By Charles Feldman, Reporter
The village of Glen Carbon took action on several issues and honored one of its police officers at its board meeting on Tuesday, February 26.
The board approved an intergovernmental agreement with Edwardsville Township to allow the township board to hold its monthly meetings in the room where the village board meets.
These will be held every fourth Wednesday from January to October and the third Wednesday for the months of November and December.
The township was also granted permission to use the police department’s community room on the second Tuesday in April for its annual town meeting.
The village voted to renew annual on-call engineering services agreements with Juneau Associates Inc. and TWM Inc. It also approved a contract with Juneau for the second phase of the Glen Carbon sanitary sewer improvements – the construction of interceptor Pump Station No. 2 and the force main extension to the Granite City Regional Sewer System in the amount of $797,000.
When this project is completed, Glen Carbon’s sewage will discharge directly into the Granite City system, bypassing the Madison County Special Service Area and its fees.
The board recognized retiring Police Lieutenant Mark Foley for 30 years of service.
Police Chief Todd Link gave a State of the Glen Carbon Police Department presentation. “I’m happy to say we’ve had zero fatalities two years in a row,” he said, pointing out the dropping rate of traffic crashes.
“We have a very strong, stable, highly capable police department,” he said. “I’m also proud to tell you that we used to lose some very talented police officers to surrounding agencies and now we have people coming from surrounding agencies to join our police department.”
In other action the board:
• Voted to intervene in the appeals filed to the State of Illinois Property Tax Board by Wal-Mart Stores Inc.(store #256) and Sam’s Club store #4878 regarding the decision by the Madison County Board of Review for the year 2017.
“This is something we’ve been doing for a few years in a row,” explained Village Attorney Jim Schrempf. “We’ve yet to receive a decision from the state on the initial appeal.”
• Approved a request to use Schon Park for a Bladder Cancer Walkathon on May 4 from 8 a.m. to noon.
• Approved a preliminary plat for the Bear Creek Estates Subdivision and changed its zoning classification from agricultural to single-family residential.
• Approved a contract with Central States Fireworks for Homecoming 2019 in the amount of $6,000.
• Named the local Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant as Business of the Month for February.