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Benld Council awards trash hauling contract to Republic Sanitation

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Representatives of both Republic Sanitation Services and DC Waste and Recycling Inc. attended the meeting.

Benld residents will continue to have their trash picked up weekly by Republic Sanitation Services but the price will increase slightly as of April 1 following action taken Monday night during a brief special meeting of the council.

The city’s current contract with Republic is set to expire March 31.

Mayor Jim Kelly opened bids during February’s regular monthly meeting of the council but referred the issue to committee with an eye toward making a decision during a special meeting. Bids were received from Republic, Community Sanitation of Medora, DC Waste and Recycling, Inc. of Hillsboro, and SPS Waste of Staunton. After analyzing the bids, however, Kelly said Monday night that only Republic and DC Waste met the parameters of the bidding specifications.

Representatives of both companies attended the meeting.

Council members voted unanimously to accept Ald. John Balzraine’s motion to award the contract to Republic with a provision that Republic agrees to a five-year contract in lieu of a three-year contract.

Republic will continue to pick up waste on a weekly basis and will continue to pick up recyclable materials as well. 

Corrie Ward of Republic told the council the company does not earn “surplus” cash from recycling in response to a question from Ald. John Tilashalki. She affirmed that Republic does get paid for recyclable materials but that the amount the company collects basically is enough to cover the cost of offering the service.

Residents who have regular service with a 95-gallon receptacle will see their cost increase from $15.50 a month to $17.79; seniors with the same level of service will see their cost increase from $13.17 to $15.72. Persons with a 65-gallon receptacle will see their monthly bill increase from $13 per month to $17.79, the same as the 95-gallon service, while seniors using a 65-gallon receptacle will see their cost increase from$11.05 to $15.72, also the same as the 95-gallon service. There is no extra fee for persons who also participate in the recycling program. The cost for an extra cart will remain at $5 per month across the board.

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DC’s base prices on a five-year contract were slightly lower than Republic’s but did not include an extra $11.01 for recycling services. DC’s charge for extra carts also was nearly double that of Republics.

Benld is one of the few municipalities in the area that contracts with a single vendor to provide city-wide trash pick-up services, adding the cost of trash pick-up to monthly water bills. Apart from limiting the number of heavy waste hauling trucks using, and possibly damaging, city streets and alleys, the program ensures that all city residences have regular trash pick-up. Further, the bidding process ensures residents have trash pick-up at a lower price than most surrounding communities.

The price increases going into effect on April 1 are the first for Benld residents in five years.

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Cases filed during July 7 through July 13. Visit the “Court News” category under the “Community News” tab for other editions.

FELONIES

Timothy D. Conlee, 29 of Gillespie, is charged with aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, driving on a suspended license, and reckless driving in connection with a July 6 incident.

Dylan J. Arview, 25 of Benld, is charged with driving under the influence while license revoked or suspending, DUI, driving on a suspended license and driving 15-20 mph above the limit in connection with a July 5 incident.

Bobby L. Walker, 35 of Sorento, is charged with driving revoked/suspended with a DUI, driving on revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, displayed registration plate, and expired registration in connection with a June 27 incident.

Dustin W. Gooch, 34 of Beecher City, is charged with aggravated fleeing/bodily injury, unlawful display of a title, improper use of registration/title, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and registration light in connection with a June 17 incident.

MISDEMEANORS

Jordan A. Black, 24 of Gillespie, is charged with battery/causing bodily harm in connection with a July 8 incident.

Dustin R. Stieglitz, 37 of Shipman, is charged with aggravated assault/use of a deadly weapon in connection to a June 29 incident.

Steven A. Kroll, 33 of Eagarville, is charged with resisting a peace officer, fire fighter, or corrections employee in connection with a June 26 incident.

TRAFFIC

David B. Brown, 58 of Virden, is charged with cancelled/revoked/suspended registration in connection with a July 3 incident.

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Jennifer L. Roberts, 47 of Worden, is charged with driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle in connection with July 5 incident.

Andrew L. Connoyer, 31 of Bethalto, is charged with improper use of registration, driving 15-20 mph above the limit, and no valid registration in connection with July 7 incident.

Megan E. Bertoldi, 37 of Gillespie, is charged with leaving the scene in connection with July 11 incident.

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE FILED

  • Tasha McQuay versus David McQuay

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School board disciplines staff member; hires AD and Student Services Coordinator

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In a relatively brief meeting Monday night, the Community Unit School District 7 Board of Education approved a “resolution of remedial warning” against an unidentified district teacher, and hired a new Student Services Coordinator and Athletic Director.

The actions followed an 80-minute executive session during which board members presumably primarily discussed personnel issues. The regular monthly meeting of the board was moved up by one week to fill key positions, such as the Athletic Director and Student Services Coordinator, prior to the start of the school year next month. The district was taken by surprise when former Student Services Coordinator Stephanie Bray and Athletic Director Mike Bertagnolli both announced their retirements within days of each other.

Supt. Shane Owsley said the resolution of remedial warning is a disciplinary action representing “a second strike, so to speak.” Neither the teacher or the nature of the infraction was disclosed in open session.

In other action, the board, voted unanimously to hire Shelsie Timmermeier as the district’s Student Services Coordinator for the 2024-25 school year, stepping into the vacancy created by Bray’s retirement, pending confirmation of certification and a background check. In a separate action, the board also appointed Timmermeier as an assistant high school women’s volleyball coach.

Jeremy Smith was hired, also by a unanimous vote, as the district’s Athletic Director for the 2024-25 school year. In a related matter, Smith’s resignation as middle school head baseball coach was accepted. Additionally, the board posted the coaching position as vacant for the coming school year.

On a motion by Weye Schmidt, seconded by Dennis Tiburzi, the board hired Alex Jasper as a high school social science teacher for the coming school year. The board also voted unanimously to hire Tate Wargo as a first-year, non-tenured physical education instructor, pending confirmation of certification. Both positions were vacated as a result of the sudden resignation of Dalton Barnes in April as head football coach, physical education teacher and social science teacher. 

In related matters, the board also hired Wargo Monday night as an eighth grade boy’s basketball coach, and accepted Jasper’s resignation as a district paraprofessional and posted the position as vacant.

In other personnel action, the board:

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  • Hired Amanda Ewin as a one-on-one aide.
  • Hired Anthony Kravanya as a freshman men’s basketball coach.
  • Appointed Melissa Heigert as a volunteer assistant high school softball coach.

In other action, the board gave routine approval to a list of policies provided by the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Supt. Owsley also provided a brief update on the progress being made on safety projects expected to be completed before the start of the school year, including installation of a new intercom system, a card-reader entry system and shatter-proof protective film on exterior windows.

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Gillespie Library, United Community Bank to host Fraud and Scam Prevention seminar on July 22

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Gillespie Public Library (Photo by Gillespie Public Library)

Friends of the Gillespie Public Library and United Community Bank are hosting a joint “Fraud and Scam Prevention” seminar at on Monday, July 22 starting at 6 p.m. at the Gillespie Public Library.

The seminar will focus on today’s common scams and frauds, which includes imposter and check scams, money mule fraud and those that target seniors. Presenters will be Jenni Alepra of Gillespie UCB and Kennen Bertolis of Carlinville UCB.

The seminar is open to the public and is free of charge. For additional questions, call the Gillespie Public Library at 217-839-3614.

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