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= o 9 I €=) = ,J 3 City Council Committee Meeting By Mike Lakin Tom Martin, representing the Mt. Pulaski 175 th Committee updatedthe Council on the initial plans for the celebration. Events are planned starting early in 2011 and culminating on the July 4 th weekend with the 175 th obser- vance of the issuance of the City's Charter July 5, 1836. Plans are to center events on the City Square with a goal of having high school and family reunions the weekend of the 4 th of July. Police Chief Lynn Freer• was given the go-ahead to attend an Illinois State Police Crime Scene class in April. Chief Freer said that over the last decade there had been 205 offenses in town where a trained - certified offi- cer could have gathered crime scene information for the state crime lab. With state budget con- straints, local law enforcement agencies are looking to become certified in crime scene work since the Illinois State Police have had to cut back on the ser- vice for local department s . The Council will take a formal vote to approve attendance of the class at the March 9 Council meeting. Public Works Director Mike Patridge reported on problems at the pump station on McDonald Street. A mailing tube had been deliberately placed into the pump system. The mailing tube damaged the pump requiring the City to replace it at a cost of $2,000. In addition to this repair, the pump station will be secured against future damage. The recent watermain flushing turned up a problem of an increase in manganese in the water system. Mike said the City will re-intro- duce polyphosphate into the water system to handle the prob- lem. The manganese has caused the black flakes in the drinking water that has been reported• It also has caused the water to have an amber - brown color. Council Member Darrell Knauer reported on the electric supply proposal the City received. The proposal would provide an electric saving on the City's power bill. An initial estimate is that the City would save $3,800 a year on its electric bill. The company - broker that offered the savings is a sub-. sidiary of AMEREN. Council Member Randy Reeter said he was having a problm under- standing this. IfAMEREN is the City's electric provider, Randy asked.., how could a subsidiary of AMEREN be in business to take money way from'AMEREN. Darrell said he is continuing to look into the proposal. As one Council Member com- mented after the meeting, it sounded like "Wall Street smoke and mirrors". But the Council Member added, "if it saves money, who am I to question it." Mayor Jim Fuhrer reported the City's mowing contract was awarded to Delmar Stewart. Information Note - Another wind farm is being contem plated. This one would locate in Laenna Township. Council Member John Poffenbarger said it was his understanding these wind turbines would be 500' tall. Landowners south of Chestnut have been contacted in recent months about leasing ground for the wind farm. The leases would pay landowners $7,500 for each turbine located on the landown- er's farm. The next City Council Meeting is Tuesday March 9 at 6:30Pro in City Hall. PoliceRep0rt 00Y"'ke Lak,n A family gathering Went slightly awry last Thanksgiving. As a result, a Mt. Pulaski res- ident's faith in his - her fellow humans dropped a painful notch with the loss of a Nintendo DS. Later, at a Valentine's Day get- together, an extended family - family member had such a DS. And could not adequately explain how it came into his possession. Officer Kyle Veech took the report and the same has been duly filed. The driver said, "No, it's not suspended. Everything was taken care of." It wasn't. The driver had •a Family Responsi- bility Suspension on his record. Even a valid insurance card did not help. It was off to the county jail. Chief Lynn Freer made the arrest. He ran the stop sign at 121 and McDonald. Right in front of Offi- cer Veech. The driver was sus- pended. When asked if he had anything in his vehicle that he shouldn't, he said no. When told the K-9 was on the way, he offered up his bag of weed in the console. When asked how he obtained his leafy green stash, the driver said he found it. Where did he find it? He did not remember (loss of memory is an unfortu- nate side effect of marijuana). The 7.9 grams of leafy green sub- stance was sent off for testing. Arrested by Officer Kyle Veech, the subject was last seen in the custody of the county jailer. That strange species oFcrea- ture known as the "estranged husband" is capable of almost anything, including threatening text messages. Chief Lynn Freer was called to a Mt. Pulaski res- idence and was presented with a twenty minutes span of saved text messages• The estranged husband has issues and is han- dling it very poorly• The intem- perate texts included sugges- tion that the victim is to be - slapped, punched, and "I come now kill u". That latter text mes- sage probably isn't helpful. Chief Freer stopped at the home of the "texter". The texter admitted he was wrong and offered he was staying out of trouble and was sorry for the texts. His humbleness was too little and too late. Chief Freer explained cyberstalking with electronic transmissions of threats. Arrested, the texter cried all the why to the county jail. Turned over to the jail staff, he was charged with assault and held in lieu of bond. The stop was initiated because a ball-hitch attached to the rear bumper obstructed the registra- tion plate nd sticker. The driver had three things- a license, an insurance card, and suspicious behavior. Anything illegal in the car? The driver hesitated when he answered no. Chief Freer explained that the department monitors 121 for drug traffic and the K-9 could be called in. With that, the driver consented to a search. Noticing the carpet had been cut; a container was found with a small amount of suspi- cious substance. Officer Veech was. also present and asked if the driver if he had smoked any- thing recently. The driver admit- ted to smoking some earlier. The driver volunteered he was a laid- off truck driver and thought it was OK to smoke a small amount because he didn't have to worry about being drug tested. Chief Freer cut the driver loose with a warning. The report would be kept on file with charges pending. The substance tested positive for cannabis and will be forwarded to the state police lab. Most of the stuff people worry about never happens. COWBOY WISDOM The Farmers Bank to Celebrate Community Banking Week April 4 - I0 is the 20 • Annual Community Bank- ing Week in Illinois. This year's them is "The Grass is Always Greener on the Community-Bank- ing Side" - Greener because community bankers follow common sense and conservatism when making decisions, unI[ike many of the decision- makers at mega-banks. The hallmarks of a community bank are - People, Vision, and Commitment. Local people in decision-making capacities; a vision of what our community is and can be; and a commitment to dedicate the resources needed to ensure that the vision is realized. Not every bank is a real Community Bank, the deci- sion-makers at community banks are your neigh- bors. They are the means to the financial end for their customers, that include •small businesses and agricultural customers. The Farmers Bank of Mt. Pulaski is dedicated to investing in our local community - Mt. Pulaski and Logan County - reinvesting your deposit dol- lars to help local businesses prosper, to help farmers grow, to help your neighbors, friends, and family purchase a new home or automobile, or to help finance the college education of a child• The directors, officers, and employees of The Farmers Bank of Mt. hope that you will join us as we observe and recognize our special week and celebrate our great community. Thanks to everyone who has helped to make us a vital part of this area's growth and prosperity. You've given us reason to celebrate Illinois Com- munity Banking Week. The Farmers Bank of Mr. Pulaski 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. THE FARMERS BANK o,00L mN 130 S. Washington St. Mt Pulaski 792-5211