By Kathy Turner
The Village of Glen Carbon Board of Trustees approved the purchase of three new vehicles at their regular meeting on Tuesday, February 8. The first purchase approved was for the addition of two 2022 Ford Police Interceptors. Budgeted for the 2022 fiscal year, the purchase was actually accelerated because the Village is facing Covid-related delays in vehicle parts for the current fleet.
The total cost of the vehicles is $73,590 and will be purchased from Morrow Brothers in Greenfield, Illinois. There will be additional costs of $1800 per car for striping and equipment installation at a cost of $11,000.
The Board also approved the purchase of a large dump truck from the State Bid List for the Public Works Department. The dump truck being replaced is a 1992 model. Total cost of the vehicle will be $126,088.74. Scott Slemmer reported to the Board that the truck will most likely not be available until fiscal year 2023 which will mean budget adjustments.
In other business, Mayor Robert Marcus asked the board’s approval of the appointment of Kelly Korte as Director of Finance for the Village. Marcus told the board that Korte comes to Glen Carbon after serving in the same role in Highland for the past 10 years. The board approved the appointment at a salary of $104,000 per year.
The board also approved the annual service agreement with Motorola Solutions for the provision of the police radio system. This is an annual contract for the Police Department at a cost of $27,416.21.
Jamie Bowden, Village Administrator, asked for the board’s approval for an application to the Madison County Parks and Recreation Commission for a PEP grant. Funding from the grant, in the amount of $53,964, will be used to install new electrical services at Schon Park. The electrical service will allow service for up to 20 booth areas at the park for special events.
Earlier in the meeting, Marcus announced that Village Hall will be closed Monday, February 21 in observance of President’s Day. He also reminded residents and interested parties that Homecoming 2022 is in the planning stage and vendor and sponsorship applications are available on the Village website. In addition, he asked that Village residents consider filling open Committee positions for the Community Events and Glen Committees. Anyone interested should contact the Mayor via his village email listed on the website.
The Board will next meet on Tuesday, February 22 at 7 p.m.