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Village of Maryville, Illinois

Description Caucus Minutes
Date7/12/2006 Location Council Chamber
Time Speaker Note
6:30:15 PM Gulledge Called the Caucus Meeting of Wednesday, July 12, 2006 to order and asked those in attendance to join in the Pledge of Allegiance. After the Pledge, he asked for a roll call of those officers present. Answering the roll call were Trustees Limberg, Schmidt, Callahan and Kostyshock. Bell and Garcia arrived later. Also in attendance were Clerk Long, Village Attorney Keck, Public Works Director Presson, Building and Zoning Administrator/Fire Chief Flaugher, Comptroller Brussatti, Assistant Fire Chief Darrin Hartman, Assistant Fire Chief Joey Cruz and two (2) reporters.
6:31:35 PM Gulledge Called for approval of the meeting minutes from the June 28th Caucus. He asked if there were any questions, additions or subtractions to the minutes as prepared by the Clerk. There were none. Motion to approve was made by Kostyshock and seconded by Limberg. Voting on the motion: Limberg - yes; Schmidt - Abstain; Callahan - yes; Kostyshock - yes. Motion carried.
6:32:49 PM Gulledge Went to Agenda Item #5, Subdivision Lights & Signs. Explained the Village's intent to see ornamental lights and signs installed in new subdivisions, as well as replacing old fixtures with ornamental as repairs are needed. He asked Presson to discuss.
6:33:30 PM Presson Explained he will need some direction from the Board at tonight's meeting as to how they want to proceed. Handed out a brochure showing styles and types of product. Stated there are numerous options. Explained he needs an opinion from the Board as to what style they prefer and which area with which to start before he can put together a price list.
6:34:39 PM Bell Arrived and was seated.
6:34:46 PM Presson Distributed a hand out showing current styles through Southwestern Electric and Illinois Power in reference to decorative street lighting which meets Village codes, rules and regulations.
6:35:16 PM Garcia Arrived and was seated.
6:35:49 PM Gulledge Explained for the benefit of Trustees Bell and Garcia, that the current discussion is regarding decorative street lighting and signs. Explained that Presson is asking for some direction so as to proceed with his estimates.
6:36:59 PM Presson Explained as an example, on signs alone, there are choices between side mount and bottom mount, whether or not to install decorative brackets on the side, all of which add into the cost, but are decisions that have to be made.
6:37:18 PM Gulledge Commented there is a lot to do with this project. Explained he will let any Trustees ask Presson any questions they may have, and then will assign a couple of Trustees to meet with Presson and come back with a recommendation for the Board of two to three styles to choose from. Commented as the Board is looking at styles, Presson will obtain pricing with the goal that they will try to make a decision in approximately the next month.
6:38:03 PM Bell Asked if the plan is to replace fixtures as they can, with any new fixtures being decorative.
6:38:10 PM Gulledge Answered both comments are correct; as new subdivisions are built, they will be required to install the decorative fixtures. Also as the Village does work throughout the town in existing areas, and as can be afforded, the changes will be made as well.
6:38:45 PM Schmidt Asked if there were other styles to look at besides what is included in the hand out.
6:38:53 PM Presson Stated these companies provide what they consider to be two decorative styles that will be maintained by those companies; anything other than that, the Village would be required to maintain. Stated he did not think the Village was in a position to do that at this time.
6:39:23 PM Kostyshock Referred to the handout and asked if the Village will be installing the fixtures.
6:39:29 PM Presson Answered the particular handout to which Kostyshock is referring would be installed by the Village.
6:39:44 PM Kostyshock Commented Southwestern and Illinois Power only have two lights from which to choose.
6:39:56 PM Presson Explained even within those two choices, by changing a few options there are an abundance of choices between those two styles. He directed the Board's attention to the handouts provided.
6:40:13 PM Schmidt Referred to the hand out and asked the company to which it referred. Presson answered both styles of lights are offered by both companies.
6:40:28 PM Gulledge Asked Schmidt and Limberg, who are liaisons to the Planning Commission, to work with Presson and Flaugher on coming back with a recommendation. He asked them to come up with a first and second and possibly third choice. Stated he would like the issue brought back by August 9th, but no later than August 23rd. Explained he would like a decision before any new subdivisions are really underway.
6:41:31 PM Garcia Asked whether Vantage will be able to comply.
6:41:34 PM Gulledge Answered that is why he wants a decision as soon as possible. Explained they will call Vantage to explain the situation. Commented the Ordinance is on the books; the Village has not given Vantage the style as yet. He asked Flaugher to remind him to make the call to Vantage.
6:42:08 PM Limberg Commented there are a couple of subdivisions that currently have decorative fixtures installed, besides Fox Mill, and each are different. Further commented this will result in not having complete consistency throughout the Village.
6:42:22 PM Gulledge Concurred. Explained they will have to do this project little by little, concentrating on one area at a time. Commented the project will be very expensive and, as a result, will take a long time.
6:43:25 PM Gulledge Asked if anyone had questions for Presson, while he is still in attendance.
6:43:31 PM Bell Commented some of the Park recommendations will affect Presson. He asked whether they should be discussed now. Gulledge answered no; they will make sure Presson gets any recommendations presented, unless Bell has a specific question. Bell asked if they can simply skip to Agenda Item #7. Gulledge agreed. Bell commented on the first recommendation to rake out seed and straw areas where the new sewer line was installed for the comfort station at Drost Park.
6:44:45 PM Gulledge Explained to Presson they are referring to the water line that came out of Copper Creek, and the sewer line that goes across the park. Commented, as the committee was told at the meeting, Public Works is aware the work needs to be done; however the land has to settle first.
6:45:03 PM Presson Commented rain is vitally important to that process, otherwise they will be filling the area repeatedly.
6:45:11 PM Bell Commented they should get the project on the To-Do list. Commented on recommendation #5, to re-paint the parking lot lines at pavilion #1.
6:45:39 PM Presson Answered he has parking lots scheduled for two months, but will try to bump the project up.
6:45:57 PM Gulledge Asked if anyone had other questions for Presson.
6:46:05 PM Schmidt Asked if the Village will install the signs, or if they will pay someone to do it. Presson answered the Village will install them.
6:46:09 PM Gulledge Thanked Presson for his participation, and excused him from the meeting.
6:46:15 PM Bell Thanked Presson for setting up for the Movie in the Park event last month. Went on to Park Recommendation #2, to increase green space fees from $250 to $500 and $500 to $1,000. Commented the Board will need to discuss the issue, as these were put in place when the policy was implemented.
6:47:08 PM Callahan Asked for an explanation of the lower fee for the larger lots.
6:47:13 PM Bell Answered to attract the larger lots.
6:47:20 PM Gulledge Further explained it wasn't a big difference, but the reason it was done was to encourage builders to use bigger lots.
