The Palestine Village Board approved the first Blues and Jazz festival for June 8 at the Main Street Pavilion. It will feature a beer truck and a barbecue competition. The plan is for a one-day event, similar to the Wine and Arts Festival though on a smaller scale. They hope to attract at least three blues and jazz bands that will play all day, wrapping up by 11 p.m.
The trustees also discussed concerns with the community garden which has become overgrown and may be attracting wildlife problems. Last month they discussed how to clean the area up. Since then they have had a letter from the property owner outlining plans to put the garden back into order. The board will see how much the owner can get done from his list before it takes any action and will revisit the concerns next month.
The board will also be taking a look at a pair of overhanging trees on Franklin Street, which would cause problems if they break during the winter. At least one is near power lines, which would make removal tricky.
Palestine Chief of Police Jeff Besing said he is continuing to look at candidates for patrolman. He said two candidates passed the physical fitness test and he will conduct written testing soon.
Mayor Rob Byrley reminded the board the candidate caucus for the next election will be held Monday Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. The filing period for the election is Dec. 10-17 and the forms will be available in the village clerk's office. Three trustee positions currently held by Tim McDaniel, George Harrison and Brian Nethery will be on the ballot.