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City of Gillespie and Link finally come to agreement

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Link will get $8,900

During a special scheduled council meeting, the City of Gillespie finally settled with Dave Link concerning the building on Macoupin Street that have been tore down and under discussion for several months now about uncompleted contracted work.

Fisher explains the agreement with Dave Link.

“Basically we proposed a cash settlement with Dave, after our committee meeting, on his building equal to the dollar amount we spent on the township building,” Dan Fisher explained, “Somewhere on the order of $8,900. That is what we spent on that wall to repair their building. It would be equivalent financial interest of the major repairs on his building and the contractor would finish the other items that need to be done.”

According to Dan, Dave would be free to hire whoever he would like to finish the repairs necessary to his building. “That’s what you said, but I don’t think the contractor finished his job,” Dave Link responded, “As far as fixing the damage he did, he didn’t fulfill his contract and the city paid him for it. Plus he did not have to tear the front of the building down, so there is a little extra money for us.”

Dan responded and assured Dave that the city adjusted the contractor’s contract and have taken in account the savings the city received. “We did spend that amount of money for potential problems on the township building, so we would spend it on Dave’s as well and each of you would be treated dollar for dollar the same,” Dan noted.

In the redevelopment agreement with Dave Link, the agreement states that Link has one year to erect a building on that property. “I just don’t think that is feasible unless I dig it all out and compact it from the bottom,” Link explained, “The lots I own next to that lot have been settling for 20 years.” Mayor Hicks explained that the building needs to go up downtown so the city could collect sales tax off of Link. Link responded and said he understands that, but his other bar would be open within that year and hopefully within the next four months.


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The City of Gillespie then agreed to reimburse Dave Link the cost for stabilizing the wall on the township building, which is approximately $8,900, and Dave will be able to exercise his option of purchasing the property back from the city for the amount of $8,000. The City of Gillespie and Link will then split the cost of surveying of the lot for the balance of real estate involved.

Link will continue to work on his business to have it open within the next six months and also have the front part of the building stabilized in six months. In turn, the City of Gillespie will extend the agreement up to one year for the balance of remaining work to be done.

In other new business, the City of Gillespie decided to cut $250 off Tanya Hill’s water bill. Tanya Hill approached the council on March 12about her water bill. The family did not notice they had break and it got progressively worse. Mayor Hicks said he would print out the last five months and compare them to previous months to see how much water was actually lost.

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“In September, the bill started getting big,” alderman Dave Tucker explained, “I worked in backwards and made sure all the water and sewer were paid for.” Tucker went on to say that it took the family a while to find a plumber for the job and then Christmas came, so the job got put off.

The city cut off some of the penalties and a portion of the sewer. After taking $250 off, the family should owe about $193. The council approved the deduction with no objections.

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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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