6:47:39 PM Flaugher Commented that reasoning is not exactly accurate. Explained the reason the fees were smaller was because bigger yards already have built-in green space.
6:47:45 PM Gulledge Concurred; however it was also done to encourage larger lots.
6:47:53 PM Callahan Commented the Board is of the opinion that the practice does not work.
6:47:57 PM Gulledge Answered his personal opinion is it does not have any bearing in view of the small amount of difference between the fees.
6:48:20 PM Bell Commented the Park Board's reasoning for the increase is that this is the only source of income for the committee, and there will not always be development.
6:48:34 PM Callahan Commented he does not understand why they would charge the larger lots less money. Commented if it is the source of income, they should charge the bigger lots at least the same amount.
6:48:49 PM Bell Commented the Park Board is not questioning the logic behind the fee structure; they simply feel it is time to increase the fees.
6:48:55 PM Callahan Commented he would be in favor of increasing them; however he feels they should be the same.
6:49:05 PM Kostyshock Commented he would like to increase the 16,000 or more to $500 and leave the 10,000 at $500; this way they would be collecting the same from both.
6:49:16 PM Schmidt Commented they will not be collecting much more revenue from the SR1 lots.
6:49:22 PM Callahan Commented his understanding that there is a large SR1 project in planning currently. Stated it has been a long time since the last SR1 project.
6:49:34 PM Flaugher Answered the last were Stonebridge Woods and Fox Mill. Corrected himself, saying that Autumn Oaks was SR1.
6:49:46 PM Schmidt Commented his opinion to charge $750 for everything.
6:49:49 PM Bell Commented Vantage had some SR1's.
6:49:51 PM Gulledge Answered Vantage is already paid, and will not affect this discussion.
6:50:12 PM Callahan Suggested a compromise of $750 "across the board".
6:50:21 PM Bell Agreed.
6:50:28 PM Schmidt Reminded the Board that this is part of the subdivision code, and will require two (2) public hearings.
6:50:40 PM Gulledge Asked if this is an amendment, and brought Flaugher to the podium to discuss.
6:50:44 PM Flaugher Answered he believes public hearings are only required if it is an amendment to the zoning code. Stated he believes the green space fees are written into the subdivision code, not the zoning code.
6:50:59 PM Gulledge Commented they will have to check.
6:51:18 PM Limberg Asked how many years green space fees have been collected.
6:51:21 PM Gulledge Commented he would have to check to be certain, but his estimation would be four (4) or five (5) years.
6:51:32 PM Callahan Commented a lot of the lots being built were pre-green space; they have only collected on approximately 200 lots.
6:51:39 PM Gulledge Commented it is more than that; however Callahan is correct that most were already done before implementation. Asked the Trustees their opinions.
6:52:10 PM Limberg Commented he would like to see an increase; however the proposal is a 100% increase, which is large. Commented they have increased sewer and water hook-up fees, which has not seemed to affect construction. Commented he is unsure whether this increase will affect construction. Commented his opinion that contractors will not be receptive to the increase. Stated he thinks the proposed increase is a little extreme. Stated he would like to discuss a compromise on the figure. Gulledge asked what his proposal would be. Limberg answered $500 on the 16,000; $750 on the 10,000.
6:53:22 PM Schmidt Commented he brought this issue up at the Planning Commission, who suggested researching comparables with other municipalities. Stated he is unaware of another municipality that implements a green space fee the way Maryville uses it. Commented he would be agreeable to $750 "across the board".
6:54:03 PM Bell Agreed.
6:54:07 PM Callahan Commented he would be in favor of $1,000; however $750 is fine with him.
6:54:20 PM Kostyshock Agreed, as long as they are kept the same.
6:54:24 PM Garcia Agreed.
6:54:29 PM Gulledge Commented they will discuss the issue with the Attorney and will let the Board know as soon as the procedure is determined. Stated if they have to conduct public hearings, they will send it to the proper authorities and set them up.
6:54:57 PM Bell Went to the next recommendation regarding ideas on what can be done with the four (4) acres owned by the Village. Stated after a lengthy discussion, there was a passed motion that the committee would like the Village to free them from entering into any kind of agreement with CARD or any other entity. Stated this came up due to CARD's interest in that property. Garcia asked the reason. Bell answered part of the reason is to keep more control; however several of the members wanted to keep this area more of a natural area with not even a pavilion but rather some picnic tables. Commented it is a pretty rough spot on which to get off the bike trail. Commented the committee simply wants more time to think about a use for the area and apply for grants versus entering into any agreement with another entity.
6:56:32 PM Gulledge Explained his opinion as to the reason this subject came up: Stated he had a meeting a few months prior with Mark Badasch from CARD at which they spoke about a number of issues. Stated this is one of the areas CARD thought they would like to be involved with the Village to develop the four (4) acres that was the old sewer plant. Stated he took the item to the Park Committee for their feelings, and met with them at the property to view it. Stated at this time, they recommend no municipal agreement be entered into; but rather study the project more before any decisions are made. Stated he will need to get back to CARD on the decision of the Board.
6:58:03 PM Schmidt Asked who initiated the call.
6:58:08 PM Gulledge Answered he made the first call; however they have had multiple meetings to discuss a number of issues.
6:58:27 PM Bell Commented the initial discussion stemmed from an idea to develop the area in conjunction with what was done with the YMCA. Explained the two projects ended up separated. Stated some residents have commented on such things as deer in that area, and the thought is to try to keep it somewhat natural.
6:59:01 PM Garcia Asked what residents are back there.
6:59:03 PM Gulledge Answered there were a couple that live in that cul-de-sac, but could not remember the names; stated his opinion that most of their concern is anything at all going back there. He asked Bell's recommendation.
6:59:44 PM Bell Commented he would like to see something done for use from the bike trail. Stated he is not interested in installing parking, etc.
7:00:05 PM Gulledge Clarified his meaning for Bell's opinion regarding CARD. Bell answered he is in agreement with the recommendation. Gulledge asked the rest of the Trustees. Schmidt reviewed the location via Power Point display. Discussion regarding what can be done with the property ensued. Gulledge commented the land is generally flat; however the issue is ingress and egress with regard to the bike trail. Commented that issue may be resolved in the very near future. He pointed out the easements on the Power Point display.
7:01:53 PM Bell Explained some concepts discussed via the Power Point display.
7:02:18 PM Gulledge Continued his poll of the Trustees opinion regarding inter-governmental agreement.
7:02:27 PM Schmidt Answered he is not in favor.
7:02:30 PM Callahan Agreed with the Park Committee recommendation.
7:02:32 PM Kostyshock Agreed with the Park Committee recommendation.
7:02:35 PM Garcia Agreed with the Park Committee recommendation. Asked if someone would be able to get to the bike trail from there. Gulledge answered yes. Garcia commented her opinion that it should be worked on. Gulledge agreed.
