Teutopolis Village Trustees agreed last Wednesday to help install street banners honoring the 2020 high school graduating class.


The colorful banners, featuring photographs of the 77 Teutopolis High School seniors, were purchased through Teutopolis For Tomorrow donations collected during the recent community mapping effort. The banners are an extra way to honor the graduates not able to have a traditional graduation ceremony due to social distancing measures against the Coronavirus Pandemic. In addition, the banners provide a sense of pride in the village as well.


The board will check into hiring a contractor with the proper insurance to erect two banners each on utility poles in the village with banner holders donated. Village employees do not have time at this point to erect the banners. Volunteers cannot place the banners due to liability insurance concerns for the village.


After a couple of months, the banners will be taken down and given to the THS graduates, which could allow placement of other banners promoting the community.


Village Trustee Dave Tegeler said the project was a good one for the community and urged his fellow board members to “keep an open mind on future projects” by the mapping committees. John Mette, who participated in the May 20 meeting by a telephone connection, agreed with Tegeler that board cooperation is what the mapping is all about.


Trustee Jane Summers mentioned some upcoming events sponsored by the Teutopolis For Tomorrow groups, including a sidewalk chalk contest, a communitywide scavenger hunt and a golf cart parade.


In financial business, board members approved payments of $14,618 to Milano and Grunloh Engineers and $150,116 to Howell Paving for work completed on the U.S. Route 40 drainage project. J.B. Esker and Sons Concrete received $3,000 for work on the South Pearl Street sidewalk extension project.


Regarding Tax Increment Financing matters, the board authorized a development agreement with Siemer Milling Company regarding the section of Green Street that has been vacated by the village. That section of short roadway between West Main Street and the CSX railroad tracks is surrounded by Siemer Milling and has not outlet across the tracks. The agreement includes a 10-year period with potential development costs of $186,000.


The vote on the Green Street TIF agreement was unanimous with Tegeler, Mette, Greg Oseland and Bernie Hartke answering roll call in favor. Jane Summers abstained on the motion and Dan Zerrusen was absent during the meeting.


The board also agreed to a TIF payment of $7,128 to Farmweld Inc., relative to improvements relating to 2029 taxes. Tegeler abstained on that vote.


Trustees also approved a reverter agreement on Lot 49 in Prairie View Subdivision. These release the property to the homeowner after completion of construction in the subdivision that was developed by the Village.


The board also discussed some drainage repairs on hold in the village. Hartke suggested the village consider hiring a contractor to help complete some of those repair projects that have stayed on hold too long. It was noted village employees are facing a heavy workload with different responsibilities regarding digging and other work in the community.


Burning of trash is becoming a problem in some neighborhoods. Only yard waste can be burned in the Village and only during daylight hours on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. Burning in firepits or similar structures are considered recreational burning and allowed throughout the week. All legal fires should not be left unattended and the embers watered down to prevent the spread of ashes or smoldering smoke.


Tegeler said some residents are getting sneaky by burning trash in barrels after sundown when the flames are not visible. The idea of hiring a waste hauler and tacking that onto village water and sewer bills went up in smoke because Tegeler said residents have different preferences on trash haulers.


For now, residents can call for assistance from Village Police to report violators. Do not call the fire department because this is a law enforcement matter.


In other business, the board changed a past reference in the Oct. 18, 2017 board minutes to identify correctly identify Jacob Pruemer as a person making a request of the board. Trustees also agreed to purchase new trimmers for use on village property.