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11 t By Mike Lakin The city' Council had a lengthy dis- cussion concerning how your neighbor's property affects you. O la Ir 10 O I,d CO A Mt. Pulaski resident attended the city Council meeting to discuss the rental property next door to his residence. He said the junk in the yard, makes the neigh- borhood a complete disaster. His house is currently on the market, but his realtor says part of the problem in selling the house is his neighbor. Buyers- get out of the car, and the first thing they see is the rental property next door and the clutter in the yard. The resident's neighbors are bothered as much as he is ( about the state of the property. The resident congratulated chief Lynn Freer for making contact with the owner of the property and the people involved. The resident asked the Council, what are my options? Chief Freer said that in the last 12 years this type of problem has beer discussed often on. He said the city does have a nui- sance ordinance, but the extent of what the city can do requires a "constitutional" reason. The chief said at this time there are eight vehicles on the property. That is in addition to old Christmas decorations and other junk. He said his office has received complaints on the rental prop- erty. With the problem being one of appear- ance, councilmember Darrell Knauer said the city could look at a Bloomington ordi- nance that addresses devaluation of prop- erty. Mayor Jim Fuhrer asked chief Freer to meet with city attorney Van Hook, and councilmember Darrell Knauer to research and propose a new ordinance to address the problem.-Chief Freer com- mented that it was hard to address out- door housekeeping. The mayor assured the resident that the city would work on the problem. Grant Public Works Dir. Mike Patridge said there has been some movement on the $100,000 grant for the city. Mike received a document to review and complete con- cerning the grant. He said the money is there, but the government will review the document before writing a check. Reimbursement Mike Patridge said there was noth- ing that the city needed to reimburse on the recent Washington DC trip. He said everything was fine. Other business City Treas. Jim Sutton reported city in common from February 13 to February 26 totaled $25,936.96. Jim said that the state of Illinois is now current in income tax payments to the city for the October 2012 payment. That makes Illinois within four months of being completely cu ent. The employee manual committee is reviewing the city's employee manual. The committee is to provide an update at the April meeting. Mayor Fuhrer said that a representative of the Illinois Municipal League said that the current committee as a whole meeting is as good as individual committee meet- ings. Also, any citizen that attends the committee meeting who needs to meet concerning more than one committee, would have a problem if there were indi- vidual committee meetings. The mayor said the matter should be reviewed after the election. Actions Pending Commencing with this meeting, the newspaper wiU keep a running list of city Council Agenda Items to be acted on... Items Introduced Feb. 26 Property Clutter on neighboring property. $100,000 graat due city. Employee Manual Committee to report. Review of changing or not changing committee meetings. Tooth Fairy Loosened Her Purse Strings in 20i2 How much are kids getting for lost According to a poll, the Tooth Fairy baby teeth these days? The average gift was even more generous with kids who from the Tooth Fairy was $2.42 last year, lost their first tooth, leaving more money up 32 cents from $2.10 in 2011. The most for the first tooth in 46 percent of homes. common amount left under the pillow On average, the amount given for the first was $1 (51 percent). * tooth was $3.49. NOTICE TO THE ELDERLY AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES FOR THE LOGAN COUNTY CONSOLIDATED ELECTION APRIL 9, 201,3 Citizens who cannot leave their home or nursing home because of permanent disability and are not registered to vote may arrange for voter registration by contacting the Office of the Logan County Clerk. Upon request, a list of Deputy Registrars will be given to any person unable to come in to the Office of the County Clerk for registration. Mail-in registration forms are also avail- able at nursing home facilities as well as on the county website at: votinginformation/pdf/r- 19.pdf Any qualified person may register to vote at the Office of the Logan County Clerk located in Room 20 of the Logan County Courthouse, Lincoln; Illinois Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Two forms of identification are required to register; one must dis- play a current address. The last day to register to vote for the April 9 Consolidated Election is March 12, 2013 (with the exception of grace period registration begin- ning March 13, 2013 and ending April 6, 2013 in the Office of the Logan County Clerk). All polling places in Lincoln are accessible to persons with disabilities. Voting aid or assistance in marking the ballot is available if needed. If you are physically unable to vote at your polling place on Election Day, you may vote in person No Excuse Absentee in the Office of the Logan County Clerk, or No Excuse Absentee by mail. Please contactthe Office of the County Clerk to receive an absentee ballot by mail. The last day an absentee ballot may be mailed from the Office of the County Clerk is April 4, 2013. The last day to vote in person No Excuse Absentee in the Office of the Logan County Clerk is Monday, April 8, 2013. For information concerning absentee voting, voter reg- istration, or voting for the elderly or disabled, please contact the Office of the Logan County Clerk at (217) 732-4148. lsl Sally J. Litterly, Logan County Clerk