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Collinsville Township Annual Meeting Set For April 12 To Discuss Parking Lot

By Stephanie Malench

The Collinsville Township Board met on March 8. Among the business completed going into the last month of the fiscal year was the adoption of the resolutions committing fund balances  as necessitated by GASB54 for the Collinsville Township Town and Road and Bridge Funds for projects that were budgeted but will not be completed before the end of the year.

The only other resolution adopted was in support of a donation to Homework Help and Hoops (HHH) summertime program with a $3200 donation. Supervisor Derrick Cox said this is the last time the donation will come out of the budgeted tax funded youth fund and will be given as a donation that the seniors will raise throughout the year. The program will be held in person over eight weeks this summer and will provide lunch to the students as well as physical and academic activities.

During reports by officers and committees, Highway Commissioner Kathy Trucano-Hoelscher reported she is concerned that they may not be able to do their planned paving projects this year due to the oil prices going up. Diesel costs and repairs will have to be increased in next year’s budget.

Under new business, Senior Director Gabby Koonce announced that the RSVP band will be returning in April. Koonce also reported that 829 lunches were served in February and 150 people attended the Valentine’s Day dance.

Trucano-Hoelscher returned to the podium to give a brief presentation about the stormwater group the township is part of with Madison County and how it is mandated by the EPA and how they receive their grade each year. The report is available for the last five years on the township website.

Baer Heating and Cooling , Inc. of Trenton was awarded the bid for the HVAC installation project at the Senior Center. Baer submitted the lowest of seven bids at $42,266. Cox said this was about $10,000 less than the original bid that was sought as an estimate to ask for the TIF funding from the city.

The agenda for the 2022 Collinsville Township Annual Meeting was set for April 12 at 6 p.m. The only item submitted was a discussion and vote on how to proceed with the empty lot next to the Senior Center.

After the residents in attendance select a spokesperson, Cox will provide a presentation of all of the available information. Registered township voters in attendance will get to ask questions or make comments throughout the meeting about this topic or any other topic. The residents who attend will then get to vote on how the Township should proceed with the land.

The Township Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting.

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous on March 15, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    Why can’t the presentation of all the available information be posted on the transparency page of the township’s website before the meeting? Give the public time to review the information and make note of any questions they may want to ask at the meeting. Keeping the presentation until that night is ridiculous.

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