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June 16, 2019

5/16/2019 10:29:00 AM
Hutsonville fills vacant police-chief position, discusses drainage
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The Village of Hutsonville reviewed a water drainage proposal and appointed a new chief of police during Tuesday night's meeting.

The first order of business Tuesday night was to administer the oath of office to recently elected trustees John Brooks, Bruce Callaway and Janice Zellers. Mayor Tina Callaway then passed out committee assignments, and reminded trustees that annual personnel reviews are do this month as well as the fiscal budget.

Nick Earnst was appointed Chief of Police for the Village of Hutsonville by Mayor Callaway with the consent of the board. Earnst is a full-time officer with the Robinson Police Department, and has been a part-time officer in Hutsonville for the past two years. In addition to patrol duties Earnst will take the lead on administrative duties, including state and federal reports that help the village qualify for grants.

Earnst will be assisted with his administrative duties by part-time officer Dan Cheadle. Officer Cheadle, a former Jasper County deputy and long time part-time officer for Hutsonville, was recently hired by the Robinson Police Department, which prevents him from taking on the chief's position.

The position of chief was left open after Paul Maxwell resigned as chief, but will be staying on as a part-time officer.

Mayor Callaway said Earnst has already implemented new ways of handling ordinance violation, and is getting administrative duties completed.

For months, if not years, now the village has been looking at growing flooding issues. During last night's meeting Trustee Bruce Callaway presented the board with a plan to install a 12 inch drain tile parallel to South Rose Street along the base of the hill and old rail road line. The plan includes installing four drain catches and replacing tile in ditch that runs along the north end of the park.

Callaway said the drains should ease flooding of properties along Rose St. from Cherry St. south to the park. The plan is expected to cost around $5,400 and is expected to be approved by the board at the next meeting. A plan to replace a culvert on the north end of town was previously approved to help with flooding in that area.

In a related matter the building that was erected in the floodplain at 301 N. Rose will be moved. After consulting with state agencies the home owners decided moving the building would be the best option.

The board approved the installation of a backflow preventer at 300 N. Third St. Village employees have been called to the residence several times recently due to sewer water backing up into the basement. The cost of the project is estimated at $1,000, and the village approved paying $500 towards the project to off set costs that may arise in the future. It was also made clear the preventer will go on the sanitary sewer and not the storm sewer.

Water customers looking for the Consumer Confidence Report on the village's water system will need to go to a website that will be printed on next month's bill. Those still wanting a paper copy may pick one up at the village hall.

A request for a donation to the RiverFest fireworks was approved in the amount of $1,000, and $5,700 was approved for roof and wall work to the village hall.

The next scheduled meeting will Tuesday, June 11.

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