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7 City Council Police Chief Lynn Freer said that he couldn't quote the City ordinances as to whether the City can allow this. He added that he had not had a request like this before. The vendor said that if it weren't possible to set up for 4 h of July this year, he would like to get permission, if possible, to start selling fireworks in Mt. Pulaski in 2016. Mayor Fuhrer said that he would like to help  out the vendor and asked Chief Freer, Andrew Neaville, and Darrell Knauer to see what can be done so that the fireworks could be sold in Mt. Pulaski. The Mayor asked that this be "fast to o tracked" if possible to offer fireworks in town this ol year. Jim Boy Coogan filed a Freedom of Informa- tion Act request (FOIA) to obtain work records of City employees. After looking over the records since January 1 this year, Mr. Coogan said that one City employee has taken 47% hours of vaca- tion time, 64 hours of sick leave time, and 131 hours of overtime in five months. Mayor Fuhrer told Mr. Coogan that the "City has our policies and we follow them." Mr. Coogan then suggested that the City ought to look in getting a time clock for City employees. Aid. Andrew Neaville agreed that that was a good idea and the City would look into it. Mr. Coogan then asked if the City is going to fix the backed up ditches in town. The mayor replied that the City is working on the issue, Roger Bohn asked if the City is maintaining paperwork for servicing City equipment. Matt Presswood said records are on file. Roger also asked if the City water department is still work- ing under Mike Patridge's water license - it is. City employee Matt Presswood said that the City's - nonworking - Elgin street sweeper was going to be looked at by the manufacturer, Elgin Company. The idea is to see what type of work needs to be done to make it operational. If the cost is too high the City will then look at alterna- tives. Referring back to the street sweeper situ- ation, Matt said the City would also look at a broom attachment for the City skid loader if the old street sweeper, is not repairable at a reason- able cost. He said that he would look at first rent- ing "broom sweepers" for the skid loader to see how well various brooms work. As you might recall, a barricade was set up over the water shut off valve on Washington Street near the Mr. Pulaski Christian Church. This was done in after an accident. A motorist was driving south on Washington Street - across the metal cover on the water shut offvalve - when the cover came offand $1620 io damages was done to the vehicle. The issue arose when the City insurance company denied reimbursement for the $1620. The motorist submitted the claim to their own insurance company that paid the bill except for the $500 deductible. The City was then asked at the Council meeting to reimburse the motorist for the $500 deductible. The Council took under advisement the request for the reimbursement. The City received an update on the "Our Town Celebration ' taking place beginning July 6 and ending with a celebration day July 10. This cel- ebration is to be broadcast on TV Channel 3 as a way of promoting Mt. Pulaski. After hearing the update, and a request for funding, the City Coun- cil unanimously voted to give up to $700 towards the event. Certain conditions apply that include asking for matching funds from local businesses in the form of gift cards. Bill Thomas of the Logan County Economic Development Partnership attended the meeting. He presented to the Council some of the proj- ects that the parr.nership has been working on. It is participating in the Courthouse Foundation project to raise money; it is setting Up a database of business property and buildings in the county to market to possible investors; and talked about the assistance the partnership gave to Inland Tool Company. Mr. Thomas also talked about a County Enter- prise Zone that helps with private businesses making improvements and being able to make them without paying sales taxes on materials. He said the current County Enterprise Zone expires in 2016 and the partnership plans to apply to the state for a new zone. Mr. Thomas explained that Mt. Pulaski is not in the County Enterprise Zone at this time, but there would be no cost for the City to participate to help out local businesses. Enterprise Zones under the auspices of the state of Illinois have a 15-year life span to assist private enterprises located specifically within the enterprise zone. A representative looking to locate a tele- pharmacy in Mt. Pulaski attended the meeting. Recent changes in Illinois permit the opening of these tele-pharmacies. This company has been in existence since 2012 and has opened these tele-pharmacies in communities ranging in size from 560 to 3400 people. Currently the company has 119 pharmacies in the Midwest. Staffed by technicians, each pharmacy is linked to a licensed pharmacist that supervises the local technicians. What the tele-pharmacy company is looking for is community support, including a $50,000 investment in a pharmacy in Mr. Pulaski. This money would come from private investors and the City has not been asked for any type of finan- cia! contribution only for support of the proj- ect. Mr. Thomas from the Logan Coun Eco- nomic Development Partnership is also mayor of Atlanta, and he told the Council that the City, of Atlanta is also looking into a tele-pharmacy from the same company. Mayor Fuhrer said that he always supports new business and would do what he could to encourage the location of a new pharmacy in town. Cont'd on Page 8 " FRIDAY JUNE 19 - HATS OFF TO. DAD's NIGHT 305 Sprints, Modifieds, Pro Late Models, Hornets, Lightning Sprints Adult Admission $12. Ages 11-18 $7. Kids 10 and Under Free. 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