By Kathy Turner
At their regular meeting on Wednesday, February 16, Maryville Village Trustee Julie Clark, along with other members of the Board, recognized the heroic efforts of Sgt. Howell and Officer Krause of the Village Police Department and the members of the Village Fire Department for their actions during a residence fire in the Village on February 10. Mayor Craig Short joined in the praise during his announcements.
“As is often the case, the police officers were first on the scene,” said Short. “Their efforts were heroic in assuring the family was safe and in support of the fire department.” Other departments were called to the scene to battle the blaze.
The Village Board also voted to expand the footprint of the Village through two ordinances. The first will provide water service and a pre-annexation agreement for the property located at 109 Ridgemoor Drive in Glen Carbon. The second approved the annexation of the property at 5756 Old Keebler Road in Collinsville.
The board authorized an application to Madison County Parks Commission for funding through their granting program. Funds from the grant will be used to construct shade structures near the park benches, construct benches at the pickle ball courts, purchase soccer goals and purchase new trash cans for Droste Park.
The board approved two purchases that will benefit the street department. The first was a John Deere 6105E Cab Tractor from Shiloh Valley Equipment Company. Total cost of the tractor will be $72,600 which includes a 48-month warranty. The second was the purchase of a 20’ boom with a 44” flail mower for the new John Deere tractor. The purchase will be made through Woody’s Municipal Supply Company at a total cost of $44,860, which also includes a two-year warranty.
The Maryville Police Department will benefit from an authorized purchase of 16 New Generation 5 Glock Pistols. With trade-in allowance, the cost is $4,562 for the new weapons.
Trustee Wayne White spoke to the Board and members of the community requesting tolerance and decorum relative to interactions with volunteer committee members in the community. He pointed out that committee members and members of the community who serve on boards such as local school boards do so with the community’s best interest at heart. “They are making decisions that impact the community and they make them while weighing what will be best for those they serve,” said White. “I ask that everyone think about this before lashing out in person or on social media.”
The meeting concluded with the swearing in of Jason Pugh as a Probationary Firefighter/Paramedic for the Village.
The next meeting of the Board will be held on Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m.