By Charlie Feldman
Shane Fulton will replace Kevin Flaugher as Maryville’s Building and Zoning Administrator. He was hired at the Wednesday, September 15 Village Board meeting.
His first day was on Friday, September 17. The bulk of his duties, said Mayor Craig Short, will be code enforcement, which covers both property maintenance and all of the building and zoning that is required to enforce the codes.
“It’s going to be a good opportunity,” Fulton said. “I’m very excited.”
The board also approved a revision to its intergovernmental agreement with the Collinsville Township Highway Department for Road and Street Maintenance Services.
“With the new township highway commissioner coming in,” Short said, “she wanted to review it and update it. The only thing that we really changed is there was a section in there that said they would provide us one employee and a bucket truck to help with limb and brush pickup. We took that section out because them providing us with an extra truck doesn’t really help us much.
“Everybody assumed that we got free limb and brush pickup but we don’t,” Short continued. “All they do is provide a truck. Our employees are still responsible for loading the truck.
“I know that there are several members on the Collinsville Township board that were campaigning – I believe, the supervisor – that everybody in Collinsville Township was going to get free limb and brush pickup. But Collinsville Township doesn’t do that. That’s Collinsville Roads and Bridges and those are two different taxing entities,” he said.
“So, I don’t know what they’re going to do about that because I have residents constantly asking me when Collinsville Township and the supervisor are going to come and start picking up limbs and brush in Maryville. So I don’t have an answer for them. So then they’ll have to ask the supervisor,” he said.
“We do not pick up limbs or leaves for Maryville,” said Kathy Trucano-Hoelscher, Collinsville’s new road and bridge commissioner.
“Maryville does provide a limb pickup for their residents,” she said. “They just need to call their office and schedule it.”
“We offer a free yard waste dumpster for anyone who lives in the Collinsville Township,” she said. “No limbs.”
Residents of the township, which includes Maryville and most of Collinsville and small portions of Glen Carbon and Pontoon Beach, can bring their yard waste in paper bags to the large dumpster at 1407 North Bluff Road in Collinsville, she said. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed on holidays.
“If they have any questions they can call our office at 618-344-0013,” Trucano-Hoelscher said.
Short said what they did add to the agreement was a last paragraph that gave the village and the township the latitude to work together on “mutually beneficial projects.” For example, if a big storm came through each could help the other clear trees.
Other than that, the agreement remains the same, he said.
In other action the board approved:
• declaring Friday, September 17 through Thursday, September 23 as “Constitution Week.”
• water service and pre-annexation agreements for properties at 1800 Vaughn Lane in Maryville and 118 Ridgemoor Drive in Glen Carbon.
• the sludge cleaning of Brine Tank #1 by Environmental Works at an estimated cost of $5,037.
The next Village Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall.