The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
by: Shirley Linder, Quill Editor
As a compromise in regards to the complaints by farmers hauling grain to the local elevator a truck route has been established in Stronghurst which includes only two stop signs. Signs will be posted marking the truck route. There is also a truck route established for the delivery trucks which go to the school and nursing home.
The stop sign at the corner of Broadway and North Street will be removed, however, one will be erected at the corner of North and Elizabeth St. making that a four way stop.
Due to a misunderstanding of who was responsible for putting flags up for holidays President Eric Chockley has been receiving many phone calls from citizens upset that flags were not put up. Chockley checked into the situation, found the original idea for the flags was the Booster Club, the village purchased the flags but was not responsible for putting them up. He checked with the Bank of Stronghurst, as the employees had been putting them up and found the flags were in bad shape and had been burned. Chockley went to Menards and purchased 100 flags, at 1/2 price, which have now been put up.
Ronnie Gittings reported around 230 of the new water meters are now installed. They were able to read 197 of the meters on the last reading and it took approximately 40 minutes.
President Eric Chockley appointed Michael Bohnenkamp and David Vancil to approve the payroll hours before vouchers are made out.
Michael Bohnenkamp, as chair of the police committee, requested the board increase the police budget by $2500, raising it to $35,500 to cover the cost of Social Security and Medicare. The board voted to approve the request.
On a motion by Michael Bohnenkamp, seconded by Leota Caldwell, the board voted to pay zoning board members, Ron Schaley and Jerry Nortrup $40 per meeting for 6 meeting per year.
Chief of Police Gary Smith reported his department has completed 35 business courtesy checks during the month, with only one business found unsecured.
The police department received a grant for $250 from Wal Mart in Burlington, IA. Also they received 3 NBC Protective Masks through ILEAS valued at approximately $300 each.
Those present included: President Eric Chockley; Trustees, Michael Bohnenkamp, Lawrence Neff, Chris Cook, Leota Caldwell (arriving 7:06), and David Vancil (absent-Angela Myers); Clerk/Treasurer Lou Ann Nortrup; Employees, Ronnie Gittings, Mike Nelson; Chief of Police Gary Smith; Guests, Randy Jarvis, Roger Cook and Bruce Caldwell.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 9:56 p.m. until the next regular meeting on Monday, August 2, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.