Bluffs becomes sanctuary city
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By BETH ZUMWALT
Action taken by the Bluffs Village Board, Sept. 1 makes the village a sanctuary city, giving its citizens the right to possession firearms.
“Most counties in Illinois have passed a resolution and become a sanctuary county,” Linda Sapp, village president, said. “Scott County has not and we thought we should do something to protect our people and let them protect themselves.”
Sapp said one of the trustees brought the matter up after doing considerable research.
“I talked to our legal representative and asked if it would hold up in court. He said he didn’t know but that it was a good idea to have it anyway.”
The board also discussed the COVID relief money. Bluffs is slated to receive $89,000 in funds over the next two years with a possibility for more if more funds become available.
The board also strengthened its ordinance on declaring a nuisance and authorizing abatement.
“We have three properties in the village that need attention,”Sapp said “One is on West Wilson, one on Brady and one on Rodgers. We have talked to Ed Hoover, the code hearing officer about what needs to be done to get those cleaned up.”
The board also discussed the recent town clean-up which required only one dumpster instead of two, saving the village,$1,000.
The board also chose the yard of Hank and Betty Gregory for Sept. Yard of the Month and also discussed putting a concrete floor in the burgoo kettle shed.
The board was in a 43 minutes closed session but took no action following the meeting.