The Norris City village board voted on Monday night to do a six month trial run using tracking devices on six village maintenance vehicles and four police vehicles. The devices will record speed history, fuel economy, location of the vehicle, and history of vehicle maintenance. It will self-diagnose if the car has problems. The mayor believes it will be helpful to the village and police force. The devices will be obtained through the Verizon Connect service.
The board convened at 7:00 p.m. Monday night with roll call answered by Joe Skaggs, Judy Daubs, Jack Johnson, and Norman Trousdale. Wayne McKenzie and Skip Land were in attendance along with three members of the media.
Joe Skaggs said the opening prayer and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Board approved the January minutes, the treasurer’s report and approved the bills for payment.
There were no visitors’ comments and no committee reports or board member concerns.
The Police report was extensive, with accounts of disorderly conduct, disorderly conduct and threats, aggravated battery, aggravated battery and disorderly conduct, battery, possession of alternative nicotine product, vehicle accident, phone scam documentation, two criminal damage reports, theft from a coin operated machine and possession of burglary tools. There was one arrest for disorderly conduct, which was a juvenile. Two citations were made for possession of an alternative nicotine product and improper backing. Three city ordinance tickets were written for a semi overweight, dogs barking and a dog running at large. Three calls were made to 911, 17 to the dispatch, 10 to the office, and 32 citizen calls or contacts. The Erica Roberts property at 506 N. Division is scheduled for a status hearing on 2/25/19 at 9:30 a.m.
The sanitary plant startup is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. The mayor said the sand beds took a hit with the trickler being down and may need replacing. He is looking to get estimates for that as well as work with the insurance company for an adjustment to the final payout since the damage was caused by the trickler being down.
The village attorney was not present at Monday’s meeting but had reviewed the contract offered by the Sheriff ’s department which the board reviewed at the January meeting. She had issues with some of the wording in the contract and did not recommend that the village agree to it. She will write suggestions for the changes. The village attorney is Rhonda Blades.
The Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics is scheduled for March 2, 2019 at Rend Lake. A donation of $200 was requested which the board approved.
The mayor announced that the CEO banquet is on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Floral Hall in Carmi and to let him know if any of the board wanted to attend.
The Beaty Field fence was on the agenda, but there was no information to report.
The next meeting is March 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
The meeting adjourned at 7:34 p.m.
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