Bement honors former village board member

By Christy Jankowski
Journal-Republican correspondent

The Bement village board last week said goodbye to former trustee Steve Rittenhouse, honoring him with a moment of silence at their meeting on Oct. 10.

Village Board President Pat Tieman stated, “we thought as a board he deserved that. I already miss him.”

Rittenhouse had previously served as a village trustee for three years and as village president for for 18 years.

Rittenhouse died on Sept. 26 at the age of 72 years old.

The board reviewed the annual audit with Chad Lucas from Sikich. There were a few changes to be made, according to Lucas.

“As auditors, the purpose of our audit - it is not to detect fraud, not to test internal controls, but during our audit process if there are things that come to our attention or weaknesses in internal controls we are required to report those to the board,” he said

Lucas added there were a few items they detected as weaknesses in internal controls:

–A few shared accounts and usernames. It was recommended that everyone have their own username and password.

–A few bank reconciliations that needed to be completed

–Duties need to be “segregated” said Lucas, adding “treasury has the responsibility for doing a lot of can segregate those duties.” He added that it is “not uncommon especially for smaller clients (to have this weakness cited), because they have a smaller staff.”

–A few minor payroll verifications and a few credit card purchases made before board approval.

Overall he said the audit went well, and Lucas stated that he had no issues working with anyone.

Liquor license fees
At the Tuesday evening session the board approved raising the Class A liquor license under Ordinance 1060 to $700. This was discussed in prior meetings. It was approved with one “no” vote from Heidi Clayton.

Village Clerk Kay Lust added to make certain businesses were aware, “when I send out the reminder notices next week, I’ll put a note in there.”

While the ordinance that will add the use of UTVs in the village, there was some discussion on the fee for the license, penalties, and whether one could use them to plow snow.

Village board member Clayton Ahlden asked, “can we put some different rules in here as far as UTV than a golf cart?” There was some discussion on whether the rules should be stricter than those for golf carts, since UTVs can travel at a higher rate of speed.

Lust added, “if upon investigation the village board and trustees may suspend or revoke a permit.”

It was decided that the license fee for a UTV would more than likely be $85 and golf carts will go up to $50. The renewal date will probably be April 1. The board will discuss this more at the next meeting in November.

In other news:
—Peggy Wells and Carla Vandivier were approved to fill for Zoning Board of Appeals vacancies;

—ordinance 1068 approved, with one “no” from village trustee Woodie Dean. The ordinance covering travel pay allotment sets rates of $30/per diem; $100 for Chicago hotel stay and —$80 for any other Illinois county hotel stay;

—Trick or Treat hours were set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 for houses with porch lights on;

–a $1,000 Donation was approved for Bement Holiday Helpers

–approved unanimously HMI upgrade for Water Treatment for $9,125

–heard that sand for the pool was a part of ERH’s contract. The village did not end up paying anything for the work;

–ordinance 1071 was approved and adopted. “An Ordinance Granting a Conditional Use Permit Within the Village of Bement, Piatt County, Illinois,” a decision made by the Zoning Board of Appeals to grant the conditional use permit for 749 and 765 N. Macon by S. Jeff Funk and Daniel Bates, Jr.”

–Ordinance 1072 approved and adopted. “An Ordinance Granting a Variance Within the Village of Bement, Piatt County, Illinois,” a decision made by the Zoning Board of Appeals to grant the variance request for 749 and 765 N. Macon by S. Jeff Funk and Daniel Bates, Jr.”



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