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Glen Carbon PD to Bring on New Four-legged Officer

By Kathy Turner

GLEN CARBON — The Glen Carbon Village Board on Tuesday, Feb. 13 approved the purchase of a new member of the Village Police Department. Ivar, a six-month-old Malinois, will join the force immediately.

Ivar is a product of Dowdy Dawgs, a police training facility in Troy, Missouri. Cost of the canine is $12,500 and includes a complete health and wellness warranty for serviceability. The fee will be paid from the federal seized asset fund of the department.

The Board also approved the purchase of a 2024 Chevy Tahoe K9 Vehicle to transport Ivar. The purchase will be made through the state approved contractor, Miles Chevrolet of Decatur, at a cost of $54,147.  This is a replacement vehicle for the department.

In other business, the Board reviewed a variance request to Meridian Plaza PDP, specifically to the multi-family residential buildings at the site. The developer requested the following changes: a decrease in the number of parking spaces from 360 to 288; a decrease in the number of apartment buildings from 6 to 4 while maintaining the same number of apartments; and the addition of four garage buildings, a pickleball court and a dog park.

Because the original plans have changed, the Village was able to recommend additions to the original plans. Those additional restrictions are:  one single lease per unit, regardless of the number of bedrooms; no allowance for subleasing of apartments; no allowance for cosigners; and no allowance for Short Term Rentals.

The Board reviewed the requests as individual items. They approved the decrease in the parking spaces with the stipulation that the developer leave the space open as green space. They approved the decrease in the number of apartment buildings from 6 to 4 with the same number of apartments.  And they approved the addition of four garage buildings.

In addition, they approved plans for a common space on the project. This space will include a clubhouse, pool, water features, and sidewalks. It will also include a pickleball court and dog park. It is agreed that these features will be within the development and will include sufficient buffers between these amenities and the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

The Board also approved several bids and plans that will prepare the Village for work during the spring and summer months.

They approved a bid from Vandevanter Engineering that will retrofit the Oakdale 2 lift station. The equipment is 36 years old and these upgrades will greatly improve its functions. Total cost of the project is $118,350.

TWM were approved for two projects. The first is the engineering services for the 2024 street program at a cost of $73,000. The focus of this year’s program will be Fields Crossing.

Keller Construction was awarded the bid for the work in Fields Crossing at a cost of $932,574.33. This is below engineer’s estimates for the project. The work will begin in March and continue into the summer.

Loellke Plumbing, LLC was awarded the bid for the Booster 2 Pump Upgrades for the Village. The bid was approved at $279,960 and represented a cost below engineer estimates.

Finally, Scott Slemer, Director of Public Works, was authorized to submit a grant application to the Madison County Parks and Recreation Commission. The proposal is for a Park Enhancement Program (PEP) grant. This year’s funding request will be for partial funding of the project to improve the Miner Park Tennis Facility. The project will be for the construction of a new surface to allow for six pickleball courts and a new chain link fence with gates. Total cost of the project will be $325,840 with a request for a PEP grant in the amount of $76,000.

The next meeting of the Board will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

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