7:02:46 PM Gulledge Commented his suggestion is to send the issue back to the Park Committee for research on possible ways for development. Commented if anyone is interested in seeing the property, they are welcome to go down; he is also available to accompany anyone and show them the area.
7:03:29 PM Kostyshock Asked if CARD is serious about getting land for Maryville.
7:03:48 PM Gulledge Answered he believes they are working on it, although he is unsure how seriously. Commented his feeling that they are working on a particular property within the Village limits; however it is in CARD. Stated CARD has had some conversations with the people involved.
7:04:33 PM Kostyshock Commented he would like to start the legal proceedings to withdraw from CARD. Commented if the Village could collect taxes from its own citizens, there would be no need to raise green space fees. Commented Village taxes go to Collinsville, and Maryville has nothing to show for it.
7:04:57 PM Gulledge Commented he does not disagree; however there is more to it than just starting paperwork. Stated it takes a 60% vote. Explained it is not just the people in Maryville that have to vote, but the citizens of Collinsville as well. Stated the vote will have to be to dissolve the district, as by law they cannot simply let the Maryville area out. Stated the only way for Maryville to get out is dissolution, which would take a 60% vote of the whole district, including Collinsville. Commented they are trying to work the situation out the best they can not only for the Village but CARD as well. Stated he understands the frustration.
7:06:15 PM Kostyshock Expressed his dissatisfaction that every time Maryville builds a large subdivision, all the taxes go to Collinsville.
7:06:25 PM Limberg Commented that what needs to be done as a community and a Board is to get somebody to run for a position on the CARD board so as to have Maryville representation. Commented everyone on that board lives in Collinsville, so they are not going to progressively search for areas to spend money in Maryville when their allegiance is to Collinsville. Commented his opinion that the Village will never get out of the CARD district.
7:07:27 PM Gulledge Reiterated the only way to get out is to dissolve it, which takes a 60% majority vote.
7:07:55 PM Garcia Suggested Bell run for the CARD board.
7:08:01 PM Gulledge Commented they need to move on with the meeting, and indicated this is an issue that he and Kostyshock can discuss at a later time. Asked Bell to go on to recommendation #4.
7:08:28 PM Bell Discussed this recommendation to purchase portable signs to announce annual events. Stated they were discussing having signs made up for each event. Commented at one time they discussed using tripod type signs that could be changed per event.
7:08:48 PM Gulledge Commented this would be in violation of the Board's ordinance. Commented he understands the signs would be helpful for attendance at these events; however he reminded the Board about the incidences with the yellow library signs around town, about which all Trustees received phone calls. Stated he could not advise the Board to vote for this, knowing it is in direct violation of the ordinance.
7:09:28 PM Bell Commented they could purchase some and set them up at the corner of Vadalabene and Schiber, as it is on the property where the event is being held. Gulledge agreed. Schmidt corrected them that the intersection would be Schiber and Robinson. Callahan commented they don't allow portable signs. Bell commented that is off site. Callahan and Garcia both answered no, portable signs are not allowed at all. The Trustees asked Flaugher how the ordinance reads.
7:10:16 PM Flaugher Answered temporary signs are allowed on the premises, similar to a political sign. Commented he received multiple phone calls regarding the "Movie in the Park" signs all over town from residents complaining that they could not put out "Open House" signs on Sunday, yet there were event signs up on Friday. Cautioned the Board to think about this before implementing this plan.
7:11:22 PM Callahan Commented that technically the municipality is exempt from some of these rules.
7:11:31 PM Bell Stated the discussion was to hang a directional sign at Route 159 and Vadalabene on the existing Drost Park sign for each event, that would be removed after each event.
7:11:53 PM Gulledge Suggested they have Flaugher attend the Park Board meeting on Monday evening to discuss what can and cannot be done regarding signs.
7:12:27 PM Bell Commented the purpose was directional. Stated he spoke with five (5) or six (6) people at the Movie in the Park event from other municipalities as well as Maryville that did not know the park or lake were there. Commented he does not want to break any laws. Commented he will accept whatever the Board decides. Stated he will take the recommendation back to the committee as a negative.
7:13:15 PM Gulledge Returned to Agenda item #6, Discussion of Ambulance Coverage, and asked Flaugher and Callahan to discuss.
7:13:24 PM Callahan Stated he, Flaugher and Mayor had a meeting approximately one (1) week prior; he was not 100% familiar with the situation, but was informed by Flaugher and Mayor. Commented a few years ago when they started hiring full time firemen/paramedics, the idea was to cover the day shift when a lot of the volunteer force was out working. Commented they have done a good job with that and the shift from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. is covered fairly well. Stated the problem occurs during the 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. hours, as the men are on ten-hour shifts. Commented the morning is not as much a problem as the evening. Commented the full-time men are leaving, while the volunteers are just getting home when they get a call that requires a paramedic and an EMT. Explained there have been a couple of problems, none of which has resulted in a loss of life; however they want to confront the issue. Commented they have three men in attendance representing the Fire Department to present their solution, which will require they amend the budget once more; however a lot of thought has been put to this issue and he does not see any other way around it. He invited Flaugher to make the presentation.
7:14:59 PM Flaugher Explained the Village operates an ALS ambulance service, for which the State requires an ALS ambulance be available twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week. Stated there are some holes in the schedule, reiterating Callahan's comments regarding an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon between the full time shift and volunteer shifts. Stated also, with the current shift that has been in place for approximately four (4) years with three full-time employees, there is only one full-time staff on the weekends from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Stated they tried to come up with the best solution for the situation that will not only resolve the problem but also will benefit the community in getting the best coverage they can for the amount of staff available. Stated the proposal is to allow some of the current members that are EMS personnel to work some part-time shifts. Stated the best plan he has been able to come up with is to create 48 hours of part-time shifts per week. Stated this will guarantee coverage with two (2) people staffed twelve (12) hours per day, seven (7) days per week. Stated this means that from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven (7) days per week, there would be two (2) people on duty at all times. Stated the 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. shift, which is currently staffed by volunteers, has not been an issue. Stated the issue arises during the in-between times when guys are coming in from work and others are getting off duty, etc. Stated he has also had some concerns regarding having only one staff on the weekends. Stated it has always been covered; however this is just a guarantee. Stated the advantage to this part-time is that these shifts can be staffed by EMTs and would not be required to be paramedics. Stated they are only required to have one paramedic on the truck. Stated they have a lot of EMTs that he is sure would be willing to pick up some part time shifts.
7:17:41 PM Callahan Asked about the pay schedule for the EMTs.
7:17:43 PM Flaugher Answered he researched the minutes for the January Caucus when Cruz was going on a part time basis as a paramedic for $15 per hour; it was mentioned whether the current members would be allowed to work part time if needed. Stated Wigginton indicated they are considered part time employees; however there was nothing in the minutes that addressed pay. Stated he does not anticipate the need to hire someone, but simply a matter of determining a rate of pay.
