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Benld Council hears from County Clerk Pete Duncan: UPDATED

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Council opts to not advertise for inspector position

Gloria Sidar updated the council on police department issues.

County Clerk Pete Duncan explained the April 2013 election to the council on Monday, September 10. “This is the first time I have been county clerk start to finish,” Duncan opened. He just wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page as him.

According to Duncan, petitions are going to start circulating on September 25. Duncan said the county’s list is showing the mayor seat will be vacant, city clerk, and city treasurer are all up. He went on to add that one seat is up in Ward 1 and the other Ward 1 seat is just a two year position rather than the four year. “They are just filling out the term.”

Pete Duncan explains how the 2013 election is going to work.

Ward 2 has one seat that will normally be up and one seat in Ward 3. “Double check if that is accurate, but that is what we are showing.” Duncan stressed it is important for candidates to indicate whether they want to run for the full term or 2 year term in Ward 1.

Other than that, he explained that everyone will run as independents. 14 signatures are the minimum and 64 is the maximum amount of signatures needed to run for the mayor, city clerk, and treasurer. The paperwork for all candidates was handed over to the City Clerk. Filing for positions is from December 17 to December 24. That means the City Clerk’s office has to be open until 5pm on Christmas Eve. “The only exception would be if Governor Quinn changes December 24 to a state holiday,” Duncan said. “That would bump it back to December 26.”

After meeting in executive session for approximately 20 minutes discussing the city inspector position, Peyton Bernot motioned to advertise for applicants for a “state qualified housing inspector.” Bernot explained that anyone with interest can write a letter to the council and fill out an application. The deadline would be 2 weeks.

Nepute seconded the motion, but the motion was only able to receive 3 “yes” votes from Bernot, Tilashalski, and Nepute. With the vote at a stalemate, Mayor Robinson was required to break the decision by either voting “yes” in favor of advertising for applicants or “no” in favor of not to advertise. Robinson voted “no.”

The council will now have to wait for applicant to be mailed in since they cannot advertise or wait for Rich Plavonich to get his certification. Plavonich is currently the housing inspector, but lacking the state qualified certification. The council does not know if he is planning on obtaining that or not. He mentioned at a previous meeting he would in November.

For the time being, the City of Benld has asked Bob Lancaster to fill in as the city building inspector. Lancaster is currently the building inspector in Gillespie. According to him, he has a few papers to sign and that’s it. Lancaster will be inspecting the buildings until Rich Plavonich gets his certification or the council hires an applicant.

Recognition of Public

Kathy Petrak presented the council with a bid for the plumbing at the Nutrition Center. “That is a union, state-certified bid,” she added. According to Petrak, this has to be done before “Mr. Bussmann” is all over us. The bid was added under old business and the council approved Stern’s Plumbing bid to do the plumbing. The bid contained installation of a grease trap in the basement and a couple other items to total $868.09. Robinson explained the city is only going to pay half of the amount while the Nutrition Center picking up the other half.

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Petrak also clarified that the Municipal Band has to contact the city council to play at any function. “There was an article published in the Staunton paper about why Staunton paid their bill and Benld did not,” she explained. According to the council, the band was never asked to play. They just showed up because they thought it was Benld and they always play. The band director was actually questioned on Memorial Day why he brought the band to play. Petrak added that she is going to mail a letter to the new director and explain the process to him.

As confirmed before, Peyton Bernot announced that Ray Weller confirmed the fact that back-flow preventers do not need to be installed.

City Attorney Report

The city attorney updated the council on the video gambling ordinance. “It has been turned over to the Department of Revenue,” Gina explained. “5% of the 30% tax will be forwarded to the city.” She also went on to pass around the new ordinance that raises the home inspection fee to $75. It also includes a reinspection if the 60 days since the original inspection has not expired.

She also advised the city not to take any action on the 218 West Walnut property until the council speaks with Casey Willmann. “We want her to sign an agreement if we clean up the property.” She moved on to the Conlee property where they received a judgment against them. The Vertichio office is working with the EPA to help with the demolition removal. “We had a case in Virden where the EPA provided the dumpsters to help with any waste.”

