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Trustee Mike Sonderegger Notifies Glen Carbon Board of Resignation

By Kathy Turner

GLEN CARBON —The Village of Glen Carbon’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9 opened with Mayor Bob Marcus announcing the resignation of Trustee Mike Sonderegger.

In a letter submitted to the Board, Sonderegger announced that he has moved to Edwardsville and is no longer eligible to serve as a trustee.

In other actions, the Board heard a presentation from Jeff Reis of TWM on the 2024 street program. Reis reviewed the street work that was completed in 2023 and then announced work that will be completed in 2024 and 2025 to repair and/or replace streets in the Village. Later in the meeting the Board approved a contract with TWM that will run from 2024 through 2028 and will cost $116,500 the cost of which is spread over the five years.

Mayor Marcus announced the appointment of Janis Little to the G.L.E.N. Committee.

The board approved the appointment.

Two requests for permits to operate short-term rentals in the Village were presented by Erika Heil, the Director of Community Development. The first, for property located at 146 Edwards Street, was approved by the Board.

For the second request Heil reported that there was Committee concerns with the application. The property owner has been operating a short-term rental already without seeking the permit and had been notified of the violation. There were also several neighbors who submitted written concerns about the property being reclassified. This led to concerns of the Committee and, as a result, the Board denied the request for the property at 241 Madison Avenue.

The Board approved a contract with Arndt Municipal Support Inc. to conduct a Classification and Compensation Study, Employee Benefit Review and Organizational analysis. The study will take about five months to complete at a cost of $31,825. Upon completion, the Board will receive a report of the firm’s findings with regards to Glen Carbon’s operations as compared to other similar municipalities.

The Village will submit an application by Jan. 31 to Madison County for a 2024 Environmental Grant. The grant will be used to fund an Energy Assessment Master Plan. The total cost of the plan is estimated at $19,500 and the grant request will be for $15,000.

A bid from KRB Excavating was accepted and approved for the property located at 173 Main Street for parking lot construction. The project bid was $215,447. Work will begin shortly with an anticipated end of May completion.

The next meeting of the Village Board will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.

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