With the approval of the Norris City board, Mayor Kissel will sign a contract with Barbara Wilkinson to purchase a lot and install utilities for the construction of a new home in the TIF district, at a cost of $8,000. The board was pleased at the activity that the TIF district has generated, with new businesses starting up and existing ones receiving a facelift on their buildings. The mayor expressed his satisfaction with the much improved appearance of the old Masonic lodge building, now the home of DoOver Decor. Shorty’s BBQ, another TIF project, has a grand opening coming on June 30. Wild Bunch Athletics has yet to start construction, but it should be starting soon. Aaron Summers of Mimmo’s Italian Restaurant was in attendance to renew his request for TIF assistance as he seeks to add a patio dining area in the back of his restaurant. The mayor is checking with the TIF attorney about the request from Steve and Jodi Duncan as their proposal involved rental property. The mayor said working with rental property engaged more red tape.
The June meeting of the Norris City board came to order at 7 p.m. on Monday night with roll call, the pledge and the prayer. Carl Whipple was the only absent member of the board. The May minutes received the approval of the board as did the Treasurer’s report. The May bills were approved for payment.
Danny Woosley, the health insurance representative for the village was on hand to help the board make a decision about health insurance. The village will be making a change to National General. The monthly premium for the village will be $11,725.42 and began on June 1.
The police department had a busy month with 10 reports consisting of Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Fleeing/Eluding, Driving While License Revoked; aggravated Battery; Violation of Order of Protection; Documentation Report for Student Mentioning a Toy Gun; Documentation Report for for Student Mentioning a Gun; Disorderly Conduct; Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Damage; Disorderly Conduct and Theft; Disorderly Conduct; Aggravated Battery, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing, Driving While License Revoked. Three arrests were made for: Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Fleeing/Eluding and DWLR; Aggravated Battery; Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Damage.
Eighteen citation were handed out for: Accumulation of Junk, Trash, Debris; Stop Sign (x3), Fail to Signal (x3), No Insurance, DWLR, Leaving Scene of Accident, Expired Registration, Aggravated Fleeing, Failuter to Reduce Speed, Aggravted Battery, Resist Arrest, Illegal Transportation of alcohol, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Cannabis.
County Dispatch had 9 calls for the month, 911 had 8; the N.C. Police/office had 12 calls and there were 25 citizen calls or contacts.
Salvador Galvan of El Mexicano restaurant reported that he should be open at 116 S. Division in three more weeks.
Joe Skaggs stated that he is now mapping at Ebenezer Cemetery and asked if the village would be able to help with finances to replace old headstones.
The mayor asked if the Dairy Day stage committee had met yet and Skaggs said they are to meet in July.
Jack Johnson reported that the lake has been given a treatment for the algae.
The mayor said that the foxes in the empty house are now old enough to trap and he will be bringing in a trapper to get rid of them.
MFT bid leting is scheduled for Monday, June 18 at 11 a.m. The mayor stated that if all the board members could be in attendance, the vote could take place that day. Bid letting for the Sanitary Plant Trickler filter will happen on Monday, July 2 at 2 p.m.
The Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission is working on a DRA grant for a lift station. The mayor said there were two possible scenarios. One would cost $150,000 and the second one costs $350,000. He would like to have the higher priced one as it can service more people.
White County Chrysler has given the Village a price quote on a 2018 Durango truck for police use. The cost will be $26,000. The board voted to go ahead with the purchase.
The mayor had looked into an estimate to replace the lights in the office at 110B where the Country Companies office is located. The estimate came in at around $2700 with a $400 rebate for new digital lighting. The fluorescent lights currently in place are buzzing and flickering.
The mayor made a request that all villagers please mow the grass from the sidewalk in front of their homes to the street. Technically, he said, that is village property, but he cautioned that if the village had to take care of it, utility costs would have to rise on everyone.
The meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m. The next meeting is July 2, at 7 p.m.
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