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Norris City Board Met Monday Night; Lots of Items Discussed in the Busy Meeting

There was an update on houses in need of repair or demolishing that were discussed at last month’s meeting. Two are being worked on and court hearings have been postponed, and two houses have not been addressed by the owners and court hearings on them will take place Friday, November 8th. One house has been sold and will be repaired or demolished by the new owner. There are seven other houses that need to be repaired or demolished and their owners have been sent letters. They have 30 days to respond.

In TIF District news, a contract has been signed with the American Legion and qualifying work is almost complete. The board agreed to proceed with Donovan Mead’s request for $23,750 in TIF money to help with painting and equipment for his welding business. He presented them with an affidavit on his financial situation and is also working part time and taking business classes. Mead expects to get his business up and running by next April. And the Lions Club does qualify for TIF money for building repairs. They’re currently getting bids on fixing their roof, so the board decided to table the matter until next month’s meeting.

The village is looking at purchasing a new marquis for the city office from Watchfire Signs, the same company used by the public library for their sign. Prices range from about $20,000 to $25,000. They decided to table a decision until next month.

The board approved the purchase of four emblems for police department vehicles with magnets to hold them in place at a cost of $48 each as the old emblems were peeling off and four flashlights with chargers at $137 each.

They also approved purchasing ads for the broadcast of NCOE boy’s basketball for the upcoming season on 92.1 FM and AM 1460.

A donation of $1,800 was approved for the Ambulance Service.

The board members looked at a synopsis of village ordinances that has been written for new residents that will be available soon and interested citizens are invited to come by the village office and check it out.

Residents are asked to please mail back cards from Paradigm Gas which should reach resident’s mailboxes by November 27th, which will have a list of questions for customers to answer.

In the animal control report for October, David Doerner picked up 17 cats, 11 possums and one rabbit. He will be setting up traps marked by the village and will be given a used pickup truck with a cage on it to capture the animals.

In the police report for October, there were nine reports written, no arrests made and eight citations issued as well as two 9-1-1 calls. The police department worked with the schools with active assistant training to satisfy their annual requirements and all officers participated in an annual gun qualification.

The annual Christmas party is December 14th at 4 PM at the Hideout in Marion.

At the December meeting there will be the consideration of Employee’s Salaries.

Board member Sue James will be Mayor Pro-Tem from November 7th to the 12th.

And the next meeting of the Norris City board will be on Monday, December 2nd at 7 PM.