The Schram City Village Board approved a $100 Christmas bonus for each village employee following a 16-minute executive session during their monthly meeting Monday evening, Dec. 10, at the Schram City Village Hall. With Trustee Jerry Woods absent, they would also motion to approve five paid sick days that will be awarded at the beginning of the year or once an employee reaches one year of employment.
In ordinance news, members of the board updated the village's sexual harassment amendment. A complaint and/or retaliation charge must be filed within 300 days of the alleged abuse, whereas the ordinance used to call for 180 days.
President Albert Oberle presented the 2018-2019 annual tax levy ordinance in the amount of $22,010, which was approved by the trustees.
Village Clerk Janet Stewart noted that the hall will be open Monday, Dec. 10, to Friday, Dec. 14, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for those interested in filing for three trustee positions for four-year terms in the upcoming consolidated election. The last day to accept petition certificates will be Monday, Dec. 17, when the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During area reports, trustees continue addressing issues like vehicles, furniture and trash in yards, and siding and insulation peeling off, in an effort to improve the village. Trustee Kevin Tuetken reported that large holes behind the First United Pentecostal Church that were filled last month will need attention, once again, due to speedy travelers. Board members discussed ways they can slow traffic, such as signs.
Hillsboro Police Chief Randy Leetham reported that the underpass was obstructed by a young man who was processed and arrested for driving under the influence.
Village resident Barb Whitlow was on hand to express her concerns on the condition of Klar Avenue, while Mary Martin addressed derelict buildings and asked if street signs have been ordered. Oberle reported that 145 signs were ordered and are expected to be delivered within the next few weeks.
During an update on the insurance policy, Oberle provided board members a quote from the Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust.
"In the past we've always gone with the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association, but as you can see, in this quote that we received from ICRMT, there is potential for quite a bit of savings," he said.
Tuetken asked if the deductible from each policy were the same, to which Oberle said they were. Trustee Earl Eller asked about cost savings which totals $7,723, along with more coverage. The village will have more flexibility in regards to making payments. Board members approved the adoption of the Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust program insurance policy.
Before making a motion to pay bills, Oberle presented the board with a rough draft of the village's emergency operations plan that he, along with Taylor Springs and Hillsboro leadership, have worked on this past year.
"We got lucky here two weeks ago," Oberle said regarding the tornadic storms that made their way into Montgomery County. "I would like for everyone to take this home, review it, bring it back to next month's meeting and tell me what you like, don't like and what changes need to be made."
Oberle noted that once the disaster plans are completed, all three municipalities will have a copy of each plan. He also said a line of succession will need to be established in the event he is out of town, and how the plan will be reviewed by the board yearly.
Martin asked where the closest siren is to the village, with Leetham stating there are sirens at the sports complex and the Challacombe House in Hillsboro. While those sirens may be heard within the village, Oberle said the village may begin appropriating funds next year to purchase a siren.
The next monthly meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. at the village hall. All residents are encouraged to attend.