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Ray encourages Norris City Village Board to join Enterprise Zone

Mike Ray of the White County board, who is from Norris City, addressed the board members concerning the Village participating in the enterprise zone. The current zone expires in 2018 and applications for one to replace it are being accepted from now until the end of December. Ray said it would involve a minimal cost from the Village to be involved, although they’re not asking for money at this time. Mayor Roy Kissell will speak with White County Economic Development Director Sandra Irvin about it and discuss it with the board members at the July board meeting.

David Gunter was to talk with the board about getting them to take less on the lien against the Elsie Pearce property at 201 Spence Street. Currently the village is owed $4,368. But Gunter didn’t appear at the meeting as he said he would, so the matter was tabled until a later time.

An employee absence report was put together with policies for employees to follow. The board members were asked to read over the proposal and approve it with any possible changes at the next meeting.

In the police report for May, there were eleven reports written, two arrests made and eleven citations were issued. There were 13 9-1-1 calls and 19 off-road vehicles were issued new stickers.

In the animal control report, 13 cats from one house have been picked up, so far.

The 2016 prevailing wage ordinance was passed.

The Scout Hall’s exterior has been painted, a new door was installed and all electrical upgrades were made. The village thanked Spectra Energy for doing the work.

A list of abandoned cars and trucks will be given to board members at the July meeting.

Bills have been sent to two property owners for mowing done by the village. Residents are reminded that they are responsible for mowing their properties all the way to the street.

The Village Office lobby was painted, new security doors were installed and they are looking into possibly replacing the flooring.

The water plant has experienced some problems recently. It was flooded on one occasion and struck by lightning on another. They are replacing controls and sensors with repair costs at about $49,000.

Monies from the tax extension for the fall of 2016 have been received, totaling about $200,000, with about $41,000 of that from the TIF district.

The board approved renewing the contract of Sanitary Plant manager Bobby Brown for three years.

The next village board meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 5th at 7 p.m.