Highland News Leader

New Douglas News for the week of Jan. 7

Assessor to help with property tax exemptions

Delmar Korsmeyer, Leef-New Douglas multi-township assessor, will be at the New Douglas Community Center on Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon to answer questions about tax exemptions and tax freezes.

Township residents age 65 and older, or who will turn 65 in 2016, can sign up for the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption. Also, Korsmeyer will have forms for the Disabled Persons Homestead Exemption (PTAX 343), Returning Veterans Homestead Exemption (PTAX 341), and exemption forms for disabled veterans.

Call Korsmeyer at (618) 488-7633 with any questions.

Board: Dogs must not be allowed to roam

The New Douglas Village Board would like to remind everyone that allowing pets to roam freely in town is against village ordinance and will result in a fine. The Village is at liberty to catch strays. Those animals that are caught will be sent to Madison County Humane Society and cannot be released without paying their fine.

County sells car to village for $1

Village Trustee George Grindstaff contacted Bill Meyer, Madison County Board member for District 3, in regards to acquiring a vehicle for the village employees. Meyer was able to find one, and the county sold it to the village for the total sum of $1.

The graphic company owned by Grindstaff designed and donated the decals for the car. Lawn crews and village employees will now be able to utilize this vehicle, and in turn, save wear and tear on the dump truck. The car is currently parked at the “S” curve across, from Mucho Yummy on W. Deck Street.

“We have already seen traffic speeds improving on that road alone just by parking the car there,” said Grindstaff. “We plan to move the car to different locations across town. I have received many calls asking if we have a new cop in town. I tell people, ‘Who knows? One day we might just do that.’”

Gridstaff mentioned that he hopes that in the new year the village will be able to acquire a second car in the same manner.

Fire department had 68 calls in 2015

The New Douglas Fire Department responded to 68 calls last year.

“Our men and women of the New Douglas Fire Department continue to train, learn and prepare ourselves to safely respond to incidents in and around our community,” said fire chief Dan Robertson. “We would like to take this moment to thank all of our first responders and their families for their commitment to serving their community yesterday, today and tomorrow.”

The call breakdown for 2015 was:

▪ Medical Calls, 52

▪ Mutual Aid Calls, 7

▪ Vehicle/Equipment Fire, 3

▪ Vehicle Accident, 2

▪ Structure Fire-1

▪ Brush Fire, 2

▪ Anhydrous Leak,1

▪ Total, 68

“Remember, please call 911 in the event of an emergency and be prepared to tell the dispatcher your emergency and your correct address or location so that we can safely get to you,” Robertson said.

Robertson also reminded district residents that, if needed, firefighters will assist anyone in need of smoke alarms.

“We are also always accepting applications for the position of probationary firefighter,” Robertson said.

For assistance with smoke alarms or applying you can contact the New Douglas Fire Department by phone (217) 456-6221, email newdouglasfire@gmail.com or message the department’s Facebook page, and someone will reply as soon as possible.

Local Meetings

The New Douglas Fire Department meets every Monday (except the third Monday) every month. The department is actively looking for new members. Minimum age requirement to join the department is 18. Contact Chief Danny Robertson at (217) 456-6221 for more information.

The American Legion meets every second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Masonic Lodge meets every third Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Community Center

The New Douglas Community Center Hall can be rented for events. Contact Linda Huntsinger (618) 402-1726 to reserve a time.

Contact New Douglas reporter Rachel Beckett at (618) 971-6687 or email rtevis1@hotmail.com.