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Maryville Welcomes New Village Attorney

By Charlie Feldman

The Maryville Village Board welcomed a new village attorney, got an update on the roundabout project, awarded bids and approved purchases at its Wednesday, March 17 meeting.

Mayor Craig Short appointed Tonya Genovese to replace Ron Motil, who is now a judge.

A Glen Carbon resident, she is a lawyer with Gori, Julian & Associates in Edwardsville. She also worked for two former state’s attorneys.

“I think we are going to work together very well,” Short said.

The roundabout project on Illinois Route 162 and Keebler Road may move forward again thanks to an eminent domain quick-take.

“The state of Illinois has taken over the property acquisition. I believe all the property that we need is just a temporary construction easement and a little bit of right of way from this property owner,” Short said. “But we weren’t able to come to terms with him and so now IDOT has taken over the property acquisition process.”

He said that now the property owner has been served, he wants to negotiate but it’s out of the village’s hands.

A court date has been set for April 19. The state’s attorney general will come in to take over that litigation.

Bids awarded by the board include the Borri Drive drainage improvement project to Korte & Luitjohan Contractors Inc. for $57,311 and the 2021 and 2022 mowing seasons to R&B Outdoor Services at a rate of $2,669.25 per cut. The drainage project bids were required to be included in the village’s application to the county for an Environmental Grant in the amount of $15,000, which it then received. Additional costs will be paid by village funds. The Granite City mowing service had the lowest of seven bids. Cuttings will annually begin the week of April 1 and continue through the week of October 30 with the possibility of additional cuts outside that time frame.

Purchases approved include a Drager Model X-AM-2500 4-gas monitor from Banner Fire Equipment at a cost of $877 and an MTS power stretcher loading system for ambulance #2440 from Stryker Medical at a cost of $22,675 plus installation by American Response Vehicles at a cost of $1,500.

The gas monitor will replace an aging one on fire engine #2412. The power stretcher loading system will allow for safer patient movement and lessen the number of times the EMS personnel have to lift the stretcher.

The next board meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall.

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