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City of Gillespie eyes Power Savings Solution

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Would save at least $1,021 each month at the Sewer Plant

Clint Newingham demonstrates how his product will save the City money.

During a regularly scheduled meeting on February 13, the City of Gillespie heard from Clint Newingham from Power Savings Solution LLC. The company corrects the power in a place and anything with an inductive load which would be lighting, air conditions, and electric motors. When the company corrects the problem, it will save on total kilowatt hours and will also make any equipment last 60-80% longer because it will take away the power that is not being used to make the equipment run more efficiently. Newingham recently visited the sewer facility and ran a test.

Kara Schoen explains that she has to walk a block sometimes because parking is not available.

Newingham covered the multiple page packet that each board member was handed. The company broke down how much energy is being used now and compared it to how much energy would be used after Power Savings Solution corrects the problem. The City would save $1,021 each month after testing the energy used in the blower building, the intercept plant, and the normal flow building. The total cost to install the unit in each building is $13,625 with a 7-year warranty, so it would pay for itself after 13.3 months. The unit has a surge protector so if lighting would strike any building, the unit would take the hit and not the electric motors at each plant and then it is a free replacement for 7 years. Each unit is built specifically for the need, so the units cannot be used anywhere else. The council decided that it will discuss the savings and contact Newingham if they are interested.

The council discussed the issue later in the meeting and said it would be a “win-win” if they get the grant money and save that much money each month. The council decided they are going to table the decision until next week when the council has a finance meeting to see if the finances are there. A motion was made to accept the offer if the finances were available. The motion was carried with a 5-0 vote.

Mayor Hicks then read a letter that he received from Gus Ottersburg. Gus resigned his position as alderman, “I am resigning my position as alderman of Ward 4 effective immediately,” Hicks read, “It has been a pleasure to serve the City of Gillespie for the past 5 years, thank you.” Hicks went on to recommend to appoint Steve Kluethe for the open alderman position to replace Gus and fill in for one year until he has to run for reelection. The council voted 5-0 to appoint Kluethe to the vacant position and will swear him in on February 27 during a special council meeting.

Kara Schoen along with Ruth Loveless informed the City that the new parking restrictions on Madison Street have caused real havoc for everyone in the 115 block. “It is causing a real mess,” Kara explained, “There are times I have to walk a block away because there are so many cars.” Kara explained that there are always numerous cars because of the the library, senior housing, apartments, or AA meetings. There are six apartments in Ruth Loveless’ complex and there are only 4 spaces on side of the street.


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“Even if we could just put parking lines, it would help,” Ruth Loveless added, “Because people don’t park right and take up too many spaces.” The council discussed that anybody can park on Chestnut street. City Attorney Kevin Polo explained that the renter has to provide as many parking spots as there are renters, so it should be Ruth Loveless’ responsibility to provide parking spots and not the City’s.

Dave Link hands over a bid to the council for the work that still needs to be done.

Another parking issue was brought to the council by Steve Joyce. Joyce said the real problem is at the middle school when parents are picking up their children from school. “I just can’t understand how stupid people are, plain and simple,” Joyce stated, “It is a mess, especially when it is muddy or raining. Someone is going to get hurt and I am surprised no one hasn’t yet.” Cars are supposed to line up in a double file line and wait to drive through the hair pin to pick up their kids without getting out of the car. The process would be simple, but parents would rather park and walk up and get their kid. That is the problem Joyce is alluding to.

“They double park, they block administrators in, and it is crazy.” Joyce went on to say that the school does not seem to be too concerned about the issue because he has never seen an administrator directing traffic in the two years he has been picking his grandchildren up from school. “I think the City needs to step in because the school doesn’t care,” Joyce closed, “When you go out there and see teachers directing kids and see no administration, I am just flabbergasted.”

Dave Link was back with an estimate of what still needs to be done at the property on Main Street. “I thought we would have this worked out by now,” Link explained, “There is stuff hanging on the building and both the front and the back are still jagged.” Last time they took the wood off, they through it behind Link’s building instead of taking it with them. “If they would have done what they said they were going to do before they started, we would not have this damage,” Link closed, “Then they filled the well with bricks and I don’t know if that is illegal or not.”

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Mayor Hicks said the council is holding money back from Burns Excavating to make sure the job gets completed. The council is working to get to a solution while they still owe $43,000. Alderman Dan Fisher recommended that the council pay Burns Excavating $28,079 to tie this over until the problem is solved with Dave Link. “Some of this list should have been done before they left the job-site,” Dave Tucker added. The council then decided that no money will be paid until all the problems are solved.

Under ordinances and resolutions, the council tabled to lease a lot located at 120 North Jersey to the Macoupin County Public Health with the provisions set in the contract until the council decided what will be charged for snow removal. The council then voted 5-0 to support resolution #12-2 supporting Taylorville Energy Center.

In closing, the council voted 5-0 to buy one 2011 police car. “The finances are there,” Dave Tucker explained. The new car will be a Crown Victoria and white in color.

 

 

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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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