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EDINBURG — The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall with remote call-in.
The Board heard from police officers from Taylorville bringing an agreement to the Village to have the Edinburg police department join with the Taylorville Emergency Response Team (ERT). The officers explained that there was a lack of coverage and services available to protect the public not only in Taylorville, but in surrounding municipalities as well. They had brought the offer to other Villages like Stonington and Kincaid. Mt. Auburn was brought up as an example of a municipality that needed the help, since the Village had disbanded their police force and was now reliant on the county for police coverage. The officers also said that many departments were understaffed and that criminals knew when the chiefs were away and could plan their actions accordingly.
The idea behind the agreement would be to pool resources to get more equipment that a solitary depart- ment might not be able to get otherwise. Also, the officers wanted to rely less on the state and county for aid. The agreement would allow for departments like Kincaid and Edinburg to call for assistance and share information with Taylorville and other towns in the area. While the officers said that their agreement had been looked over by the States Attorney, Village Attorney Rocci Romano recommended the Village act with some caution.
He thought the agreement was a great idea, but wanted the officers and the village to make certain everything was legally airtight to prevent problems down the road. He wanted the jurisdictions and actions the officers could take to be clearly outlined and approved by the States Attorney so that if there was an incident, an attorney wouldn’t be able to claim that an officer acted out of their jurisdiction and throw a wrench into a case.
Edinburg Police Chief Aaron Morgan was also on board with the idea. He felt the Village needed the agreement in order to do their best to protect the citizens. Romano said he would speak with Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler as well as the States Attorney to get more information and hope- fully have an agreement ready for the next Board meeting.
After the last meeting, there was some question of the raw water line project going forward in light of the proposition that SNAWS made the Village. After a meeting of the water commit- tee, it was decided to go ahead with the raw water line project. Romano brought forward a few property own- ers who had issues with the easements that he had written up. The Board heard from one who voiced her concerns. Romano was working on addressing those concerns and working on the easements. He asked Water Superintendent Mike Lebshier to let the SNAWS group know the Village was going forward with the water line project and give them the amended agreement Romano had worked on after the issues discussed at the last meeting.
Also approved at the meeting:
– August ($51,201.98) and September ($32,214.66) bills.
– Lexipol subscription for $1,772 (police policy updating service)
– Layne Christensen Company quote to upgrade VFD on wells #14 and #15 in the amount of $12,275
The next regular meeting of the Village of Edinburg will be held on Monday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.