Current News: 11/19/14 (Click HERE for Archived News):
New Salt Shed
JUST IN TIME FOR WINTER, Trenton's maintenance department recently completed construction of a new salt shed in the shadow (literally, in this photo) of the city's water tower. At about 1,800 square feet, the new shed is much larger than the old one, which was located near the city's sewage treatment plant. The old shed was set to be displaced when the city builds a new sewer plant. The new shed cost about $20,000.
Fedor will retire; Kimbo will be new NB police dog
New Baden police dog Fedor will be retired within the next six months or so, and his replacement will be purchased with drug forfeiture funds the village' original police dog made possible.
New Baden K-9 officer Bruce Rapien told village board members on Monday that Fedor has developed a limp related to a weakened tendon or ligament in his front shoulder, and surgery will not assure he will be able to return to duty.
"Fedor is getting old," said Rapien, "and the veterinarian has recommended he be moved into retirement." Fedor has proven valuable to the police department during his brief time there, most notably during a year-old drug forfeiture case that will result in enough seized assets to pay for his replacement, a two-year old Dutch Shepherd named Kimbo.
Rapien said he looked at several dogs before settling on Kimbo, who he expects to most resemble Fedor in ability and temperament. "I was looking for a social dog that I could turn on and off so the public can interact with him," Rapien said. "I knew I wouldn't be able to find one exactly like him, but Kimbo is close." Fedor was a Dutch Mallinois, similar in appearance to a shepherd.
The department will be able to purchase the dog for about $2,000, according to Rapien, because his trainer wants to become involved in training police dogs. Normally, a similar dog would cost about $7,000, according to Rapien.
In the recent drug forfeiture, the village was able to seize about a pound of marijuana, $2,900 in cash, LSD, pills, two pellet guns, a safe, and a Chevrolet Tahoe after Fedor indicated drugs were present in the vehicle, which was disabled on Interstate 64 when officer Jeff Mavrogeorge suspected criminal activity and called Fedor and Officer Rapien to the scene.
Mavrogeorge said Fedor and Rapien have developed an excellent reputation in the area. "Other police departments know about Bruce and Fedor; we have the best police dog in the area," said Mavrogeorge. "He's never been wrong. Every time he has hit on a vehicle, we've either found drugs inside or the occupants have admitted they were using drugs in the car prior to being pulled over. I know it's hard for Bruce, because he has a bond with Fedor like no other."
Rapien said he expects the transition to take about six months. "I'm still working with Kimbo," said Rapien, "but in the meantime, I can still use Fedor for drug detection, although he's not really able to perform suspect apprehension or tracking."
New Baden's police dog is funded through private donations and drug seizures rather than tax dollars. "The community has really supported it," said mayor Christy Picard, through donations of loose change, in-kind services, and other fundraising mechanisms.
Trustee Mike Mavrogeorge said the dog program has paid off for the village. "It's been really successful in drug arrests and forfeitures," said Mavrogeorge, chair of the board's public safety committee. "I had no idea the amount of drugs in this town."
NB board favors higher tax levy in straw vote
Tax rate will not increase as village moves to capture TIF revenues
New Baden's village board will likely vote to capture about $47,000 in property taxes available due to the expiration of the village's original TIF district, which was established in the early 1990s.
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a tool for local governments to spur economic development and reduce blight in a specified area by directing incremental property taxes in the TIF district into a special account to be used for those purposes.
New Baden village administrator Lyndon Joost explained on Monday that the equalized assessed valuation (EAV) for New Baden's original TIF increased by about $6 million during the 23-year lifetime of the district. EAV is equal to one-third of fair market value of real estate, and is the basis on which property taxes are levied.
By applying the same tax rate as last year, which will not increase individual property taxes for persons whose homes have not increased in assessment, the village will be able to capture the additional money. If the board has elected to levy the same amount in real dollars as last year, tax rates would have decreased by about one basis point, resulting in an annual tax decrease of about $50 for the owner of a $150,000 home.
Capturing the additional tax dollars will trigger a requirement for the village to have a public hearing on its tax levy, since the increase in the total levy will exceed five percent. New Baden levied about $250,000 in property taxes for 2014; the increase will push that total to nearly $300,000, an increase approaching twenty percent.
Other governmental units that levy property taxes, primarily schools but also emergency services, library districts, townships and road districts, will have a similar opportunity now that the TIF has expired. While the TIF was active, those taxing bodies were unable to levy taxes against the incremental increases.