Committee Reports

Gloria Sidar, police chairwoman, advised the council that the police department got the police report published last week. She also said she checked on having an “ordinance reminder” published in the paper once or twice a month. “The paper charges $20 per month,” Sidar explained. Robinson advised her to take it back to her committee to bring back a recommendation for the next meeting.

In other committee reports, Jim Tilashalski explained the bid packet he received from B&R Utility Services. “They also included a cost factor in connection with reading the water meters,” he added.

Peyton Bernot updated the council on the water committee meeting held earlier in the day Monday. The grant administrator and engineer was present along with Ray Weller, the Benld Water Operator. According to Bernot, Weller confirmed back flow preventers are not necessary for installation. “If we were to put back flow preventers in, we would have to notify the residents and they would have to put in an expansion tank in their home before we could put the back flow preventer in.”

The mayor also explained that he received another applicant for the housing inspector position. “We have two now,” Robinson explained.

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Old Business

In old business, the council looked over the two bids they have for the meter reader contracts. Greg Beckwith of Midwest Environmental spoke up. “We currently have a contract in the waste water lagoon system for the last decade and we have another contract with the city to read the meters,” Greg started. “I was given a verbal agreement from the previous mayor to go past the current contract to adjust the reads after the new meters were put in. We were not aware you were accepted bids for a job we are already doing.”

Midwest Environmental’s bid is $1.15 per each meter bid while B&R Utility was at $0.95 each meter. The council notified Greg that the council never advertised for bids. “We just have your bid from 2 months ago and this other bid that we received,” Robinson explained. Beckwith stated he thought his company felt like they did the City a good job.  The council decided to take the bids back to the committee and report back to the council next meeting.

New Business

The council then amended liquor ordinance 3-4-14 to prohibit persons from remaining on the property of a tavern rather than just remaining in the building. There have been past incidents where patrons come out of the tavern on time, but remain outside on the property after hours and continue to consume alcohol. “This ordinance will state that they cannot remain inside the building or on the property,” Gloria Sidar explained. “There have been multiple calls about this. The ordinance was approved 6-0.

The council also passed a new ordinance prohibiting the riding of ATV’s, go-karts, dirt bikes, or any sound amplifying device on private property.  There have been numerous complaints in the past, Sidar added. The council passed the ordinance 5-1 with objection from Nepute.

Mickey Robinson, mayor, then explained to the council that the City of Benld will receive bonus money from the third quarter motor fuel tax review. The council should receive $6,692 by November 1.

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The council then requested action to amend Chief of Police Ordinance 5-1-3,/D. Duties, 3. The amendment will remove from the ordinance that the chief or the deputy is not required to attend all City Council meetings. The new amendment passed 4-2 with objection from Tilashalski and Bernot.

Drew Sloan was then hired as a part time police officer to fill in as needed. All council members voted in favor of the action as Tilashalski explained he voted “yes” because he is now involved with the police committee and is in favor of the openness now.

 

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Progressive Club to celebrate 90th anniversary

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The Wilsonville Progressive Club will celebrate and host a 90 year Anniversary Party on Saturday, May 11. The party will include a catered dinner, a live band, and fireworks.

Doors will open at 2 pm with a catered dinner being served at 4 pm.  The Shane Kessinger Experience (live band) will play at 5 pm, and a grand fireworks display will be held at dusk.

The Progressive Club was originally established in 1934 by the Progressive Miners and was located on the northwest side of Wilsonville’s main street. The Club moved to their new building in January of 1949 and today this is still the current location at 212 Wilson Street in Wilsonville.

Wilsonville was founded in 1917 when Superior Coal Co. Mine No. 4 was sunk and this was the most modern mine in the Superior field. At that time, the little settlement which grew up around the mine was called Wilson. One day a worker paused and asked, “What are we going to name this town?” President Wilson was in office, thus the town was then and there named Wilson until 1919 when it was incorporated and the name expanded to Wilsonville.

The Wilsonville Progressive Club is operated and maintained by an elected panel of trustees and loyal members.  The Club is open to the public and membership is always welcome.  The large outdoor covered pavilion and manicured grassy side lot offer an attractive and convenient venue for any event along with inside facilities. 

If you are interested in renting for any kind of event, call 217-835-3122 during open hours which are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 4 pm to close, and Sunday doors open at 2 pm.  Every Sunday afternoon at 4 pm is the Queen of Hearts drawing and the Club is on Facebook as well.

