by Kathy Turner
MARYVILLE — The Maryville Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Dec. 6 finalized several items that will impact Village operations in 2024.
First, they approved two ordinances that will adjust the language of the Village water and sewer amendments. The changes define owner responsibility for implementation of service on new properties. The owner will be responsible for new service lines from the dwelling/building to the meter and/or curb stop, will be required to install meters a maximum of four feet above the floor, and will be responsible for repairs to service lines between the dwelling/building and the meter.
The Board also approved the tax levy ordinance for the Village for the fiscal year May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024, at a level of $645,440. There was approval of a tax levy abatement for the property owned by Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America. This abatement is part of a negotiation with the company upon annexation of the property into the Village corporate limits.
Finally, the Board approved the employee medical insurance carrier services with Blue Cross Blue Shield and a plan with Met Life to provide employee vision, dental and life insurance coverage. The plans approved were about 9.48% above last year’s premium costs but below the costs of the previous provider, United Healthcare.
In other business, new Maryville police office Alex Reish was officially sworn into office. Reish joined the force following approval at the last Village meeting but was not sworn in until all hiring procedures were completed.
The Board approved the purchase of four Microsoft Surface Pro 9 Tables at a cost of $5,315.96. They also approved the purchase of 24 sections of fire hose for the fire department at a cost of $4,806.
Two firefighters – Brendan Schoen and Dawsen Winkleman – will attend the Spring 2024 Basic Fire Academy at the Illinois Fire Service Institute in Champaign. The seven-week course was approved by the Board at a cost of $11,400 and an estimated cost for lodging, meals and mileage of $9,680.
The Board approved a memorandum of understanding between Glen Carbon Police Department, Glen Carbon Fire Protection District, Maryville Police Department, Maryville Fire Department and Troy Fire Protection District for the provision of unmanned aerial services. The drones will be at the expense of the Glen Carbon Police Department but will be offered as assistance to the identified departments for special needs.
Monthly staff reports indicated the following: there were 8 permits issued by the Building and Zoning Department in November; the fire department answered 144 service requests including 118 EMS calls; and the police department answered 620 calls for service, issued 196 citations and responded to 10 accident calls.
The Maryville Parks and Recreation committee will travel through the Village on Tuesday, Dec. 19 to identify winners of the Holiday Lighting Contest.
Village hall and services will be closed on Friday, Dec. 22 and Monday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday.
The mayor presented the schedule of meetings for 2024. The schedule was approved by the Board.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at Village Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.