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City CoUncil Continued From Front Page CEFCU Property City concerns over the CEFCU foreclosed property on West Cooke Street have calmed. CEFCU has boarded up the win- dows of the property and have con- tracted for mowing the property. A letter will be sent to CEFCU out- lining matters of concern to the city. A new concern is an old well on the property that has started collapsing. This concern is being filed with the Logan County Health Department. As for foreclosed - abandoned property, Mayor Fuhrer is researching the registration of foreclosed and abandoned prop- erty. He is gathering ordinance used by other cities that haw already addressed the issue. ] would require financial institu tions to file a form with the cit. notifying the ity Of the fore closure. This would be in addi tion to the existing State of Ill] nois requirement requiring notii cation to municipalities. The M Pulaski' requirement would asses a fine of $250 per day for failur to notify the city. The Mt. Pulash requirement would also apply abandoned property. ! Note - Under the existing Stati of Illinois notice requirenient there have been three foreclo sures registered with the city il the last four weeks Police Chief Freer reported the A/C on the new police car was repaired. The repair was under warranty. It was a!so discovered that there is an oil leak in the car. This will be a major repair, but is covered under the warranty. Chief Freer said the: dealer has been extremely cooper- ative in taking care of these prob- lems. Weeds and grass issues are being taken care. Residents have been taking care of the problems when contacted. The vacant lot on Vine Street has become a pond. When the house was torn down and the base- ment filled in, the fill settled. Chief Freer will contact the owner to remedy the situation. DotYou Know Who You Can Trust? It's a hard marketplacq With so maJ financial con your busine really has yq hoice in today's financial o ny banks and other npanies trying to get ;s, it's hard to know who mr beSt interest at heart. qualified to seal of appr, hometown commitmen As A Real C committed we lnve and making all ( remaining focused on the needs of our customers Come visit and tell us how we c, TH E: tFARME:R BANK OrM 130 S. Washington St. Mt Pulask What's the s lution? Placing you" trust in A Real Communit)J Bank solves that problem. Bcause only banks. rlisplay this banking )val are dedicated to alues and hometown t. ommunity Bank, we're o the community where work. Committed to ,ur decisions locally and and community. zn sere you. L  Flml .  872 i 792-5211 Cats Alderman Randy Reeter told his fellow Council Members that con- stituents have told him that there is a problem with stray cats. He said people are complaining about the cats roaming through yards and making deposits found only when residents are doing their yard work.., if you get the drift. Randy asked what, if anything, the City could do. John Poffenbarger said the City has addressed issues like this. But only if it is serious. John gave the example of a few years ago when a resident had 30 - 40 cats on the property. The city came in and trapped the cats as a health and nuisance issue. At this time, the City response is limited to the health and nui- sance issue, not the singular roam- ing of cats. Roaming cats are not addressed. How about a cat leash law? Not a solution to the feral cats. Mayor Jim Fuhrer said the issue would be looked into further. Strange Inquiry Mayor Fuhrer passed around a letter hereceived. The writer said he had a valuable collection of presidential items and was look- ing for a building - or buildings -to house it in'Mt. Pulaski. He was looking to create a museum of U,S. Presidents going back to Lin- coln. The collector claimed his eol- lection was" worth $millions. The letter is'being passed along to the Historical Society. In Other Business A resident had concerns about the condition of Winter Street. His concern was the loss of rock and general condition of the street. Mike Patridge will look into it. The Council approved the annual clothing allowance for City Employees for $250 per employee. A request for the running of a water line to the bandstand was received. It is needed to water the planting around the bandstand. It was noted the cost was a concern. It is thought that there is water available at the Courthouse and the solution may be a long hose. Only mentioned, there have been fox sightings in Mt. Pulaski. The sightings are not geographi- cally limited. Mt. Pulaski First United Meth- odist Church will the headquar- ters for Vacation Bible School this year. This summer, VBS will be July 19 - 23 for children ages 3 through 9 th grade. Supper will be served at 5:30Pm with VBS from 6Pm to 8Pm. This y,ug, lady was from Lake Fork. Shewas Waneta Febhs at Historical Note Adlai Stevenson's Cat Bill Veto Executive Department Springfield, April 23, 1949 To the Honorable, the Members of the Senate of the Sixth-sixth General Assembly: I herewith return, without my approval, Senate Bill No. 93, enti- .Ued, "An Act to Provide Protection to Insectivorous Birds by Restraining Cats." This is the so-called "Cat Bill." I veto and withhold my approval from this Bill for the'following reasons: It would impose fines on owners or keepers who permitted their cats to run at large off their premises. It would permit any person to capture or call upon the police to pick up and imprison cats at large. It would permit the use of traps. The bill would have statewide applicatioh -- on farms, in villages, and in metropolitan centers. This legislation has been intro- duced in the past several sessions of the Legislature, and it has, over the years, beenthe source of much com- ment -- not all of which has been in a serious vein. It may be that the Gen- eral Assembly has now seen fit to refer it tO ,one who can view it with a fresh outlook. Whatever the reasons for passage at this session, I cannot believe there is a widespread public demand for this law or that it could, as a practical matter, be enforced. Furthermore, I cannot agree that it should be the declared public policy of Illinois that a cat visiting a neigh- bor's yard or crossing the highwaY is a public nuisance. It is in the nature of cats to do a certain amount of unescorted roaming. Many live with their owners in apartments or other restricted premises, and I doubt if we want to make their every brief foray an oppo'tunity for a small game hunt by zealous citizens -- with traps or otherwise. I am afraid this Bill could only create discord, recrimination and enmity. Also consider the owner's dilemma: To escort a cat abroad on a leash is against the nature of the cat, and to permit it to venture forth for exercise unattended into a night of new dangers is against the nature of the owner. Moreover, cats perform useful service, particularly in rural areas,-in combating rodents -- work they necessarily perform alone and without regard for property lines. We are all interested in protecting certain varieties of birds. That cats destroy some birds, I Well know, but I believe this legislation would further but little the worthy cause to with its proponents give such unselfish effort. The problem of cat versus bird is.as old as time. If we attempt to resolve it by legislation why knows but what we may be called upon to take sides as well in the age old problems of dog versus cat, bird versus bird, or even bird versus worm. In my opinion, the State of Illinois and its local govern- ing bodies already have enough to do without trying to control feline delin- quency. For these ; reasons, and not because I love birds the less or cats the more, I veto and withhold my approval'from Senate Bill No. 93. Respectfuly, ADLAI E. STEVENSON, Governor Veto Messages ofAdlai E. Steven- son, Governor of Illinois, on Senate and House Bills Passed by the 66th General Assembly of Illinois. Spring- field: State of JIlinois, 1949o . , 6 ;== == u O =