The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Business Sign Still Up In Air

by: Shirley Linder, Quill Editor

It is still unclear if the Stronghurst Booster Club will be able to place a sign on the highway which would direct people to downtown Stronghurst.

Judy Roessler, representing the Booster Club, had made the request at last month's village board meeting, but due to state regulations Tony Anderson was asked to first check with the highway department.

Juanita Jarvis reported Monday night that, upon the advice of Anderson, Roessler had asked permission to place the sign on her property and she had given her permission to do so.

Anderson, however, felt it still might not be far enough off the highway right-of-way. He will check and get back to Roessler.

On a motion by Jarvis, seconded by Tony Greipentrog the board voted to build a flower planter, with a cap of $600, around the welcome sign out by Dessa Rodeffer's. Anderson and Scott Ford will build the planter and Jarvis and Angela Myers will be in charge of the flowers. Griepentrog will ask the landowner's permission before building the planter.

Lawrence Neff reported he wishes everyone would understand that the board has nothing to do with package liquor. It is up to the community to vote. He said," If we don't bring it (issues) to the table we shouldn't be on the board."

David Vancil reported the Booster Club would like to have the Farmer's Market again this year from June-September, but would like to have it in the park. Since there were some stipulations on money making activities in the park, when the grant was received, the matter was tabled until next month. Griepentrog will check on the stipulations.

The Henderson County Housing Authority was granted a month's grace on their water bill since federal funds are late coming.

Griepentrog reported he will meet with Lou Ann Nortrup to discuss combining the village's sewer and water accounts.

Myers reported Spring Clean Up Day will be Friday, May 26th.

The school has requested two "porta potties" for the ball field, as games will be starting soon. Lori Russell was directed to have them placed at the ball field now and two at the village park in May.

Bob Hamilton reported to the board that his business and next door at the laundromat had been broken into recently. They pried the back door open, taking money and merchandise from Bob's TV and the change machine and money from the laundromat. Hamilton stated he will be installing motion lights and cameras and would like the public to call the sheriff's office if they see anything suspicious.

The Sheriff's report given by Deputy Steve Henshaw included an arrest for domestic battery.

The board entered closed session at 7:50 p.m. to discuss employee raises. They entered open session again at 8:17 on a motion by Vancil and seconded by Griepentrog. On a motion by Griepentrog, seconded by Myers the board voted unanimously to give Anderson and Ford a 50 an hour increase in pay.

Present were board members, Tony Griepentrog, Angela Myers, David Vancil, Juanita Jarvis, Lawrence Neff and Cory Fox; President, Eric Chockley; Clerk Lori Russell; Treasurer Lou Ann Nortrup; Employees, Tony Anderson and Scott Ford; Deputy Steve Henshaw; Visitors, Terry Myers, Bob Hamilton, and Bob Dillon.

The board adjourned at 8:21 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. until Monday, April 3, 2006.