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Chicago St. Uncoin 217-732-1073 City Council Cont'dFrom Page7 g Chief Lynn Freer reported to the :Council that. City Council meeting and ask the City Council  he is working on three or four major yard:pr0b; for a specific event:exemption where alcoholis : lems ffi:town: Paperwork has been started by. to be served and consumedOn City streets. After .. alderman_ under what is Called the curb appeal hearing the presentafion, the Council.as a whole, ordinance. Cityemployees reported that they have been doing storm cleanup and theyhave removed some trees on City right of way. City Treas. Jim Sutton did a brief report of income to the City between May27 and June 9. Total money received was $30,968.93. City consulting engineer Greg Gustafson gave an update on the water tower project. He said that project work drafts of materials are under way and there is a tentative start date after the Fourth of July weekend. Due to the fact there is the July 10 TV Channel 3 celebration; the work start date will be delayed until after July 10. Greg said there would also be a period where the work will not be done during the Mt. Pulaski fall Festi- vai in September. A conundrum was raised before the meet- ing, but not discussed at the meeting. The City received a bill for a tire repair on a City flat-bed trailer. The tire repair was made in St. Louis, but no one could definitively say what the City trailer was doing in St. Louis. It happened Memorial Day Weekend. Aid. Andrew NeaviUe said that one of the prob- lems the City is facing is the fact that there is not a public works director supervising day-to- G':- will then vote yes or no on the request. It can als0modify what has been requested to meet heir requirements. This is step one. Step two ::: s then to apply for an event liquOr license from the liquor commissioner - Mayor Fuhrer. Mayor  Fuhrer then determines whether all requirements o for a liquor license are in order before issuing the license. The Councilunanimously approved the o event exemption and the two-step process for o obtaining a special event exemption, m The City employees' health - hospitalization insurance is up for review. Approval of a new insurance contract must be made by July. The City currently pays $36,000 annually for health insurance for employees. If the City remains with the current health insurance company, the City costs for health insurance Will go up. There is an alternative; this involves an insurance plan that will keep the City's current $36,000 annual cost for health insurance for employees roughly the same. But it will increase each employee's out- of-pocket or deductible to $5000; almost double what they pay today. No action was taken on changing insurance, employees will review the various changes that may be needed, and the Council has to take action at the meeting later this month. The force main project that runs from Spring Street to Elkhart road roughly along the Cana- day operations. He said that this lack of having a dian National Railway was discussed. It was sug- public works director had at least one-employee gested by City employees, that the City rent a "flaunt not. having a City public works director." track hoe for $2000 a week and that City employ- Andrew said that one way to correct this prob- ees do the work, including removal of over 100 trees along the route the force main. The employ- ees estimated that would save the City $18,000 and complete the work within a week. Matt Presswood said that this would be the only thing the City employees would be working on during that week, except for emergencies. He added that by renting the machine it would reduce the wear and tear on City equipment and in the long run save the City money. The idea will be further dis- cussed. The Council meeting this particular evening did not end at 8:30 PM. The Council voted to go into an executive session that lasted until after 9 PM, when they retum to an open meeting. The Council meeting was concluded about 9:30 PM. Interesting historical note here; this was one of the longest City Council meetings in some time. All total it lasted three hours. This is in compari- son to a few years ago when a City Council lasted only one minute - one minute from opening to close. The next City Council meeting will be 6:30 PM Tuesday, June 23 in City Hail. Iem is to have the reestablishment of City Couw cil committees; including a water & sewer and streets & alley committee. Andrew added that the City Code provides that committees are to be appointed by the Mayor - and if not by the Mayor and Council is to appoint the committees. In reference to the reestablishment of Coun- cil committees, Mayor Fuhrer said he had done away with the committee because this is what has been done in other towns to avoid the prob- lem of FOIA requests. Ald. Neaville said that he would review this matter further the next meet- ing. One of the questions raised, during the chan- nel 3 July 10 event, was the sale and serving of alcohol for consumption on City streets. Chief Lynn Freer checked the codebook and basically said that the Council would have to pass some type of an event exemption to allow the sale and consumption of alcohol on City streets, other- wise it is a specific violation of the Mt. Pulaski City Code that the City cannot violate. What the Council decided to do was to create an event exemption. This event exemption requires that someone planning an event must attend the