The Norris City Village Board met for its regular monthly session Monday night.
Meeting report courtesy of Scott Mareing
Keith Botsch of Botsch and Associates in Carmi presented the village audit for the fiscal year ending April 30th, 2021. He said the village was still financially sound and solvent and in good shape. Also the tax levy of $213,533 was approved.
Concerning the White County Ambulance Building, the board agreed to allow Mayor “Skip” Land to enter into an agreement with Mike Ray and David Campbell to turn the building over to the village for $5,000, or $2,500 to each of them. The paperwork will be drawn up and the deed filed to take over the building and the ground it stands on. The village has already taken over payment of the utility bills and will decide what to do with the Ambulance Building down the road.
Concerning gas meter fees, there are currently about 600 gas meters in the village and the fee is now $6 a month. The board agreed to raise the fee $3 beginning in January to $9 a month, and then raise it another $3 beginning in January of 2023 to $12 a month. The gas meter fee hasn’t increased in several years and this would put Norris City in line with other city’s fees.
Norris City is looking for a new part-time police officer due to the resignation of Alan Wurst.
The mayor was given permission to look into using some of the COVID relief monies to buy cameras to monitor the water plant, ball fields and the old bank parking lot at Main and Division Streets.
Work on the sidewalks with TIF money is still being done and should be finished soon.
The board agreed to replace the Police Department’s black Dodge truck by trading it in for a new Ford Interceptor at a cost of $20,354.
A resolution was approved for work to be done on the high-pressure sewer line at the former William Nobbe and Company farm equipment supplier on South Division Street with an IDOT Utility Permit. Work will not be done or paid for by the village, and should be completed sometime this week.
Digging continues on the Phase III Water Project. The Mayor was authorized to have the village handle the disbursement of funds that come in from the state.
There were a lot of great compliments on the recent Christmas tree ceremony.
A reminder that the employee’s Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December 11th from 4 to 5 PM at the Red Onion in Equality.
In the Police report for November, there were 8 reports written and one arrest made with no citations issued, and there were 17 9-1-1 calls.
The board went into Executive Session for 45 minutes to discuss wages and salaries and approved to administer the Pay Clarification Plan as implemented. The board adjourned at 8:30 PM. The next village board meeting will be on Monday, January 3rd, 2022, at 7 PM at City Hall.