7:18:17 PM Gulledge Commented the discussion that night was that Darin was already on as a paramedic to fill in; they took Cruz on that night because of the same issue, which is to make sure they could cover everything. Stated his comment was it would be a good idea to extend the same flexibility given to everyone in the Department that was an EMT or Paramedic to the Chief. Stated they agreed they would review the situation, but never formally took action.
7:19:01 PM Callahan Asked if an hourly pay had been discussed.
7:19:03 PM Gulledge Answered they did for these two gentlemen, but not for the paramedics. Commented he suggested approximately $10 to $12 per hour. Stated no one ever agreed to the dollar amount.
7:19:17 PM Flaugher Commented he could not find anything within the minutes that addressed hourly compensation.
7:19:20 PM Gulledge Stated he remembers commenting they could not pay them the same as paramedics.
7:19:24 PM Callahan Commented he remembers asking what the lowest pay scale is currently; the answer was $12.
7:19:31 PM Flaugher Commented he believes that is starting wage for part time.
7:19:38 PM Callahan Stated his suggestion was to recommend $12 for the EMT. Stated they have already decided on $15 for the part time paramedics. Stated Flaugher informed him this evening that they are already one-fourth (1/4) of the way into the year, so for a full year it might cost $40,000; however due to the time frame, they will ask to amend the budget for $30,000. Stated they probably will not spend it all; however they don't want to have to come back again.
7:20:17 PM Bell Clarified they are talking about someone picking up the mentioned two (2) hours.
7:20:28 PM Flaugher Answered not necessarily those two hours. Stated it will be more than that; they will receive 48 hours of extra coverage, but it can be done with an EMT.
7:20:45 PM Bell Commented on the statement that there is a hole for one hour at the beginning and one hour at the end.
7:20:48 PM Flaugher Answered that is correct; and not only are they not covered by a paramedic - interrupted himself, saying he did not want to give the impression that the times are not covered at all. Stated he has a couple of different schedules to choose from: To implement the plan, it will take some adjustment on the schedules for the current full time people. Stated he thinks they may have a hard time getting somebody to come in to work for just one hour.
7:21:23 PM Bell Agreed, especially since if they are getting paid $15 for an hour, when if they had three or four calls they would have made more money per call.
7:21:31 PM Flaugher Answered not only that, he believes someone is less apt to give up a part time job or commit their time if they are only working for one hour.
7:21:38 PM Gulledge Stated the other consideration is these people that are on call are not going to be like volunteers, but will be in the station. Stated that will enhance response time, as the individuals will not be coming from home to the station and then out to the call.
7:22:11 PM Flaugher Commented that goes along with Callahan's comments: They do not want to give the impression that they are not covered, but what is happening is with the holes in the schedule they have had decreased response time. Stated this plan will definitely increase response time. Stated this will resolve all issues they have had with the hospital, and will be beneficial for the residents.
7:22:52 PM Schmidt Asked if any of the schedules address the Sunday problem.
7:22:56 PM Flaugher Answered yes, the plan includes having two people on Saturday's and Sunday's also. Reiterated this will be coverage seven (7) days per week, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
7:23:12 PM Limberg Commented in order to continue ALS twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week, they are going to have to implement this plan. Stated a few months prior, he and Flaugher discussed the situation. Stated in order to qualify and maintain the level of care and State requirements, this schedule will be beneficial.
7:23:54 PM Flaugher Commented he believes this will be a huge benefit, and is a step towards the goal of adding more staff and eventually, for the ambulance portion, get it staffed full time. Stated although they would love to be able to do that for the residents now, it is not financially possible. Summarized by saying he needs to know how the Board would like him to proceed.
7:24:24 PM Callahan Stated he agrees 100% with Flaugher. Stated he has schedules worked out for ten (10) hours, eight (8) hours, etc.; whatever works best. Stated they cannot ask someone to come in for one (1) hour; if they go to eight (8) hour shifts for the full time people, they can at least offer part time people four (4) hour slots. Stated he feels they need to start think about hiring a fourth (4th) paramedic. Stated it is easier to fill the holes for the EMT, as there is more of them; however they only have a select few to choose from on the paramedic side. Stated they will still need part time people filling in the EMT slots, but to get to a full time status, they need to start planning for next year to hire another full time paramedic.
7:25:55 PM Schmidt Clarified, if and when they decide to do that, will they need to go through the Fire Commission.
7:26:06 PM Gulledge Answered they already have an eligibility list established with two people, one of whom is Joey Cruz; the other an individual from Alton. Stated that list is in effect for two (2) years. Callahan asked how old it is currently. Flaugher answered a month and a half; it is good until May, 2008. Gulledge agreed 100% with Callahan's comments about future planning. Commented he wants everyone to understand that they have had some minimal problems on response times, and have had contact with the hospital. Stated the hospital understands that manning the ambulance service is a tough job. Stated they have a big responsibility because of the advanced life support system. Stated he applauds the staff for everything they do for the community, and also for trying to figure out this problem, which has not been easy. Stated this has been going on for several months, and they have been looking for a resolution. Stated he agrees that he does not know of a better resolution than the plan that is being presented for short term. Stated he does not know how well it will work, but for the short term it is the answer. Stated they need to be planning for the future to make sure they protect the ALS service so as to avoid going back to a basic service. Stated they are in danger of this happening if something is not done to remedy the situation now. Stated with the amount of growth in the community, the Village cannot afford to go from an ALS system back to a BLS.
7:28:24 PM Callahan Suggested Gulledge explain the difference between ALS and BLS for the benefit of the press.
7:28:31 PM Gulledge Commented the best person to explain that issue would be one of the staff in attendance. Stated there are a lot of things advanced life support can do for the patient that basic cannot do. Commented when he and Limberg started the system, not only did they not have the capability, they could not do it legally. Explained they give IVs, medicines, etc. He invited Joey Cruz to explain.
7:29:04 PM Joey Cruz Introduced himself as Assistant Chief of the Maryville Fire Department. Stated he is a paramedic of three (3) years. Gave an example of a call received approximately two (2) weeks ago for a woman unresponsive and not breathing. Stated with ALS care, they intubated her, which is placing a tube in her airway. Stated that cannot be done with BLS service. Stated they also put her on the heart monitor and ended up pacing the lady; she had a heart rate, but not sufficient. Stated this is not possible with BLS service. Stated the two full time staff on call did an excellent job, got the lady to the hospital at which time they had a blood pressure and her heart going, and were assisting her breathing. Stated they also gave several cardiac drugs, which cannot be given with BLS service. Stated the lady sustained life for almost one (1) week. Stated there were other complications which contributed to her death; however this is an example of the types of service offered with ALS service. Further explained with ALS service they can push drugs and use a cardiac monitor, which are the two biggest items. Commented with broken limbs, pain medication can be given; with BLS service, they cannot. Commented the hospital really advocates pain management. Commented BLS service does not allow for the use of IVs.
