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Okawville Village Passes Violent Offender Ordinance

By Jill Moon

The Okawville Village Board had States Attorney Heath Hooks in attendance at their meeting February 29 as they passed new Ordinance #535, also called Murderers and Violent Offenders Against Youth Act.

A resident was convicted of “aggravated battery against a minor” and will be allowed to stay in his residence. Ordinance #535 will require offenders to register within five days and to stay at least 2,000 feet away parks and schools.

Hooks said he believes “Okawville has some awesome officers.” He reported having utmost respect for them.

In other news from the Police and Liquor Committee, Chairperson Sarah Deterding reported that the Village collected $1,480.18 in circuit court clerk fines and $3,141.58 from video gaming receipts.

Chief of Police Stephen Millikin reported Okawville’s first heroin bust and seizure. The perpetrator was caught by an officer using radar on I64 who observed a vehicle traveling 93 mph.

Discussion of new business included a plea from Board President and Okawville Mayor David Jasper for landlords to do background checks on tenants and to stop renting to tenants “sight unseen.” Donations of $250 each were approved to Simply the Best and the Okawville After-Prom.

The Personnel and Property Committee reported the Village had received an offer for a stove hood from the Hide Out restaurant, which had gone out of business and property returned to the Village as collateral when repossessed. Chairperson Ronda Pryor introduced a motion to sell the hood for the offered price of $1000 which passed. The money would go back into the seed fund for new business, which the Board reported currently holds at $70,000.

Streets and Sidewalks Committee Chairman Nathan Dick reported that Village maintenance employee Dusty Miller had been doing necessary repairs and routine maintenance on the backhoe. It had also received two new tires.

For the committee of Water and Sewer Chairman Brian Nelson reported that work should start before the fourth of March on the leaking standpipe on Tower Drive. He also said that water samples from the town will begun to be sent to Precision Water Lab in Centralia. Some samples will still be sent to a lab in Collinsville so there will be two separate labs testing some samples.