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3 Barbara explained the most vulnerable reality. Mike noted the risk to the school individuals are children and senior citi- district; families moving out and the lack zens. She added studies also show nega- of new families moving in, in response .~ tire influences on animals and livestock, to the wind farm. He also expressed con- Barbara asked the board to consider the cem for the health of students. welfare of the children over renovation Joyce Maxheimer I~. of buildings; and refrain from approving spoke in opposi- the agreement- because (Meridien) was not concerned with the welfare of the j. community, but their own profit. P K~ O OI Jim Fuhrer spoke in support of the Meridien agreement - noting the posi- tive effect on prop- erty taxes, additional school supplies for classes, and build- ing improvements induding air-conditioning. He then asked to board to do what is right for the children. Corey Leonard spoke in opposi- tion to the Meridien agreement - noting the school board Was not deciding on the wind farm project; it was deciding if it was going to support a pri- vate company for money. He asked the board members whether they individu- ally were abandoning ideals to take the money offered. Deanna Mott spoke in opposition to the Meridien agreement - noting her family lives within the foot- print of the proposed Meridien project. Through research, she says she has found that not everyone is impacted by wind turbines; but school districts with turbines do talk of some children being impacted by turbines. She asked, how do we put a price on one sick child or member of the community? Deanna asked the board to be aware of the health issue. Mike Nichols spoke in opposition to the Meridien agreement - noting health con- cems. He said he and his wife would have to move for personal health reasons if the turbines become a tion to the Meridien agreement - noting concerns of health and farming. Joyce touched briefly on health matters and added that their family has farmed for over 50-years and they were concemed about the impact of the turbines. She said that farmers are the stewards of the land and that ttur- bines will have an effect on the soil. nd. Stewards of the land. Three gentlemen from ~VermiUion County attended the meeting. Turbines have already been constructed in Ver- million County. First up was directed at the pro- posed agreement, taking away first amendment rights was the concem. The board was reminded that the project existed because of taxpayers' dollars. In addition to health concems discussed before, it was said that dozens of homes are for sale in the Vermillion turbine project, mainly in reaction to health issues. Called a massive government welfare program, the board was told, if this is such a great idea why is the board being bribed to talk in favor of it. Second presenta- tion concemed the financial offer itself. The speaker said the offered funds average out a half- million dollars a year for 25-years. That equaled about 11-12% of the cur- rent tax income to the district. As for a tax reduction, the money offered could only be about a $1 reduction for every $10 paid by taxpay- ers. The board was reminded that they were looking to exchange money for submitting future school boards to a gag order. Super Sassy Spectacles Come meet Anna Everyone is Super Sassy Spectacles at Salt Creek Attic, Friday July 10. encouraged to wear... Super Sassy Spectacles Third presenta- tion called into ques- tion the ethics of the agreement. Blackmail it was called. The board was told that there is a question of rightness involved in accepting money to publicly speak in favor of the project. July 2 is the first meeting of the County zoning Board. Joe Olson was concerned if there had ever been similar agreements between a school board and a business that had such requirements to bind a current and then future boards. Ashley Combs asked if the board policy was being considered. John Stewart confirmed that personal opposition to the agreement did not affect school board member support for the project. He said the ultimate issue is how the county board will be voting. After the comment period concluded, the board returned to the following agenda items... Sales tax received in June from the 1% sales tax collected in February totaled $17,778.46. Substitute teachers wages were increased from $80-$95. It was the opin- ion that this would attract a pool of sub- stitutes in place pay within line of sur- rounding districts the substitute teacher pay in this district was last adjusted 1989. This phase of the roofing project for the grade school is now 80% to 90% completed. John Stewart had made an inspection of the project to date and said that he was satisfied with the work being done. Fiscal year 2016 board meeting dates and times was approved by the board, now posted on the district website. An insurance policy wasapproved with American central insurance. This was an annual savings of $17,304. It covers student accidents. The board adjourned until June 17 when the board took up only the School Board - (Relight) Meridien proposal. A new algorithm can identify criminals by their tattoos. Depending on your income, you could qualify for very substantial savings on your heating and air- conditioning upgrades to higher efficiency units... Boiler Rebate Furnace & AC Call us for an evaluation. We will help you through the paperwork to potentially substantial savings on your utility bill. Could receive up to in "Bryant Bucks!" Mt. Pulaski Lic. #058-12-1898 Dave Bassett - John Wyss