By Kathy Turner
The Village of Glen Carbon Board meeting was opened on Tuesday, May 24 by acting Mayor Lucas Frohnert. Lucas, a student at St. Mary’s School, won the opportunity to serve as acting mayor in an auction held earlier in the year.
Among the first order of business was the official swearing in of Officer Shaun Benyr as the newest member of the Glen Carbon police force. Chief Todd Link introduced Benyr to the audience, explaining that he brings more than 20 years of experience to the force, starting his work as an officer with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department in 2000.
Mayor Bob Marcus then presented his annual report to the community and the board. Marcus highlighted the various department activities for the fiscal year 2021/2022. The Building and Zoning department issued 409 building permits in the year and saw new construction of three commercial buildings and 40 residential structures.
The Finance Department report an equalized assessed valuation increase for the year, ending at $419 million. The tax rate for the Village, however, decreased to its current .7027, meaning village residents pay less in that portion of their property tax bills. Sales tax revenue also saw an increase ending at $4.4 million for 2021.
Marcus also reported that the Public Works Department saw lots of activity including the hiring of Scott Slemer as head of the department. Repairs to infrastructure are being planned and funded with America Recovery Act funds distributed as the result of COVID impact.
Finally, the Mayor reported 43,870 incidents handled by the police department resulting in 771 arrests. There were 1844 traffic stops and response to 419 traffic accidents.
In other business the Board approved an ordinance designating both the north and south sides of Bouse Road, between Old Troy Road and the 6900 block of Bouse Road, as no parking areas. Chief Link indicated that parking at sporting events at Father McGivney High School are causing traffic hazards and pedestrian hazards in this area. The signs will be posted soon by the village street department.
The board also approved a preliminary plan for a Game Drive Gas Station project. The project will eventually be a replacement of the existing gas station and convenience store on Game Drive. The existing station will remain in place while construction progresses but will be closed upon completion of the project. The new plans call for an expansion in number of pumps and the convenience store footprint.
The next meeting of the Glen Carbon Village Board will be held on Tuesday, June 14 at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall.