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Gillespie council votes ‘yes’ to City-Wide cleanup

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John Fassero advised the council of the 2 events the Municipal Band will be playing at this year.

John Fassero advised the council of the 2 events the Municipal Band will be playing at this year.

Jim Alderson brought up the city-wide cleanup event to the council during a regular scheduled meeting on April 8, 2013. Alderson explained “everyone wants it.” Mike Bertolis added it was a little expense, but the council owes it to the community. “At least give the city this, we pay taxes,” Bertolis explained. “Give us a little something.” The late cleanup for Gillespie was in the fall of 2009.

Alderson investigated the issue and said the only open date left for Flowers was on Saturday, May 25. Flowers could possibly arrange to have it Friday as well, but Saturday is the best date for the company as so many communities have already booked weekends. In 2009, the City of Gillespie used ten 30-yard dumpsters and one 20-yard dumpster at the lake.

If the council chooses to have the cleanup on May 25, the last dumpster has to leave Gillespie by 2 o’clock. They would drop the dumpsters off around 6 or 6:30am leaving Gillespie 7am-2pm open for drop-offs. The council agreed there would be no curbside service added and council members would have to help out during the day to save on police wages.

Alderson explained employee costs for the day would be around $1,000 since the city needs a backhoe operator and a bobcat operator to smash the junk down to get the most in the dumpsters. Overall, the cost would not exceed $8,000 Alderson explained, but he was going to check with other trash companies. The council made a motion to investigate the clean-up, but approved a motion to have the city wide cleanup on May 25 spending up to $8,000.

Emergency Warning

Jerry Grandone voiced his concerns with the warning siren not being heard on the West side of town.

Jerry Grandone voiced his concerns with the warning siren not being heard on the West side of town.

Jerry Grandone explained he has lived on the west side of town for 43 years and he never hears the sirens go off when a storm is rolling in. “If it’s quiet, I can hear it,” Grandone explained. “Storms come in from the west, not the east.” He went on to add the problem is 700 kids on the west side of town right now. “I am not here for me; there are a lot of kids and people on the west side of town.”

Grandone explained the sirens are hard to hear if there is a 10 mile wind. Dave Tucker explained the sirens are for the people outside as the school has an early warning system. Tucker explained he tried to surface the issue as well, but it is a county issue and not a city issue. Steve Kluethe explained the council needs to reapproach the possibility of a new plan in addition to the current systems being used right now. “This has been going on for years and I am not considered about me, I am considered about the kids,” Grandone explained.

Committee Reports

Frank Barrett explained the insurance company doesn’t want to give the city any money for a pavilion since they sent us $69,000 four years ago and the city should have enough money left over to build the $38,000 pavilion. “I would like to put my project on hold until we can come up with some more money,” Barrett closed.

Barrett also nominated John Knowles to fill in at the lake to avoid overtime hours for other lake employees. The council approved the decision 5-0. Frank also reported the lake is down 0.5 inches.

New Business

The council approved MPACT’D request 5-0 to close Kelly Street on May 8 from 8am-3pm where they are having a Road Safety Rally. In addition, FFA is sending 3 kids to Washington and the council thought it would be nice to send them with spending money. The council voted to send each kid with $50 each since they will be doing all the work on the planters on Macoupin Street.

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The council brought up the Farmer’s Market ordinance #13-5 questioned in March. The ordinance clarified the business owner would be responsible and on site of all markets. In addition, any citizen growing produce can sell the produce on the same property it is grown on. The new ordinance was passed 5-0. Ageless Farmer’s Market is now a go!

Municipal Band

John Fassero explained the Municipal Band is under new leadership and notified the council of the band’s budget for 2013 consisting of a performance at the Memorial Day service and at Black Diamond Days. The 2013 budget totals to $2,500 for the two performances and music.

New Wave Communication – Franchise Agreement

Bill Flowers, with New Wave Communication, explained the franchise is being acquired by a new ownership group planning on taking over on May 1, 2013. “Any change of ownership has to be approved by the councils,” Flowers explained. He asked the council to approve a resolution to move on with the acquisition.

City attorney Kevin Polo explained he had an issue with two sessions of the agreement advising Flowers to take it the owners to get a response back with Polo. The council would move forth with it once New Wave responded to Polo. Flowers closed with mentioning New Wave customers would not notice any changes as billing would remain the same and it would come from the same people.

Police News

Chief of Police Jared DePoppe notified the council of a business in town receiving four $1 counterfeit bills. He said he doesn’t think the issue is going to be a problem. DePoppe went on to add the police department collected $3,500 from February court fines, $100 in ordinance fines, $285 in towing fees. Overall, the revenue from March totaled to $4,500. DePoppe also explained the department salvaged the old Impala and two other cars from the impound lot for $1,150.

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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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