TEUTOPOLIS — The people in charge of Teutopolis' 175th anniversary celebration are forming a not-for-profit organization to facilitate the planning process.
Teutopolis Village Trustee Greg Hess, who is unopposed in his run for village president in next week's consolidated election, said Chuck Deters and Hank Niebrugge would join him on the celebration's planning committee. Wednesday, Hess asked fellow board members to give the planning committee authority to make minor decisions without board approval.
"We want to be able to make decisions on behalf of the village," Hess said. "If any decision we make specifically has to do with the village, we would approach the board.
"I will keep the board apprised on everything we do," Hess added.
The board voted both to set up the not-for-profit committee and authorize that committee to make decisions on behalf of the village.
The terquasquicentennial celebration is set for July 26-Aug. 3, 2014. Teutopolis was founded in 1839 by German immigrants.
In other action Wednesday, the board passed an ordinance to restrict parking on U.S. 40 near Teutopolis Grade School. The new ordinance bans parking within 112 feet west of the center line of Oak Street and 40 feet east of that line.
Village officials have expressed concern that parking near that corner of Main (U.S. 40) and Oak makes it hard to safely turn onto the highway.
Also Wednesday, the board agreed to allow Fred "Baby Huey" Honaker to collect appliances for scrap in a flatbed trailer parked at the village maintenance building April 22, where it would be supervised. Honaker has been collecting items in the village for several years, but Village Clerk Sharon Will said the Mattoon-based scrap collector has had increasing trouble with thieves at trailers parked in public locations.
"People stop by and take the good stuff and he gets left with almost nothing," Will said.