State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) honored the Bartelso Elementary School varsity boys basketball team on Tuesday, February 27th at the Illinois Capitol. The boys basketball team appeared before the House of Representatives and were recognized for winning the 2018 Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association (SIJHSAA) Class S State Championship. Rep. Meier introduced House Resolution 856 to recognize the accomplishments made by the Bartelso Braves and congratulated them on their victory during House Session and the Resolution was unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives.

“I was proud to welcome the Bartelso boys basketball team at the Capitol,” said Rep. Meier. “When I found out they won the state championship, I wanted to meet this historic team and congratulate them. The Bartelso boys accomplishments this season is something they should cherish forever. A perfect season doesn’t happen too often, that is something very special. I enjoyed having the team visit the state capitol and to take the time to meet with me, I wish them success in their future.”

The Braves defeated Carrier Mills by a score of 57-46 at the championship game at Rend Lake College on February 10, 2018, finishing the season with a perfect record of 32-0. They are the only boys basketball team in the history of Bartelso Elementary School to go undefeated, and they are the first boys basketball team from Bartelso to place in the State Championship Tournament.

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) filed legislation to address issues and prevent farmland problems stemming from the development of commercial solar energy projects. Rep. Meier anticipates his proposal will help create more solar energy jobs in the state.

“These commercial solar projects are coming in quickly and creating a lot of jobs,” said Rep. Meier. “Everything is different in their contracts. Establishing a uniform standard for commercial solar projects will help provide some standards for landowners and help make sure there is financial protection for decommissioning the projects. We want to make sure this is done right while protecting Illinois’ number one industry, agriculture.”

The legislation proposes requiring commercial solar energy developers to enter into an agricultural impact mitigation agreement (AIMA) with the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA). The goal is to protect landowners and assure land impacted by construction and deconstruction be properly restored. The legislation (HB 4651) is supported by the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB).

Meier estimated 57 solar development companies are working in 64 counties.
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) is hosting a farmland assessment meeting to discuss increasing property assessments.  The meeting will be held at Windows on Broadway, 401 Broadway, Highland, IL tomorrow February 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Due, in part, to a change in the Farmland Assessment Act, all farmland assessments will continue to go up.  The rate of increase will be largely dependent on the soil type.  Poorer soils can expect to see a higher than 10% increase while better producing soils can expect an increase of less than 10%.   This increase in assessed values will be reflected on the property tax bills payable in 2018 and for several years to come.

Representative Meier has invited Brenda Matherly, Assistant Director of Local Government with Illinois Farm Bureau®, to join him at this event and meet with landowners to explain how farmland assessments are calculated and the long-term impact on those values.

If anyone has a question about Thursday night’s meeting, please call Representative Meier’s District Office at 618-651-0405.
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) will host traveling office hours in Mascoutah on Friday, February 23 to meet with constituents that have issues or questions concerning state government.

“I enjoy scheduling traveling office hours to make it more convenient for residents in my district to meet with me. I look forward to visiting with residents in Mascoutah on February 23,” said Rep. Meier.

Rep. Meier will be available to meet with constituents from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, February 23 at Mascoutah City Hall, located at 3 West Main Street.

Traveling office hours are open to the public. Appointments are encouraged but not required, however scheduled meetings will take place in the order in which they were received. To schedule a meeting, please call Rep. Meier’s district office at 618-651-0405.

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) will host traveling office hours in Trenton on Friday, February 23 to meet with constituents that have issues or questions concerning state government.

“I enjoy scheduling traveling office hours to make it more convenient for residents in my district to meet with me. I look forward to visiting with residents in Trenton on February 23,” said Rep. Meier.

Rep. Meier will be available to meet with constituents from 10:00 am to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 23 at Trenton City Hall, located at 14 W Broadway.

Traveling office hours are open to the public. Appointments are encouraged but not required, however scheduled meetings will take place in the order in which they were received. To schedule a meeting, please call Rep. Meier’s district office at 618-651-0405.