Photo 1 — Maryville Mayor Craig Short (l) presented Terri Bodine (c) and her daughter Rachel Giuka the Maryville Yard of the Month Award at the recent meeting of the Board
Photo 2 — Maryville Mayor Craig Short (l) presented Terri Bodine (c) and her daughter Rachel Giuka the Maryville Yard of the Month Award at the recent meeting of the Board.
By Kathy Turner
The Maryville Village Board, on Wednesday, Oct. 4, received two resignations and one retirement request from Village staff. Jason Pugh, a paid-on-call firefighter in the Village, requested approval of his resignation from that position. His letter stated that other time
commitments led him to this decision.
Kevin Watts indicated to the Board via letter that he intends to retire as a Volunteer Firefighter for the department effective immediately. He stated his decision was based on discussions with his family.
Finally, Jeremy Stone tendered his resignation from the Village’s Public Works Department. His resignation will be effective Oct. 15. Another staff member will assume his roles and training for the water department duties will be secured from local resources to assure a smooth transition. The Village will begin filling positions as quickly as possible.
One family and one business were recognized by Mayor Craig Short for their landscape efforts. Joseph and Teresa Bodine received the September Yard of the Month recognition. Cambridge House of Maryville was recognized as the 2023 Business Landscaping of the Year. Both received yard signs to display in recognition of the award.
The cost for plumbing inspections in the Village will increase with the passage of an ordinance on Wednesday evening. The inspection fees going forward will be as follows: $220 for residential new construction and $300 for commercial new construction; and, $100 for a repair or alteration to a residential property and $200 for a repair or alteration to a commercial property. Should a property fail, the reinspection fee will be $100. The new rates go into effect with the Board approval. The rate increases are reflective of the current charges by inspectors hired by the Village.
In other business, the Board:
- Approved an ordinance identifying a 2012 Chevrolet Impala owned by the Village Police Department as surplus property and authorizing its sale through auction;
- Approved a water service and pre-annexation of the property located at 5630 Old Keebler Road, Collinsville;
- Approved a TIF redevelopment agreement and an addendum to the final development plan of the Maryville Retail Center, Phase 2;
- Approved a final payment to Stutz Excavation for the Gary Avenue Drainage Improvements, closing out the project;
- Awarded a new contract to Stutz Excavation in the amount of $57,962 for the storm water repair project on Andra Drive; and,
- Approved the purchase and installation of audio, video and recording equipment and software for the Council Chambers and Conference Room at Village Hall at a cost of $61,563.22. The funds are part of the ARPA funds awarded by the County.
Department managers presented reports for the month of September. Chief Doug Dankenbring reported 160 requests for service for the Fire Department which included 129 EMS calls. Shane Fulton reported that 12 permits were issued by the Building and Zoning department in September.
Chief Tony Manley reported that the police responded to 673 calls for service, issued 168 citations and responded to 13 accidents. Chief Manley also reported that Police Department policies will be relaxed moving forward on request of the officers and after consulting with other area departments. Police officers will be allowed to have beards during the winter months of Nov. 1 through March 31. They will also be allowed tattoos within written restrictions in the policy.
Mayor Craig Short announced the appointment of Rhonda Niederkorn to the Community Improvement Board in the Village.
Halloween Trick-or-Treating hours are posted on the Village website. Children will be allowed to trick-or-treat between the hours of dusk and 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31 only. Children are advised to follow the ‘porch light policy.’ If lights are on, you are encouraged to visit the home. If the lights are out, do not knock.
The Maryville Police Department will also host Halloween Hours at Maryville Elementary School. Young residents can stop by between 6 and 8 p.m. for treats.
The next meeting of the Village Board will be held on Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.