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5 t = o I t9 mO = CITY COUNCIL NEWS From Page 4 The first order of business, following Darrell's swearing in, involved calming the waters of controversy. It started with the repair of a piece of city equipment at Hayes' Garage. Mike Patridge said there was a seal that needed replaced and since the city did not have the expertise, the piece of equipment was taken to Hayes'. In order to replace the seal, the piece of equip- ment had to be taken apart. That's when it was found that the seal needed was not available locally. A city employee picked up the piece of equipment, now disassembled, and took it to Decatur where the seal was replaced and the equipment re- assembled. The bill from the Decatur shop ($117) was then taken to Hayes' for payment. Hayes' questioned why they would pay the city's bill. Someone, on behalf of the city, thought the piece of equip- ment was taken apart unnecessarily. Come to find out, the part had to be disassembled in order for the seal to be replaced. At that point, the bill was walked back over to the city and manly words were exchanged in the city hall garage. And things escalated with colorful language for emphasis. The bill was paid by the city. Mike Patridge said that things, unfortunately, became "very contorted real fast". But all is good nOW. Mayor Fuhrer reported that planning for Mt. Pulaski's 175 th Anniversary in July of 2011 is underway. He attended an organi- zation meeting and told the Council that the celebration com- mittee has a goal to raise $100,000 for the celebration. The extent of the city's financial involvement wasn't mentioned. Tom Martin and Phil Bertoni head the committee. Police Chief Lynn Freer reported the new 2010 Chevrolet police car is in service. The department has nothing but praise for the car so far. Chief Freer and City Attorney Van Hook met and discussed the CEFCU property on West Cooke. No firm plans on how to approach the problem have been made. Mike Patridge reported the Elkhart Lift Station plans were reviewed. The next step is to submit permits to the EPA. City Treasurer Jim Sutton reported a $70,000 CD was cashed in to help meet the expense of the new lift station. He told the Coun- cil the city was "getting low on CDs". The city has still not received anything in writing on the $100,000 grant for the new lift station. Mayor Fuhrer said he would make some calls the first of March to check on the grant. City Attorney Van Hook said the paperwork is being reviewed on the financing of the lift station and relocation of the sewer line. The project is being financed by INB. The sale of the "Red Door" was delayed. The owner of record filed a motion for substitution of judges in the case. A hearing on the motion is set for February 25. The mowing bids for the city properties were opened. Delmar Stewart bid $385 per mowing, with mowing done as needed. David Gibbs bid $12,000 for mowing for the mowing season. Mayor Fuhrer, Mike Patridge, and Council Member John Poffenbarger will review the two bids. After reviewing the bids, a decision will be made to either have the mowing done by contract, or have city employees continue the mowing. A single bid to remove the tree at 220 S. Lafayette was received. Mike Patridge said the city had to bid the tree removal out due to the tree's entanglement with power lines. Romer Brothers bid $1,860 to remove the tree and haul offthe tree debris. If the city hauls of the tree debris, the bid would be $1,075. The Council approved the bid, with the city hauling off the tree debris. The tree will be cut down for $1,075 with the stump cut to within 6" of the ground. With the ongoing snow events, the city is taking delivery of three loads of road salt. With this delivery, Mike Patridge said it finishes the city's contract for this season. Mike said the city has taken delivery of nine loads of salt and had started with two loads carried over in storage. Mike said city residents have really cooperated in keeping cars either off the street or parked well off the street for the city snow plowing. Mike also commended residents on the square. No cars were parked on the square when the city plowed snow. Council Member John Poffenbarger commended the city crew on the snow plowing. John said all you had to do was go to any other community and you could see how much better Mt. Pulaski handled the situation. Inland Tool's expansion could include an additional expansion of the manufacturing plant. Mike Patridge said the city has been asked to run a sewer expansion fronting 121. Mike estimated the project would cost the city $50,000. Mike said the TIF District revenues would be going up due to the Inland expansion, but the $50,000 project could exceed that new revenue. City water wells were inspected. The report says wells 4 and 5 have decreased capacity by 40%. Mike reports the wells are OK, but the pumps and motors in the wells, need replaced. The cost estimate is $9,500. A proposal to save the city on its utility bills was received. Coun- cil Member Darrell Knauer volunteered to take a look at the proposal. The next City Council Meeting is the Committee Meeting Tues- day, February 23 at 6:30Pm in City Hall. By Mike Lakin Attempted break-in Chief Lynn Freer took a report of nimroddian naughtiness. There was an attempted break-in at The Lite Co. (TLC). Between 1:30 and 5:30Am on Jan. 29 entry was attempted. The glass was broken out of the outside main-door and the building's entry door. After going to all the trouble to break into two doors, the crime was halted. Once the second door glass was broken, entry could have been gained, but TLC has an active alarm system. Opening the entry door would have resulted in activation of motion detectors. There are no suspects at this time. You have enemies? Good. 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