After months of discussion, the Dieterich Village Board passed an ordinance Monday designating a “model” floodplain, as well as a resolution authorizing the village’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program.
Board members originally had misgivings about joining the flood insurance program because of a concern that the program would have a negative impact on property owners outside the floodplain. But Trustee Mike Meyer said after Monday’s meeting that village officials understood the program after meeting with a representative from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“When the FEMA guy came here, I think it made a big difference,” Meyer said. “We realized it wasn’t going to impact other people as much as we thought.”
Village President Brad Hardiek said he would send copies of the actions taken Monday to FEMA and the flood insurance program. Hardiek said he would know more about how to further proceed by the end of the week.
The flood insurance debate began earlier this year when some residents on Vine Street complained that the village’s non-participation in the flood insurance program was keeping them from being properly compensated for their losses.
Also Monday, the board discussed the aftermath of an intentionally set fire in the park pavilion restroom recently. The suspect in the case is an 11-year-old boy.
Passers-by kept the fire from destroying the restroom and possibly even the entire pavilion.
Trustee Jo Ann Donaldson said the village should ask the Effingham County State’s Attorney’s office to file charges.
“Given his age and seriousness of the offense, if someone doesn’t intervene, he will have problems,” Donaldson said.
Trustee Steve Kibler noted that “we were all young and did stupid things.” He said that the criminal damage charge would be a felony with the possibility of the boy being sent to a juvenile detention center.
Meyer said he didn’t think the boy would be well-served by going to juvenile detention.
“I feel community service is more appropriate,” Meyer said. “Put him in an environment where he can get supervision.”
Kibler said he would seek guidance from State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler, who happens to be his nephew.
“(Bryan) Kibler needs to give us some guidance here,” Trustee Paul Field said.
Field said the restroom fire, which caused $115.55 in damage, makes a stronger case for a part-time police presence in the village beyond services provided by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department. Those services, he said, could be on a contract basis.
In action taken Monday, the board:
• Approved a site plan for Schabbing Stain & Finish on Lot 21 in the village industrial park.
• Approved building permits for a rear patio roof at 107 N. Main, and an accessory building at 407 North Pointe Dr.
• Authorized a contract with the Zumbahlen family for further development in the industrial park under terms of an existing Tax Increment Financing agreement.
• Set Trick or Treat hours for 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.
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