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Gillespie council decides to not raise dispatching cost for Ambulance Service

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Larry Norville

Larry Norville explained the Ambulance Service has lost $65,000 in the last 6 months.

Despite the recent idea to raise the dispatching fee to $5,000, the Gillespie council decided to keep the service at $3,000 for the time being due to the recent fiscal problems at the Gillespie/Benld Area Ambulance Service. Larry Norville said the money is more of an appreciation rather than expense used to reimburse the police department for expenses.

Norville explained the Ambulance Service recently went to a full time paid primary crew versus the volunteers they considered before. Volunteers are paid $3 per hour for stand-by time, and then paid per run if they made a run. “For a long period of time, they were paid whichever was greater – per run or the stand-by time,” Norville explained. He explained the service tried to keep more employees, so they paid both portions.

That worked for some time. Recently, Norville explained the Ambulance service was paying employees to go to school to become EMTs only to find out they turned around and left the service for full time opportunities. To get full time medics, the Ambulance service had shift to a full time crew. “We just wanted to see where we are at, and we have lost over $65,000 over the last 6 months,” Norville added.

“I will cut anything I can cut whether it is $50 or $2,000,” Norville explained. He went on to clarify he does not suggest the police department does not deserve more money for their service, he is just saying the Ambulance service cannot afford to pay it.

Steve Kluethe

Steve Kluethe explained he just wanted a balanced and fair increase.

Steve Kluethe, chairman of the police department, said he is just trying to reach a balanced payment. “There has obviously been an increase in the Ambulance service, but there hasn’t in the dispatching service for us,” Kluethe said. “They work 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Even though they aren’t paid through the Ambulance service, there should be a negotiation between the Ambulance service and the dispatchers so they see some type of positive movement for them.”

Larry explained the Ambulance service has always used the Gillespie police department for their dispatching services. It makes them nice for them because they can always help with directions for in town calls or any sort of directions. “They know a lot of people and it helps out, they give us a better dispatch than an out-of-town dispatcher would.”

Dan Fisher closed the discussion, saying the $2,000 is not going to make a difference in their budget in the long run. “You guys are running $65,000 in the red,” Fisher said, “You have financial problems that we cannot solve. If you are running $62,000 in the red, the $2,000 would only get you down to $60,000 per say.”

“We have to find a better way to finance public safety organizations,” Fisher closed. “We never knew you were losing $65,000 until you told us. It’s not about how many calls you get; it’s about how many hours you pay someone for being on stand-by. It is a lot of money to pay someone 24/7.”

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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.

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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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