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Maryville Passes Budget, Buys Computers And Server

By Charles Feldman, Reporter

The Maryville Village Board approved the third draft of the 2019-20 fiscal year budget, passed a resolution to induce a chain store to come to town and purchased replacement computers and a server at its Wednesday, January 15 meeting.

The budget passed by a 6 to 1 vote. According to the latest figures, the year begins $157,188 in the red – that’s the net amount after $8,063,775 is subtracted from $8,220,963 in budgeted expenses.

An inducement resolution regarding Tax Increment Financing assistance was passed by the board to encourage Glenwood Equities, LLC to improve and redevelop four parcels of land at the intersection of West Division Street and Center Street on Illinois Route 159 into a Dollar General retail store.

“The developer requested an inducement resolution basically to show that the village is committed and he can start doing TIF-eligible expenses with the assurance that from the village that we are going to reimburse him for some of the eligible expenses,” said Mayor Craig Short.

“There is nothing in the inducement resolution that obligates us to pay anything,” he said. “It just says that we are willing to negotiate for TIF-eligible expenses.”

The village voted to purchase 18 personal computers and two laptops for village employees from CompuType IT Solutions in Belleville. The Windows 7 software the village currently uses is no longer supported by the Microsoft Corporation and because the machines are aging and in need of upgrades, according to the mayor, it’s more economically feasible to replace them with newer computers with more memory and better hard drives for installing the new Windows 10.

The board also approved the purchase of a new server.                   

Authorization to apply for Madison County Environmental Grant funds for materials and supplies to repair four storm sewers  was given by the board.

The mayor proclaimed January 26 through February 1 “School Choices Week” to raise awareness of the different K-12 education options that are available, such as traditional public schools, public charter schools, private schools, online academies and homeschooling.

Republic Services reported that during the month of December, curbside pickup of trash was 220.19 tons; of recyclables, 53.60 tons; and of yard waste, 10.39 tons.

In other action the board approved:

• The purchase of an in-car laptop computer with docking station for the police department at a cost of $3,778 from the computers/software fund.

• Changing the village code requirements for underground sewer pipes 12 feet or more below ground level from ductile cast iron to polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

• Sending Chief Rob Carpenter, Deputy Chief Tony Manley and Sgts. Bradley Ponce and Steve Howe to the Criminal Justice Summit in Mount Vernon on February 26-27.

• Sending Water Superintendent Matt Hoffmann and water plant operator Joe Simpson to the annual Illinois Rural Water Association conference in Effingham from February 18-20.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday February 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Hall. The public is welcome to attend.

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