By Charlie Feldman
Maryville approved its required annual appropriations ordinance and Estimated Revenue Report, talked about plans for a medical complex across the street from Anderson Hospital and for a Maryville Plaza where the Dollar General store will be and listened to an account of the peaceful protest held on Saturday, June 27 at its Wednesday, July 2 village board meeting.
The group met in the Village Hall chambers for the first time since March. It practiced social distancing. Some wore masks.
Every year, like the surrounding communities do, the village of Maryville estimates what its revenues will be during the next fiscal year and appropriates funds for its different departments accordingly. It’s not the actual budget, but places caps on the amount of money that could potentially be spent on anything, whether it’s $3,000 for the annual Halloween party the police department throws for local children or $250 for office supplies for the Building and Zoning Department.
After a state-required public hearing held before the meeting, the board passed an ordinance appropriating $15,316,350 for corporate purposes for the fiscal year beginning May 1, 2020 and ending April 30, 2021. $500,000 of that was in contingencies, covering unforeseen claims, accidents, etc. not otherwise included.
For the fire department, $1,641,750 was appropriated. Also designated were $2,002,200 for the police department, $16,000 for the fire and police board, $1,052,700 for the administrative department, $250,000 for the legal department, $228,100 for buildings, $2,384,500 for streets and alleys, $184,700 for public comfort facilities, $217,900 for parks and recreation, $645,000 for insurance, $22,000 for cemetery, $160,00 for Social Security, $165,000 for IMRF/retirement, $90,000 for street lighting, $217,200 for building and zoning, $85,500 for economic development and tourism, $37,500 for community improvement and $5,416,300 for water and sewer operations,
Next the village board approved the Estimated Revenues Report for 2020-21. While the appropriations numbers are inflated figures of extreme amounts of money the village may need in hypothetical circumstances, those on this report are based on the budget and are guesses of what the village thinks it might actually get in revenues. This report basically lists what it anticipated getting last year, what actually came in and whether it was over or under the amount and what it is anticipating for this fiscal year. Last year the village anticipated getting $8,3643,775. It actually received $8,219,256.78, under the expected amount by $144,518.22. This year’s anticipated amount is $8,444,818.
Trustee Wayne White reported that the Planning Commission met on Monday, June 29 and discussed and made a recommendation regarding the final survey plat for Maryville Plaza, the term being used for the site of the future Dollar General store.
“There were actually four different lots,” he told the board. “One of them was zoned differently than the other three and so what the commission had to do was vote to make it one big lot. That way it could get a parcel number.
“That passed unanimously,” he said, “and now we can move on to the next phase.” This means, now that it’s all one lot, it can be rezoned as a business zone.
“Their next step is to bring in their preliminary development plan,” said Mayor Craig Short. Once it’s turned in, the village can start the rezoning on that project, he said.
In a related action, the village board passed an ordinance vacating a portion of the alley located within block three of Mrs. Jarrett’s subdivision, a step in that process.
White said the Planning Commission also gave permission for a medical office to be built on the site of the old barn directly across from Anderson Hospital. “It’s going to be a pretty substantial complex,” he said. “There’ll be two buildings on it.” One, he said, will have three stories counting the medical offices in the basement. On the parking lot, he said, will be a second building that will be just for office space and medical billing.
“They had everything in place there,” he said, “and that one passed unanimously as well.”
This was scheduled to be on the village board’s caucus meeting agenda for Wednesday, July 8.
In other action the board approved the annexation of the Bettorf parcel off Illinois Route 162, a vacant lot. This is close to the area where the roundabout will be.
The protest held in Maryville on Saturday, June 26 was peaceful and orderly, according to Short.
“The person who coordinated it actually contacted me three weeks prior to the protest to make sure that the date was good,” Short said. “The two deputy chiefs put together an operational plan. They included all of our local police and fire and EMS agencies as contingencies The state police was also here. They had the drone up.
“We had about thirty protestors right out here in front,” he continued. “We blocked everything off so people couldn’t drive into Village Hall parking lot or anything like that. They were appreciative. They were very orderly.
“They were very cordial and cooperative,” Short said, “and picked up all their stuff when they left and thanked us and that was it.” It could have gone a lot of different ways, he said.
The Department of Building and Zoning reported that 14 building permits were issued during the month of June at a cost of $2,484.60 and a valuation of $830,500. The fire department reported that during the month of June it had 76 responses including 61 EMS calls, eight alarms, five structure fires and two motor vehicle crashes. Deputy Fire Chief George May said the numbers were down from last year.
“We would normally have a little over six hundred after six months,” Short said. “We’re just under six hundred after seven right now.”
“Less people are driving, less people are calling in ambulances and less people are going to the hospital,” May said, “because of COVID-19.”
The police department reported that during June the department responded to 396 calls of service, down from 578 in June 2019, issued 19 citations and filed eight accident reports.
In a related development, the ordinance violation dockets are starting up again.
Work on the baseball mural at the history museum might begin in September, Short reported.
This year Yard of the Month winners will receive celebratory yard signs in lieu of rocks, he announcedº.
The next caucus meeting, when the village discusses which items to put on the agenda of the next meeting, will be held on Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m.
The next board meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall.