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3 Check is Processing By Mike Lakin After years of waiting for a grant check to . help cover the expense of the Elkhart Road Lift Station, Mike Patridge was able to give the city Council some promising news. The paperwork ft. for the $100,000 grant was received by the city . and Mike immediately completed and returned it. The city has been notified the paperwork was approved and the "check is processing". The check has been years in coming in with various eD * people having promised it was on its way over the years, but this time it looks like it's going to o ' make it. The big snow had city snowplows running " two days at 24 hours a day. Due to the amount of to p snow predicted, the city for the first time in many t years, declared a snow emergency and asked resi- o dents to remove their cars from the city streets for 4 the snowplows. Mike reported a couple of cars got buried that did not heed the warning. Mike advised that the same "snow emergency" will be declared whenever there is a predicted 6 to 8 inches of snow. The city went through a lot of salt and is in the process of refilling the salt building. Police Chief Freer said he wanted the council to consider purchasing a new police car in the next fiscal year. He said the city could enter into another three-year agreement with Chevrolet paying one third of the payment each year over three-years, The budget currently includes such payments. With a new patrol car, the chief said the city would not have to address the issue of a new police car for 5 to 6 years. Chief Freer said that it's always a good idea to have two squad cars; noting the K-9 patrol car is a dedicated vehicle and is not a squad car. This vehicle will be used as the K-9 patrol car until "the life of the car is up". Chief Freer said that it is a 2006 model year and has plenty of years left in it. City Treas. Jim Sutton reported deposits for the city totaled (December 11 - January 14) of $96,207.68. The council voted to have the city clerk pur- chase a new laptop computer for $600 or less. The Council approved increasing the water deposit to $100 for all new customers, residential and business. Water and sewer rates will be reviewed for pos- sible change in the future. High school students will be helping to create a new city website. There was a discussion about employing a part time individual for City Hall. Mayor Fuhrer said the problem is the person only fills in for about three weeks a year, and it's not that good of pay, but the city will be working on training an indi- vidual to do more when they are there. The city congratulated city employees for the work they did in keeping the streets clean during the big snow. Next meeting is 6:30pm Tuesday, January 28 in City Hall. Concer00 Raises Concerns By Mike Lakin Between the two newspapers published in December, I received. a copy of a letter from Supt. Todd Hamm. I posted the letter on the newspaper's Facebook page (www:facebook.com/pages/Mtpu- laskitimes) on December 13. A total of 612 people saw the post. There were fifteen comments posted. Fourteen liked the letter. The letter posted is as follows... I am the superintendent at Mt. Pulaski #23 and I have some con- cerns about a recent article. In the recent Illinois State Board of Education press release, "(ISBE) Chairman (Gery J.) Chico proposes using remaining school construction funds as the initial start-up for a $250 million technology fund". Mt. Pulaski School District #23 is currently on the 2004 (CDB) school construction list and we are looking to build a new high school as soon as funds become available. I am opposed to this proposed diversion of school construction funds. We have just graduated our 101 st graduating class out of the same building and it is in poor shape. We need those committed funds to move forward to building a better learning environment that can be used and equipped to teach 21-century learners. My e-mails and phone calls brought in another 23-comments that were concerned about the district considering building a new high school. Several expressed concerns about a new high school in a dis- trict with 516 students that include 175 students in high school. Three of the comments want to point out that the 1976 - 1979 high school years saw an average of 350 students being taught in the high school - double the current population. They believe this was the "peak years" for the high school student population. Their point was a new high school, in a time of declining high school enrollment, couldn't be justified. The paper welcomes your comments... 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