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Gillespie Police Report: April 14-20, 2024

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SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Oak Street in reference to a dog bite.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street to pick up a found item.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Chestnut Street in reference to a burglary.

An officer was out in the 200 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a motorist assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Schmidt Street in reference to a 911 call.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South 1st Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Broadway Street in reference to a medical call.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Illinois Street in Benld in reference to illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 5th Street in Benld in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Horizon Street in reference to a 911 call.

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2024

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to a theft in the 100 block of South Main Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Osie Street in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

Nicholas O. Landolt, 36, of Gillespie was arrested on multiple warrants including one out of St. Clair County for possession for methamphetamine, a second one out of Montgomery County for failure to appear for driving while license was revoked, and a third out of Macoupin County for failure to appear for methamphetamine.

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An officer was dispatched to East Walnut Street in reference to a suspicious noise.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Broadway Street in reference to a medical alarm.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft in the 200 block of West Oak Street.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to criminal damage to her property.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to identity theft.

An officer spoke with a female in the 100 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a neighbor dispute.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Southern Street in reference to a suspicious person.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass to property. Melissa J. Hughes, 49, of Benld was arrested on a Montgomery County warrant for theft/larceny.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Francis Street in reference to a traffic crash.

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An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a civil issue in the 700 block of Rose Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 5th Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Pine Street to assist the Department of Children and Family Services.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Broadway Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a 911 call.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2024

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to fraud in the 200 block of South Macoupin.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 500 block of East Elm Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

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An officer was dispatched to Route 4 and Staunton Road in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Gillespie Street in reference to unwanted solicitors.

An officer was dispatched to High Street and Gillespie Street in reference to a suspicious noise.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of High Street in reference to unwanted solicitors.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a civil standby.

An officer was flagged down at Elm Street and Clinton Street and spoke with an individual in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Mt. Olive Road in Eagarville in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a suspicious circumstance.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2024

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 400 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a panic alarm sounding.

An officer was dispatched to the 1300 block of South Second Street in reference to a civil standby.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Osie Street in reference to a dog bite.  Heather L. Kimberlin, 47, of Gillespie was issued a citation for dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Baker Street in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was out with a suspicious vehicle in the alley in the 500 block of Park Avenue.

An officer was dispatched to East Walnut and South Main Street in Benld in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the Veterans Memorial Park in Benld in reference to a suspicious vehicle that had been parked there for a couple of days.

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Gillespie Police Department was requested for traffic control by the Gillespie Fire Department for a fire on Eagarville Road.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut Street in reference to a traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Street in Gillespie in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Litchfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a suspicious person at the storage units. Kathy J. Henderson, 49, of Sawyerville was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear for bad checks

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Maple Street and Macoupin Street. Kenny L. Fults, 18, of Belleville was issued a citation for possession of cannabis.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Mt. Olive Road in Eagarville in reference to civil standby.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Burton Street in reference to an animal complaint.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespassing. Timothy J. Dalpozzo, 57, of Benld was arrested for criminal trespassing to residence and a Macoupin County warrant for criminal trespassing to a residence.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at South Street and Chestnut Street and charges are pending crime lab results.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to Macoupin Street and Elm Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Osie Street in reference to a dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to medical assist.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Spruce Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Baker Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Street in Benld in reference to a medical call.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to an ordinance issue.

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HSHS St. Francis Hospital offers volunteer opportunities for feens

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LITCHFIELD, Ill. — HSHS St. Francis Hospital is offering service opportunities to area teens this summer through the 2024 Junior Volunteer Program. Applications are being accepted now through May 1.

Applicants must be high school students maintaining at least a “C” average, be a minimum of 14 years of age by June 1 and be willing to volunteer at least two hours per week during the summer program. Junior volunteers will perform a variety of duties in various hospital departments. 

Registration materials are available on the hospital’s website volunteer page at https://www.hshs.org/st-francis/community/volunteer.

All participants in the program will be required to present proof of immunizations for MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), and Varicella (chicken pox). An additional requirement includes attendance at a hospital orientation.

A limited number of positions will be available. For more information, contact HSHS St. Francis Hospital at 217-324-8200.

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