7:30:46 PM Callahan Commented the way he explains it is they can take directions from the doctor, who tells the paramedic to give certain medication to help the condition. Stated they can do that as paramedics; but an EMT cannot, even if they knew how. Cruz concurred.
7:31:10 PM Gulledge Thanked Cruz for his explanation.
7:31:13 PM Bell Commented the paramedics go through a lot of schooling, and does not think $15.00 per hour is enough.
7:31:36 PM Flaugher Responded that is the starting wage decided upon approximately one (1) year ago. Commented they should keep in mind, the majority of the part time slots discussed will be filled by basics.
7:32:10 PM Gulledge Explained he agrees whole heartedly with Bell; however he does not believe now is the time to change the wage. Stated when they come out with the budget they need to look at this issue.
7:32:22 PM Flaugher Commented he had budgeted funds for part time paramedics in this year's budget, the majority being to fill in for vacation, sick days, etc. Commented Hartman and Cruz have been working the majority of these; however if they are not available, the other paramedics will get opportunity to fill those shifts. Explained they had already built in that money for those part time paramedic shifts.
7:32:46 PM Gulledge Redirected the attention to the issue of the request to amend the budget for salaries in the amount of $30,000, which still runs a positive budget for the community as a whole, to hire appropriate part time firemen at a rate of $12.00 per hour for EMTs. He asked the Trustees their opinion. All agreed.
7:33:32 PM Kostyshock Commented he is in agreement; however suggests hiring a fourth (4th) paramedic now, as they will not be in any better position in twelve (12) months than they are right now.
7:33:45 PM Gulledge Suggested they decide the first issue and come back to the hiring issue.
7:33:50 PM Garcia Commented her agreement with Kostyshock.
7:33:58 PM Gulledge Suggested they give these suggestions over to Callahan and Flaugher, and ask them to come up with a recommendation.
7:34:12 PM Callahan Commented he does not anticipate it being a problem; however they need to focus on the current EMT issue first.
7:34:24 PM Gulledge Commented they will not forget the issue, and wants Callahan, Limberg and Flaugher to discuss the issue.
7:34:30 PM Garcia Commented with taxes at the rate they are, she feels they need to give Village residents the best and safest service they can; if that means hiring more people, she thinks they should, as the residents are paying the taxes to pay for it.
7:34:52 PM Schmidt Commented they are not really paying taxes for the ambulance service. Explained that is what the Homecoming fund raiser is for.
7:34:59 PM Garcia Answered she understands, but some of the tax money goes toward the service. Flaugher explained it goes to fire protection, not ambulance. Garcia commented that is a fine line.
7:35:07 PM Gulledge Commented both Trustees have a point. Limberg commented the Village paramedics are also fire fighters. Gulledge concurred.
7:35:21 PM Callahan Commented his son is currently a fire fighter in another city, but previously worked for Maryville. Explained he always bragged that Maryville had better equipment than neighboring municipalities that are tax supported.
7:35:59 PM Flaugher Commented Maryville went ALS prior to a large-size neighboring city. Gulledge commented they mean Collinsville. Further comments were made regarding Glen Carbon and Troy. Flaugher commented Glen Carbon still is not paramedic, but have a service from Edwardsville and are currently working on it. Commented he would like to implement this plan, if the Board agrees, for the pay period that starts on the 31st of July. Further commented if that is the case, he needs to get started on filling the schedule.
7:36:52 PM Gulledge Commented that should not be a problem, as the Board will not vote until July 19th.
7:36:56 PM Callahan Commented Flaugher has not spent all of his funds for part time staff yet, so technically they do not have to amend the budget yet. Flaugher answered that is correct. Callahan commented this means he could implement the schedule tomorrow. Flaugher concurred; he is simply asking for permission to start the schedule.
7:37:15 PM Flaugher Concurred; explained he is simply asking for permission to start the schedule.
7:37:22 PM Gulledge Responded yes, at a rate of $12.00 for basics and $15.00 for paramedics, and whenever possible they do not want two (2) paramedics on.
7:37:37 PM Flaugher Responded depending on what schedule they use, there will be a span in the middle of the day where there will be two (2) paramedics. Commented his understanding from the January Caucus minutes that no one will have to be formally hired unless it is a new person.
7:38:00 PM Gulledge Concurred, explaining they are already employees and receive a W-2 at the end of the year.
7:38:13 PM Schmidt Asked whether Flaugher or Wigginton will draw up the amendment. Gulledge indicated they will take care of it.
7:38:32 PM Gulledge Asked if anyone had other questions regarding Building and Zoning while Flaugher is in attendance, or Fire/EMS for Darrin Hartman or Joey Cruz.
7:38:38 PM Limberg Asked how Homecoming went.
7:38:41 PM Flaugher Answered fantastic. Explained they do not have final numbers yet, as bills are still coming in, but compared to last year net was approximately $3,000 more. Stated they do not expect expenses to go up much. Conveyed the Department's appreciation of the support for the Homecoming. Reiterated Callahan's comments that the Homecoming has been the support for the EMS.
7:39:17 PM Callahan Asked if Saturday was better than Friday.
7:39:19 PM Flaugher Commented it is strange: There always seems to be less people; however they seem to take in a little more money. Explained the reason is the extra hour, as the parade is an hour earlier. Commented his opinion was there were a lot less people in the park on Saturday, but they actually took in about $3,000 more than Friday.
7:39:41 PM Bell Thanked Joey Cruz for doing such a great job at the food stand and taking over that responsibility. Flaugher concurred.
7:39:59 PM Gulledge Thanked Flaugher, Hartman and Cruz for their input. Went to Bell to discuss Agenda Item #8, Park Surveillance System.
7:40:28 PM Bell Stated the surveillance system that is supposed to monitor the comfort station has never worked properly. Commented they have made numerous calls to the company that installed it; they have been out a couple of times, however lately have not responded to the calls. Stated they need to find out what can be done.
7:40:55 PM Gulledge Commented he will make the call. Commented he knew nothing of the problem.
7:41:05 PM Bell Explained it is a wireless system that is transmitting the signal from the park to the top of the Police Station building. He does not know if it got out of alignment, or the trees are in the way; however 95% of the time the monitor is black. Reiterated that the company has been out several times and thought they had the problem solved; however it is not working. Commented it either needs to be replaced, fixed or refunded.
7:41:53 PM Gulledge Responded he will work on it; however it is the first he has heard of the issue.
