Three new trustees were installed on the Norris City Village Board on Monday night. Kevin Pettijohn, Wayne McKenzie and Charles “Skip” Land were seated as the new members, replacing Jack Johnson, Judy Daubs, and Norman Trousdale who have all served for many years. Daubs has been on the board for 20 years and Norman Trousdale and Jack Johnson have both served 30 years or more. The new trustees were installed after a short meeting that dealt with finishing up old business.
The old board convened at 7 p.m. with roll call that was answered by all except Carl Whipple who arrived several minutes later. Clerk James Crouch was in attendance as were members of the media and the new board members.
The board voted to partially close an alley from South Division west to South Forrest between 2nd and 3rd Streets, keeping an easement for a storm drain. Ordinance 019-01 was approved by the entire board.
An expansion of the Class B license in the liquor ordinance was passed with one abstention by Skaggs. The expansion will permit the consumption of alcohol inside of a gaming room with the purchase of food at Doug’s in Ordinance 019-02 .
The mayor recognized the retiring board members, thanking them and wishing them well. That meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.
The new board meeting convened at 7:18 p.m. with the new board members saying their oath of office and being seated.
Luke Marsh addressed the board about the welcome signs he has been working on. His proposal is for 4 signs at a cost of a little over $3000 per sign. This would include all the landscaping and lighting. He is working on designs and will submit them to the board for consideration when they are ready.
Animal control: The mayor is asking all in the police department to stay on the lookout for animals on the loose. Having more than three pets is a violation of ordinance. Cats are becoming a big problem in town and he wants tickets to be issued.
Kelly’s Quick Stop liquor license has been renewed. The liquor control inspector was in town recently and said Kelly’s has not sold any beer in their gaming room.
The board voted to give the job of taking down the ground water storage tank at the park to Brinkley and Sons Excavating. Matt Brinkley made a proposal of $2000 to remove all materials except for the concrete pad.
The elevated water tower is to be painted. The mayor asked the board if they wanted a Cardinal stenciled on the tower. The painter said he can put the Cardinal on for an extra $500. The board voted to put a Cardinal on the water tower.
Much discussion was held about signage recognizing the many athletic achievements of Norris City students. IDOT has regulations about how many signs can be put up on their right of way. The board decided to allow signage to recognize only teams, and not individuals.
The mayor said a codification of the codes needs to take place. It has been done every five years as a rule, but the last time it was done was in 2011. He said there is some cost involved, but the ordinances on the books need to be checked for language and to be sure they are compatible with state ordinances. He wants to move forward with this project.
A group has approached the village about putting planters in the downtown area. They are willing to take care of the flowers planted in them if the city will purchase the planters. The plan is to put a plaque on each planter with a brief history about the Norris City area. The mayor will get more information about the project to bring to the board.
The mayor brought up the subject of unkempt yards and homes, stating that he had written eight letters about violations that very day.
One of the dumpsters has been filled already and clean up week just started.
The mayor stated that he is hoping the board can stay current about what is happening in Springfield, stating the minimum wage is going to “bite” the village with its coming costs. A new law is granting permission for municipalities to go into private homes and check the plumbing for copper and lead. Painting the fire hydrants may not be done by village workers anymore if a bill mandating it be done by union workers gets final passage. The bill is currently in the Senate and has passed the Illinois House.
The next meeting is June 3, 2019. The meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.
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