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DePoppe asks City Council for new squad cars

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Hicks shows a bid that the City received for the fencing on the Illinois Power lot.

Gillespie City Council met in a special meeting on November 7, but the lawyers were not able to make the meeting to discuss union contracts so it will be delayed once more.”This is getting to be a time issue,” Gus Ottersberg addressed.

Police Chief Jared DePoppe advised the council that the Police Department is in dire need of new squad cars.”Preferably soon,” DePoppe said. In 2009, the department spent $14,000 in vehicle maintenance while $10,000 was spent in 2010, and $5,000 in 2011 just from January-May with 2 squad cars in the shop right now. We are getting to the point where we do not have a squad car with under 100,000 miles, DePoppe noted.

DePoppe has been checking into grants since he took over as chief. His research has not amounted to many grants available for cars. DePoppe went on to say United Community Bank preapproved the city for anything up to $90,000 for new vehicles. DePoppe also considered leasing new police cars where he can get a 2012 Dodge Charger for $22,000 if it is leased. “Basically, we can get one squad car for $1,921 per quarter,” DePoppe added. Gus Ottersburg noted he has done research on used Crown-Victoria’s that could get the department by for one or two years. “The used cars would have no warranty,” Mayor John Hicks added, “As is!”

DePoppe states each squad car has over 100,000 miles.

In other mayoral news, John Hicks received the annexation letter from CUSD #7 to annex the new elementary school into city limits. Hicks also received permission from United Community Bank that the city can proceed with placing a “yard sale billboard” on the bank’s lot on the corner of Pine and Macoupin.

The city council also discussed a deposit on houses bought in the city to cover situations like overdue bills and when people go “belly up.” Renters and owners both pay a deposit in nearby Sawyerville and Litchfield, and the deposit is never returned. The deposit is a one time thing meaning if you move out of the city and return later, there would be no deposit. How the ordinance is written would determine any other stipulations. The council is going to return on the subject at the next regular council meeting which is scheduled for Monday, November 14.

Donnie Shuey, head of the water department, updated the city on various projects. The motors and starter is burned out on the lift station, but work is being done weather permitting. In the past, the council had discussed taking the money the city gets from the grout job at the new elementary school site to replace old water hydrants. “There are 19 or 20 hydrants in town that are bad,” Donnie addressed, “We have replaced one so far and still have 2 new ones left.” The department will try to get the last 2 in before winter, weather permitting. The 40 hour work week goes into effect next week at the water department. The old water tower was put into service on October 17 and there have been no reported problems.

Numerous council members asked about Christmas decorations. Hicks said the brackets are up, but the power has not been hooked up yet.

According to Donnie, the City has 20 fire hydrants that are bad.

Dave Tucker advised the council of the route where the Illinois Department of National Resources plans to incorporate Gillespie in the bike trail/route. “This is the State of Illinois,” Tucker added, “Department of National Resources covered.” Tucker wants to see the route through Gillespie and not all country routes. The bike route is a secondary route that goes from Springfield down to Chatham, but routes the cyclists through the country until they reach Old Route 66. “There is not a down side to it,” Tucker added, “But I do not see much of a upside either.”

Cub Scout Weblos Pack 51 did some community service at the Gillespie Lake the past weekend, according to Frank Barrett. Barrett went on to say he will need a roll-off dumpster, which ranges from $450-500, to tear down three cabins at the lake.

The council will meet again next Monday, November 14, on a regular meeting to discuss tabled issues and other issues not brought to the special meeting.

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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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