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Norris City Board Met Monday


The new village board members, Charles Land, Kevin Pettijohn and Wayne McKenzie were given the oath of office, replacing the outgoing Judy Daubs, Jack Johnson and Norm Trousdale.

But, before that, the old board approved the closing of the alley from South Division Street to South Forrest between Second and Third streets and a revision of the liquor ordinance expanding the rules for a class “B” license.

Mayor Roy Kissell thanked Daubs, Johnson and Trousdale for their many years of service. All three said they enjoyed serving the village and pledged to help the new trustees any way they can.

Luke Marsh, who has been looking into posting signs welcoming people to Norris City. again addressed the board. He recommended putting up post signs made of long-lasting materials with solar lighting that cost $3,000 each. And they’ll need to come up with a design for the signs. The board will continue to look into the matter.

There have been reports of aggressive dogs in town and a lot of cats running around. The animal control officer can’t be everywhere, so the police will enforce the ordinances and issue tickets to violators.

Mayor Kissell okayed the renewal of the Kelly’s Quick-Stop Liquor license. The board approved a proposal from Brinkley and Son Excavating to remove the ground water storage tank that is no longer in use for $2,000.

The painting of the elevated water tower will begin the first week of June. A Fighting Cardinal will be painted above the words “Norris City” at a cost of $500. The board agreed to allow signage honoring local award winners not in a school-related category. Groups will be mentioned, not individuals.

They’ll look into purchasing planters that will contain plaques giving a brief history of the village. Various clubs would care for them during the summer.

Mayor Kissell noted that there are many yards in town that need mowing and houses that need attention. He said he wrote up eight ordinance violations of people’s yards before the meeting.

City wide clean up week is going on now through this Friday. No tires, auto parts, batteries, electronics, paints or chemicals will be accepted. And the mayor also said that board members need to stay current with legislative moves going on in Springfield as they could affect this area.

In the police report for April, there were two arrests made and one citation issued, and six 9-1-1 calls.

The next village board meeting will be Monday, June 3rd at 7 PM.