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St. Francisville council tables water bill payment talk

Posted on May 26, 2020

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SAINT FRANCISVILLE — Although the majority appeared favorable to introducing a new method for city residents to pay their water bills online, the matter was tabled by the St. Francisville City Council during its regular monthly meeting on May 13.

Mayor T.J. Moyes, Terri Wease and Jeff Tussey, along with three council members, Brittany Hall, Jamie Tussey and Gabe Padgett, conducted business in open session in the meeting room at the school. Aldermen Lee J. Campbell, Rod Padgett and Carla Moyes were absent from the meeting.

Those present wanted to wait until a full council was in attendance before making a final decision.

The program will not cost the city. However, a three percent convenience fee would be charged to the resident if deciding to pay online. Currently, there is a drop box in the south door of the city hall at the school for payments.

The council approved the budget in a motion made by Jamie Tussey and seconded by Brittany Hall. Overall, there was an increase of $54,400 for the $993,845 total projected budget. Most individual funds remained the same as last year with the exception of salaries which were increased by $4,000 and the bridge fund by $50,000, anticipating the engineering fee for new bridge construction.

The bridge inspection from last year has been received. Recommendations are that a pile foundation be replaced under the overflow bridge. This work will likely be done within a month. The public will be notified when the bridge will be closed for that work to take place.

The city also received notice that the anticipated letting of bids for construction of a concrete two-lane bridge to replace the overflow bridge just west of the Wabash Cannonball Bridge, was being delayed until June 2021. It was initially expected that that phase of the project would begin this June. The city has been waiting on the second phase of the project, wetland mitigation and an archeological study, since last August in order to move forward with the bridge construction. Citizens are being encouraged to write letters to legislators to move the project forward in a more timely manner.

The city is moving forward with drilling water well No. 11. A $350,000 bond and ordinance were approved at the meeting.

The Illinois Department of Transportation Rebuild Illinois Fund was approved, as well. The city will receive a total of $45,935.04 over the course of three years. There will be six payments of $7,655.84. The money can be used for any bondable capital improvement projects with the investment to be a lasting benefit for the city. City sidewalks and street improvements are among ideas the council is considering from the motor/fuel tax fund account boost.

In other business:

• The council discussed several properties that exceeded the grass height ordinance. Property owners will be sent letters with regard to the violation.

• In anticipation of the COVID-19 quarantine being lifted of stringent restrictions, the Community Improvement Corporation is planning its annual Fourth of July celebration for June 27.

• A request to the city for permission to use the river bank property and baseball park were granted by the council as long as state orders allow such an event to occur. Use of the old city dump, however, was denied.

• The CIC will be donating its funds and manpower to work on the baseball park concession building, as well as bathrooms, electric and plumbing. Estimates are also being sought to add electric to the pavilion at the river park.

• The next meeting of the Sumner City Council is Wednesday, June 10.

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