By Charles Feldman, Reporter
Three trustees and two promoted police officers were sworn in on Tuesday, May 14 at the Glen Carbon Village Board meeting. The Honorable David A. Hylla, Madison County 3rd Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge administered the oaths of office.
Former Police Lieutenant Mark Foley, Susan Jensen and the newly re-elected trustee Bob Marcus became official members of the current village board.
“Congratulations to all three of you,” Hylla said.
Replacing Foley in his old post as police lieutenant is patrol sergeant Ned Miller. Filling Miller’s old spot is detective Jeffrey Blind. Their families and co-workers and their families packed the room to watch the proceedings. Their spouses were there to pin their new badges onto their coats. Glen Carbon Police Chief Todd Link paid tribute to Foley before introducing the officers.
“I know he will do a great job as trustee,” he said.
“I’d like to thank my two families here,” Foley said regarding the occasion. “I have my regular family and I have my police family. I’ve faced a hard day – thirty years – and I’ve retired. Looking forward to the future,” Foley said, voice breaking with emotion.
After a short recess for cake and congratulations, the board got back to business.
A change order for the Old Troy Road Project in the amount of $144,468.60 was approved. This total is $6,000 higher than the previous one because the square yardage figures on the project were not accurate.
Mayor Rob Jackstadt announced committee assignments for volunteers and trustees.
Serving on the Building and Development Committee will be Mary Beth Williams (chair), Bob Marcus and Walt Harris. On the Finance and Administration Committee are Ben Maliszewski (chair), Susan Jensen and Mark Foley.
“I always like to suggest and nominate the new trustees to serve on the Finance and Administration,” Jackstadt said. “It seems to be a way of them learning a broader picture of the village quicker than having them on other committees, so I’ve asked Miss Jensen and Mr. Foley to serve on Finance and Administration.”
Serving on the Public Safety Committee are Harris (chair), Jensen and Foley. On the Public Services Committee are Marcus (chair), Williams and Maliszewski. Jackstadt will be the regional sewer commissioner. Board liasons will be Harris (Historical and Museum Commission), Jensen (Cool Cities Committee), and Foley (Glen Carbon Community Events Committee).
Volunteer appointments are: Planning/Zoning Commission: Charles Linnemeyer (five-year term); Historical and Museum Commission: Joan Foster, Aaron Mueller and Paul Brown (three-year terms); Police Commission: Victor Smith (three years); Police Pension Board: Mike Gatrell (three years); G.L.E.N. (Gardening, Landscaping, Enhancing Nature) Committee: Cathy Hicks (three years); and Residents’ Advisory Board: District 1: Eric Boyer, District 2: Andrea Brodzenski, District 3: Olivia Reynolds, District 4: Michael Homann and District 5: Johnathan Frazier (all two-year terms).
Appointed to the Cool Cities Committee for a three-year term is John Slosar; to the Business Advisory Board for two-year terms are Jamie Wilkinson (chair), Dr. Kristen Jacobs (vice-chair), Chris Boyer and Jerome Kellerman; and to the Glen Carbon Community Events Committee for a three-year term is Cindy Cobetto.
A recommendation to amend the municipal code regarding the Historic and Museum Commission was submitted by Stacy Jose, Building and Zoning Administrator. It would reduce the size of the board from nine members to seven and set term limits for officers. Membership has no such time limitation.
A resolution authorizing the village to enter into an agreement on exchange of information with the Illinois Department of Revenue was passed.
While the village currently has a reciprocal agreement with the department for sales tax, it did not have one for simplified municipal telecommunications tax. This is required for the new My Local Tax website, which will be online in June. Now it has one.
Village Director of Finance Scott Borror reported that sales tax collections for the month of April 2019 were 3.3 percent higher than last year. Year to date, the village is 4.7 percent ahead of last year’s collection at this time, which, in terms of dollars equates to a little over $60,700, he said.
In other actions, the board:
• Approved an ordinance approving a zoning amendment for a vacant lot on Village Drive from RM- Multi-Family Residential PDP to RM – Multifamily.
• Approved an ordinance approving a zoning amendment for a vacant lot on South Station Road owned by the village of Glen Carbon from RM- Multi-Family Residential to A1 – Agricultural. It is currently greenspace.
• Approved a request from Partners For Pets to solicit funds at the intersection of Glen Crossing and Meridian Road on Saturday, June 8 from 8 to 10 a.m. The board also approved a request to solicit funds at that crossing on Saturday, May 18, for VFW Post 2222’s Buddy Poppy Drive.
• Proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month.