After reviewing and some discussion regarding a new potential sales tax revenue stream, members of the Schram City Village Board opted out of a municipal cannabis retailers occupation tax during their monthly meeting held Tuesday evening, Nov. 12, at the village hall.
However, an ordinance enacting a vaping regulation code was approved, which prohibits the use of vaping to any persons under the age of 18 years. Additionally, those practicing must be at a minimum of 15 feet from public places, places of employment and village vehicles otherwise they will be subjected to a fine.
According to the ordinance, the first offense will cost violators $100 and $250 for each subsequent offense. A person who owns operates or otherwise controls a public place or place of employment that violates the act will be fined $250 for the first violation, $500 for the second violation within one year after the first violation and $2,500 for each additional violation within one year after the first.
Village President Albert Oberle reported construction on the lift station project was schedule to start at the beginning of November, however, the contractor will contact him once the equipment is available to do so.
During last month's meeting, village trustees were given risk management quotes from ICRMT and the Illinois Municipal League RMA coverage to review. The board chose to save nearly $2,000 by staying with the Illinois Municipal League.
This year's fall clean-up will be held from Monday, Nov. 18 to Friday, Nov. 22. A dumpster will be available at the village hall from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seniors needing assistance may call the village hall at 217-532-3449.
In other news, the board elected not to sign a contract with the Montgomery County Animal Control and amend current animal ordinances during next month's meeting, removing dogs and cats from the village's current laws. They noted that animal control raised their prices and how they must capture the animals for them to pick up, which poses its own set of issues and responsibilities.
During an update in streets and alleyways, Oberle said he would be submitting the motor fuel tax to Prairie Engineers this week. He said the village spent a little over $16,000 on oiling and rock this year and completed about a third of the roadways. The village received $15,000 in state funding, however, it would cost roughly $50,000 to complete the entire village. Oberle also mentioned more patch work was done this year and they will most likely continue doing so, and that the village is now part of the five-year program to resurface Route 16.
In grant news, Oberle updated the board saying the USDA requested the village's 2019 audit regarding a grant to replace its truck. According to the village president, they are now just waiting for funding. Oberle also shared that the village will also be looking to update the tractor, mower and street sweeper, which is 28-years-old, with the help of USDA grant funding.
Oberle shared a note of thanks from FAYCO for the village's $250 donation for the use of the building during the fall festival.
Trustee Sam Whitlow asked for an update about Dollar General. Oberle reported that the developer, Glenwood Equities, will soon be turning over the building to Dollar General. Electrical work is now being completed, while the village recently finished placing the sewer line. Oberle said they were "unable to gravity pull it", therefore a plumber will be installing a lift station at the site.
Trustee Pat Rhoades requested an annual $125 donation to Santa for this year's event to be held Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the village hall.
Just before a motion to pay bills, Oberle reported that the village recently received new street poles for street signs, and once the street sign project is completed, they will move on to traffic signs.
Next month's regular meeting will be held Monday evening, Dec. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.