By Kathy Turner
The Village of Maryville Board on Wednesday, Aug. 2, approved the hiring of a new police officer. Dakota Strackeljohn was sworn in at the conclusion of the meeting. He will begin his duties as the newest Maryville officer immediately.
Mayor Craig Short announced at the meeting two winners of the Yard of the Month designation. Mary Schuerbaum was the winner in June and Ann Sullivan in July. Both were given yard signs to recognize the honor.
The Board approved four water service and pre-annexation agreements on Wednesday. Approved were the properties located at 17 Chaparral Lane and 8 Trail Ridge Lane in Glen Carbon along with the properties at 32 Pat Drive and 218 Woodridge Court both in Collinsville.
In addition, the board accepted preliminary development plans for two new businesses. Approved were the plans for a Dollar Tree and a Welding Shop. Trustee Wayne White reiterated that both were simply approvals of preliminary plans and the developers will have steps to take for approval before construction can begin on the businesses.
White also made a motion during the meeting to approve a contract to purchase a 2024 or newer ambulance for the village. The contract is with American Response Vehicles and will put the Village in place for a new ambulance as production is completed.
Staff members presented monthly reports to the Board. The Building and Zoning department issued 15 new permits in July. Chief Doug Dankenbring reported that the fire department responded to 181 total calls for service, a very busy month for the department. Included in the numbers are a very active 24-hour period in early July that found the department and volunteers answering calls on a non-stop basis because of the storms that hit the area.
The police department responded to 512 calls for service and issued 164 citations. Police Chief Tony Manley attributed the increase in calls to a more concentrated effort by officers to be out and visible during patrols.
The public is invited to the Village’s first Concert in the Park for the year. Featured will be Trilogy Band. The concert will take place August 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Fireman’s Park.
The next meeting of the Board will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m.