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By Mike Lakin Mayor Jim Fuhrer, City Clerk Dee Anderson, City Treasurer Jim Sutton, and Council mem- bers - Pete Howe,'Tricia Aylesworth, John Poffen- barger, and John Utterback answered p.resent. Council Member Randy Reeter was q absent. Also in attendance were Public Works Director Mike Patridge and Police Chief Lynn Freer. Darrell Knauer took Jim Fuhrer's Council seat at the City Council Committee meeting Tuesday January 26.  Jim had asked, and Darrell accepted," the appointment " to fill the vacancy. Being a , Committee Meeting, and City "* Attorney Thomas Van Hook ' therefore not in attendance, m 'the swearing in will not be until February 9. But, Darrell was able to get used to the chair. Pete Howe welcomed Darrell with a kidding com- ment of, "Oh. Good". By Mike Lakin Someone smacked a mailbox on North Vine pretty good. Offi- cer Kyle Veech responded to the call in the 700 block of N. Vine and found the remains of the mailbox strewn in the yard and on Vine. Tire tracks in the snow told the story. Report surmises a truck.., went.., wait for it... postal. Officer Kyle Veech took a report that a city snowplow damaged the outside mirror of a car parked in the 400-block of N. Lafayette. This was related to the dispute reported in the last issue. That dispute, by the way, appears resolved. Bet you didn't know this. When the police are on patrol, they also run the license plates on cars parked in driveways (200 block N..Mason). Just checking you know. Police Chief Lynn Freer found one parked car was registered to a sus- pended driver. And when that driver pulled out of the drive- way he was stopped. Imagine his surprise. He was arrested for driving suspended. The sus- pension was. a "Mandatory Insurance Suspension". At the .jail, the motorist was cited for driving suspended and cited for driving.., an uninsured vehicle. Driving would be a lot of fun if it weren't for all that legal stuff. A Mt. Pulaski resident (500 block N. Garden) had a rough January.- He met with police thrice. January 6 the 39-year- old was arrested for Failure to Appear in Court on a Traffic Offense. January 12 the 39-year-old Darrell Knauer Joins Council Reports Police Chief Lynn Freer /'eported the gun safe was purchased for $863. Regularly $1300, it was on sale. The gun safe was placed in the office at the police station. It was too large for the evidence room. Pete Howe commented that th safe was needed to meet requirements for secur- ing guns and certain types of evidence. Pete said since the evidence room is not fireproof, thesafe offers more security. The new police car is being outfitted and will be in use shortly. Pete Howe said the department was following a trade-in policy that had been established by the City back in the 1990s. The policy is to rotate out police cars on a four- year basis. Most often, the rota- tion is stretched out to five- years. City Attorney Harrisis check- ing into next step to take on PoliceReport was cited by Chief Freer for driving with no'valid driver's license. January 17 the 39-year-old was arrested for walking with- out a valid driver's license. No.w. You know there's more to it. Here it is... Officer Kyle Veech received a 9-1-1 call that a man had left a Camaro or Trans Am in the parking lot at Vonderlieth and was walk- ing into town. At Vine & Chest- nut, Officer Veech recognized the man as the one he arrested earlier in the month. The subject said he had walked out to Vonderlieth to see his girl friend. A quite reasonable explanation con- sidring his driving status. When Officer Veech asked if he'd driven to Vonderlieth; the reply was no. The subject revised his statement, saying he had taken the car to Vonderlieth so his girl friends could drive home. How gallant, considering his driving status. The wheels fell off the story when the subject was told that everyone who was at work at Vonderlieth had a vehicle already there. The subject admitted he had driven to Lincoln and back. He had thought that by leav- ing his car where his girlfriend worked, and walking to town, he wouldn't get caught driv- ing. Well. Now, how did that turn out? The 39-year-old was arrested for driving with no valid driver's license. He has to be on a first name basis with tile jail staff by now. Storage Space Available the CEFCU property on West Cooke. Chief Freer said he talked with Harris about the health-safety issues the vacant property raises. Freer said the City should take steps- backed by court orders - concerning the property. A final fines check was received. Chief Freer said the $683 check takes the total for collected fines for 2009 to $10,613. Mike Patridge reported; well testing is being done. No prob- lems, but just a routine check- ing. Ten trees are being taken Society there had been a dis- down. As of the meeting, five cussion of the Cit.y's 175 th cel- had been cut-down and four ebration that will take place more were to be cut by the City. in 2011. Since the City's Char- There is a tree that will be con- ter was officially entered on tracted due to the difficulty it presents. That tree .is "in the 200 block of South Lafayette. Potholes that appeared on Vine were patched. Mike said, other than that, things were going along. When weather per- mits, Mike saidthere would be some tarring dane. Darrel Knauer told the Coun- cil that at a meeting of the Mt. Pulaski Township Historical July 5, 1836, the thinking is to schedule the celebration over the July 4 th weekend in 2011" instead of during the Fall Fes- tival. Thomas Martin is work= ing to coordinate the cele- bration with the City, Histor- ical Society, and Community Pride. 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