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Glen Carbon Contracts with TWM for Master Park and Trails Plan

By Kathy Turner

The Glen Carbon Village Board approved a professional service agreement with TWM, Inc. during the Nov. 8 regular meeting.  

The agreement will contract TWM to provide a master plan for parks and trails in the village. At a total cost of $89,823, TWM will oversee an initial inventory, establish a planning committee, develop a needs analysis and concept development, and provide a master plan report to the Board for future development of trails and parks in the Village.  

A majority of the cost will most likely be covered by grants already applied for by the Village.  The total plan development will be completed in nine months under the contract.  

The Board also approved the 2023 Motor Fuel Tax program. It is an annual program that is submitted to the Illinois Department of Transportation for funding of street projects in the village for the calendar year 2023. Total funding request for the year will be $355,000.  

In other actions, the Board approved an ordinance to levy taxes for the current fiscal year 2022 for the Cottonwood Five Special Service Area. This is the fourth year of a 20-year period to reimburse the village for improvements within the special service area at a level of $5,000. 

The board held a discussion about the preliminary tax levy for the year 2022. This was a discussion item only with no action at this time. The board will continue to review a proposed budget for fiscal year 2023 to determine the final levy. Board members were also given a preliminary budget for 2023 and were asked to review the document. Both the levy and budget will be ready for board action at a December meeting of the Board.  

Volunteers are being sought for the Glenfestival of Trees to be held during the holiday season at the Heritage Museum.  The festival will feature decorated trees and wreaths submitted by local businesses and organizations. Visitors will vote for their favorite trees during the festival with winners receiving a cash prize. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the museum at 618-288-7271.

The village will also be the site of a Lighted Christmas Parade on Dec. 3. There will be a parade and refreshments along with special vendors.  

The next meeting of the Village Board will be held Nov. 22 at the Heritage Museum, 124 School Street. Prior to the pandemic, the Village Board met in various offsite village points of interest to encourage residents to attend the meetings and visit the sites. This is the first of planned future offsite meetings. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.


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