7:41:59 PM Gulledge Went to next Agenda item, Possible Health Insurance increase, and asked Garcia and Brussatti to discuss. Commented they had this discussion two (2) weeks ago at a meeting at which Bell and Schmidt were not present. Explained there were feelings both ways regarding what and what not to do, so he asked that they postpone the decision until this evening in the hopes that all Trustees would be in attendance, as they are.
7:42:41 PM Garcia Explained the increase is 17.25%. Stated Brussatti figured the increases for the single employee was $79, of which 50% would be $39.50. Stated for employee plus one, the increase is $152 per month, of which 50% would be $76.00. Stated the family increase was $196, of which 50% would be $98.00. Stated they discussed giving each employee across the board single coverage, and have each group pay 50% of the increase.
7:43:41 PM Gulledge Explained that Brussatti is telling the Board that in the past they have passed on 50% of the increase to the employee. Clarified Brussatti is not saying that is the way it should be, he is simply stating how it has been done in the past.
7:44:02 PM Garcia Commented someone brought up that the single employee should not be increased, and that fee should be passed on to the people electing employee plus one or family coverage. Stated she was against that, as she does not think it is fair to the other employees. Added Wigginton was supposed to research whether it was discriminatory.
7:44:22 PM Callahan Argued they have done it in the past. Garcia argued they have always given 50%. Callahan argued no, the first three years they did not charge anything at all to the single employee. Garcia interjected she is simply giving her opinion that it is not fair to everyone. Callahan went on with his argument that two years ago they went one-third across the board; last year they went 50% across the board; however the first three years they did not charge the single employee anything. Garcia clarified that they got it free. Callahan answered yes. Garcia clarified no one else did. Callahan answered that is correct.
7:44:47 PM Brussatti Explained the employee themselves got the insurance paid for them; other coverage rates were passed on.
7:45:01 PM Gulledge Interjected that the single employee was paid; single plus one and single plus family had to pay.
7:45:06 PM Callahan Commented Attorney Keck indicated there is nothing wrong with it, and other communities do it that way. Commented the other item discussed was to raise the money per hour for the people who don't need Village insurance. Stated they currently have employees who's spouse has coverage, but still take family coverage.
7:45:57 PM Garcia Interjected why should everyone else be punished just because of those few employees.
7:46:00 PM Callahan Answered it is not the employees, the money is coming from the Village.
7:46:03 PM Garcia Responded she understands; however they have employees for which he wants to implement this rule to keep them from getting insurance, and then he is going to make everybody else suffer for it.
7:46:11 PM Callahan Commented he is looking at it from a financial standpoint. Stated to him it makes more sense to make the single family attractive; i.e. in cases where a husband and wife both work they choose the program that is most beneficial to them. Commented he is trying to avoid employees coming in and taking whatever is available. Commented the more expensive they make the family coverage, the cheaper it is for Maryville in the long run.
7:46:46 PM Garcia Commented she disagrees and maintains her opinion that it is not fair.
7:46:50 PM Bell Clarified that by looking at the rates in the handout, if they went 50/50 they are looking at $106, $289 and $401 as the monthly costs to the employee.
7:47:07 PM Garcia Answered that is correct. Explained the employee with a family will be paying $401; however they want to increase the employee plus one and employee plus family. Commented she does not understand how these groups can afford such an increase.
7:47:28 PM Schmidt Commented the family coverage will negate the raise given a couple of months prior. Garcia concurred. Schmidt further commented that they were given a pay increase, and now the Village will take it back to pay the health coverage. Commented that does not make sense, because they are increasing their initial gross, it is costing the Village additional Social Security and IMRF; and then they are taking it right back and handing it over to the insurance company. Commented the Village is taking on additional burden that they don't get anything from.
7:48:16 PM Brussatti Responded the Village is on the cafeteria plan, so they are not paying taxes on their health insurance premium.
7:48:23 PM Schmidt Responded he understands; however the Village is paying IMRF and Social Security on the additional. Callahan interjected that is not counted as income. Schmidt argued the raises are. Callahan concurred. Schmidt further commented if they didn't give raises and counter acted with covering additional healthcare costs, that would be less money out of the Village pocket. Callahan answered he did not think so. Schmidt argued it would be less IMRF and Social Security. Callahan clarified Schmidt is saying don't charge the employee at all. Garcia interjected to let the taxpayers pay it. Callahan commented it has to come out of somebody's pocket.
7:49:08 PM Callahan Commented it still boils down to mathematics.
7:49:12 PM Limberg Commented he worked in a union shop for thirty (30) years before starting his own business, and at every contract signing they were given a certain raise. Gave the example that in some of those years, the raise given was 75 cents; and there was a stipulation in the contract that any increase in the insurance would come directly out of that raise. Commented in essence, some years they did not receive a raise, as it was taken by the increase in the insurance. Commented this is the case here, however unfortunate.
7:49:55 PM Bell Further commented that it was at 100%, not 50%. Limberg concurred.
7:49:59 PM Callahan Commented on research done when Don Sonnenberg was with the Village; out of twenty (20) police departments, eighteen (18) gave the individual insurance for free, and two (2) charge a minimal amount; however there were approximately ten (10) where there was no family coverage. Commented if they wanted it, the Village provided it, but the employee paid for it all. Commented he was surprised by this, even though they were smaller communities.
7:50:45 PM Schmidt Commented he does not doubt that the Village has some employees that may not have received any increase in the last two years with what is happening. Callahan concurred. Schmidt went on to comment that their take-home pay may be less than it was two (2) years ago.
7:51:03 PM Callahan Responded that insurance is a benefit; so in looking at an employee that did not necessarily get a raise in pay, they did receive "Cadillac" health insurance. Commented this is not the end; they will see these types of increases every year for the next ten (10) to fifteen (15) years.
7:51:45 PM Keck Commented as a comparison, his office's insurance went up 24% this year. Explained it is not that they had a lot of claims or did things wrong, it is just that they had a large increase.
7:52:04 PM Gulledge Commented they all know there is a problem with the healthcare industry. Stated they have received a rate increase from the Village provider, and somebody has to pay for it. Stated they need to decide who will pay, and how much. Stated they need to make a decision.
7:52:38 PM Schmidt Commented they have a group of employees that are in contract negotiations. Stated when they decided what to give Village employees as a whole, they decided due to the ongoing negotiations, they are freezing those people. Gulledge interjected they had no choice. Schmidt commented he understands that. Schmidt further commented they gave everyone else a raise. Asked whatever is decided here, how will it affect this group?
7:53:36 PM Gulledge Responded there will be a response based on the Board's response here; however those are negotiations with a Union contract, and he is sure they will use whatever is done as an example.
7:54:03 PM Schmidt Interjected his concern is they are taking additional money out of the people that are not in the negotiations.
7:54:12 PM Gulledge Interjected they can look at this "either or"; it may work as a benefit towards the union negotiations, and it may not be any advantage at all.
