The Norris City Village Board approved a final dispatch contract, agreeing to pay the county $11,000 annually for non-emergency dispatch services, but with a stipulation from the mayor to postpone the payment until May, which is the beginning of the new fiscal year for the village.
“Right now we are over budget for the police department with the purchase of the new squad car. I would ask that you postpone the payment until May and the new fiscal year,” Mayor Kissell stated.
The agreement contains language declaring that all parties involved will meet yearly. The mayor said that Enfield’s Village Board had voted against the plan and will phase out their police department.
“From the very beginning, the biggest problem with this was the way it was initiated, handled and presented,” the mayor said.
Norris City plans to free up money to help meet the payment by dropping the answering service, long distance service and the multiple lines that it has maintained. The mayor has also looked into investing gas, water, and sewer funds in a money market account that can earn $2700 per year in additional money, with the money still available if needed. He says he expects the fee to increase next year.
All trustees except Carl Whipple were in attendance when the meeting convened at 7 p.m. Wayne McKenzie and Water Supervisor Mike Hite were in attendance, along with media.
The February minutes and treasurer’s report were both approved, and the bills were approved for payment. Some bills have not come in yet on the water plant.
Discussion was held about dogs on the loose in town. The police have talked to owners. It was observed that with warmer weather coming, more people will be out walking and people are frightened of dogs running loose.
More discussion was had about unkempt yards, with stripped down vehicles that are unmovable.
Jack Johnson said something needs to be done with the old water tank at the park. Taking bids on dismantling it was discussed. Jack would like to see the board pursue a feasibility study to build a new lake north of the old one. He said he would be willing to work on that project, even after leaving office. He wanted the board to give it some thought and said he wanted to bring a motion to the board about it at the April meeting. There was talk of draining and cleaning the north side of the reservoir, and removing the silt.
The Police report contained an aggravated battery report at the annex.
A couple of tickets have been given to dog owners over their dogs running loose.
Update on the Verizon Connect project: all city workers’ vehicles have the equipment installed. They are now starting on the police cars.
Beaty Field: New fencing is proposed to go in and dirt is to be brought in to build the field up. The Mayor said it would be nice to have a rotary hoe brought in to aerate the ball field and plant seed. The board voted to pay the $100 yearly fee for the NCOE baseball banner.
Shalene Musgraves wants to temporarily rent a portion of the doctor’s clinic building at 110A E. Main St. to do photography. The board agreed on a fee of $250 per month and she will pay utilities.
Congressman Bailey will hold traveling office hours on Monday, March 6 at Village Hall. On Monday, March 11, John Shimkus will hold office hours at Village Hall from 10-11:30 a.m.
On the agenda was the question of the possibility of needing a revision or addition to the Utility Ordinance. Apparently what is happening is that deceased family members take up residence in the deceased’s home and no one pays the utility bills. The Village is getting stuck with unpaid bills while the family members walk away since it wasn’t in their name. The current ordinance makes property owners responsible for utility bills. Liens could be assessed against properties, but if the property should ever end up being sold at tax sale for unpaid property taxes, the county doesn’t settle liens with the village, so the village is still out the cost.
The mayor has been approached about selling water for irrigation out of the lake. No decisions could be made on that because it was not on the agenda.
There is a meeting on March 12 for the County Landfill. The mayor asked for volunteers to go with him.
The meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m.
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