VILLAGE OF MILLSTADT
JUNE 4, 2012
The meeting was called to order by Weldon Harber, with the following trustees answering to roll
call: Ralph Bowley, Ray Famula, Mike French, Al Lehr, Linda Lehr, and Mike Todd. The
Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
A motion was made by Mike Todd to approve the May 21st minutes. Al Lehr seconded the
motion. The motion carried unanimously.
COMMUNICATIONS OR CORRESPONDENCE: none
COMMITTEE ON ACCOUNTS: Ralph Bowley stated he reviewed the bills. Ralph Bowley
made a motion to pay the bills. Mike Todd seconded the motion. The motion carried
Ralph stated that the village saved $2,857 the previous month by using Cost Recovery
Corporation. That brings the total to $48,496 in total savings.
PERSONNEL: Ralph Bowley stated he gave each trustee an update on the maintenance
contract. There will be an executive session at the next meeting to review it.
SEWER: Al Lehr stated everything’s been going fine. Brian has been pressing sludge.
WATER: Al Lehr stated Brian told him the fire hydrant flushing went well. Don Traiteur
added one fire hydrant was changed because it was broken internally and one hydrant had
a stuck valve that was replaced.
Tracy Holmes stated Linda Weingartner suggested publishing the water quality
report in the Hometown Values instead of the Belleville News Democrat which saved the
Village $1,300. Linda Lehr asked if the State would take issue with which kind of
publication. Tracy answered no but the Hometown Values was a better choice because it
goes to more people.
REFUSE: Al Lehr stated trash pick-up was a day late the previous week due to Memorial
Day. The trash pick-up was on Thursday but everything seemed to go fine.
MOSQUITO CONTROL: none
STREETS, ALLEYS AND SIDEWALKS: Mike Todd stated that anyone wanting to
participate in the 60/40 program needs to contact the Village Hall. He may put the
information in the Hometown Values. He is still taking bids for the project, but the
Office can begin taking names for those who are interested in participating.
PUBLIC BUILDINGS, MAINTENANCE, AND EQUIPMENT: Mike Todd stated the
Civic Club is again doing landscaping in front of the Village Hall. They will start
watering and tending to things the following week.
CABLE SERVICES AND CELL TOWERS: Linda Lehr stated there was a resident that was
having difficulty obtaining services from Charter. She stepped in and now the resident has
service. Sometimes the customers get lost in shuffle with customer service.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS: Mike French stated Ordinance 1092 is for the St. Clair
County Building and Zoning Department Agreement for Building Inspection Program
Agreement. This agreement will void any prior agreements. Mike French made a motion to
accept Ordinance 1092 as presented. Ralph Bowley seconded the motion. The motion carried
PARKS, POOL AND RECREATION: Ray Famula stated the signs went up encouraging people
to use the concession stand at the ball diamonds. The maintenance crew has been cutting the
grass and fixing the fences at the Nature Park. The security cameras at the park are doing well.
Kendra Rakers is getting the money together to begin setting up the Senior Exercise Space at the
Senior Center. The pool is running fine. There will be a Park Board meeting at the end of the
CEMETERY: Ray Famula stated everything looks great and has been trimmed.
COMMUNITY CENTER: Patty Evansco stated they said goodbye to a friend at the end of May
and had to file an incident report May 15th due to a fall. There are lots of activities and
successful fundraisers going on. They are working a strategic plan for marketing for the bus to
get more day riders. Painting inside the building is going well. Mike French asked if they were
looking for a vanity. Patty answered yes and that they had received some donations to help
decorate. Mike French reminded Patty she could fill out an application with the Chamber of
Commerce for donations. Linda Lehr stated there would be a Community Center Board meeting
on Monday, June 25th at 7pm.
PLANNING COMMISSION & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Mike French stated the
Planning Commission has completed the updates for the Comprehensive Plan. It needs to be
sent to Village Attorney Mike Flynn for review and then an ordinance would be made. Tracy
Holmes asked if she had the updates. Mike French answered that Lynn Muskopf had them.
Police Department – none
Emergency Service and Disaster Agency – Travis Jones stated he had contacted Randy
Lay and Herb Simmons concerning the Code Red storm warning system. It is on hold
right now due to Cencom not getting paid by certain towns. The Village can sign up for
it on their own instead of by County Ordinance. The price is based on the size of the
township. The more villages that join in the more the county will lower the price.
Fire Department – none
BUILDING COMMISSIONER: Crissy Wegescheide stated the following permits were issued:
JL Schaefer Construction 5 Travertine Circle Single Family Residence
Gravot 604 Manor Lane Fence
Seibert 12 Josiah Lane Deck
Baltz 4 Benham Drive Fence
Vonderheide 10 Pine Street Above Ground Pool & Fence
OLD BUSINESS: Mayor Harber asked if anyone had thought of any service projects for the Boy
Scouts. No one had. Mayor Harber stated he would email them and let them know the Board is
still looking for projects.
NEW BUSINESS: Mayor Harber stated the Historical Society is again selling ads for their
annual calendar. Last year, the Village purchased a half page ad. The cost is $40. Linda Lehr
made a motion to once again purchase a half page ad and to use the same content as the previous
year. Mike Todd seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Harber stated he would be on vacation from Friday, June 8th thru Friday June 15th.
He appointed Mike Todd as Mayor Pro Tem.
Mayor Harber stated there would be a Zoning Board meeting on Tuesday, June 26th at
CITIZENS COMMENTS: none
ADJOURNMENT: Ralph Bowley made a motion to adjourn the general Village Board meeting
and was seconded by Al Lehr. The motion carried unanimously.
Crissy Wegescheide, Clerk Weldon Harber, Mayor