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Benld to finally repair old water line in Gillespie

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City to go ahead with dispatching services provided by Gillespie

Jim Kelly explains the old water line will finally be replaced. The council looks on as Kelly explains the problem should have been fixed 5 years ago.

Jim Kelly explains the old water line will finally be replaced. The council looks on as Kelly explains the problem should have been fixed 5 years ago.

In a regular council meeting on Monday, September 9, the City of Benld said the water meter from the old water line at the south end of Gillespie would finally be removed. Jim Kelly, maintenance/sewer/water chairman, said the quote to have the work done is $4,495 and Gillespie has agreed to split the cost to finally close out the issue.

Both Gillespie and Benld will pay $2,247.50 for the work and the issue will finally come to a rest “forever”. Kelly explained the old meter will be taken out and the line will be capped. “Then, we will be done with that line forever,” Kelly laughed.

Kelly said the meter is located at the end of Gillespie by Clark Street. The meter being taken out is right next to the new meter. According to Kelly, the old meter was supposed to be taken out 5 years ago and it never was. “The old line is leaking in the ground and has been for 5 years. It was supposed to be pulled and capped, but it never was,” Kelly stated.

“The work was not done right. It should have been pulled, capped, and taken care of right then and there. I don’t know why it wasn’t; I’ve heard 5 different stories and frankly, none of them hold water,” Kelly continued. Benld didn’t obey the contract, there was a big fight with the contractor, and it has been a big “brouhaha” ever since, Kelly said. The old meter will be taken back to Benld.

The council went on to approve a dispatching contract with the Gillespie Police Department. The decision to have Gillespie take over the dispatching services for the Benld Police Department was made in the August meeting. Benld’s current contract with Mt. Olive will end on September 30.

Brian Frensko reported the Benld police-dispatching contract with Gillespie would have a 90-day escape clause for both cities along with an annual meeting to review any necessary changes. The annual meeting will not affect the cost of $800 per month.

5% Water Increase goes into affect in October

Jim Kelly explained the 5% increase on the water bills will take place next month. “We just pass the increase on to our customers and that has been agreed upon,” Kelly stated.

He also added the insurance will cover the damage on the lift station after the city pays a $700 deductible. The insurance determined the damage was from vandalism, but then a lightning strike did the rest of the damage.

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Kelly said the installations of water meters are coming along good. “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel now,” Kelly added. He said the city is also “cracking down” on past due water bills and it seems to be effective so far.

Post Office is Open

Jim Kelly reported the Benld Post Office opened on Monday, September 9 inside the Benld Police Station. The lobby hours are Monday thru Friday are from 8am to noon and 11am to noon on Saturday. The lobby hours are 7am to 7pm, but there is a glitch with the automatic door opener and it will be fixed within 1 week. Until the door is fixed, the door will only be open during the lobby hours. The signs for the Post Office aren’t installed yet, but will be once they come in.

The building is now considered a temporary building, but it will be a permanent building once they have regular customers. The city will renegotiate the contract with the Post Office once the building is considered a permanent building. The council will work on the drop box in the back of the building to see how things work now that it is open.

Police Report

Brian Frensko reported there were a few issues with the chief’s car, but both have been resolved. He went on to add Kurt and the crew have been doing a good job trying to keep up with the grass and trash ordinances, but it just goes round and round since owners get a warning and have 10 days to clean it up.

“They clean it up, then they get another warning and another 10 days to get it cleaned up,” Frensko explained. “We are getting complaints. It’s the same people over and over. We need to think about changing that ordinances.” Mayor Sidar agreed saying that ordinance needs to be tightened up.

The police car grant is still underway, but Mayor Sidar found out that the city couldn’t receive the money until they have purchased a car. She expects the city to have car by November with all the necessary equipment and she will continue to update the council with the grant status.

Old Business

Mayor Gloria Sidar reported the cemetery roads were not oil and chipped, but those were figured in the proposal. She contacted HMG and they will contact DeLaurent to come back and oil and chip the cemetery roads. “It will get done, it was just an oversight,” Sidar reported.

City Attorney’s Report

Rick Vertichio, city attorney, looked over and approved the police car grant for the city to get $14,500 toward a new police car. Vertichio advised Mayor Sidar to continue to reply to the many requests and they should get the grant.

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He went on to say the city would proceed with the sale of Conlee properties. Both sales are scheduled for September 12 at 9:00am. The city has its credit bids for all the money expended entered for both properties and the city will own them unless someone outbids their credit bids they have already placed.

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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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