April 10, 2013
Board Meeting Minutes
The regular meeting of the Village of Divernon Board of Trustees was held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Divernon Village Hall. Village President Randy Rhodes called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. After the Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all in attendance, Clerk Rod Molnar called roll: Randy Rhodes “Here”, Melissa Layton “Here”, Pam Cronister “Here”, Jim Copelin “Here”, Larry Baer “Here”, Derek Hedges “Here”, Dianne Brenning “Here”. Also in attendance were Superintendent Larry Rhodes and Police Chief Barkley Harris.
A motion was made by Cronister to approve the minutes of March 27, 2013. Layton seconded and the motion passed 5-0. Hedges voting present.
A motion was made by Baer to approve the executive session minutes of March 27, 2013. Cronister seconded and the motion passed 5-0. Hedges voting present.
Brenning presented the Village bills with a motion that they be approved. After Baer seconded the motion, it was approved 6-0.
Carla Vangeison was present in regards to the property she owns at 415 State Street. The property had been vacant for some time, and the gas meter had been removed by the Village. She stated that she had not requested the meter be removed. Superintendent Rhodes said that regulations required any meters vacant for more than one year needed to be removed. The Board will look into the matter as far as costs associated with having the meter replaced.
Superintendent Rhodes reported on a meeting that he, Sue Arter and Molnar had with John Calise of Benton and Associates concerning water use in the Village.
Chief Harris reported that in the upcoming edition of the Village newsletter he will have an item concerning cleaning up properties. He has one squad car in the shop at this time. He has also had some trouble with his computer and Illini Tech has resolved the problem.
Streets, Alleys, and Utilities:
Cronister informed the Board that she, Superintendent Rhodes, and Mike McEvers of Benton and Associates had met with representatives of the Illinois Department of Transportation concerning the upcoming Safe Routes to Schools sidewalk program. They walked the Village to identify which walks would be replaced. There is a problem with the grade crossings at the railroad tracks, but they would need to be address by the railroad.
Brenning and Baer presented a copy of the Appropriation Ordinance to the Board. It will be voted on at the next meeting. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency sent the Board a payment schedule for the water tower and water line replacement projects. Brenning made a motion to approve the schedule. After Layton seconded, the motion was approved 6-0. Calise will work out the final details with IEPA.
Brenning will have an ad placed in the South County Publication papers for the position of Village Treasurer with May 1, 2013 being the deadline for applications.
Health and Safety:
A discussion was held on abandoned properties.
Layton reported on several items. The Village newsletter is scheduled to go out on Friday, April 12, 2013. Lee Ann Reifler has expressed interest in taking over managing the community garden this summer. Flowers Sanitation will be in charge of the Village wide cleanup on May 11, 2013 from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Flowers will also supply trash barrels for the park. Flowers will also be supplying the Village with a new contact soon. Chief Harris will have an officer on duty at the cleanup day. Rettberg’s has volunteered to fix the scoreboard at MacMurray Park.
Building Grounds and Lights:
Chief Harris will look at the timing of the school crossing lights. They may need to be adjusted for Daylight Savings Time.
Motion by Layton to adjourn at 8:13 p.m.
Randy Rhodes Rodney Molnar
Village President Village Clerk