Village Takes Action On Police And Security Issues

By Charles Feldman, Reporter

Adding a new officer to the Glen Carbon Police Department and putting two old patrol cars out to pasture in other municipalities were among the actions taken by the village board at its Tuesday, September 24 meeting.

Officer Gerard Spratt was sworn in before the board, his family and fellow police officers and now wears Badge #157. He attended the police academy in 2008 with two of the village’s current officers and also serves on the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis as an investigator.

The board voted to donate two surplus 2010 Chevrolet Impala police patrol vehicles to the Worden Police Department. One has more than 102,000 miles of service; the other, more than 89,000. The village has done this in the past for the police departments in Caseyville and Livingston.

A project to build a security wall in Village Hall, long on the drawing board, moved forward when a low bid in the amount of $80,316 from WWCS, Inc. was approved.

Plans for the structure include a metal wall with security transaction windows made of bullet-resistent glass through which residents may pay their bills. The office would only be accessed through security doors. The project is slated to begin in December.

The village authorized a settlement agreement with Darrell D. Keller, who lost access to his farmland property because Madison County Transit now owns a strip of land between it and the easement he uses to reach it. Both he and the village have not yet settled with MCT, but this agreement allows the village to maintain his easement access for his family and for future owners of the property.

A 2020 Ford F-1590 regular cab will be purchased for the Utilities Department for $24,435. This item is in the budget. In fact, the price is $3,565 under budget.

Trustee Susan Jensen gave a report on the recent Illinois Municipal League conference. At future meetings, trustee Mark Foley and Mayor Rob Jackstadt will also share their experiences from the event.

September Business of the Month is To-Do’s party supplies.

In other action the board approved:

• Increasing the base salary of Building and Zoning Administrator Stacy Jose to $75,000.

• Adding a single sentence in the village’s ordinance pertaining to its investment policy – “All collateral is required to be held by a third (independent) party.”

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 8 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall.

                                                                         

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