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Annual Town Meeting The Mt. Pulaski Township Annual Town Meeting will be .Tuesday, April 12 at 7 pm at the Township Office at 404 S. Spring St. Mt. Pulaski. After a moderator is elected, the meeting will proceed to hear and consider reports of officers, and decide on such measures as may, m pursuance of law, come before the meeting; and to con- sider the discussion of township business. " Street Dept now issues tickets for grass in the street By Mike Lakin Spring's around the comer and that brings lawn-mowing season. Chapter 8 of the Mt. Pulaski City Code states that property owners cannot blow mowed grass onto city streets. The reason for the ordinance is to keep grass clippings from flowing into - and clogging - city storm sewers. The issuance of tickets has been under the domain of the city police department. At the March 9 meeting authority for tickets was turned over to Public Works Director Mike Patridge. The city street depart- ment now has the discretion to issue tickets and Mike now has a city violation booklet handy to issue tickets to offenders. The council received a pre- sentation from supplemental insurance company Aflac. The .council permitted the com- pany representatives to make a presentation to city employees. If an employee elects to sign up for the insurance, it will be at his or her own cost. The city will not take the insurance on as a benefit. School Superintendent Phil Shelton. and School Board members Doug Martin and Mike Toohey presented the council with a presentation about the I% school sales tax that will be voted on in April. Chief Lynn Freer reported Officer Kyle Veech and the city's K-9 - Brutus - are doing well in K-9 school. Trainers report Brutus is rated aver- age to above average and is having fun. The cost of the school is expected to be fully reimbursed. Larry Wilham has resumed wildlife trappings in the city. City Treasurer Jim Sutton reported deposits of $34,272.51. The State of Illi- nois has now paid Nov. 2010 income taxes to the city. Pay- ments from the state are now only 90-days in arrears. Jim said Motor Fuel Taxpayments were down $800. That may reflect a decline in gasoline consumption due to rising gasoline prices at the pump. The city council approved the purchase of an interview camera and audio equipment for the police department. Total cost was $1,722.77. Chief Freer said this would help in interviewing for cases. In the last few months, the interview system could have been used in 15 interviews. Interviews can be stored and used in evidence, if needed. The surveillance cameras on the square are 8-years-old and the replacement of the cameras with wireless surveil- lance cameras is being looked into. The cameras have proved useful for evidence purposes and as deterrents. Updating handicap parking on the square to meet state requirements is ongoing. Mike Patridge and Lynn Freer will attend a seminar that outlines what a municipality has to do to be in compliance with state law. Mike Patridge reported the lift station work was slowed due to weight restrictions on county roads. A large crane need for construction cannot be brought in until winter weight restrictions are lifted. The county would not issue an exemption for the crane. The city will do some street tarring work due to the delay in construction of the lift. sta- tion. A catch basin file was repaired in front of the high school. The Illinois water taste award the city won first phee for was presented to Mike Pat- ridge. The city was also noti- fied it will receive a water fluo- ridation award this month. The city council approved the two-year mowing contract with Delmar Stewart. The City approved the leas- ing of dumpsters for the 175 th celebration. Next City Council meeting is Tues. March 23 at 6:30 pm in City Hall. March 19, 2011 =Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the restto God." Old Farmer's Advice 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 aH 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 B A N 14: oral I m 130 S. Washington St. - Mt Pulaski 792-5211 www.farm-bank.com Mt. Pulaski Times