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Franklin Grove board votes in 2 percent employee raises

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 14th, 2013

FRANKLIN GROVE — Following an executive session that lasted nearly an hour Monday night, the Franklin Grove Village Board approved raises of 2 percent for each of their three regular employees— Water and Sewer Superintendent Ron Miller, Police Chief Tom Lehman, and Officer B.J. Harney.

The board withheld a decision on an increase for public works employee Jorden Lahman until he meets all requirements of his probationary period. The raises were based on a cost of living increase over the past year of 1.78 percent rounded up to 2 percent.

Police chief Lehman reported that during the month of July there were three traffic arrests, one assist to the Ashton Police Department, one ordinance violation citation, 11 warnings issued, 13 complaints, 33 hours committed to investigations and 459 miles driven patrolling.

In other action, the board approved payment of the regular bills and transfers as well as $696.97 in late bills.The board approved up to $250 to have the front door locks changed and new keys made with instructions for village clerk Lori Smith to maintain a list of key holders.

• Adam Asbury, of 118 South Elm Street, attended the board meeting to make a complaint against the Franklin Grove Library for allowing excess water to run onto his property, causing drainage issues with his basement. Asbury was advised that his issue was a civil matter to be dealt with directly with the library board and if necessary to contact an attorney.

• Carl Smith brought to the board a complaint against the Chisamore apartment complex in downtown Franklin Grove due to garbage overflowing existing dumpsters and the view barrier disintegrating. The board directed Lehman to address the issue with the Chisamores.

• The board approved a proclamation declaring Sept.19, as Pledge Day for the users of cell phones and social media users to pledge not to drive and use their texting devices. The proclamation pointed out that drivers were 23 times more likely to have an accident while texting than those who were not.

• Scott Spangler gave a short festival review with special commendation to the group that coordinated the Big Rig Show. It was recognized that traffic control has begun to be an issue to deal with as the Big Rig Show grows larger, especially because of its close proximity to the Franklin Grove Cemetery.

Spangler also extended an invitation to the board, and to all who assisted with the festival to attend an appreciation picnic at Atlasta Park on Tuesday, Aug. 27, beginning at 6;30 p.m. Meat will be provided and attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass.

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