By Kathy Turner
The Glen Carbon Board meeting on Nov. 22 started with an announcement reminding residents of the 2022 Christmas Parade scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec 3.
The parade will travel down South Main Street and a party will be held at Fire Station No. 1. There will be craft vendors, food and an opportunity for children to visit with Santa Claus.
The regular meeting of the Board was held at the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum. This is a program initiated by the Board to visit points of interest throughout the Village for board meetings. The program was suspended during Covid concerns but reinitiated in November.
Board approved a new camera system for the jail and interview room at the Glen Carbon Police Department. This was a budgeted item for the year, but bids came in over the anticipated costs. Total cost is $19,072.
The board also approved the low bid of Wissehr Electric for electrical receptacle improvements at Schon Park. This bid came in higher than estimated by engineers. A company representative reported to the board that cost estimates are higher because of supply chain shortages, labor shortages, and a need to anticipate costs for the project for next year without knowing the impact on costs for these items. Total bid was $110,157. Over half – about $62,000 – will be paid by a previously approved PEP grant for the Village.
Village administrators were authorized to apply for a Metro East Park and Recreation District grant for fiscal year 2023 through their Community Planning Grant program. The grant will be for $40,000 and will be used to fund the Village’s Park and Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan.
In other business, the board approved a resolution authorizing a Subaward Grant Agreement between the Village and Madison County. The agreement will allow for the transfer of $875,000 in funds to the Village from the County’s Local Fiscal Recovery Funds made available through the American Recovery Plan Act. A majority of the funds will be used for water main repairs and upgrades in the Village along with some upgraded infrastructure work.
Finally, the Board approved eight ordinances authorizing abatement of municipal corporation real estate taxes. The eight pieces of property are located in an area that was annexed in 2002 with the stipulation that the municipal taxes would be abated until such time that the properties are sold or transferred.
The next meeting of the board will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 13.