Palestine's finances got a clean bill of health in the latest audit report.
Carol Holbert, the village's auditor from the firm of Holbert & Phipps, was at Thursday's meeting of the board of trustees and said the village is in good standing and remains consistent in maintaining good accounting procedures. One recommendation was made to provide more clarity about the transfer of excess funds between accounts.
In other business, the board approved the placement of a new LED sign on village property. Trustee J.R. Dunlap is leading this project and has received an initial quote of $30,000. Some updates will need to be made before the board can give its final approval. The new sign will replace the old sign near the entrance to the village in the "pocket park" on Washington Street and will be able to display paid and free announcements. The old sign might me moved to the rodeo arena in Leaverton Park.
Trustee Gene Purcell brought up the issue of marijuana sales in the village and said the village should be considering how the village will issue permits to sell once recreational marijuana becomes legal in Illinois Jan. 1, 2020. Across the state, communities are deciding whether or not to allow cannabis businesses and establish taxes for the benefit of the community.
Palestine Chief of Police Jeff Besing said that the state law that is to take effect in the new year will provide for very few permits to be available.
Besing also gave his monthly police report which included Labor Day Weekend. He said only three arrests were made.