Reaching a consensus among board members was complicated. Of the five trustees who were present for Monday night's meeting, Jerry Linthicum supported maintaining the same levy amount and reducing the rate; Mike Mavrogeorge and Bill Malina favored capturing the additional revenue; Bob Nielsen suggested finding a middle ground; and Rafael Him will not be available to vote in December, having been elected to the Clinton County Board earlier this month. Trustee Bob Oster was absent. Nielsen eventually broke the logjam by announcing that he would support the higher levy.
The board will vote on the levy at its December meeting, but mayor Christy Picard asked for a straw vote in light of the fact that the village's intent to increase the levy by more than five percent must be published in notice form prior to the meeting.
In other discussion from Monday night's meeting:
Administrator Joost provided the board with information on establishing 'home rule' for the village and developing a 'crime-free housing' ordinance that will include additional restrictions and requirements for rental units within the village.
The prospect of a crime-free housing ordinance is a reaction from village leaders to prevent criminals from inhabiting New Baden rental housing after being flushed out of rental properties in nearby communities like Belleville, O'Fallon, and potentially Shiloh. Belleville and O'Fallon are already home rule communities and have crime-free housing rules in place. Shiloh's leaders recently approved a resolution to put a home-rule initiative on this spring's ballot.
Municipalities of a certain size are able to automatically effect home rule; smaller communities may do so with voter approval. In New Baden, a referendum on home rule will be required.
A crime-free housing ordinance could force rental property owners to pay a fee for each unit of housing they own, require background checks, and agree to evict persons convicted of certain crimes. Crime-free housing ordinances are only available to home-rule communities. New Baden's housing stock includes about 33 percent rental properties, including about 200 multi-family dwelling units and 70 mobile homes, according to code enforcement officer Jerry Green. Green said the crime-free ordinance can be tailored to only include certain rental properties, such as apartments and trailers but not single-family houses, for instance.
Home rule would also give trustees more autonomy in other areas of government, including greater taxing authority.
The board is expected to vote in December on whether or not to place the home rule question on the spring ballot.
The village continues to plan for a periodic newsletter as a method of supplying unfiltered information to village residents. Administrator Joost explained that he expects the newsletter to eventually be self-supported through the sale of advertisements to local businesses, but the village will likely begin distributing it before that goal has been reached.
Joost said the village has a number of items that should be explained to residents within the next couple of months, including the home-rule question, crime-free housing, and the tax levy particulars, and he has not yet been able to secure enough sponsors to pay for the printing and mailing costs. Joost said he has commitments from six local businesses so far. Seventeen sponsors are needed in order for the village to 'break even' on the newsletter costs.
Mayor Christy Picard gently chastised board members and asked them to be more engaged in the discussion of items before them. "I need for the board to be more interactive by picking up their packets ahead of time and reading through the information before our meeting, and to call (village administrator) Lyndon (Joost) or me if you have questions," said Picard. "I'm a little disappointed with tonight's meeting. These are huge issues we are discussing, and we need more input from the trustees."
Trustee Mike Mavrogeorge said board members' quietude shouldn't necessarily be mistaken for apathy. "Sometimes, a lack of discussion says that we're on board with these proposals," said Mavrogeorge.
Time Marches On
Iron pipe hitching racks, sets in concrete, were added in front of Ginzel Merchantile Co. and the First National Bank.
J.G. Powers, G.A.R. veteran and one of the oldest citizens of the county, died at his home Wednesday.
Mrs. Cecil Duffner of New Baden was brought to the hospital here Monday and underwent and operation for appendicitis.
X.O. Nagele, the genial proprietor of the New Baden and Trenton photo galleries, was united in marriage to Miss Mary Baahlman at Albers Wednesday.
Emma Mary Baldwin, former Trentonian, died in Los Angeles on Nov. 6.
A free trapeze performance by Harry Rich over Ginzel Merc. Co. was witnessed by large crowds Friday and Saturday evenings.
Miss Marie Engelhardt and Oliver Billhartz, both of New Baden, were married in Belleville Friday.
Henry Lohmann, a well known farmer west of Aviston, died Wednesday morning.
A little son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Henss at the Highland Hospital on Armistice Day.
A Woman's Club was organized at Breese Nov. 7 with Mrs. A. McAllister as its first president.
