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3 Federal Stimulus Will Pay for $300,000 Project if City Ups Your Sewer charge to $50 a Month By Mike Lakin Public Works Director Mike Patridge told the City Council that Federal Stimulus money is available through Illinois Rural Development. Both out- O right grants and low interest 4 loans are available for the new lift station and the relocation of " the sewer line along the Cana- dian National right-of-way. But the money is only available if the City raises sewer rates from an average of $16 a month to $50 O for every property connected lowers the City's cost by $4,000 if the City enters into a yearly contract. The rate is locked in for that year and can be locked into up to three years. The contract will be on the voting agenda in April. Council Member John Utterback stated he was not for it. A delivery charge that is paid for by the City was of con- cern. Stone River Group wanted the contract signed this meet- ing, but it was not on the voting out of the General Fund. The fund will be repaid, (over time, from the TIF Districlt funds as collected. Inland Too,1 is within the City's TIF District. Outside financing will not be used for the project. Mike Patridge reported the City is receiving a perfect corn- will be the Committee Meeting Tuesday, March 23 in City Hal at 6:30Pm. Post Meeting Comments There is still head scratching over AMEREN. While saving tax dollars is always a good thing, question is... not how, pliance for fluoride u;se in 2009. but why would AMEREN have The temporary line has been a subsidiary selling power at a put down on Vine Street. A cheaper cost?AndifAMEREN regular line will be put down cansellpowercheaperthrough when weather permits, a subsidiary who will make up The next Council Meeting the difference? Over the years, the partic- ipation in the Lincoln-Logan Development Partnership has always raised questions. With- out looking up past meetings, the City Council - about every five or six years, raises the question of how the partner- ship benefits the City. The issue could be put to rest by having a five-ten year review pre- sented to the Council of how Mt. Pulaski benefits from its participation in the partner- ship. , to the City sewage system, agenda. Mike told the Council that Chief of Police Lynn Freer there'snotenoughtarandfeath- reported he is looking into " ers in the entire county to meet alternatives for the surveil- ' the demand if the City raises lance cameras on the square. m rates to $50 a month. Council In reviewing finances, it was mentioned the contract with Member John Poffenbarger said that he would worry more Dollar General is still in effect. The contract rebates 60% of about just being shot outright. Sales taxes collected by Dollar Mike said he basically told Illinois m Rural Development... "Thanks, - but no thanks". The City will == finance the project with the $4 a month sewer surcharge and forgo the $50 a month increase. City Treasurer Jim Sutton said the sewer surcharge brought in $2,792 last month. Council Members Pete Howe and Randy Reeter were absent for the meeting. The City of Mt. Pulaski issued a Proclamation honoring the Phoenix Fire Department on the department's 125  Anniver- sary. The City was presented with a proposed agreement on the new radio communications tower located at the Publics Work Building at City Hall. The new system improves radio commu- nications for area law enforce- ment agencies and area fire departments. Law enforcement agencies are using the system now; fire departments will follow. City Attorney Tom Van Hook is reviewing the agree- ment. A proposal from Stone River Group was presented to the Council. Stone River Group is a subsidiary of AMEREN. It wholesales electricity to busi- nesses and governments at lower rate than the parent company AMEREN. The City was presented a proposal that General, back to Dollar Gen- eral. City Attorney Tom Van Hook said a hearing on a motion by the owner of the Red Door was held. The owner failed to appear in court and the motion was denied. The City is work- ing towards a sale date of the building in April. Mr. Hook is working with INB on the loan agreement for the lift station and the relocation of the city sewer line along the Canadian national Railway right-of-way. The City Council approved Chief Freer's request to attend a Crime Scene Class as reported in the last issue of the paper. The City Council approved updating and repairs for the City water wells as reported in the last issue of the paper. The payment of $1,500 to the Lincoln-Logan Development Partnership was tabled. There is reluctance by some on the Council with continuing par- ticipation in the partnership. They would like to see what benefits there has been for the City. 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