By Kathy Turner
The Maryville Village Board on Wednesday, May 17, opened their meeting by recognizing village residents. David and Gwen Estes were announced as the recipients of the May Yard of the Month award. They will have a yard sign to display for the next month recognizing the honor.
The Fred Winters Community Service Award was presented to Sharon Petty. Mayor Short outlined Ms. Petty’s years of achievement including 37 years as a teacher and coach at Edwardsville High School along with more than 20 years as a member of Maryville’s Parks and Rec Committee and 15 years on the Village’s Museum Committee.
In other business the Board accepted the resignations of two full time firefighter/paramedics. Both Derek Chancy and John Miller will be leaving the department effective May 31. They indicated that they would be interested in being considered for part-time roles with the department. Firefighter Miller will be joining the Glen Carbon Fire Department upon his end of term with Maryville.
During the Old Business portion of the meeting the Board approved the hiring of two part-time EMS personnel. Shanena Brooks and Jason Pugh will begin those roles immediately.
The Board also authorized Interim Fire Chief Dankenbring to request from the Fire and Police Board to proceed with hiring processes to fill 3 full-time firefighter/paramedics. These are all replacement positions.
Four additional part-time positions will be added to the public works department. The four hires will begin immediately as summer help for both the street department and the water department.
A bid from Donn’s Tree Service in the amount of $6,000 was approved for removal of four trees at Drost Park. The bid was the lowest of three bids. The trees are dead and could be a potential hazard.
The Village approved authorization for the street department to enter into a vehicle and equipment loan through First Collinsville Bank. The loan will cover the purchase of two vehicles for the street department.
The summer’s first movie in the park will be held on Saturday, June 3. “Puss and Boots: The Last Wish” will be shown beginning at dusk. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets and enjoy the movie.
The meeting ended with a presentation of Interim Fire Chief Doug Dankenbring. The presentation focused on a report of department statistics for the last thee calendar years. It is outlined in Village Ordinances that such reports should be made each year by department heads. Board members complimented Dankenbring on the thoroughness of the report.
The next meeting of the Board will be held on Wednesday, June 7 beginning at 6:30 p.m.