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Village Cancels Sheriff's Contract

by: Shirley Linder, Quill Editor

The Village of Stronghurst board voted unanimously to give a 30-day written notice to the Henderson County Sheriff's office canceling their contract for police protection. The contract, renewed yearly, provides the village with 5 hours per day of patrol from deputies.

Sheriff Mark Lumbeck attended the regular meeting of the Village of Stronghurst board, held on Monday, October 1st. After giving his monthly report of 3 arrests for improper operation of A.T.V.s on the road, one arrest for disobeying a stop sign and a warning ticket for speeding, President Eric Chockley asked if anyone had anything else for the sheriff.

At that point Lawrence Neff addressed the sheriff saying, "I did not appreciate the way you spoke to me when I called concerning ATVs." Sheriff Lumbeck said, "we cannot make an arrest unless we see the ATVs on the street and no one will sign a complaint against violators."

Sheriff Lumbeck told the board, If you're not satisfied, get your own police, I know Cory is looking into prices." Sheriff Lumbeck, also said, "The board needs to make up it's mind, because every little problem that comes up board members say we ought to get our own police."

Sheriff Lumbeck suggested they make up their mind saying, "We will still provide service if called, but will not enforce any village ordinances if you have your own police, we've solved a lot of problems here."

Richard Clifton and Jim Blender, representing the Stronghurst Booster Club requested a donation from the village for the November 16th Holiday Open House. Clifton said he was aware that last year the village cut their donation from $1500 to $500 because there was no parade, but that is not what the money is used for. He asked they consider $1500 again this year for decorations, music, turkeys, hams, candy, etc. A year from now they are hoping to have a lighted parade during the Holiday Open House. No action was taken.

Speaking for the Oak Lane Nursing & Rehab, Clifton said he was very appreciative of Tony Anderson' s cooperation and helpfulness when it was necessary to shut off the water. He also told the board the nursing home is proceeding with the assisted living project, which will be built on their own property. Should there be more building in the future and land purchased, he will be the one to talk to the board.

The Holiday Open House will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6th. During which time the ham and turkey drawing will be held and Santa will present the children with candy. Winners need not be present and will be called, but there will still be only one ham or turkey per household. Winners will be able to pick up their ham or turkey at Bob's TV.

Trick or Treat night was set for Wednesday, October 31 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and the village is requesting that no burning be done on the 29th, 30th, or 31st for the protection of the children.

In other business:

Present: President Eric Chockley; trustees, Lawrence Neff, David Vancil, Chris Cook, Cory Fox, and Tony Griepentrog (Angela Myers absent); Clerk Lori Russell; Treasurer, Lou Ann Nortrup; Employees,Tony Anderson; Guests, Sheriff Mark Lumbeck, Brad Mowen, George Russell, Tom Crotts, Jean Crotts, Richard Clifton, and Jim Blender.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, November 5th, 2007 at the Stronghurst Village Hall.