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Minutes of December 7, 2006
Village of Palestine Board of Trustees Meeting

The Palestine Board of Trustees met in regular session on December 7, 2006, at 6:00 PM. Trustees answering the roll call were Gene Purcell, Greta Dennison, David Branson, Larry Surrells, and Larry Miller. Walter Fritchie was absent.

Margaret Littlejohn and Chief Jim Clark were present.

Visitors present was Daily News Reporter, Tom Osborn.

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

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


There have been several complaints about leaf burning during the week. The board is reminding citizens that leaf burning is permitted only on Saturdays and Sundays from daylight to dusk. One warning will be issued to offenders, and a second offence will draw a fine.

The last day for leaf pickup has been scheduled for December 18. The leaf vacuum will then be cleaned, washed, waxed, covered, and placed in storage.

It has been reported that RIDES transportation has been approved by the Crawford County Board. Services will start as soon as the state provides the needed funding.

The proposed tax levy for the Crawford County ambulance service has been passed that will provide the Counties share of the cost.


A notice of the Caucus of the Peoples Party for the selection of three (3) Village of Palestine Board Members has been set for January 22, 2007, at 6:30 P.M. at the Palestine Municipal Building, Pioneer Room. A notice of the Caucus will be printed in the Robinson Daily News on or before January 12, 2007.

Larry Surrells moved, seconded by Gene Purcell, that Chief Jim Clark obtain bids for a new radio communications system for the Village. The motion passed unanimously.

Larry Miller moved, seconded by David Branson, that new bullet-proof vests for the Police Department be purchased per Illinois State Police bid. The motion passed unanimously.

The 2001 police car used by Ed Meyers has having mechanical problems. These problems are becoming expensive. Gene Purcell moved, seconded by Larry Surrells, that Clark seek local bids for a new police car. Motion passed unanimously.

Thank You Cards have been received for the flowers and expressions of sympathy from the Kent Burkett Family and the Woosley and Thompson Families.


Budget Committee
Chairman, Floyd Fuller, reported the Motor Fuel Tax account will be audited by State Auditor, Marge Blithe, on December 12, 2006.

Oties’ Electric has sent an unitemized statement for work done in 2005. A detailed statement has been received and verified by the DPW as correct. The statement has now been paid.

Streets, Sidewalks and Alleys Committee
Chairman, Larry Surrells, reported that the sidewalk construction is ongoing and will soon be complete. The next project will be to fill potholes in alleys.

There have been several complaints of a person or persons operating a golf cart on the public streets without a valid drivers license and/or golf cart permit. Any citizen may make a Citizens Arrest in regard to this offense. Call the local Police Department for details.

Sewer Committee
Chairman, David Branson, presented a detailed summary of the Lagoon Lift Station Upgrade Proposals. To bring the Lagoon up to proper working order will cost approximately $80,000. Various funding proposals will be sought.

Larry Surrells requested information on the possibilities of voice capabilities to be added to the Emergency Alarm System.

Larry Miller moved to adjourn.
By consensus the meeting adjourned at 6:36 PM.

Patricia Schofield, President
Floyd M. Fuller, Clerk


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