Maryville Kick Starts MFT Tax Program

By Charlie Feldman

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The Maryville Village Board took action on this year’s Motor Vehicle Tax fund and heard a progress report on Homecoming plans at its Wednesday, April 7 meeting.

After passing a resolution to appropriate $310,000 in Motor Fuel Tax funds for the period from May 1, 2021 through April 30, 2022, the board approved its 2022 MFT maintenance program.

“This is our annual Motor Fuel Tax budget,” said Mayor Craig Short, “and it is the same amount as it was last year.”

He said the money is used for snow removal and street, sidewalk and stormwater-related repairs.

In other developments, Short said that the Homecoming Association was still making plans to move forward with the annual event. It was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

“They’re anticipating at least being to the bridge phase by then, if not Phase 5,” he said. He said they will put out the message to encourage social distancing and mask wearing.

“Other festivals and other places around are starting to make their plans to move forward and so is the Homecoming,” he said. “The final decision will be with the health department.”

He said it was still too early for them to make that decision based upon the metrics being met right now. “The governor is still holding back because things are worse up north than they are down here,” he said.

A letter was read commending firefighter/paramedic Doug Dobrisch, EMT- Basic Dennis Howard, Captain Greg Peck and police officers Justin Krausz and Austin Sebastian for recently saving the life of a 58-year-old victim of a cardiac arrest.

“Those kinds of things happen much more than people realize,” said trustee Wayne White, who is a lieutenant with the Glen Carbon Police Department. “And it’s great to commend it.”

Building and Zoning administrator Kevin Flaugher reported that during the month of March 11 building permits were issued at a cost of $2,374.18 and a valuation of $767,000. As fire chief, he reported that the department made 110 responses last month, including 94 EMS calls, eight alarms, two structure fires and two motor vehicle crashes.

Police Chief Rob Carpenter reported that in March his department answered 575 calls for service, issued 88 citations and filed eight accident reports.

In other action the board approved:

• the purchase of a backup emergency generator for the Copper Creek Lift Station from Mike’s Generators at a cost of $28,232.05 including electrical work and a five-year extended warranty.

• water service and pre-annexation agreements for properties at 111 Lou Rosa Drive and 6012 Tara Lane, both in Collinsville, and 6000 Illinois Route 162 in Glen Carbon.

The next board meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall.

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