Raymond Village Board Approves Tax Levy

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Members of the Raymond Village Board met on Monday, Nov. 18, for their second meeting of the month.

Mayor Denny Held would present the tax levy ordinance at the meeting, which came in at $101,117. That number is 3.25 percent over last year's levy, below the five percent number that would have required a truth in taxation hearing. The levy would pass 4-0, with trustees Bill Krager and Danny Hough absent.

In streets and alleys business, Trustee Bruce Poggenpohl said that one of the village's dump trucks had been taken in for repairs, with the other scheduled for some minor work once that one is back in service. Poggenpohl added that Christmas lights will go up throughout Raymond on Sunday, Nov. 24. 

In water and sewer business, Water Superintendent Rick Broaddus stated that there was a water main break near the fire house in Raymond, but it had now been repaired. Broaddus said that some hydrants in town had also been flushed.

In police business, Trustee Greg Bernhardt said that Officer Jody Grove continues to police the highway and monitor for speeders. The trustees expressed their appreciation of the great job Grove has done for the village.

Officer Grove will be attending a training session in Springfield on Dec. 20, regarding the new laws that go into effect in January.

In golf course business, Shoal Creek Golf Course Superintendent Drew Eilerman stated that the work cart had been fixed and old pins and flags will go out during the winter months while the new ones are stored away. Eilerman will also be in training in December as he will be taking a class in Bloomington on Dec. 2.

Before entering into closed session, the board discussed the animal control contract with Montgomery County. They are awaiting more information from the county before making a final decision.

The meeting would adjourn at 8:50 p.m. The board will meet next on Monday, Dec. 2.

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