11/16/2018 11:07:00 AM Kraemer finishes police training
The Hutsonville Village Board recognized its newest police officer, Julie Kraemer, during Tuesday nightís board meeting. Kraemer also serves as the Hutsonville School Districtís superintendent. She is pictured here with Hutsonville Police Chief Paul Maxwell receiving her certification. (Tom Compton photo)
The Village of Hutsonville Tuesday night recognized its new police officer, discussed increased water rates and heard reports on nuisance properties.
Julie Kraemer has been officially recognized by the Village of Hutsonville as a part-time police officer. Kraemer, who is the Hutsonville School District superintendent, recently graduated second in her class from the part-time police academy and passed her final examination.
With the recent number of school shootings, Kraemer undertook the training to provide a resource for her school, having a sworn police officer on campus that would not otherwise be available. Under Illinois law only police officers may possess a firearm on campus. Kraemer is not a specifically trained to be a school-resource officer, but as superintendent her training and powers supersede many of those of a resource officer.
There are no plans for Kraemer to serve as a patrol officer for the village, but she may work as an officer from time to time, participate in on-the-job trainings and could be called upon in an emergency situation.
The Robinson Palestine Water Commission has informed the village that water rates will be increasing after the first of the year. While the increase is scaled it could be as much as 22 percent for the village and high use customers. That increase cannot be absorbed with current rates, and the water and sewer committee will be working on a new rate schedule for village water customers.
Efforts to clean up two nuisance properties continues. Mayor Tina Callaway reported the village had been in contact the owners of the property at 504 N. Main. Payment for an old mowing lien has been made, and Callaway has put an interested party in contact with the owner about purchasing it.
Discussion on the status of the old grade school also continued. In September it was learned the property was claimed by an agent acting for Crawford County for the sale of back taxes. Confusion over who has the right to make decisions and who is responsible for the property have become a point of frustration for the village.
The village has said a garage/shed on the backside of the property is condemned and needs to be removed. They simply want to know who is the responsible party to be notified, and who would be responsible for the demolition. Callaway reported that in her conversations with the county tax agent, Crawford County Board Chairman Gerald Bilyew and Crawford County State's Attorney Matt Hartrich, it is believed the taxing bodies of the property in question would be responsible, in this case, the county, village and school district.
To complicate matters a private individual has been using the old school building and shed for storage, and has put in a bid to purchase the building in the tax sale. The individual said he would like to restore the property to livable condition for apartments, but did not have a timeline. Village trustees are skeptical that the building could be brought back to livable conditions in its present state and would like to see it demolished.
The board said they cannot stop the individual from purchasing the property, but would hold them responsible to maintain the health and safety of the property, and the shed/garage would need to taken down with in 30 days of the possession of the property.
In other business the board heard a report on a failed pump at the sewer plant. The two other pumps are functioning normally and cost to repair or replace the failed pump is expected to be between $4,000 and $5,000.
A resolution was approved to close Main Street for the upcoming Christmas on the River festival Nov. 24.
The Progressive Party Caucus will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 3, for the nomination of trustees. Four seats are up for election. The seats of John Brooks, Bruce Callaway and Guy Rumler are four-year terms and the seat of Janice Zellers is a two year unexpired term. All four individuals have express interest in continuing to serve on the board. Anyone else interested should attend the caucus or they would need to file as an independent candidate.
The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 11.