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Norris City Village Works on Police Grants and More at Monthly Meeting

The Norris City Village Board met for its regular monthly meeting Monday night.  Scott Mareing was there and has this report…

The board approved renewing their Health Insurance contract with Blue Cross/Blue Shield with a 10 % increased in premiums.  They looked at other companies that charged less, such as Aetna, but their current insurance has better accessibility and is generally supported by the employees.

The village is working with the GWRPC on getting Police grants.  They have received a $40,000 grant for the recruitment and retention of officers, which is good for three years.  They are also working on getting a $30,000 grant from USDA Rural Development for purchasing fully equipped squad cars, which covers 70% of the funding.  The village is also looking at a grant for a walking trail at Boyd Park.

The board approved proceeding with funding of two resource officers for the NCO Grade School.  A retired state trooper, J. D. Murphy from Hamilton County will fill one of the positions and there are two other retired state troopers that are interested.

Also approved was a resolution for an ordinance with IDOT for $8,500 for resurfacing on West Main and between Division and Conger.

The City Wide Yard Sale will be on May 3rd and 4th, with Clean-Up Days from May 6th to the 10th.

They are thinking of doing storm siren testing evenings instead of the mornings.

The village is advertising for bids for water meters for Phase IV of the Water Project, and will open them on May 6th at 10 AM at City Hall.

The board approved closing the alleys of the Harrison, Gladd and Raney properties.

They approved a donation of $500 to the White County Ambulance Service to purchase a thermal drone to locate missing children and a donation of $250 to the Norris City HCE to set out planter barrels on the streets.

The village office, library and drive-thru will all be closed on April the 8th for the Solar Eclipse.

The village now owns the three lots next to Beatty Field, which will be used for extra parking.

Litigation on the landfill is proceeding.

The new concession stands for the park should arrive in ten days and two awnings for the picnic tables have been ordered.

In the Police Report for March, there were five reports written, one accident report, one arrest, ten traffic stops and warnings, and two citations issued.

The board adjourned at 7:49 PM.  The next meeting of the village board will be on Monday, May 6th at 7 PM.


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