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Immmmlllmm Illmllmllmlll Dispute Spills into Street By Mike Lakin would have to do something. During his report on snow Solutions? When the same plowing efforts, Mike Patridge problem happened on S. told the Council that a dispute Marion, the city installed No between neighbors in the 400 Parking signs on one side of the block of N. Lafayette has street. Forcing all parking to spilled into the street. The dis- one side of the block. Another pute has resulted in the neigh- solution is to not plow that bors parking their respective block of Lafayette. vehicles directly opposite each Mike said that during the last other (see front page). With the cars parked in this manner, the city's ll'wide snowplow has very little room for clearing Lafayette in that block. Mike said that unless the neighbors, start staggering their parking, "the Council snow, the snowplow "dinge0" the mirror on one of the park- ing dispute cars; proving the hazard the neighborly dispute has created. It was also noted that the parking dispute creates a hazard for emergency vehicles that may need to get down the street. An additional note made at the Council meeting was that one of the cars is parked in violation of a City Ordinance, facing the wrong direction for traffic. Now that this situation is on the City's "Radar", if the par- ties involved don't resolve it, the Council can. Other than this localized problem, Mike said City Employees have done a great job plowing "and the streets were in good shape, snow wise. Mayor Jim Fuhrer said he received several compliments from residents on how well the streets were cleared. Mike Do You Know Who You Can Trust? It's a hard choice in today's financial marketplace. With so many banks and other financial companies trying to get your business, it's hard to know who really has your best interest at heart. What's the solution? Placing your trust in A Real Community Bank solves that problem. Because only banks qualified to display this banking seal of approval are dedicated to hometown values and hometown commitment. As A Real Community Bank, we're committed to the community where we live and work. Committed to making all our decisions locally and remaining focused on the needs of our customers and community. Come visit and tell us how we can serve you. 130 S, Washington St. Mt Pulaski 792-5211 said that all someone has to do is go to another town to see how well our streets have been cleared. During the last snowfall, City Employees worked 28-hours to clear the streets and keep them clear. Mike said JeffAnderson was lead on the effort. None of the employees had much of a break during the 28-hours. The City has used about 1/3 of the City salt, so far. The salt shed was recently re-stocked. Mike added the "new" salt shed has been a timesaver for the employees. Deadline Set The owner, CEFCU, has been given a deadline on the house on W. Cooke. Mayor Fuhrer called CEFCU about the situ- ation. When CEFCU failed to return his initial call, he kept up his effort until he was able to speak with someone about the situation. He was told that there is someone interested in the property. It was noted that, this was the same statement made to the City about'two- years ago. Jim said he would give CEFCU until March on the matter, but no more time. At that time, the City's first step would be to board up the windows to secure the build- ing; and send the bill to CEFCU. Council Member John Poffenbarger said the City will "force their hand" by declar- ing it a health safety hazard. In the past, this was the first step to condemnation and demoli- tion of offending structures. The house has at least the three lower window sashes (in the above photo) broken com- pletely out and has been posted as uninhabitable. City Mowing The City will be working up a bid notice for the mowing of City property, excluding Fra- zier Park. Frazier Park is a joint mowing between the City and School District. That con- tract will not be changed. Anyone bidding on the City mowing will have to provide his or her own equipment. The reason for this is that hiring people to mow in the summer, using city equipment has not worked out. The equipment tends to be abused. The property to be mowed is the flag field on 121, the lift sta- tions, sewage pond, and Court- house lawn and around the water tower. Bids will be by a flat fee, not by the hour. In Other Business - Mary Kelley, candidate for Circuit Clerk, attended the meeting to introduce herself to the Council. She told the Coun- cil she has been in the Clerk's Office 31-years and has been Deputy Clerk for 17-years. Chief Freer presented the 2009 summary (see front page). The Police Department col- lected $9,930 in fines in 2009. This is not the final figure; December fines are to be added on. Chief Freer said it was sig- nificant that 68 of the arrests went to court and 57 of those arrests included an offender going to jail. City Accountant Colleen Jodlowski has taken a position with Lincoln School District 27. Colleen will continue her duties with the City. John Poffenbarger commented that Colleen was a valuable asset to the City. City Attorney Tom Van Hook said the Sheriff's sale of the Red Door would be February 17. The sale confirmation hear- ing is set for February 19. The Elkhart Road Lift Sta- tion project plans are to be reviewed by the Illinois EPA. Construction is planned to start in the Spring-Summer depending on the weather. The new sewage line from Spring Street to the sewage pond will be done before spring planting. John Poffenbarger and Mike Patridge will be meeting with landowners to work out details. The council voted to purchase a back up generator for the Police Station. The 13,000-Watt generator was purchased from Bassett's for $5,900. The Council will be purchas- ing a gun safe for the Police Station. Rental property inspections will be starting again. All rental property in the City will be inspected. All City rental property has been inspected over the last 4-5 years and it is time to start inspecting it again. Council Member John Utterback suggested having the "now dead" Dodge pickup checked out to see if it could be fixed. The Council agreed to have it looked at. Next Meeting The City Council will meet at 6:30 Pm in City Hall on Tues- day, January 26. OPEN: & THURSDAYS 8-5 IN SPRINGRELD Services Include Diagnose & Treat Ages 16 and up Lab Work Available 8-3:30 6 E