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By Caitlin R. King
The Jerseyville City Council held their regular twice-monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. The meeting was quick, lasting just 15 minutes. The council first approved the minutes from their last meeting, held June 14. They then approved the bills as presented. City councilman Kevin Stork reported the bill total for this period as $403,506.96.
The only other business the council addressed was a request made by the Jersey County Business Association to use the east parking lot on Jefferson Street for a monthly “street fair.” The street fair would run from July through October from 3 to 8 p.m.. The request included consideration for the waiving of the rental fee and usage of event fencing.
The matter was discussed during the June 14 meeting, but tabled so that the council could check with the businesses that normally use the lot on a regular basis.
“We all have to remember is, we invested a lot of money in our City Center for events. And that was the goal of the master plan, was for us to bring more sales tax into the community… something to consider,” Mayor Billy Russell said to the council during their discussion.
The council ultimately tabled their decision until they could reach out to the businesses and will revisit the topic at their next meeting.
The only other matter discussed was from Nick Bexheti, who thanked the council for their assistance in putting together the memorial event for Liese and Baby Dodd on Sunday, June 26.
“I wanted to take the time and thank the city as a whole for working with us, super fast, very efficient… and everyone else was involved in that. The event turned out to be very good, and we were happy with that,” Bexheti said.
Mayor Russell thanked Bexheti in return, “It was a very tragic situation, and we appreciate you doing that in the community.”
The Jerseyville City Council is scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, July 12, at 6 p.m. at 115 East Prairie St. in Jerseyville. Due to COVID-19, the meetings can also be accessed over the phone. Citizens interested in listening in or giving public comments may do so by calling the teleconference number at 618-639-3334 and entering the pin number: 02088.