By Herb Meeker

News Report Staff

A Louisville-based communications company might offer a solution for some of the Internet problems plaguing many Teutopolis households.

During last week’s Teutopolis Village Board meeting, Wabash Communications Co-op presented its offer to bury fiber optic cable for customers willing to sign up for its Internet service. The company, which has expanded its network to other Effingham County communities, could offer television and telephone services through bundling, but only Internet would be required signing up with Wabash.

Board members agreed there are many households experiencing spotty Internet service through above-ground connections. The community has been looking for a way to solve the problem. Going underground might work.

But the decision rests with residents since different companies offer packages in the village. Wabash wants to hear from residents and businesses willing to try out their options. The company can be contacted by calling 618-665-3311; logging on to www.wabash.net; or through their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wabashcommunicationsscoop.

The village also approved its road maintenance work with $23,000 worth of Motor Fuel Tax money committed to covering parts of roadways along Water, Rhine, Oak and John streets; and at Castle and Rhine Place. These are mostly located in the northeast corner of the community.

The village has committed to some extensive asphalt work in recent years, which reduces the need for annual maintenance for some roadways. The village has the option to add to the list.

The vote on the road work was unanimous with Trustees Dan Zerrusen, John Mette, Joe Schumacher, Greg Oseland and Dave Tegeler answering roll call. Kenny Esker was absent during the April 4 meeting.

Teutopolis resident Bob Pals asked if the village has policies on condemning buildings. He is concerned with dilapidated structures and other problem properties in his North Plum neighborhood.

Mayor Greg Hess said the village is working on updating its ordinances for stricter enforcement on neglected or eyesore properties. At this point, the attorney for the village is working with Teutopolis Trustees to complete the changes with a list already compiled on some properties.

“We’re working on it. We’re getting close and we have a list,” Hess said.

Oseland said the goal is to have “enough teeth” in the revised ordinance to force negligent property owners to clean up their properties.

Except for some revisions on insurance figures, the village board offered approval on a $227,470 agreement for completing a lift station and water line installation at Farmweld as part of that company’s expansion with assistance from Tax Increment Financing money. The motion specified the agreement will be complete after the insurance figures are revised.

Farmweld’s work is the first project that will receive assistance from the new TIF that stretches across the U.S. Route 40 corridor through the community and has some wings extending to the south and north. Property tax revenue from increased valuation in the TIF is set aside through the years to finance different infrastructure projects.

In other business, the board members:

  • Approved a $2,000 agreement with “Imagine This” of Effingham for redesigning the village website.
  • Agreed to annex Martin family property along Water Street into village limits.
  • Discussed options for street light designs for the new Prairie View Subdivision. Plenty of lights went on above some trustees’ heads, but there was no clear consensus on what designs for the lamps and posts will be used.
  • Learned that improvements will be made by Illinois Department of Transportation at Pearl and Main Street in coming months.