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Wednesday, September 9, 2009 Trenton Sun Page 3 - Local About 700 riders expected this year > continued from front page around 160 miles in southern Illinois, both beginning and ending in New Baden. Riders will make stops in Steel- eville, Ava, Pinckneyville and Addi- eville before ending at the New Baden American Legion. "We're really known for our changing route," said Meinhardt. "It's one of the bigger challenges of putting together the ride. You have to find a good route that avoids any construction, and then find checkpoints where 700 people can actually stop. Restrooms are another big consideration." The ride is mainly put on by New Baden police chief Mike Riley, Mein- hardt and police officer Jeff Mavro- george, but New Baden resident Ted Ahner has played a big part in recent years on making the route. "Ted will usually start riding around in the summer to help us find places to go," said Meinhardt. "He will usu- ally ride it three of four times before he brings it to us as a suggestion." The New Baden Jaycees also pitch in to help with the D.A.R.E.. and provide the food offered at the BBQ at the end of the ride. This year, the all-you-can eat meal includes fried chicken, burg- ers, brats, hot dogs, pork and beans, potato salad, chips, soda and water. Much of the food and beverages are do- nated by local businesses. Throughout the ride, participants will collect a colored ball at each check- point. While eating at their last stop at the American Legion, point-values will be assigned to each color. Riders with the highest point values will be award- ed prizes, starting at 5 p.m. St. Louis radio personality and New Baden na- tive Shawn Balint will be the Master of Ceremonies for the prize drawing. Proceeds for the D.A.R.E. ride, ben- efit the New Baden D.A.R.E. program each year. Officer Mavrogeorge teaches D.A.R.E. to four grade levels at the New Baden schools, culminating with a full program and graduation for sixth grade students. "Our first year we were able to make just over $1,000," said Mein- hardt. "Since then, though, we've made around $40,000, and that's a conserva- tive figure." Registration will begin for the ride at 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 13, and will continue until 11:30 a.m. Riders are asked to be at the American Legion hall by 4:30 p.m. All bikes are welcome to attend. For more information, call Mike at 593-8050 or Jeff at 304-5945. D.A.R.E. Donation TRENTON NAPA AUTO SUPPLY owner John Verstegen last week donated a new bicycle to be given away at this Saturday's Trenton Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D,A,R.E.) fundraising bike ride, The bike is one of several items that will be awarded to bike ride participants. Rides of varying lengths are available, including at least two that travel to Carlyle Lake and back, Registration forms and more information are available at trenton-il,com or by contacting DARE officer Chris Joellenbeck of the Trenton Police Department. Ride day registration is available, and starts Saturday morning at the park. t I: Property maintenance code tightened, condemnation proceedings authorized > contin ued from front page The council revised its person- nel code to reflect the greater benefit after city clerk Karen Buzzard began to pay police officers the "double time" rate called for in the city or- dinance, rather than the "2.5 times" rate which had been past practice. cers to work holidays without premium pay. "The time off is more important to them than the money," he said. The revised ordinance passed by 6-0 vote. In other council business last Tuesday: The council approved a series of changes to its vehicle and property nuisance codes, increasing fines for a variety proved. The permit allows for a residential use of a property located in a business district and vacant for more than 12 months. The permit allowing the residential use applies only to the current owner of the building and does not transfer. The council approved the letting of bids for side- walk work on Broadway us- proceed with condemnation procedures for a house on East Broadway that has been in a state of remodeling for several years. All streets in town will be closed at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, September 12 for the Tren- tonFest parade, and there will be no way to navigate through Trenton during that time, according to Trenton New program makes contact info a ion easily accessible for cyworkers The Illinois Secretary of State's office, the armor stat government that oversees drivers? licensing, license plates, and other traffic-related-functions, has introduced its tacts for people:through their drivers licens- es or ilfinoiS identification cards. Tl 6: :i o a on Hi then: be: made avail- able:: to law erd'orcement acrossthe state. in cases when an mdi dual involved in "I have to go by the ordi- of offenses and conferring ing tax increment financing police chief Mike Jones. The n uzzaxd explained, greater authority on code on- (TIF) funds. TIF are : oaneiI::approved-a highway .... an em.ergen cy situation is able to corn- " it' " ................. ........ , ...... i .......... ml! 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