The White County Sheriff has increased Norris City’s dispatching fee by an astounding 46%. This time last year, the Sheriff’s department sent letters to all White County towns and villages charging fees for dispatching non-emergency calls. Initially, Norris City was charged $12,000. After a long and heated period of debate and negotiation, they agreed to pay $11,000 in payments to the Sheriff for dispatching.

This year, the Village Board is being charged $16,100, a 46% increase when based off last year’s paid amount.

For now, the Board is tabling the decision to approve payment of the increase. Before next month, the members hope a meeting will be called with the Sheriff to discuss the increase and to look at where these figures are coming from.

In other business, the Board approved the tax levy with a sum of $193,810. $25,000 of this is general corporate, $6,755 is garbage and trash, $65,000 is for liability insurance, $40,000 is IMRF, $34,000 is social security tax, $5,500 is police protection, $ is fire protection, $1,135 is unemployment insurance and $12,000 is delegated to audit.

The Board went into executive session for the discussion of employee’s salaries and bonuses. After opening back up to the public, the Board approved a one dollar increase for wages and the Christmas bonus for employees will match last year’s amount.

This upcoming Friday, Dec 6, the Christmas Tree Lighting will be at 6 p.m. Santa will be at the Lion’s Club building afterwards with hot chocolate and cookies. A vendor’s fair will be at the Lion’s Club building Dec 12 as well.

The 2020 Board meeting calendar was approved with all dates set for the first Monday of each month except September.

The next Village meeting will be held on Jan 6 at 7 p.m. in the Norris City Municipal Building.