Alexis Village Board saving for 2016 bond payment

Sheila Pressley/Correspondent

Alexis Village Board members approved a financial move to save for bond payments on Aug. 10.

Trustees approved transferring $3,000 each month from the water and sewer fund to the bond savings account. The move will ensure enough money is available when the bond principal payment is due in April 2016. That payment will be $35,000 plus interest.

Following a closed session to discuss insurance and wages, village employees Jim Olson, Donn Sperry and Jennie McKeown each received a 3 percent raise. Olson will receive an additional $1,200, Sperry $900 and McKeown $325.

In other business, board members had discussed moving Illinois Public Treasurers Investment Pool funds in Springfield to Farmer's State Bank of Western Illinois in Alexis due to low interest rates. A resolution was approved to leave the funds in Springfield for the time being until the state financial situation improves.

In other financial matters, treasurer Ange Corben reported the village has received $24,805 in property taxes from Mercer and Warren counties.

The village has applied for a grant to buy a generator for the pump house at the sewer plant. The Environmental Protection Agency requires the village complete and submit a permit for the generator, and the generator is required by the EPA.

Ryan Maynard of Aledo was present to discuss a dilapidated residence he owns at Illinois 135 and North Alexander Street. He told of plans a man has to erect a 38-by-50-foot pole building on the property after the house is demolished.

The building will have living quarters and a bay for general engine repairs, oil changes, tire repairs, etc. If the plans remain firm, neighbors will have an opportunity to comment on the matter at a zoning hearing for a conditional use permit.

Trustee Rick Edwards reported that 15 feral cats have been removed from a local residence for spaying or neutering with the help of Guardian Angels Humane Society. Six cats already have new homes and the Guardian Angels group hopes to find homes for the remainder.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Community Center.