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Funding, Delayed Projects Gave Maryville A Good Year-End Fiscal Total, Report Says

By Charlie Feldman

Last fiscal year, revenues in the village of Maryville exceeded its expenses by $1,146,746, according to a report by Village Clerk Jolene Henry.

She presented her findings to the Maryville Board of Trustees at its Wednesday, June 16 meeting.

“The General Fund was $849,229 and the WSOM [water and sewer maintenance] was $297,518,” she said. “The cash accounts were increased from April 30, 2020 to April 30, 2021 by almost $1.5 million. Some of the reason for the increase in our revenues is because of the CURES relief money that we got and Rebuild Illinois funds.”

She said that there was almost $550,000 from that. She also said that the village ended the year under the budgeted expenses by $329,911.

Mayor Craig Short later said he anticipates that this current fiscal year will end with a deficit budget. “A lot of the items that we ordered from last year have not come in or they’ve come in after we’ve started this fiscal year,” he said. “So it’s increasing our operational expenses moreso than what a normal year would.

“So we will use some of that reserve to pay for the projects that didn’t happen,” he said.

In other developments, the village granted authorization to enter into a 10-year traffic signal master agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation. All of Maryville’s traffic signals are on a state highway. Because they’re in a municipality, bills for maintenance and energy costs, etc. go to the village and the state reimburses it 100 percent for those on Illinois Route 159 at 162, Vadalabene Drive and the Interstate 55/70 north junction; 75 percent where it intersects with St. Charles and with Fairline/Maryville Town Center Drives; and 50 percent with Main Street.

Also approved was an extension of the completion date  with Juneau Associates for the southwest Illinois Route 159/162 sanitary sewer extension to December 31, 2022, the end of the next calendar year.

“The reason we’re extended the contract is, obviously, the project has not started,” said Mayor Craig Short. “We are still in the process of securing our funding and anticipate going out for a bid later this year.”

The board also authorized the engineering, land surveying and construction management service to move forward in preparing bid packets for Lin-Hy Road improvements. The project would entail the milling and two-inch asphalt and replacing all the concrete gutters, Short told the board. “Those concrete gutters, we estimate, are the originals that were built in the early 1970s,” he added.

The board also approved:

• an amendment to the public works section of the Maryville Code of Ordinances raising the rate of the deposit charged to residents who want their water meters removed and tested from $50 to $100. Because the ordinance was created in the early ‘90s, this brings the rate closer to the actual cost of testing and shipping today. The money is reimbursed to the resident if their water meter turns out to be bad.

• annexation of property at 6036 Cherokee Avenue in Glen Carbon.

• permission for Water/Sewer Superintendent Matt Hoffmann to attend the A.Y. McDonald’s Innovation Summit in Dubuque, Iowa from September 6-13 (all expenses paid by A.Y. McDonald).

A special board meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 30 with only one item on the agenda – the ordinance to allow video gaming. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall.

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

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