Wesley Kaufman was elected captain of the Trenton grade school basketball team.
The wedding of Miss Burnetta Ketterer and August Rehkemper took place in St. Francis Church in Aviston Tuesday morning.
Louis Haas was elected president of the Summerfield Sanitary Milk Producers with Milton Baer as vice president and Mrs. Herbert Becherer as secretary-treasurer.
Henry Gerling, a New Baden coal miner, died at his home Sunday evening at the age of 65.
The City of Trenton went 15 percent over the top in the War Fund Campaign conducted the past month with a collection of $578.25.
Dale Malan has been commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve after graduation at Corpus Christi, Texas.
Mac's Barber Shop was forcibly entered and about $3.00 in small change was taken from a locked drawer.
John C. Kappel, 89, father of Mrs. Lawrence Huber, died Nov. 10 in St. Louis.
Mrs. Anna Eicher, 76, died Nov. 15 at the Highland Hospital after an extended illness.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Ottensmeier will observe their silver wedding anniversary Friday.
Fire destroyed the interior of the former Clinton Theatre in Beckemeyer last Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. X.O. Nagele of New Baden will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Saturday.
William Hearding, who lived north of Trenton before moving to Mississippi in 1914, died Sunday at Hattiesburg.
Elmer Singler, Sr. of rural route New Baden died Saturday at the age of 65.
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Cervenka Tuesday.
Mrs. John Fix, nee Josephine Hoh, died at her home south of Belleville Sunday.
Wesclin lost to Nashville 48-37 in the first game of the basketball season. Graesser and March each had 10 points.
Fred Cordell, 60, died at St. Joseph Hospital, Highland, on Nov. 6
Catherine "Kate" Voss of Breese died Nov. 6 at the Breese Nursing Home at the age of 95.
Mrs. Eleanor Gerardi of O'Fallon died Nov. 11 at the age of 93. She was a native of Trenton and was the former Eleanor Collignon.
Cindy Woker of Central High School was chosen Miss Clinton County Electric Cooperative at their annual meeting on Nov. 7.
Michael Fuhler of Trenton received the highest FFA degree of membership. He was honored at the 57th National FFA Convention in Kansa City, MO Nov. 8-10.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bacher and Ann Schroeder of Trenton accompanied the Chicago Cubs and 700 diehard fans on a weeklong cruise of the Caribbean which began Nov. 10.
Asst. Chief of Police Tim Harris was graduated on Nov. 9 at the Panorama Lanes in Belleville from the Belleville Area College Police Academy.
Cynthia Jean Rutkowski and Thomas John Dermody exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 27.
This week's installment of the Trenton Woman's Club early recollections of Trenton was submitted by Elvira Harpstrite Timpe.
The Mater Dei undeafted volleyball team won the state championship.
Tracy Renschen was the $1500 grand prize winner of the Trenton Chamber of Commerce Citizens for Trenton drawing.
Thomas J. Albert, of Trenton, died Nov. 9 at St. Louis.
Cameron T. Imming, of Trenton, has completed a U.S. Air Force ROTC field training encampment at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
Chrissy Spaeth and Dave Kelso announced their engagement. The couple plans a May 14, 2005 wedding.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Buckles celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 13.
The Clinton County Baseball League inducted its first-ever class into the Hall of Fame at the Germantown American Legion.
Jimmy Jenkins was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout during an Eagle Court of Honor Sat., Nov. 6 at First United Methodist Church, Trenton.
Fred and Deanna Lucas of Trenton announce the birth of their son, Samuel Fredrick Allen Lucas. He was born Nov. 6 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.
