By Charlie Feldman
The Maryville village board approved changes to the second draft of the 2021-22 fiscal year budget at its Wednesday, February 3 board meeting.
It met on Zoom in compliance with the COVID-19-related social distancing directive. Village Hall was closed to the public.
Totals were changed in the new version of the budget draft. Revenues are now $8,271,169. Expenses are $8,114,871. The board approved it.
The board also voted yes on an agreement with Juneau Associates, Inc. P.C. for a Comprehensive Plan update at an estimated cost of $19,000 including printing.
“It’s been eight years since we updated our comprehensive plan,” said Mayor Craig Short. “Our hopes are to incorporate a bike and trail plan.”
Before it even gets to the board it will go through the planning commission and a public hearing will be held. “So this is a process,” Short said. “This isn’t anything done under the cloak of darkness and we just spring it on everybody. There is public input on this. And that’s why we try to come up with a representation of our community, not just a particular subdivision or particular segment of society.
“It is a plan,” he said. “It is not zoning. It helps us to plan for zoning. It helps us to plan our infrastructure.”
In other action, the board voted to submit an STP Funding application to the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council for the Pleasant Ridge Road – Phase 1 Reconstruction project. This would involve adding pavement, curb and gutter and storm sewer along the road. If selected, the village would receive funds for the project in Fiscal Year 2025.
Letters of resignation from Ron Motil, village attorney and Andrew Carruthers, attorney for the Fire and Police Board of Commissioners were read. Motil is now an associate judge for the Third Judicial Court. Carruthers is leaving private practice to join the State’s Attorney’s office.
The mayor appointed Don A. Leone to the Heritage and Museum Committee.
Building and Zoning Administrator Kevin Flaugher reported that during the month of January eight permits were issued at a cost of $1,789.40 and a valuation of $253,000.
As fire chief, he reported that the department had 102 responses, including 87 EMS calls and six structure fires last month.
Police Chief Rob Carpenter reported that during January his department answered 442 calls for service, issued 31 citations and handled five traffic accidents.
The board also approved:
• authorizing the mayor to sign IEPA loan documents pertaining to a loan for the sanitary sewer extension to serve the intersection area at Illinois Routes 159 and 162.
• a bid from Brotke Well and Pump to clean and camera two wells at the water plant at a cost of $31,770.
• awarding the cleaning and televising of the interceptor sewer to Hank’s Excavating and Landscaping for a submitted bid of $11,500.
• appointing an authorized Illinois Mutual Retirement Fund agent. Melissa Loftus, the village’s payroll and resources clerk, was given those duties.
• accepting the highest bid amount of $13,100 for the sale of a 1998 Ford E-350 ambulance.
• Declaring a police vehicle and a one-man kayak as surplus property.
· a resolution of support for the Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau to provide tourism services to the village during State Fiscal Year 2022, which starts in July 2021.
• a supplement updating the periodically published Code of Ordinances book available to the public at Village Hall.
The next caucus meeting, where the village board discusses items before whether to place them on the agenda for the next meeting, will be on Wednesday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m.
The next board meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m.