Two new trustees have been appointed to serve on the Mill Shoals Village Board. During the board's meeting last week, Jerry Boyd was present and showed an interest in serving on the board. The vote to approve Boyd's appointment was unanimous. Also present at the meeting and showing an interest in serving on the board was Buddie Young. Young too was appointed to serve with a unanimous vote. Village Clerk Heath Tullis administered the oath of office to both new members.
Officials with the Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission have been made aware of some of financial difficulties being faced by the Village of Mill Shoals. Village treasurer James Murphy has invited a representative from the planning commission to address the board during its July meeting. In Treasurer Murphy told board members that the village is “overall in sound fiscal shape with various funds”, but added that officials need to remain mindful of expenditures.
Treasurer Murphy distributed copies of the annual treasurer's report for members to review. President Ron Gray informed the board that in years past, the Village had to outsource the completion of that report. At the recommendation of President Gray, the board approved paying Treasurer Murphy $100 to prepare the annual report. It was also announced that the village's annual audit is set for August.
Clerk Heath Tullis informed the board that he has received confirmation from the Illinois Department of Transportation that the village is in full compliance with the use of motor fuel tax funds (MFT) for the years 2017-2018. The news follows the completion of an IDOT audit of MFT funds.
Village president Ron Gray sought and received board approval to purchase three semi loads of CA6 Road Pack and the use of one hundred hours for cleaning road ditches. Funding for the materials and labor will come out of the village's motor fuel tax fund.
Village water operator Wayne Carter reported no outstanding issues with the water department. He added that he has been spraying weeds and has mosquito abatement pellets available.
Newly appointed board member Buddie Young told the board that a drain along U.S. Rt. 45 in the village was not functioning properly. Young said he would contact officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation to examine the problem for a potential fix.
A town-wide trash pick up for the Village of Mill Shoals has been set for June 21.