Kennett - Obit
Colette Ann Kennett, 63, of New Baden, died Thursday, November 13, 2014 at her home. She was born May 2, 1951 in Breese, daughter of Franklin J. "Booby" and Virginia M. Kennett, nee Micheel, and her mother survives in New Baden. Also surviving are a brother, Patrick (Marsha) Kennett of Albers; two sisters, Juliana (Jack) Wier of Wildwood, Missouri, and Bonnie (Rollie) Brave of O'Fallon; nephews and nieces Jack (Trina) Wier and their children, Jack Dean and Lincoln; Joe (Sherry) Wier and their children, Alex, Ashley, Amy, and Andrew; Katey (Ron) Riesing and their children, Brianna and Elizabeth; Dominic (Amber Rotchilge) Wier; Jennifer (Bobak) Rafati and their daughter, Gabriella; Alicia (Randy) Cook; Mariah Kennett, and Natalie Kennett; and her nephew, niece and godchildren, Ben Wier and Sophia Kennett. Her father and a niece, Coreen Wier, preceded her in death. Ms. Kennett had a long and rewarding career with the Diocese of Belleville, where she started on Oct. 1, 1979, as the Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocesan Catholic Youth Organization. She served in this role for over 30 years, helping to instill faith in the youth she worked with, as well as mentoring the young people of the diocese in many ways. Although she never had children of her own, Ms. Kennett referred to the diocesan youth she worked with on a daily basis as "her kids." She traveled the world with these young people to places such as Guatemala, Australia, Germany and numerous cities throughout the United States. She not only led and represented them on their pilgrimages, through her outstanding leadership skills, but took them under her wing as if they were her own children. As "her kids" moved on and became adults, Colette never forgot them and stayed connected with their lives always, through telephone calls, visits, and greeting cards, to let them know that she still cared for them and was truly interested in their well-being. Her role as Youth Minister also gave her the opportunity to visit Haiti and Guatemala to help to serve and spread faith to the adults and children there. These journeys touched her deeply. Upon returning home, she told her family that those who have so little have such great faith. It was evident these encounters deepened her own faith life. Ms. Kennett was greatly loved by her immediate family, all of her nieces and nephews, great nieces, and nephews. They knew her as "Aunt Letty," who brought gifts to them and always remembered their birthdays or shared in the special occasions of their lives. She was also known for her ability to make the kids laugh and organize games to command the group's attention at family gatherings. The family enjoyed listening to tales of her travels and the beautiful photos she brought back from faraway places, as she had a keen eye for capturing the beauty of the most ornate structure or the simplest flower petal behind the lens of her camera. "Colette, you had a life fully lived, yet gone too quickly, and for this your extended family is truly heartbroken, yet blessed. Sister, may you sing "Alleluia" with the angels in heaven and have everlasting peace in the arms of our God!" The funeral was Monday from St. George Catholic Church in New Baden with Rev. Eugene Neff officiating. Burial follows at Resurrection Cemetery in New Baden. Memorials to the Clinton Manor Activity Fund will be received through Hempen-Nordike Funeral Home in New Baden.
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Bann - Obit
Ralph C. "Slugger" Bann, 91, of New Baden, died Thursday, November 13, 2014 at his home. He was born in New Baden on January 19, 1923, son of James W., Sr. and Dolores A. Bann, nee Kassebaum, and they preceded him in death. Other precedents included a son, Richard L. Bann; sisters Corrine Bann, Gloria Hebenstreit, and Marilyn Sachs; brothers, James W. "Bill" Bann, Jr., and Paul F. Bann; brothers-in-law Joseph Hebenstreit, Ernst C. Bailey, and Dale A. Bailey; sisters-in-law Donna Bann, Ruth Ellen Bann, Virla Lee Bann, and Betty Bann; nephews Bob Bann and Jim Davis; a niece, Debbie Hebenstreit; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leslie E. and Lillian B. Bailey, nee Asbury. He married Lucille E. "Sis" Bailey on April 29, 1947 in New Baden, and she survives at home. Also surviving are a son, Dale C. Bann of Phoenix, Arizona; a daughter, Sandra E. Seipp of New Baden; grandchildren Casey (Sarah) Douglass of O'Fallon, and Shea C. Seipp of New Baden; great grandchildren Madalyn A. Douglass and Luke E. Douglass of O'Fallon; brothers Carl Bann of New Baden, Robert Bann of Marietta, Ohio, and James (Geri) Bann of Earlville; a sister, Susanne (Gerald) Chapple of Milford, Michigan; sisters-in-law Edna Bailey of DuQuoin, Elizabeth "Betty" Bailey of Mulberry, Florida, and Mildred Bann of New Baden; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Bann was a World War II Army veteran serving with CO.F 315 Infantry Regiment, 79th Division in the European Theatre. He attained the rank of 1st Sergeant and was the recipient of the Purple Heart, bronze star and presidential unit citation with cluster. Upon returning from the service, he worked for the federal government until his retirement. He and his wife owned and operated a popular ice cream and hamburger stand in New Baden called "Bann's Frosty Whip" for many years. Mr. Bann was a New Baden Village Trustee for eight years and mayor for 32 years. He was a member of the New Baden United Methodist Church, the New Baden American Legion Post 321, the New Baden Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3642, and the New Baden Chamber of Commerce. Ralph was the rock of his family, who will miss his guidance and counsel. "Pa Pa," as he was affectionately known to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, will forever be in his family members' hearts. "Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again." There was a memorial service Tuesday from First United Methodist Church in New Baden, the Reverend Carl Johnston officiating. Interment with Military Honors at Greenmount Cemetery, New Baden. Memorials to New Baden First United Methodist Church will be received through Hempen-Nordike Funeral Home in New Baden.
