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Norris City Village Board approves trash pick up bid, looking into gas contract

The Norris City Village Board met Monday, February 6th for their monthly meeting.

The Board accepted the lowest of two bids for residential trash pick-up from Bulldog Systems, which is a three year deal costing $990 the first year, $1,020 the second year and $1,050 the third. The other bid was from Republic Services.

The Village is looking into the gas contract. They can either continue with United Gas Management for another year at the current rate of six cents per dekatherm or go with Atmos Energy, who they are now in contact with. They’ll make a decision at the next Board meeting.

Also approved was a new electrical rate agreement with A.G.E. that will run from December of 2017 to December of 2020.

They approved training for Diana Tharp at the Southern Illinois Criminal Justice Summit in Mt. Vernon on February 28th and March 1st and approved Mike Hite and Gene Dillsworth to attend the Illinois Rural Water Association meeting in Effingham February 21st and 22nd. Hite will attend both days and Dillsworth one of the days.

The Village must develop a drug and alcohol test for employees as there is currently a test for drugs, but not for alcohol. The Village will work with USDI to write a plan to cover all Village employees.

The Board agreed to again donate $1,000 to the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, as they do every year.

They rejected a bid of $378 from Lyndon Sanders to purchase the old 1978 I-H truck as too low and will now seek other bids.

In the police report for January, there were eight reports written, three arrests made and nine 9-1-1 calls. The department worked with Kentucky authorities to file criminal charges of sexual assault and sexual abuse in White County.

The next Village Board meeting is Monday, March 6th at 7 p.m.