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Busy Meeting for Norris City Village Board

Busy Meeting for Norris City Village Board

The one hour and 20 minute meeting was highlighted by a discussion of the proposed changes for non-emergency dispatch services for the village. Mayor Roy Kissell said he and mayors Tom Harbour of Enfield and Joe Bisch of Grayville met recently with Sheriff Doug Meier, Carmi Police Chief Jason Carter and White County Board members President Don Puckett and Ron McAnulty to discuss the matter. They want Norris City to pay $12,000 a year effective this month, but they’ve will still receive the dispatch services as currently structured until an agreement is reached. Mayor Kissell reiterated that he was unhappy with way the situation has been handled, but after much discussion, the village board will look over the proposal and find a way to pay for it, for approval at next month’s board meeting, or possibly at a special board meeting before then.

The mayor asked that residents that received the blue cards from the gas department to please fill them in and return them. They are trying to educate the public about gas leaks.

Early next week flushing of the lines for the trickler filter will take place, with the project expected finished by January 17th.

The board agreed to donate $750 to the Norris City Ambulance Building.

They also agreed to participate in what is called White County-opoly, which is like Monolopy with Norris City businesses as board squares. A fee will be charged to play with the proceeds going to the White County CEO program. It will be held at the Floral Hall at the White County Fairgrounds in Carmi on Feb. 9th.

And the village will be a sponsor of the WROY-WRUL Brownfield Ag 2019. It’s $359 for a three week period.

The mayor received board approval to, if feasible, sign up for the Verizon Connect program, in which devices are attached to police cars and utility vehicles to track their whereabouts if they are needed in an emergency or know where they are if something goes wrong.

Mike Hite was given approval to attend the Illinois Rural Water Association conference in Effingham.

Contracts for the Gas Discount Program the village recently enrolled in are coming into play and the city of Orlando, Florida has just joined their group.

In the police report for December, there were four reports written, one arrest made and two 9-1-1 calls. Officers participated in the annual Cops and Kids Christmas Shopping at Walmart on December 22nd.

And planning the 2019 downtown Christmas Festival will begin shortly.

The next regular meeting of the Norris City Board will be Monday, February 4th at 7 PM.