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Monken - Obit
Kevin Brian Monken, 51, of Lebanon, died Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center in Lebanon. He was born in Breese May 8, 1963, son of Darwin C. and Janet H. Monken, nee Mete, and his mother survives in O'Fallon. Also surviving are a brother, Keith D. (Linda) Monken of Fairview Heights; nephews Chris M. (Katie) Freeland of Cahokia and Timothy J. Freeland of Denver, Colorado; a niece, Nikki R. Freeland of O'Fallon; great niece Ella Freeland; and great nephews Kolten Freeland, Caiden Freeland, and Keegan Freeland. His father and a brother, Kurt R. Monken, preceded him in death. Mr. Monken grew up in Lebanon and graduated from Belleville East High School. He was born with Down Syndrome and participated in the Special Olympics. He enjoyed bowling and professional wrestling. He greeted everyone he met with "Hey Buddy." The funeral was Monday from Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Pastor Leonard E. Pye of Faith Baptist Church in Highland officiating. Interment Summerfield Cemetery. Memorials to Cedar Ridge Nursing Home will be received through the funeral home.
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Timmermann - Obit
Clara M. Timmermann, 66, of Breese, died Thursday, November 13, 2014 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis. She was born September 16, 1948 in Breese, daughter of Joseph B. and Clara Huelsmann, nee Varel, and her mother survives in Bartelso. She married Albert Timmermann on September 4, 1968 at St. Rose Catholic Church in St. Rose and he survives at home. Also surviving are a daughter, Susan (Ron) Holthaus of Beckemeyer; a son, Ryan Timmermann of Breese; two grandchildren, Brittney and Cody Holthaus; three brothers, Jerome Huelsmann of Bartelso, Gerald "Red" Huelsmann of Breese, and James (Marlene) Huelsmann of Highland; in-laws, other relatives, and friends. Mrs. Timmermann was a licensed cosmetologist and hair designer at Hair Pizazz in O'Fallon. She was a member of St. Dominic Parish and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 252 in Breese. There was a Memorial Mass on Monday from St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese. Interment St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery in Breese. Memorials to St. Dominic Parish or the Breese American Legion Auxiliary Post 252 will be received through Hempen-Nordike Funeral Home, 150 N. Clinton, Breese, IL 62230.
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Henss - Obit
Beverly C. Henss, 54, of Germantown, died Friday, November 14, 2014 at her home. She was born October 7, 1960 in Chicago, daughter of the late Andrew Lee Crews and Marjorie Clay, nee Williams, and her mother survives in Greenville, Kentucky. She married Paul Henss on November 7, 1982 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton, and they later divorced. Surviving are her sons, Brad (Laura) Henss of Highland, Dr. Bryan (fiancée Lisa Renshaw) Henss of Denton, Texas, and Nick (friend Kat McCrory) Henss of Germantown; three grandchildren, Dakota, Kylyrr, and Amber; siblings JoAnn (Earl) Wolff of O'Fallon, Debbie (John) Tippett of Greenville, Kentucky, Nancy (Eddie) Cook of Greenville, Kentucky, and Drew (Julia) Crews of Arnold, Missouri; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded by her father and stepmother, Phyllis Crews, her stepfather, John Clay, father- and mother-in-law Arnold and Wilma Henss, nee Wolf; and a sister-in-law, Mary Henss. She had worked at Farm Credit Services, and as a vocalist with a number of St. Louis-area bands, her favorite of which was Vertigo. There was a local service Monday, with interment Wednesday at Greens Chapel Cemetery following services in White Plains, Kentucky. Memorials to the Lupus Foundation of America will be received through Moss Funeral Home in Breese or Greens Chapel in White Plains, Kentucky.
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