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Gillespie makes final payment on bridge project

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Police Department collected $1,250 in ordinance violations in August

Brad Probst with AtlasGroup updated the council on what the company has to offer city employees. “We are a broker for work site, employee elective benefits,” he stated.

The City of Gillespie gave IDOT the final payment for the bridge project on Monday, September 10. “We need to get this signed and sent off, so we can get our money and pay him,” Hicks explained. The amount to be paid $80,782.86 and the money should come back to the City in 2-3 months. The motion was approved 7-0.

Harold Valerio then questioned the council in regards to the new water rates for out of town customers.

The council also upgraded copy machines in the City Clerk’s office for the same price as they are paying now. It is made available to them through Watt’s, which the city has a contract with. It would still be $155 per month with up to 60,000 copies or print per year.

Dave Tucker brought up the point that the new water bills are going to be printed with the new copier, so the city might have to increase the copies. It would cost $0.15 each sheet after the 60,000 is reached. The council was going to talk to the secretaries about it.

The last issue brought up during the council meeting was the trees planted on the boulevard on West Walnut Street. Steve Kluthe said he has been trying to contact the family for the past couple weeks and will continue to do so. City Attorney Kevin Polo said there is an ordinance against planting streets that close to the road.

Eventually what will happen, Kluthe said, is the trees will grow out and you won’t be able to see around the corner. “We have been stuck with cutting down the trees on the boulevard and I don’t think we need any more,” Mayor Hicks added. Kluthe is going to continue and try and contact the resident owner.

Chief of Police Jared DePoppe brought his monthly police report before the council. He explained the court fines were a little late this month, so he was unable to add those in. The police department did bring in $1,250 in ordinance violations in the month of August and $760 in towing and impound fees.

Dave Link explains he needs dirt on the property on Macoupin Street.

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Dave Tucker questioned whether the council would like to table the idea of “Global Connect” or go forth with it. Global Connect’s voice messaging system would allow the City to reach thousands of contacts with a personalized message within minutes. Global Connect is the leading provider of web-based voice messaging without any capital outlay.

Since the system is web-based, there are no set-up fees, no expensive hardware or software to buy, no maintenance costs, no minimum usage requirements, no training or service fees, and no recording costs. The city would simply conduct their voice messaging campaign at any time, from any location – only a telephone or a web-enabled computer is required.

The council decided to table it for the time being.

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Steve Kluthe updated the council on squad cars. He said the highest mileage on the fleet is on the 2007 Chevy Impala with 150,000 miles. From January to date, repairs for the four cars in the fleet have cost around $4,500 for repairs. With three cars having 150k, 140k, and 125k miles on them, they are going to start looking for replacements. “That’s where we are now and it isn’t going to get better,” Steve closed.

Jerry Doliger notified the council that all the rock for the roads is hauled in and they are going to start oiling and chipping in the near future. He also noted the Windell Hopper has a license and he is going to be spraying Gillespie and East Gillespie in the next couple weeks.

Doliger also said the bike trail needs sealed before “we lose it.”

Janice Weidner questioned “if the clock was ticking for Lumpy” on his downtown buildings yet. Kevin Polo explained that the deed just got revised Friday, so it should close this week. Once, the city puts the dirt in and gets a ditch cut, they should be done. “Then, he has a year?” Weidner questioned. The council was going to check if the year is from the contract signature or the deed handover.

Chief of Police Jared DePoppe brought his monthly police report before the council.

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Brad Probst with AtlasGroup updated the council on what the company has to offer city employees. “We are a broker for work site, employee elective benefits,” he started. He made it clear that they are not health care or retirement. They simply pay cash if something happens to them during a time of need.

“It’s my job to see what is best for the City and their employees,” Probst added. The program is employee elected and has no cost to the city whatsoever. The city gets to expand their current benefit package at no cost.

Typically, employees use the money for co-pays, deductibles, mortgage, rent, food, gas, and anything else that does not go away. AtlasGroup currently works with Virden, Girard, and in the process of working with Jacksonville.

The council decided to let the employees contact Brad when they would like more information. It was passed on to the department heads to pass along to the employees.

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Harold Valerio then questioned the council in regards to the new water rates for out of town customers. “Individuals outside of the corporate limits of the City of Gillespie shall, in addition to the set rates above, be charged the same as a user inside the corporate limits plus 50%,” Mayor Hicks read. Valerio was unaware of increase.

He then went on to say that his neighbor and he have a reduced rate after signing a contract with the city after they put in a new water line. “In years past it has been a percentage increase,” Valerio explained. “Which is fine, but now it sounds like a fixed rate for everyone.” City attorney Kevin Polo said the contract was dated back to June 1988, but there is nothing in the agreement regarding the water rates.

Valerio explained the rates were a “gentleman’s agreement.” They came later after the contract and there was nothing in writing as he recalls. Their rate stuck as it was at the reduced amount, until now. His main issue was his rate is increasing more than anyone else’s. Before, it was always increased on a percentage increase so he still got his reduced rate. Now, everyone is it at the same level due to simplicity reasons, Hicks added.

To get the reduced rate, Valerio said they gave the City the water line and the new customers. Valerio and his neighbor collected tap ons, but haven’t collected near enough to even pay for the water line. The council agreed to keep the rates the same; they were trying to get rid of the differentials.

Dave Link requested dirt from the council. “We agreed you would come back and put dirt in once it settled,” he opened. He went on to say there are voids underneath the sidewalks and he catches all the rain in his basement after it rains. He said it needs to be built up for the water to run over the sidewalk.

Dan Fisher explained the property falls to the front. Fisher clarified that Link wants dirt brought in and he would like it to be shaped so the water does not run toward the sidewalk. Link explained there is a storm drain in the back so they can shape the ground to run back there, cut a swale in, or install a lift station for him.

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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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