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Hinely to retain seat on IDA
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Charles Hinely will remain a member of the Effingham Industrial Development Authority, after Springfield City Council overwhelmingly approved his re-appointment Tuesday night.

Hinely, recently re-elected to the Springfield City Council, was asked by fellow city council member Butch Kieffer if he wanted to remain on the IDA board.

“That’s kind of hard to answer,” he said.

But Hinely accepted the nomination and selection to remain as the city’s representative on the eight-person board.

“You’ve done a good job,” Councilman Kenny Usher said.

The city’s seat on the hospital authority is up for re-appointment in March and its position on the county planning board will be up for re-appointment in December 2010.

Council members also directed City Attorney Hillary Burns to review the lease with the Springfield Revitalization Corporation for the Mars Theater for a couple of minor changes. They also tabled action, pending further review, on a request for Angel Haven Outreach to hold bingo twice a week at its 409 S. Laurel St. location. The bingo games would serve as a fundraiser for the 501c3, Pastor Carl Canoy said. The ministry has community meals once a week, has a 12-step program, is conducting a toy drive and also plans to start a GED program.

Their free Thanksgiving Day meal drew 65 people, Canoy said.

“Everything we get in the church, we give back,” he said. “My wife and I don’t take a salary.”

Council members approved a request from minister Don Burkhalter to open a thrift store on Laurel Street. The store will be operated by Church Quake International.

Burkhalter, the pastor of Abundant Life Church, said the store will operate in the same manner as Goodwill or the Salvation Army, with people donating their goods for re-sale.