Board approves existing condition report

During a board meeting on Nov. 15, Susan Chavarria from the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission addressed the St. Joseph board and presented a comprehensive plan existing condition report. The report was created from meetings held discussing the St. Joseph Comprehensive Plan.


It includes demographics, information on businesses, the economy, transportation and environment.  
The report is intended to inform citizens about the physical and demographic make up of the village.
The board accepted the report. Chavarria said the document was fluid and could be changed in the future.
Eagle Scout Willie Campbell also addressed the board.


Campbell told the board that the community was very generous and he would be returning the donation the village for the Veterans Sidewalk because he raised more than enough money to complete the project.  
Another boy scout Wei Wei Su  addressed the board and said he hopes to expand on Campbell's project by placing flags along the sidewalk.


The flags will feature a plaque with the names of soldiers who have served and the soldiers' branch of service.  Su said the entire project, which will feature 40 flags, will cost less than $1,000.


Family members can sponsor flags for their family member. The troop will take care of storing and maintaining the flags.
Also at the meeting, the referendum regarding electrical aggregation was discussed.


"A lot of people voted for it because of the savings," Mayor B.J. Hackler said. "But I'm not sure a lot of people understand it."
Residents will have the ability to opt out of the program.


By the end of the month St. Joseph will start negotiating a contract with a retail electric supplier to provide energy to homes.
What residents pay for electricity is expected to drop within the next few months as a result of the program.


Not everyone will be required to participate — residents will be twice notified by letter of their opportunity to "opt out" of the programs: once when their electric supplier is about to change and again when it has changed. Ameren Illinois' involvement in the delivery of electricity to residents will not change, nor will its prices. Ameren will still be in charge of billing and maintenance — meaning that residents' monthly bills will still look the same and, when the power goes out, they should still call Ameren.
Also at the meeting, Lincoln Street from Fifth Street to Eighth Street was designated Honorary David Audo Drive.  The honorary designation will be in effect for 10 years and can be renewed by the board.


It was also announced at the board meeting, that the village will complete evaluations on employees by the end of the month.
Also at the meeting, Attorney Joe Lierman said that resident Danny Ehmen has asked the village to waive its subdivision requirement because he has 40 acres of land within one and a half miles of the village limits on which he wants to use one to two acres to build a home on. Lierman said Ehmen would have to abide by county zoning issues. He also said the village should decide if this would interfere with any long range plans the village had if it would cause any drainage issues. The board felt it would not interfere with village plans or drainage issues. The land is located near Peters Drive.


The village waived the subdivision process for Ehmen's proposed three acre tract out of his 40 acre track.
Also at the meeting, the board discussed the municipal election in April.


Trustees Bob Rigdon, Aric Silver, Tony Spurlock and Mayor B.J. Hackler will all be up for election.

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