By Charlie Feldman
Local funding for the roundabout project on Illinois Route 162 at Keebler Road and a canceled rezoning request for Stonebridge Tracts were the biggest items on the agenda when the Maryville Village Board met on Wednesday, January 6.
Due to COVID-19-related concerns, the meeting was held on Zoom.
A note was read from developer Cade Osborn requesting to withdraw the Stonebridge Tracts rezoning request by TMEG, Inc. The plan had been to change the agricultural zoning of 6.11 acres that was part of the golf course to allow homes to be built there. Some of the residents objected, partly due to unresolved drainage and traffic issues. The request was withdrawn two days before the meeting.
The village passed an IDOT funding resolution authorizing up to $339,867 to match the Illinois Department of Transportation funds needed for the Keebler Road/Illinois Route 162 roundabout project.
“This was passed over a year ago,” Mayor Craig Short explained to the board. “IDOT needs an updated resolution. Also the updated funding amount that’s in the resolution due to changes in the plans that IDOT had requested.
The board also voted to apply for environmental grant funds through the Madison County Resource Management Program for the Borri Drive storm sewer repair project. This requires a 20 percent match in which the village board of Maryville agrees to fund the completion of the project. The village is applying for a maximum of $15,000.
Short appointed Lori Cunningham to the Park & Recreation Committee with a term to expire on April 30, 2022.
He also joined mayors all over the state in declaring January Radon Action Month. No related events have been scheduled.
Building and Zoning Administrator Kevin Flaugher reported that during the month of December, six building permits were issued at a cost of $1,975.15 and a valuation of 685,000. The total for the year 2020, he said, was 147 building permits issued at a cost of $59,294.59 and a valuation of $16,011,040.
As fire chief, he reported that his department had 94 responses last month.
Police Chief Rob Carpenter said that during December, the department responded to 452 calls for service, up from 431 in December 2019, issued 33 citations and filed three accident reports.
In other action the board approved:
• hiring Gregory Huey of Collinsville as a part-time EMT-Basic at $12 per hour with no benefits, not to exceed 1,000 hours per anniversary year. This increases the department’s roster of available personnel.
• paying expenses for Deputy Fire Chief George May to attend the FEMA Incident Command System Class in Marion from February 1-5.
The next village board meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m.