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Minutes of December 6, 2007
Village of Palestine Board of Trustees Meeting

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

Police Chief Jim Clark was also present.

Visitors present were Bob Taylor, Beth Kimberlin, and James Baker.

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

David Branson reported on the progress of the lagoon upgrade.

1. The project has been completed and the final inspection has been made.
2. We are waiting on Mark Odorizzi of Vandevanter, sewer upgrade Contractor, for an official report.
3. The total cost of the upgrade was $69,973.
4. We have contracted with Vandevanter to provide sewer lagoon maintenance. They are to be notified if anything does not work properly.
5. The lift at Harrison and Bryan has yet to be completed.
6. The lift on E. Lamotte also needs to be upgraded.
7. The last upgrade to the sewer system was in 1980 and the last maintenance work was in about 1997 with the switch from sand filter to rock filter.

Mayor Schofield reported that concrete has been poured on the Main St. Park lot. We are waiting for more grant money to come in so that we can continue the project.

NEW BUSINESS

The office Christmas Party will be held Saturday. December 8. 2007, at 6:00 P.M.

The Burn Ordinance was revisited. Several residents are complaining about smoke from burning leaves and wood even on weekends as they suffer from serious allergies related to smoke. The issue will be addressed again before the next burn season.

The Village Board continues to meet at 6:00 P.M. on the first Thursday of each month. The exact time and dates have been appropriately posted for 2008.

Village users of Veolia Trash Disposal have received a bill for $ .36 each. This is for a contractual adjustment that was not billed on the last quarterly statement. Users are advised not to pay this statement. It will be added to the next quarterly bill and there will be no penalty incurred because of this.

A civic group has offered to paint the trash containers around the Village if the Village would provide the paint and stain needed. This was approved by consensus.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Budget Committee chairman, Floyd Fuller, reported that the auditors had completed their audit and will be available to give a report at the next meeting.

Street, Sidewalks and Alleys Committee chairman, Larry Surrells, reports that some citizens have been abusing the brush removal ordinance. Brush hauling of trees downed on private property are to be removed at the property owners expense. The removal of trees and limbs on Village property are the only ones the Village is responsible for.

Police Chief Clark reported that some break-ins had occurred within the Village. All cases have been resolved.

Employee Relations Chairman, Greta Dennison, requested an executive session to discuss personel issues.

Larry Surrells moved, seconded by Greta Dennison, to go to Executive Session. Motion carried unanimously.

The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 6:29 P.M.

The meeting was continued at 6:31 P.M.

Greta Dennison moved, seconded by Larry Surrells, that Kathy Fuller be moved to full time (over 30 hours per week) and that she have full benefits offered by the Village, including the retirement system.. The motion passed unanimously.

Greta Dennison suggested that we consider full time police presence. Larry Surrells and Walter Fritchie suggested that a study of costs should be made. A committee of Greta Dennison, Larry Surrells and Walt Fritchie will pursue this possibility further and report back to the full board.

Gene Purcell moved, seconded by Greta Dennison, to adjourn. Motion passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 6:39 P.M.

Patricia Schofield, President
Floyd M. Fuller, Clerk

 

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