Mayor Barnes opened the Cowden Village BOard meeting on Monday, June 3 at 5 p.m. Those present were Brown, Phillips, Dunaway, Peters, and Smith.

The May minutes were read. Brown made a motion to accept the minutes as read. Dunaway seconded the motion. Brown-yes, Phillips-yes, Dunaway-yes, Peters-yes, Smith-abstain. Motion passed.

The June bills were read. Smith made a motion to pay the bills as read. Phillips seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously. The bills were as follows: general fund $18,338.57, water fund $7,413.38, water bills fund $23,337.57, sewer fund $910.47, motor fuel fund $4,991.65.

Brown made a motion to accept the May financial statements for general fund, water fund, sewer fund, cemetery fund, utility fund, and motor fuel fund. Smith seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

Shelly Peters, manager of CCFM, and new owner Richey attended the meeting. Shelly introduced Richey to the board. Both expressed an interest in getting a petition started to have the sale of liquor put on the next ballot.

Smith made a motion to reimburse Miller Ag $1,590.22 for the water line installed to the new chemical building. Phillips seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

The board gave permission to Dave Huber to repair Ken & Jane Toothman’s headstone at Mound Cemetery.

Phillips made a motion to have Eric Tucker clean up the landscaping at the bandstand and the village would purchase new mulch in the amount of $600. Brown seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

Jamie Hopkins attended the meeting in regards to two citations she was given. She received both citations because of a loose dog. She stated that it was an accident that the dog got out and was asking the board to forgive the tickets. Brown made a motion to forgive the $250/second offense ticket but she still needs to pay $100 for the first offense ticket. Phillips seconded the motion. Brown-yes, Phillips-yes, Dunaway-yes, Peters-yes, Smith-no. Motion passed.

Phillips made a motion to use auto pay, from the general fund, to annually pay for Microsoft Office. Brown seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

Liz reported that Josh Salto paid $200 bond which goes toward his $700 fine. He never paid anymore and Effingham County will be serving Salto again. Troy Riley paid $200 and is current, Michael Snyder had a failure to appear in court, Liz is coming to file again, Anthony Snyder said he was going to pay his fines with his tax return and didn’t. Smith made a motion to file suit against Anthony Snyder. Brown seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

Liz also reported that the budget review is available for inspection for the next 30 days. The budget will be passed at the July meeting.

Will, from Crawford & Associates, attended the meeting. He provided the board with more information and figures on the aerators for the sewer lagoon. Will believes that two aerators will help eliminate the smell. The cost of the aerators is $1,100 each and the village will have an extra expense to run underground electric and install a plug-in.

Johnny reported that Steve Miller donated the grass seed for the park and he has repaired the water leaks at the park and in front of Don Thompson’s house.

Terry Metzger, Shelby County Board Member, attended the meeting to represent animal control. Zach and Johnny attended the animal control meeting last Wednesday and the two would like something done about all the dogs in town. The board decided to go with the per instance case contract. If a dog is taken to animal control in Shelbyville the village will be charged $20. A portable cage will need to purchased and if a village employee catches a dog and the owner is found, they will have to pay the village (according to the ordinance) before they can get their dog back. The board will officially vote on this contract at next month’s meeting.

Sarver presented the board with the monthly police report. He also expressed a desire to hire another part-time police officer because the budget allows for it and he feels the need for patrol in the village.

Brown made a motion to hire Shaun Hall as a part-time police officer. Phillips seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

Sarver had previously presented the board with a proposed police department pay scale. Smith made a motion to pass the proposed police department pay scale. Brown seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

Phillips made a motion to enter closed session in regards to employee evaluations. Dunaway seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

Phillips made a motion to exit closed session. Dunaway seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

Smith made a motion to give Johnny, Braiden, Kim and Ashley a 3% raise. Brown seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

The regularly scheduled July 1st meeting has been moved to July 8th.

Phillips made a motion to adjourn. Dunaway seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

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