New Trustees Take Seats On Village Board

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Raymond Village Board held a meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 6.

Police Chief Valerie Sheldon reported on activities for the month of April.

Trustee Pennock made a motion to hire Drew Eilerman as the new Golf Course Superintendent upon the retirement of Superintendent Tom Irwin. The motion passed unanimously. Trustee Bernhardt made a motion to purchase 12 new Club Car golf carts from Battery Specialists in Taylorville, at a cost of $4,388.40 each. The motion passed unanimously. Mayor Dennis Held reported that the installation of the zoysia grass was delayed to Monday, July 1.

There was no news reported in economic development.

In his final act on the Raymond Village Board, Trustee Joe Martin made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

At this point, Mayor Held presented Martin with a plaque commemorating his more than 50 years of dedicated service and commitment to the village of Raymond. Everyone in attendance shared warm wishes and congratulations on Martin's lifetime of contribution.

Afterwards, newly elected trustees Dan Hough and Bill Krager, and returning trustee Kathy Summers were sworn in to office. Mayor Held called the meeting of the new board to order at 7:25 p.m.

Mayor Held then presented the board with Ordinance No. 429 - Annual Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for fiscal year 2019-2020. The board reviewed the ordinance and Trustee Summers made a motion to approve it. The motion passed unanimously.

Resident Helene Robinson was in attendance to make a statement regarding excessive dog barking in the neighborhood. She stated that when the owners are home the dogs are fine but when the owners leave, the dogs bark until they return.

She added that she held an outdoor family gathering one Sunday and the barking began at 9 a.m. and lasted until 8:30 p.m.  Mayor Held stated that Clerk Greenwalt had found a specific ordinance regarding barking dogs, which was read to the board.

The board then mentioned other neighborhoods that had the same issue. Mayor Held suggested the board compile a list for notification.

Trustee Poggenpohl had several items of business to discuss in streets and alleys.

 

He mentioned a property owner had erected a barricade in an alley and had staked it off with rope. Mayor Held printed off the location on the GIS map and asked Chief Sheldon to speak with the property owner. Trustee Poggenpohl inquired on the ownership status of the village's new building and whether a sign for the shed should be ordered. Street Superintendent Mike Masten suggested a 2 by 20 sign for the front of the shed. Trustee Poggenpohl suggested that the sign should include the building's address, for emergency purposes and deliveries. Trustee Poggenpohl also mentioned that the lot at the old ambulance shed had been cleaned. The board expressed their appreciation to the new owners for getting the property in order so quickly. Lastly, Trustee Poggenpohl mentioned that dumpster prices were the same as last year, for junk week, and that a notice should go into the The Raymond News soon.

In water and sewer reports, Engineer Scott Hunt with Hurst-Rosche, Inc. was in attendance to discuss new information regarding Well #7. Hunt updated the board that the village had obtained a well permit at the end of last year, 2018, but had decided to hold off on the bidding process to see if certain sampling regulations had changed. The Environmental Protection Agency had submitted recommendations to the Illinois Pollution Control Board (PCB) for new construction sampling methods and the PCB has a deadline of August 2019, to decide whether or not to make the changes. Hunt is hopeful that the PCB will accept the changes as other states have. The issue now is whether to go ahead and build or wait, which will result in either no extra charges incurred, or additional sampling tests which may incur more charges. The construction permit is good for two years so there is no imminent need to make a decision. The board agreed to take Hunt's report under advisement and to discuss the matter further.

In police news, Trustee Bernhardt mentioned a possible need to revisit the property issue concerning the old garage and  missing roof. Trustee Bernhardt stated that he had discussed the matter with the property owner who is looking into repairing the damage.

Mayor Held introduced a letter from Montgomery County Emergency Management, who plans to send a representative to an upcoming meeting. The village has a $750 fee that needs to be paid before December 2019. The agreement is due by Monday, July 1. Trustee Hough made a motion to sign a letter of commitment from Law Agencies and the Shared Agency Agreement at a cost of $750 for 2019 and an annual maintenance agreement fee of $350 per year after that, with the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency. The motion passed unanimously.

In economic development, Trustee Pennock mentioned that Hillsboro Recycling Center will be hosting an electronics drive on Saturday, May 11.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.        

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