Village board members hired two part-time police officers Tuesday night.

Donald Marrow and Ryan Pate will join the force as soon as the complete a mandatory firearms training course. The two will also attend the Police Training Institute for part-time police officers in December.

Also on Tuesday night, Ken Vivier was named acting superintendent of streets and alleys. Vivier will start immediately.

With the addition of Vivier, the council hopes a backlog of village maintenance issues can be addressed.

Sheldon Smith, chairman of the parks committee, said he has a backlog of 10 work orders on things that need repaired in the park.

A drainage issue brought before the council by resident Carl Ghibaudy also is on the list of backlogged problems facing village workers.

Ghibaudy chided council members for not taking action to prevent further erosion along his property. According to Ghibaudy, the Army Corps of Engineers has notified the village it violated Corps of Engineers regulation when it improperly cleaned out a drainage ditch adjacent to Ghibaudy’s property and left his property exposed to erosion.

Ghibaudy estimates he has lost 1,000 tons of dirt from his property due to the erosion.

The village has paid the engineering firm of Sodemann and Associates of Champaign to study the problem and come up with a solution. The firm was paid $5,000 for the study.

The solution Sodemann and Associates came up with was estimated to cost $140,000. Ghibaudy and Trustee Smith think the problem can be corrected for much less.

The streets and alley committee will look into moving the project up on the village to-do list when it next meets.

In other action, trustees:

-- Learned from Mike Larson, village treasurer, that he had to move village funds to different banking institutions due to the recent closure of the First National Bank of Danville. He assured the council that all village funds are secure.

-- Heard that the addition of the second police patrol has resulted in a lower incidence of reported crimes.

-- Approved sending a golden Labrador owned by Steve Doggett for K-9 training at a cost to the village of $1,000. The training will be paid for out of the village DUI fund. Doggett has applied for a grant for the training. If he receives the grant the village will be reimbursed for the training class.

-- Approved having the village attorney draw up an ordinance setting public nuisance towing fine at $300. This fine will have to be paid at the village office prior to the release of an impounded vehicle.

-- Also approved having the village attorney draw up an ordinance regulating the operation of golf carts on village streets.

-- Heard Trustee Bill Cottrell recommend the payment of $420 to Bodine Electric for a service call and the tear down of a pump motor.

-- Gave permission to the Westville Booster Club to place a sign near the village welcome sign commemorating the achievements of the Westville High School football team in the state tournament the past two years.

-- Gave permission to the Westville Lions Club to use Zamberletti Park for the Labor Day celebration on Sept. 3–7. A fireworks display will be at the high school on Sept. 6.

-- Approved a donation of $100 to the Westville Lions Club for the centennial calendar.

-- Heard a complaint from a resident concerning the village curfew not being enforced. Trustee Marc Reynolds said the complaints have been brought to the attention of police officers and that an extra effort will be made to enforce the curfew.

WHAT'S NEXT

The Westville Village Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 28 in the village office.

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