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    A few members of the New Baden Boosters spoke out at the New Baden Village Board meeting last week regarding having better communication between the village and the boosters.
    Justin Dunning with the New Baden Park Boosters addressed the board about a few concerns that he had regarding communications with the village and the boosters.
    Dunning said that he sent emails about specific grants for projects at the New Baden Park, with no replies, and only to be told later that the village board already approved a grant for a dog park/small park, without the Park Boosters' knowledge.
    "We are not elected officials, and not hired by the city. We do put a lot of time in the park, and have a vested interest in the town," he said.
    He said that they sent a list of items to get the ball rolling on an unrelated grant, only to have read in a newspaper later that the village already approved a dog park and mini park on the west end of town.
    At the Aug. 16 village board meeting, the board approved the proposed park, which would be located on village-owned property between North Adams Street and North Franklin Street (the old brickyard lot). The new park would include a children’s play area, a dog park, and parking. 

    At the Carlyle City Council meeting Monday night, the council discussed concerns about COVID-19 leave with city employees.
    Alderperson Shannon Petrea said at the Sept. 13 meeting that employees are asking for compensation time to cover any leave related to COVID.
    "They (employees) were asking for a contract to cover days missed," Petrea said.
    Since COVID-19 is again on the rise, Petrea said that city employees are again concerned.
    City Administrator Andy Brackett said last year, the city followed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), however, the provisions have since expired. The act required certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

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