Godfrey Public Safety Committee discusses 911 flyers
The village of Godfrey Public Safety Committee met Feb. 6 to discuss 911 flyers.
Here is the meeting's agenda, as provided by the committee:
"The Village of Godfrey Public Safety Committee is located at 6810 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, IL 62035"
Public Safety Committee
February 6, 2017
Chairman Williams called the Public Safety Committee meeting of
February 6, 2017 to order at 6:00 p.m., at the Godfrey Town Hall, 6810
Godfrey Road, Godfrey, Illinois.
Roll Call: Present: Johnes, McAtee, Springman, Stewart, Stumpf, Williams
Chairman Williams asked for approval of the minutes of the January 3, 2017
meeting. Trustee McAtee moved for the approval of the January 3, 2017
minutes, seconded by Trustee Springman. Poll of Committee: Ayes-5, Nays-0,
Absent-0. Motion carried.
Carol Gentry addressed the Committee regarding Door to Door Solicitor. The
solicitors are misleading the residents reading the Village Electrical Aggregation
Program and switching the service without direct approval from the residents.
Mrs. Gentry asked the Committee to help protect the seniors against these
ESDA COMMITTEE UPDATE – CHRIS SICHRA
Chris Sichra, ESDA Coordinator, presented a report of ESDA activities.
A. Discussion/update regarding the 911 flyers. The flyers were
approved by the MadCo ETSB 911 board and have been printed,
labeled and were mailed out by Feb 9th a week earlier than expected.
Chris will print out some generic flyers to hand out at various village
B. A code red sign up drive was set up for Jan 31st, Chris coordinated the drive to coincide with the Illinois Secretary of state’s mobile
driver’s license Facility visit, we had a good turnout with the visit especially
due to the influx of seniors visiting the tax assessor’s office with their yellow
C. The Godfrey Fire Protection District successfully conducted an
acquired structure training burn on Saturday January 28th with lots of
positive social media and local media coverage & feedback for Godfrey. They
may potentially have another house on W. Delmar to be donated for another
live burn. The Chief indicated that the structure is brick so after the building
has completely burned they may need some assistance from public works
(with a backhoe) to knock down a couple areas where the bricks might remain
A. A Discussion as held regarding planning and ideas for our next
annual disaster Exercise. The Fire Chief will be holding some shift HazMat
training, the village could assist with simulated resources during the exercises
which could be enough to satisfy our annual training and exercise needs.
B. A. Hi-Way House Update: Attorney Tom Long has requested
various village parties coordinate to conduct a task force type comprehensive
inspection be conducted of the premises for legal preparation of the demolition
Several inspectors (electrical, plumbing, structural, etc.) the Fire Chief,
the Building & Zoning Director and the Public Safety Administrator (to
provide photo documentation) were originally scheduled to conduct a
thorough review of the property on Feb 22, 2017 but the owner Mr.
Singh has decided to refuse any further access to the inspection team,
the property owner is supposed to be in court Friday Feb 24th. Another
date for the inspection team has been given and will be held on
Wednesday, March 15th. All the members on the Task Force will be
instructed to meet at village hall, in the conference room on March 15th
prior to the inspection for a briefing to go over specific instructions.
It should also be noted there appears to be some kind of unknown
excavation activity occurring on the property but that no permits have
been issued for the work.
Chris has set up a placarding system so that each photo taken during
the inspection will have basic info so that it can be easily identified by
building, room and inspection issue in each photograph (“electrical,
plumbing, structural, fire code or Misc.”) in case an inspector is called for
testimony. “Time-stamping” of each photo will be provided on the tablet
used to take the pictures.
C. A discussion was held regarding the change of staff within the
Madison County Emergency Management Agency, Larry Ringering has
stepped down, and a new Director (Todd Fulton) has been appointed at
the County board meeting on Feb 15th. A majority of Director Fulton’s
background is in Law enforcement, having been a retired US Secret
Service Agent (20 years), A University City Police officer and a brief period
where he was the Public Safety Director for East St Louis, IL.
D. A discussion was held about recent public confusion regarding the
Godfrey burn ordinance. The Chief would like to see the village consider the
possibility of simplifying the burn ordinance language, or launching a public
awareness campaign. The Chief would also like to see better coordination
between the village, the Fire dept. and the sheriff’s dept. on citing violations.
We will discuss it at the next public safety meeting on March 6th.
Next ESDA committee meeting: Monday March 20th at 11:00 AM
CONSIDERATION OF DOOR TO DOOR SALESMAN - ELECTRICAL SUPPLIERS
Clerk Whisler reported the solicitors going door to door without permits from
the Village. These solicitors are giving miss leading information and reporting
that they are working with Ameren IL to make sure the resident is receiving the
best rate. The Committee suggested that Clerk Whisler and Tom Long, Village
Engineer review the ordinance and report back to the Committee.
Trustee Stumpf moved to adjourn meeting at 6:25 p.m., seconded by Trustee
Stewart. Poll of Committee: Ayes-5, Nays-0, Absent-0. Motion carried.
Pamela E. Whisler MMC