By Kathy Turner
The Maryville Board last Wednesday evening started their meeting with awards for the village’s Holiday Lighting Contest.
Receiving top recognition was the home of Matthew and Emily Call at 6732 Oxford Lane. The following families also received recognition: Second place, Brian and Allyson Yates at 1201 Jacquelyn Court; Third place, Zachary Henske and Tiffany Lackman at 2309 Preswyck Court; and Fourth place, Kevin and Heidi Trackwell at 2912 Bluff Meadow Drive.
Barbarotto Lane walked away with the Best Holiday Lighting Street for the combined homes of Anthony and Sherry Barbarotto, Michael and Jennifer Barbarotto, and Jeff and Fara Uchitjil.
Seven new ordinances were the order of business for the Board. Three ordinances approved water service and pre-annexation agreements with property owners located at 6020 Cherokee Avenue and 12 Chaparral in Glen Carbon and 35 Belair Court in Maryville.
The Tax Levy Ordinance for the next fiscal year was approved as presented. The levy shows a slight increase over last fiscal year at just over $16,000.
A tax abatement levy was approved for real estate located in the Village. This is the property owned by Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, LLC.
Finally, an ordinance approved the updated Mutual Aid Box Alarm System Agreement (MABAS). MABAS is a program that has been in place for many years which outlines emergency service mutual assistance between communities. The updated program includes a multi-state agreement with Missouri communities.
In other business, the Board approved a new medical insurance program for village employees with United Health Care. The new insurance program was secured at just a 2.3% increase over last year’s premiums. The board also approved a vision, dental and life policy for employees with Met Life at just a .1% increase over the past year.
Mayor Craig Short and the board members were pleased that they could continue to offer this benefit to employees with a combined increase of just 2.4% over the past year.
The board agreed to award the contract for Gary Avenue drainage improvements to Stutz Excavating for a bid of $350,058. Work will begin on the project after the first of the year.
Kamadulski Excavating and Grading received approval of a change order for the Highway 159/Route 162 sanitary sewer project. The change came as the result of location of a gas line that required extensions to avoid the gas service line.
Fire Chief George May and Captain Dankenbring were approved to attend the Illinois Fire Chiefs’ Association Volunteer and Combination Fire Officer Annual Conference. The conference is scheduled for Jan. 20 and 21 at a total cost of $500 including registration, lodging and meals. Chief May will also attend the County Fire Tactics Fire Officer Development Program in Pensacola Beach, Florida from Jan. 30 through Feb. 3. Costs will be $1,200.
Finally, the Board approved an expenditure of $1,764.02 to CompuType IT Solutions for the equipment and installation of a wireless access point on the Police Building. The equipment is needed to link the department’s new in-car and body cameras to routers.
The next meeting of the Board will be held on Jan. 4, 2023 at the Village Meeting Room.