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By Mike Lakin "It's a complex area of the vehicle law", Mt. Pulaski Police Chief Lynn Freer told the City Council. Chief Freer had spent hours review- City Ordinance that allowed the permit ing the Illinois6tatutes and had come to be issued. The golf cart is "limited- by up with a proposed ordinance that the permit - to operate between eleva-- would ban "slow speed" vehicles from tors and is only allowed on city streets being operated in Mt. Pulaski. Chief for a single block it travels on for a short Freer said the vehicles are defined as a distance. And, no, it is not allowed on four-wheel Vehicle having a maximum the city square or any other street except- speed between 20-25 MPH. To ban such ing that single block listed on its permit. - vehicles, the Mt. Pulaski City Council Chief Freer said that if the Council will have to find that the vehicles "Jeop- passes an ordinance allowing the pro- ardize public safevy". If the Council posed City Gator, then the Council passes the ban, then the question of would need to establish an ordinance the "Gator" the city was looking to buy allowing anyone in town to buy a Gator would be "nixed". Nixed if there isn't and operate it. The nearest community some other loophole large enough to that has addressed the issue is Atlanta drive it through, that drafted a detailed ten-page ordi- Councilmember John Utterback nance to address the matter. asked if Don Maxheimer's Cushman Public Works Director Mike Patridge Scooter would be banned. Chief Freer said he was withdrawing the request to said it wouldn't be because it is rifled buy a Gator pending the Council deci- and licensed by the state, sion on the "slow speed" vehicle ban. Chief Freer was next asked if the The Council will review the matter, golf cart used by the elevator was legal, discuss it at the June 21 Committee Chief Freer said the elevator was given Meeting, then decide on the ban at the a permit to operate it, but there is not a July 12 Council Voting Meeting. If the public has any input they can contact their Councilmembers or attend the June 21 Committee Meeting. Mt. Pulaski City Council Briefs - June By Mike Lakin After receiving assur- ances of safety, security, and documented insur- ance the Mt. Pulaski City Council approved the purchase of a new computer and the use of off-site backups of city documents and files. " City Treasurer Jim Sutton reported deposits of $37, 711.67 between the May Committee Meeting and the June 7 Meeting. The total payments made during the same period were $57,408.81. Motor Fuel tax fund is now $54,666.99. The Council approved employee health insur- ance changes that increase individual deductions. The pump for the new Elkhart Road lift station will ship July 15. Pay- ment of the pump will follow shortly after its arrival. The check will be for $180,000. Did You Know - Utah Senator Orrin Hatch says raising taxes on the wealthy will turn the US, into a second rate nation. Hillary Clinton is rumored to be leaving the State Depart- ment to head the World Bank. 7 Council Meeting The Council approved The Council approved a waiver for the July 2 the purchase of aRed Oak Rifle Shoot at Frazier tree and a Red Maple tree Park. Each participant for the Courthouse lawn will sign a waiver of at a total cost of $160. liability and present a The Red oak replaces the valid FOID at the time of tree planted in memory signing the waiver, of Harry Hahn. The Council voted to Mt. Pulaski K-9 Officer hold a Special Meeting Brutus attended the meet- Thursday June 16 at 8 ing. Officer Kyle Veech pm. The meeting - an explained his work with executive session- was to Brutus. See separate story discuss personnel, this issue. eteran$ of Forei til [k~l ~ n VFW Post 777 Fried Chicken Dinner Full dinner with dessert & drink General Food COOL A/C Tent 11 am-2 pm $10 adults - $6 children FREE under THREE take-outs, call: 341 - 8067 average length of unemploy- ment is worse than in the Great Depression. now greater than that of the Great Depression, down 33% since 2007. Americans fear another Great Depression. 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 all our decisions locally and remaining focused on the needs of our customers and community. Come visit and tell us how we :can serve you. 130 S. Washington St. - Mt Pulaski -5211 June 18, 2011 Mt. Pulaski Times 9