7:54:24 PM Schmidt Responded it is not the aspect of advantage; it is the aspect of the other people that are not in negotiations will be paying for whatever extra portion and they will not add on to that group while they are in negotiations.
7:54:43 PM Gulledge Responded it will be the same. Stated he does not want to get into what is being said in negotiations, but they are going to look for some type of back-pay once the contract is signed, retroactive to a certain date. Further stated he does not know if they can or should concern themselves with what may or may not happen down the road. Stated right now they have an issue for the forty-plus employees, and a decision must be made on what will be done. Stated they will have to let Wigginton, Limberg and Callahan handle the negotiations on behalf of the Board until they bring a proposal back for a vote. Commented he does not believe they can worry about what will happen, as none of them know what will happen.
7:56:00 PM Schmidt Commented he is not saying that one will get more than another; he is saying that during the period of time during which they are in negotiations, they will not be charged any more for their healthcare coverage.
7:56:23 PM Gulledge Stated he thinks he understands what Schmidt is getting at. Commented Wigginton will have to answer that question. Explained what Schmidt is saying is what do they do until the contract is signed with the Police Department on those nine officers. Commented he does not know the answer.
7:56:45 PM Schmidt Commented his meaning is they cannot do anything; however whatever is decided regarding the other employees, they will be taking that away from them during the time of negotiations.
7:57:10 PM Kostyshock Commented it might be a stepping point for them, as if they know these people are paying 50%, the Village expects them to pay 50%.
7:57:22 PM Gulledge Commented he doesn't think they are answering Schmidt's question.
7:57:27 PM Schmidt Explained, using the example of how would one feel if they were a regular employee and the Board decided to make them pay the additional 50% of the increase, causing them to get less out of their paycheck due to that increase; this is not happening to the group in negotiations, as their wages are frozen.
7:57:49 PM Gulledge Commented Schmidt is right; however they must take into account that the Police Department has not received a raise yet, either.
7:58:04 PM Callahan Commented he thought they would be able to pass that along.
7:58:08 PM Gulledge Answered, as he said, it is a legal issue for which he does not have the answer. Commented right now he knows wages are frozen; he does not know if medical is included. Commented the legal firm will have to get that answer.
7:58:37 PM Callahan Commented they cannot eat the cost for forty people while they wait for the negotiations to finish. Garcia concurred.
7:58:52 PM Gulledge Commented it is a good point; however they don't have the answer. Asked the Trustees what their decision is regarding the increase.
7:59:09 PM Bell Commented even if they pass on 50% to the employee, no one will lose all of their raise. Stated the worst case is the family insurance, who will lose at least two-thirds.
7:59:25 PM Kostyshock Commented this is good insurance for the price, as he knows of people paying $1,000 to $1,200 per month just for two people.
7:59:43 PM Gulledge Commented they are in this insurance because they are in a pool with other communities. Commented they need to focus on making a decision. Commented he hopes to have a majority vote, as he does not want to have to vote since he is affected by the decision. Garcia argued that would be a conflict of interest. Gulledge explained he does have the right to vote; however he would prefer not to. Stated he would like to get a consensus so he does not have to be put in that position.
8:00:39 PM Brussatti Commented his opinion that the Insurance Committee needs to meet. Stated they currently have employees receiving a 50 cents per hour increase because they don't have insurance, but they aren't really eligible for insurance because they are on insurance from teamsters, are retired from other communities, they have police insurance from other communities, etc.
8:01:07 PM Gulledge Responded that Brussatti should not make this decision process worse than it already is. Commented if they need to do work as an insurance group, he will assign Schmidt and Garcia to handle those questions; they need to focus on this issue. Commented they need to make a decision, as he just signed the check for this month's insurance, and he does not want to be in this same position next month. Callahan asked how much the check was. Gulledge indicated it was large.
8:01:38 PM Kostyshock Suggested going with 50% and require all to pay the same, single or family.
8:01:44 PM Gulledge Responded that is up to the Board. Commented the handout is not a recommendation, it is simply showing on paper what the increase is and what the result is after passing on 50%.
8:02:02 PM Limberg Recommends 50%. Schmidt and Bell agreed. Callahan agrees to family and employee plus one; not the single employee. Kostyshock agreed to 50%. Garcia agreed to 50%.
8:02:34 PM Gulledge Stated the item will be placed on the agenda for the next Board meeting and the recommendation will be just as shown on the handout where the single employee will go up $39.50, the employee plus one will go up $76.00, and the employee plus family will go up $98.00. He asked if there were any other questions for Brussatti while he is here. There were none. Brussatti was excused from the meeting. Gulledge added he will ask Trustee Garcia, as personnel chairman, and Schmidt to discuss any concerns Brussatti has with insurance.
8:03:26 PM Gulledge Went to Public Input and asked if anyone in attendance would like to address the Board.
8:03:42 PM Norma Mendoza Introduced herself as a member of the press. Asked if the Board is aware of the Health Care Justice Act in the State of Illinois, which mandates health insurance for everyone. Stated there is a mandate that will be put in effect by next year. Explained it would be a health care plan managed by the State so that no one in the state will be without insurance.
8:04:41 PM Gulledge Commented he knew the Governor was working on the issue; however he did not know it was near passing. Multiple comments followed. Gulledge thanked Mendoza. There was no further input from the public.
8:05:04 PM Gulledge Went to Calendar Updates. Commented on the Park meeting scheduled for Monday, July 6th. Commented on the Planning Commission scheduled July 7th. Stated the winery is supposed to be on the agenda, although he has not yet seen a formal notice. Stated he was told by the owner they will have a better presenter this time. Stated there is a Movie in the Park event scheduled for July 28th, for which the movie to be shown is "Back to the Future". Commented this event is a good time and hopes for a good turnout. Went to August. Commented on the Concert in the Park. There were no other items for August. Went to the To Do List, Page 1. There were no items. Bell commented on the Concert in the Park event, saying the band scheduled is "The Joey James Band". Gulledge went to Page 2 of the To Do List. Stated Presson met with the agent on the poured rubber solid surface grant and got some color choices, which he will share with Bell before the Park meeting. Stated the item will be brought before the Board for approval of the color choices.
8:07:55 PM Bell Stated they need to add an item to the agenda to paint the pavilions for which they had previously chosen the colors. Commented the question was raised the other night at the Park Committee meeting; stated he had thought the Khoury League had volunteered to accomplish this task.
8:08:30 PM Gulledge Commented he does not believe the Khoury League plans on doing it, as they will be leaving in a week or two; however he has it on the Agenda. Commented he would like to get it done after the League vacates, but before the Village loses their summer help. Commented further on Page 2: The wood chipper has been ordered, as they received the grant. Stated it was ordered last week, and Presson indicated they should receive it within three (3) to four (4) weeks.
8:09:21 PM Bell Asked if the pavilion in the park is open.
