After a 41 minute executive session on Monday night, the Norris City Board voted to give a .75 per hour pay raise to every village employee.
In other money matters, Keith Botsch brought the audit to the board which showed the village had $823,249 in the General fund; $61,775 in the TIF fund; $120,289 in the MFT fund; and $18,000 in the IMRF fund.
The General fund brought in $476,044 and spent $560,255. The TIF fund brought in $30,971 and spent $8,145. The MFT fund brought in $32,565 and spent $29,486. And the IMRF fund brought in $30,754 and spent $30,761.
Botsch expressed no concerns and told the board to keep doing what they are doing. He said the utility rates are about where they need to be.
The Board will levy for $175,790, an approximate $10,000-12,000 increase based on what assessed evaluation does. The Board voted to approve the tax levy ordinance.
Botsch said he was keeping his rates the same for the next three years at $12,000 per year.
Sue James asked if the insurance on the old truck could be reduced to liability to reduce costs. Joe Skaggs ask the board to contribute to the food baskets. It was approved to donate the same amount as the previous year. He also expressed that the radio station in Carmi is looking for sponsorships to live stream the NCOE basketball games. The board will give their consideration. Jack Johnson stated that the new boat motor needs to be broke in and he hopes the village employees will do that. A complaint about residents parking on their sidewalks was lodged.
The Police department reported 4 Aggravated Battery and Disorderly Conduct reports, Aggravated Battery, Informational report for high school incident; Informational report for mental health incident at Annex; two vehicle accidents; Forgery; Alleged Animal Abuse. There were no arrests, and 4 citations for off road vehicles, Failure to Reduce Speed; Failure to Change Address; No Insurance. There were 11 calls for County Dispatch, 6 to 911, 7 to the NC police/office and 29 citizen calls or contacts.
Chief Tharp was asked to speak at the library board meeting about possible situations that could be considered dangerous for employees. She met with employees to discuss different scenarios that have occurred or could occur and how to react. All officers participated in the annual firearm qualification conducted by WCSO Deputy Spencer.
There was no animal control report.
The crack seal project on Cherry Street is going well. The mayor said they just needed one more nice day like today to finish up.
Danielle Healy addressed the board stating that she is just waiting on the paperwork to get signed for the purchase of the property for Wild Bunch Athletics.
The board received estimates for new windows and tuck pointing for the building being purchased by DoOver Decor.
The mayor is still working on a location for Shorty’s BBQ.
The 2018 meeting dates were approved. The only anomalies will be the Jan. 2 meeting on a Tuesday night and Labor Day weekend.
Discussion was held reviewing the ATV ordinance. The board agreed to make some changes. More information will be coming in the future.
Carl Whipple was the only board member not in attendance.
The Christmas dinner is this Saturday in Marion.
The next meeting is Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 7 p.m.
The meeting adjourned at 8:49 p.m.