Police Department to expand personnel; no decision yet on 24 hour force
By Fred Arnold
While members of the Belleville City Council are weighing the future of the local police department, city leaders voted Monday to expand the size of the law enforcement agency.
On a unanimous vote council members voted to begin advertising for a full-time police chief. Officer Jeff Smith has been serving as interim chief since the retirement last November of Gary Frint as department head.
The Republic County Spring Czech Festival at Cuba Sunday featured the fourth Czech Princess Contest, which was won by Hayley Piroutek, Belleville. Abbey Jeardoe, Sophie Vytlacil, and Jaycie Falcon, pictured above, all competed in the Mini Princess Category, which Jeardoe won.
Eighth graders will get a taste of high school next year at Pike Valley. Principals Jeremy Luedke and Mike Gritten told the USD 426 school board April 10 that they plan to give the junior high students an introduction to four high school technical education classes: agriculture, industrial arts, business and art. Students will be bussed from Courtland to Scandia first hour, and spend nine weeks in each rotation.
‘We hope to get enrollment up in those classes by introducing them to eighth graders,” said Luedke, who is high school principal. Republic County USD 109 offers a similar rotation of tech classes for grades 6, 7, and 8, which started when those classes were moved to the Republic County High School building several years ago.
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With an estimated $100,000 worth of repairs needed to the interior of the building, Republic County Commissioners decided Monday to take some time to consider whether the Republic County Health Department will stay in its present location at 1206 18th ST. “When there’s that extensive amount of work needed to the building, where do you want to go from here?” health department administrator Danielle White asked commissioners Monday.
“That’s not the roof (repairs) just the interior and sealing the building upstairs so we don’t get more leaks,” White said. “The downstairs issues have been growing as the years went by without attention. “And, they’re probably going to run across things we can’t see.” White said she tried for a year to get the two contractors’ estimates she presented to the board Monday. Other contractors said they didn’t want to tackle the project or didn’t have time, she said.
Easter Egg hunts were the event of the day Saturday, with many communities inviting children for the annual search. A large crowd attended the annual hunt on the Republic County Courthouse square in Belleville Saturday morning, sponsored by the Crossroads Assembly of God Church.
Belleville city leaders describe it as a problem that's been allowed to go on entirely too long. On Monday members of the local city council discussed two hot-button issues: people who operate businesses from within a residential area and vacant commercial buildings.
Belleville Mayor Blaine Miller noted the importance of both issues and urged the council to find a forward path in dealing with both problem areas.
April showers bring May flowers, and two local Master Gardeners have advice on how to make your garden grow. From plant selection to planting tips, Annette Bredthauer and Lela Knedlik have tips for flower and vegetable gardens. Bredthauer, a veternarian who commutes to work in Lincoln, Neb., every day, has been helping in the garden since she was “a little girl.”
The rural Belleville woman said she does most of her gardening work in the spring. “I don't spend much time in the garden,” she said. “I'm busy. Early in the spring I mulch good and tie things up. Then it's self-sufficient the rest of the year.”