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Maryville Resolution Opposes Drug Law Proposal

By Charles Feldman, Reporter

The mayor was out of town and the agenda was short as the Maryville Village Board met on Wednesday, April 3.

Todd Bell served as mayor pro tem in Mayor Craig Short’s absence.

The board passed a resolution opposing proposed state legislation reclassifying possession of heroin and other controlled substances as misdemeanors and reducing the criminal penalties for it.

The resolution expressed concern that the reclassification will “most likely encourage the use of those substances at a time when opiod addictions are prevalent and that it is not the appropriate response  to the growing opiod problem which many communities face.”

Trustee Wayne White stated his appreciation for Village Attorney Ron Motil for his work on writing it.

“I’ve shared it with a number of other police chiefs in the area. It sounds like similar resolutions are moving fast in other communities in the area,”  he said.

White is a Maryville resident who serves as patrol lieutenant for the Glen Carbon Police Department.

The board also voted to reserve a table at the Congressional Prayer Breakfast scheduled on  Monday, April 29.

There were several rounds of congratulations for trustees Mike Vallino, Rod Schmidt and Todd Bell, who retained their board seats in the April primary elections the day before. Bell congratulated his co-trustees who won and thanked everyone who got out and voted.

“We had a pretty good turnout for there being not much on the ballot,” said Bell.

“It was a hard-fought battle,” Schmidt said after the meeting. “It’s a shame that somebody’s got to lose but we made it. They chose the three and the three will serve effectively, hopefully.”

The village also passed a motion to approve the hiring of up to five part-time summer help public works employees for a total cost not to exceed $20,000.

Five building permits were issued during the month of March at a total cost of $1,564 and a value of  $207,000, according to a written report by Kevin Flaugher, building and zoning administrator. As fire chief, he also wrote that the fire department responded to 123 incidents during the month of March, among them 96 EMS calls, 12 structure fires, one vehicle fire and six motor vehicle collisions.

Police Chief Rob Carpenter reported that during the month of March, there were 475 calls for service, down from 507 in March 2018; 187 citations given and three accident reports.

In other action, the board:

• Approved an  engineering services agreement with Juneau Associates Inc., PC for the Keebler Road Resurfacing Project. This was the next of many steps toward completion of the project.

Approved the purchase of a replacement mobile radar unit for a patrol vehicle from Applied Concepts Inc. at a cost of $1,237. The current unit is 13 years old. The new one will be purchased using the County DUI Fund.

• Approved the replacement of the gate valve and check valve for Well #1 by A&H Mechanical Contracting Inc. at a cost of $7,750.

• Declared some obsolete meter reading equipment from the water department as surplus property.

The next board meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Hall. The public is welcome to attend.

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