Fairfield National Bank is coming to Grayville it appears. At Monday night’s Grayville Council meeting, a public hearing was held prior to the meeting for the sale of property at 110 East South Street in town. With no other bids, the property was sold for the price of just $7,500.
Jc Tinsley was at the meeting for WROY/WRUL News and reports the Grayville Police Department will be moving into a portion of the Little Wabash Fire Protection District’s building. At Grayville’s October 12th meeting, council voted to basically shutter the quickly dilapidating building the police were working out of. At the time, there was no clear direction, at least publicly, with regard to where law enforcement would go. Following executive session Monday night, city attorney Jay Walden said,
“So if you want me to start the process…in executive session, we did have a discussion pertaining to the possibility of entering into an intergovernmental agreement between the city of Grayville with the Little Wabash Fire Protection District for a proposed lease of a portion of the Fire Protection building for use by the city of Grayville Police Department. So there was that discussion and if the council wishes to take action, someone can make a motion.”
Commissioners Don Baldwin, Tyler Howell, and Chris James all voted yes. Finance Commissioner David Jordan was the lone “no” vote, and Mayor Travis Thompson who is the head of the Little Wabash Fire Protection District abstained.
Commissioner David Jordan went over a summary of the budget with council. He emphasized that the city could potentially have a dilemma with cash flow over the next few months.
“The major dilemma is gonna be cash flow over the next few months. We’ve got no sign of White County taxes coming in in the near future. That’s about 60% of our tax revenue from White County. Edwards County’s first installment is the latter part of November so it’s still gonna be awhile before we see any revenue from them.”
Grayville has just under $110,000 available in working cash along with $912,270 tied up in investments and $976,000 in restricted funds.
Commissioner Jordan also reminded council and wished to remind the public that an electronic recycling event is coming to the area this Saturday from 9am – 11. The event will be held at the First Christian Church north parking lot. Call the city at 618-375-3671 if you have additional questions or email them…[email protected]
Don Baldwin asked again to have the speed limit brought up on an agenda. He says members of the community struggle with the placement of the 35 mile per hour speed limit change south of town and would like to request the state do another study to see if the limit there can be changed or the sign moved to a different location and not around the pronounced hill as you approach town.
Other business handled at the last municipal meeting of October included changes in procedural business for the city. Ordinance #896 will force the council to have not one, but two readings of any future ordinances before passage. It was passed unanimously. Council discussed amending the Solicitor/Peddler’s ordinance with regards to requiring proof of insurance. Additionally, although tabled, Commissioner Howell brought forward a quote for installing a coin operated automation system for the city’s bulk water. Council also agreed to sell a city owned property at 407 N. Middle Street.
Lastly, council heard two pitches for Risk Management Insurance. Agent Rick Davis made his pitch for First Insurance, who currently handles the business for Grayville. A representative for the Illinois Municipal League also made a presentation. Council will take the next two weeks to consider the offers before making a choice.
Council adjourned about 10 minutes after 8, a little over an hour after the public hearing began.