8:09:27 PM Gulledge Answered they finally got power Monday. Stated he provided a short list on what needs to be completed on the building that he received that day. Stated some time this week he will be getting a notice to sign the "Substantial Completion" of the Drost Park Comfort Station, after which it will be opened for use. Stated the reason it is not yet opened is they are on an ejector system, so the toilet could not be used as they needed power to eject it across the park to the lift station. Stated it has strictly been a utility issue, not a contractor or Village issue. Commented there are a couple of small things to do, but it should be ready to open as soon as he receives the "Substantial Completion Notice". He asked if there were any other items on Page 2. There were none. Went to Page 3. There were no comments. Went to Trustees Comments.
8:10:48 PM Schmidt Commented he will be drawing up a letter to the Board and Department Heads instructing them when coming before the Board either in Caucus or for approval regarding spending to include with their proposal the line item from the budget from which they intend to spend the funds, and what the current year-to-date balance is in that line item. Next, commented he intends to institute a new policy for himself whereby if any developers come before the Board that don't feel they have the need to address the Board regarding new developments, preliminary or final plats, he wants them to know he does not intend to vote on anything positive in the future unless they have a significant representative from their firm present. Callahan asked if he means the Board meeting or Planning Commission. Schmidt answered Board meeting. Stated if he has a question and the firm does not have a representative in attendance, they should not expect a positive vote. He asked the Mayor to pass this on to any developers. Commented if the developer anticipates being unable to attend the meeting, they may consider contacting Schmidt to see if he has any questions or concerns. Next, commented on the Economic Development Committee meeting held last Monday, the general topic of which was the future direction of the Committee. Stated the main point that came out of this meeting was serious discussion and search into subdividing the business zoning areas. Stated instead of only having a couple of general zoning areas for both the comprehensive plan and general zoning, they are thinking about subdividing them to make them more specialized. Commented it will involve a lot of work as it involves changing ordinances, etc. Bell asked if he means having a classification for MVOB, etc. Schmidt answered it will be individual normal classification codes so they can group individualized business together instead of having them scattered, i.e., not having a radiator shop next to a flower shop, etc. Next, thanked everyone for their support in the accomplishment of the Mayoral Gallery. Commented the event was well attended, and he believes everyone had a great time.
8:14:48 PM Bell Commented on the inclusion in the packets regarding his request to Computron for a bid on anti-virus software, which will expire in forty-three (43) days. Stated the bid is $1,600.00 for software on all computers, including installation for a one-year license. Stated they can approve it now or wait. Gulledge asked what the Board wanted to do. All agreed to put it on the agenda for next week's Board meeting.
8:16:09 PM Callahan Asked if Mayor knew about an issue Schardan called him about regarding purchasing work-out equipment. Gulledge indicated he did not know anything about it. Callahan went on to his next comment: Now that Route 159 is done, asked if there is a reason there is no railing over the bike path.
8:16:32 PM Gulledge Answered he has daily conversations with IDOT about things that are short, and he will add it to the list. Commented he could not give a reason why. Agreed with Callahan that it is needed. Commented IDOT's response has been they are not done and the Village has to be patient. Gave the example of the speed limit signs that were supposed to be done three (3) weeks ago.
8:17:06 PM Bell Asked if the speed limit is going to stay thirty-five (35) miles per hour.
8:17:07 PM Gulledge Answered right now, it will. Commented he does not know how long they will be able to hold it that way. Multiple comments followed.
8:17:25 PM Callahan Asked the reason why the turn signals on Route 159 don't work at West Main Street. Gulledge answered he does not know.
8:17:38 PM Schmidt Commented he noticed the problem as well: There is no left arrow northbound at West Main. Commented it is not that it is burned out; he believes it is not programmed properly.
8:17:50 PM Gulledge Commented he will call tomorrow and find out. Went to Kostyshock's comments.
8:18:16 PM Kostyshock Stated he attended the library meeting last night; they are up and running and going well. Encouraged all to visit the library, as they have done a good job decorating. Stated for the last six (6) months they had 2,377 people visit the facility and check out books; 56 children signed up for the summer reading program, which is going well; last Saturday Al Hrubetz, the author of "Growing up in Maryville" was there, at which they sold 76 books, which he signed. Stated $5 of every book sold goes to the library.
8:19:09 PM Garcia Thanked Schmidt for the program he hosted. Stated it was fantastic. A round of applause was offered to Schmidt. Commented on the amount of hard work involved.
8:19:23 PM Limberg Commented after the presentation at the luncheon, the Hrubetz family asked him to convey to the Board that they appreciated the Village including the Pledge of Allegiance at the ceremony, and the prayer before the meal at the luncheon. Stated the family really appreciated these kinds of presentations on public land, and expressed their surprise.
8:20:16 PM Schmidt Asked Kostyshock if they still do business with the landscaper used previously. Kostyshock answered no. Asked if the Master Gardeners could do something around the Firemen's Park sign. Kostyshock answered he will check with them Tuesday, but didn't think it would be a problem. Clarified Schmidt meant around the new sign.
8:20:47 PM Gulledge Commented they had not done any landscaping due to the road work; however they are done with the highway now.
8:20:54 PM Schmidt Commented they will need to keep in mind there will be foot traffic around the landscaping to facilitate changing the marquee. Gulledge commented the landscaping also needs to be low-maintenance.
8:21:03 PM Kostyshock Answered he would check with them Tuesday.
8:21:07 PM Bell Commented another item to check on is the planned logo on the end of that pavilion. Gulledge commented a recommendation needs to come from the Park Committee.
8:21:22 PM Gulledge Commented his appreciation for all the work that goes into the Homecoming by the Public Works, Fire, Police, Board, committees and residents of Maryville and the surrounding area. Stated it could not be done without such help. Commented he spoke with a local Mayor, who could not get over how well Maryville's Homecoming runs, and how well they do financially. Commented on the changes over the years, and stated Bell is the reason the food stand is as efficient as it could possibly be. Complimented everybody on the great job. Stated he received a call regarding the Marine, Maryville, St. Jacob and Troy night at the Grizzlies Game on August 14th. Stated the cost is $6 for a field box seat; the pre-game picnic is $14. Recommended getting a number of people to attend and wear some type of shirt to display they are from Maryville.
8:23:58 PM Schmidt Commented his opinion that it would be nice to have some new polo shirts for the IML conference for the Board members. Gulledge asked if it was in the budget. Schmidt answered yes.
8:24:22 PM Gulledge Stated they should give him the sizes, and he will look into it.
8:24:42 PM Gulledge With no other business to come before the meeting, asked for a motion to adjourn. Motion was made by Schmidt and seconded by Bell. Voting on the motion: Limberg - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Callahan - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Garcia - yes. Motion carried.
8:25:08 PM   The meeting ended.

Respectfully submitted,

Thelma Long, Village Clerk

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