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Village board simplifies sewer billing for residents who do not use city water

Arthur Graphic-Clarion of Arthur, Illinois

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Residents whose homes are hooked up with village sewer but not with village water will be charged a basic monthly rate for sewer service.

The village board on February 20 amended the sewer ordinance by setting a $30 minimum monthly sewer fee.

The amendment ends confusion resulting from the previous way of figuring the sewer bill for non-water residential customers.

To comply with regulations established by The Training and Standards Board of Illinois, trustees adopted an ordinance setting guidelines for hiring, training, and scheduling part-time police officers.

The ordinance includes a list of qualifications candidates must meet for employment, training procedures, and number hours the employees will be allowed to work.

The board extended Gary Jent's contract for six months at a cost of $1,000 per month. Jent is a consultant for the water department.

Mayor Matt Bernius signed a proclamation establishing March as American Red Cross Month. He urged board members, village employees, and residents to support the American Red Cross in its programs and efforts to help residents of central Illinois during times of need.

Iris Dicks attended the CIMOA meeting at Clinton.

The chief executive officer of the power plant was speaker. He said most of their employees now have 25 years on the job. As they retire, the plant will need to hire lots of employees to take their place.

Dave Tiffan said Veolia has changed its garbage collection day from Tuesday to Friday. This has caused some confusion.

Karen Good is the village representative on the newly formed Arthur Foundation Board of Directors. The group recently signed its by-laws. Once the by-laws are approved by the state, the foun dation will be eligible to accept financial donations.

Purpose of the Arthur Foundation is to financially assist with community projects.

Terry Clark announced the Finance Committee will soon meet with departments and other committees to begin working on next year's budget.

Police Chief Goodman reported that the Drug Abuse Resistance Education

(DARE) parents' meeting was held earlier in February. The DARE class begins the week of March 14 and 15 for the sixth grade at Arthur Elementary School.

Goodman added that the curriculum will change after this year's class, so he will probably need to attend some training during the summer to learn about the new curriculum for DARE.

Goodman is working with attorney Bob Crossman to settle some outstanding traffic tickets and ordinance violations. He said there may be one ticket and one ordinance violation that may go to court.

Crossman added that for the person who receives a ticket, it is cheaper to pay the ticket without going to court. It can cost $300 to $500 if it goes to court and the person is convicted.

The police department is working towards changing radio service from wideband to narrowband. Douglas County Sheriff's Department will switch on April 23, and the fire departments will change in August. Goodman said he does not know when Moultrie County Sheriff's Department intends to make the change.

A federal mandate requires agencies to change from wideband to narrowband by June 2013.

Work on sidewalks at Village Hall and the Welcome Center has been completed; however, work continues on sidewalk improvements at other locations around the city.

Karen Good said she has heard several positive comments concerning the sidewalk improvements.

Linda Ingles of Arthur Area Association of Commerce distributed a list of activities scheduled throughout the year.

Upcoming events include the Homesteaders on the Prairie and Gathering on the Prairie antique shows on March 2 and 3; the Third Annual Woodwright's Guild Home and Garden Show on March 8-10;

The Gospel Echoes Auction, March 16 at the Otto Center; the Christian Aid Ministry's Rummage Sale on March 29-31; The Toy and Farm Memorabilia Auction and Semi-Annual Consignment Sale on March 30 and 31 at Tri-County Auction; and Central Illinois Rabbit Breeders Association Show and Auction on March 31 at the fairgrounds.

Village board will have a work session at 6 p.m. in the Board Meeting Room at the Municipal Building, 120 E. Progress Street.

Next regular village board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 5.

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Original Publication Date: February 29, 2012

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