December 4, 2002

The Village Board of Trustees met in regular session on December 4th, 2002, in the Farley Room of the Municipal Building.

Members Present: Mayor Keith Waldrop, Trustee Sherry Catt, Trustee Myrl Littlejohn, Trustee Carole Jones, Trustee Jack Gallion, Trustee Bonnie Finn, Trustee Bill Hatch, Treasurer Jan Miller and Village Clerk Ladora Boyd.

Others Present: Public Works Superintendent Gary Lanter, Police Chief Chad Pusey, Mike Buhler (Robinson Daily News), Custodian Byron Sanders, and Chris Hinterscher (Flyod's Place).

1. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Mayor Waldrop.

2. The Regular Meeting minutes of November 4th were approved with a motion by Sherry and a second by Bonnie. All ayes, motion carried.

3. There were no additions or deletions to the agenda this month.

4. There were no delinquent water bill customers at the meeting this month.

5. Chris Hinterscher came before the Board to request an extension of a half hour more than what the Board normally gives on New Year's Eve. Motion by Bill, with a second by Jack, to allow the two taverns in the Village to stay open until 1:30 am (last call at 1 am). All ayes, motion carried.

6. Motion by Jack, with a second by Bonnie, to give a Christmas Bonus to the Village employees ($115 for Full-Time/Permanent and $85 for Part-Time). All ayes, motion carried.

7. The Mayor stated that this is the last year to pay Crawford County Development Association $4,740 ($3 x Village Population {1580}). There was some discussion on the matter of renewal.

8. Motion by Jack, with a second by Carole, to raise the camping fees from $5/night to $10/night starting April 1st, 2003. All ayes, motion carried.

9. Under Mayor's Comments, Keith stated that the Employee and Trustee Christmas Party will be December 18th at 6 pm at the HiWay Cafe. Keith stated that Bonnie (Chairperson), Carole and Sherry (the committee) had been working on the party. Bonnie stated what the menu would be. Keith stated that Mr. Weber had sent a letter to the trustees and himself about the answer to the amended complaint of Jean Ann Randolph. Keith said that Shannon (Woodard of Connor & Connor, Inc.) stated that he had not received any more requests from Illinois EPA for the water tower project. The mayor has been in contact with some representative about getting the Village some help with defraying the cost of the Route 33 project.

10. The treasurer's report was given by Jan. Jan stated that Keith had give her some information about checking to make sure that all the business in the Village were on are sales tax list from the state. She stated that she is working on the list to do the checking with. Jan ask if it would alright for her to attend a Disaster Preparedness for Finance Workshop in Charleston on December 13th from 8:30 am to noon (12 pm). The Board granted Jan permission to go.

11. Motion by Sherry, with a second by Jack, to pay the bills that were on the voucher and any utility bills or any bills that will incur a late charge. All ayes, motion carried.

12. Reports of Committees:

A. Police: Carole stated that everyone had a copy of the monthly police report. Carole stated that the Police Committee had a meeting on Tuesday, December 3rd. Everyone had a copy of the minutes (See Attached). Greg Coker is in schooling that is mandatory for 2 weeks. He started Monday, December 2nd. The Chief will be going to school from January 13th to the 17th, 2003, in Marion, Illinois, for field training school that is mandatory. On January 22nd, 2003, the Police Department will be hosting a Drug Identification for street officers from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Municipal building. The board agreed to let the Chief start looking into hiring 2 Part-time Officers. Carole stated that the new squad car has been ordered.

B. Buildings and Park: Sherry had received a letter of compliment on the park. Sherry read the letter to the board(See Attached). Sherry also stated that the Oblong Ruritans had donated 3 Christmas trees to be planted around the Santa House out at the park. It was mentioned that the new Christmas tree was up in the activity center.

C. Sidewalks and Lights: Keith stated that while he was in Branson, Missouri, he noticed that they had done their sidewalk in blacktop. Keith said it was something to think about.

D. Street and Alley: No report.

E. Water and Sewer: No report.

F. Finance: Bill asked Jan if there was anything else that need to be discussed. Jan said there was not anything more.

13. A motion to adjourn at 7:46 pm was made by Carole, with a second by Jack. All ayes, motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted,


Ladora Boyd, Clerk