Bill Grimes Daily News
Effingham Daily News
---- — DIETERICH — The way has been cleared for construction of a four-unit housing development near the Dieterich school complex.
Monday, Dieterich Village Board passed a number of actions relating to the estimated $500,000 project. The outgoing board agreed to amend the village zoning ordinance, then voted to change the zoning from R-1 single family to R-4, which allowed multiple units and mobile homes in addition to single-family homes.
Village Clerk Brittny Gipson said the legal paperwork related to the proposed four-plex had been addressed to the old board, so it was decided to have the old board take action before those members left office.
Monday was the last meeting for outgoing Village President Burl Griffith and trustees Max Meyer and Gary Horn. Meyer had been on the board for 30 years, while Horn had served off and on for a total of 27 years.
The board welcomed new Village President Brad Hardiek and trustees Mike French, Mike Meyer and Paul Field. French and Meyer were unopposed during last month’s consolidated election, while Field was appointed during Monday’s meeting.
The new board approved a final plat for the four-plex, as well as authorized the sale of city real estate for the project. The four-plex is being built on three parcels of land owned, respectively, by the village, Dieterich Unit 30 schools and the Dieterich Community Development Corporation.
Hardiek said he hopes the project is helpful to both seniors and young families.
“Hopefully, it will encourage some elderly people to stay in town instead of having to go to facilities out of town,” he said.
Hardiek said the village is also looking forward to tax revenue generated by the project.
In other action, the new board agreed to appoint departing trustee Horn to a one-year term as chairman of the Zoning Appeals and Planning Board. Other members appointed Monday included Marion Warfel, two years; Norb Lustig, three years; Carl Schottman, four years; and Donnie Dill, five years.
Also during the meeting, the board agreed to set its annual cleanup day for June 1. Two 40-yard dumpsters and a semitrailer will be available. Board members were not sure Monday if the owner of the semitrailer would be able to take electronics along with metals.
The cleanup day is being held in conjunction with villagewide garage sales that Saturday.
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