By Stephanie Malench
MARINE — During the Feb. 7 Marine village board meeting, Police Commissioner Mark Voigt announced that an investigation is underway by himself and Police Chief Brent Stewart regarding a threatening letter regarding loud events in the center of town that was mailed and addressed exclusively to Mayor Kelly Tracy last month.
Voigt and Stewart want to speak to the individual regarding his or her intent. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Marine Police Department at (618) 887-4326 or Commissioner Voigt at (618) 887-4706.
In other police news, the board unanimously approved the hiring of Jarod Nash as a police officer. Voigt told the board that Nash is committed to working four shifts each month.
As part of the ongoing work replacing water meters throughout the city, the meter company has encouraged the village to update their meter reading software to keep the system from crashing during a reading. The new software costs $7,000 and will be paid for using money from one of the water and sewer department’s CDs that is maturing this month. The board approved pulling $8,000 from the CD and rolling the rest over into a short-term 7-month CD with 4% interest.
Terry, the organizer renting Marine Village Park for Taco Fest on June 8, 2024, approached Park Chair Shaun Gunter regarding the event, saying he expects 300 entrants for the car show that is going to be part of the event and asked if the park can accommodate that many entries. Gunter was informed that there should not be a problem unless the ground is wet and the village will need to shut off the streets around the park and the cars will have to back in at 45-degree angles on both sides. Tracy also asked Gunter to pass on that any vendors needing a generator will have to provide their own.
Gunter also updated the board on the PEP grant application for the lawnmowers. An additional $4,983.90 will be needed to purchase a sweeper attachment for one of the mowers, a Grasshopper from Marine Mower and Saw, the lowest bidder. The sweeper attachment will allow crews to mow the lake banks without tipping over and can be used to clear the bike paths of snow and leaves. The motion was unanimously approved.
The next meeting will be held Jan. 21 at 7 pm in Village Hall.