WOODHULL — A small group of residents attended the Woodhull Village Board meeting Monday night to learn about the ordinance proposed to consider the option of allowing cannabis sales in the village after Jan. 1. That is the date the State of Illinois allows the sale.
The board had the attorney draw up an odinance to prevent such sales, but also encouraged residents to comment or state concerns. About 10 residents attended the hearing before the regular meeting of the board. Almost without exception, residents agreed there is no need to have cannabis sales within the village.
The ordinance, which was approved before the conclusion of the meeting, stated, in part, “The village has determined that the operation of a cannabis business establishment(s) would present adverse effects upon the health, safety and welfare of the residents, and additional costs, burdens and impacts upon law enforcement and regulatory operations of the village.”
Information with an engineer for the new water/sewer treatment plant was considered, and a number of pay requests were approved. In some instances, the USDA will make payments from funds available in the $2.2 million grant.
Mayor Dave Holmes said the village will have a considerable savings due to the rate reduction on the loan by the village.
Some payments were withheld, with a letter directed to a contractor for delay of work completion, and there will be some work rescheduled, such as sludge removal, after crop removal next fall.
The video gaming report from Holmes showed a 71-month total since the businesses had gaming videos, $255,382 for the village in that period of time. He noted that over $13 million in video gaming total had been spent tin the village during that time. Of the village’s amount, $93,000 was directed to goundwater storage facility construction, and revenue will now be directed to the water tower maintenance project.
The Ordinance for Levy and Assessment of Taxes for 2020 totaled $65,000, including police protection $7,200; lighting $50; liability insurance, Social Security, Illinois Municipal Retirement fund and municipal auditing at $7,200; special taxes subtotal, $36,050; and general corporate purposes $28,950.
“The 2.3% increase does not require a supplemental appropriation,” Holmes said.
Police Officer Jason Hayes reached the one-year mark for full time and Police Chief Chad Hillier recommended promoting him to sargeant. The board approved the recommendation.
Trustee Jason Carlson will resign at the next meeting. He has moved from the community and the vacancy willl be filled by board appointment. The mayor said anyone interested can contact the village office at (309) 334-3230 by Jan. 10. The position will be for the balance of the term, until the 2021 spring election.
Christmas bonuses were approved, with $250 for full-time employees and $100 for part-time.
Salaries for 2020 were approved, including village cerk, $816 per month, noting work hours have increased due to work load; village treasurer, $765 per month; Public Works Director Wayne Mileham, $57,426; Public Works Assistant Dustin Dobbels $41,000; Chief of Police Chad Hillier, $47,022; and Sargeant Jason Hayes, $41,000.
It was mentioned that the recyling bins just west of the Clover Manor apartments have resulted in debris blowing to the apartment building grounds. Those using the recycling bins are asked to break down all boxes to allow more space, and to not place items/debris around the bins when they are full. They are emptied on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Also, no electronic or furniture items will be picked up.