin soon.

Police Chief, Jim Clark presented his monthly report.


Larry Surrells moved, seconded by Walt Fritchie, that the meeting adjourn. Motion passed unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 6:46 P.M.

Patricia Schofield, President
Floyd M. Fuller, Clerk

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