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Okawville Village Board Hears Complaints Regarding

By Jill Moon

The Okawville Village Board heard from resident Danielle Williams at their meeting last month.

Williams reported standing water in the ditches in her neighborhood that only seemed to get worse as time went on. She and her neighbors worried about mosquitoes in warmer months.

This neighborhood lies along the northeast side of town, includes Stark Street in what used to known as the Pinch neighborhood.

Mayor David Jasper reported that the board had several culverts scheduled to be replaced in that area in the spring and hoped this would correct the problem.

Haier Plumbing Receives Bid

Trustee Nathan Dick proposed a motion to award a bid to Haier’s Plumbing for $13,600 to improve drainage at Original Spring Hotel.

These repairs would include installing a drive-over drain at the northeast corner of Belleville and Hanover Streets. This should stop the recurring problem of water runoff going into the hotel.

Trustee Dick also introduced a motion to purchase all remaining street signs needed from Newman Signs for $7, 672.23. Buying them all at once saves the Village over$800. This motion was passed.

He also asked for approval to purchase solar-powered blinking crosswalk signs at Memorial Drive. Approval has already been secured from IDOT. The cost would be $6,175.00 or less and the motion was passed. He also reported that the new dump truck is outfitted and was picked up last week.

Tax Levy

Trustee Morris Ritzel submitted a proposal to pass Tax Levy Ordinance #530. Ritzel explained they were asking for 3% but the state would likely approve less since last year they had asked for 5% but received 2.5%

Police And Shop-With-A-Cop

Trustee Sarah Deterding reported that Okawville Police Officers Blavesciunas, Salvi, and Hawthorne plus Chief Millikin attended Pressure Point Control Tactics training this month.

The Okawville United Methodist Church donated $130 marked for the D.A.R.E. program and $100 was donated from an anonymous source for the Shop With A Cop Program which is planned for December 12 at Dollar General in Okawville.

Gift wrapping will be at the Seniors’ Center and volunteers would be appreciated. Please call the Senior Center at 618-243-6533 for exact hours. Deterding also reported that all Okawville businesses passed the obligatory tobacco compliance check.

Gaming

Deterding said the Village received over $1,050 in fines from the circuit clerk for the month and $3,394.17 in video gaming receipts, although this is the 5th month Okawville has received no payment from the state and is in fact owed $14,565 and fears game owners will pull their games unless the state pays.

The games themselves are not owned by Okawville and can be removed at any time they are deemed not profitable by the owners.

Other

Mayor Jasper reported that the recycling truck will arrive as normal Saturday, December 2, but will not return until January 8, 2016, due to holidays.

The next village board meeting is set for December 28, 2015. Jasper also said that taxes coming in next month will pay off existing contracts and expects the village’s budget to fluctuate very little.

In a new development the village’s water tower is leaking slightly near the top opposite the ladder and this will have to be addressed as soon as the appropriate company can come out and give an estimate.

Neighborhood Water Drainage