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9 By Mike Lakin Mt. Pulaski rental property owners must think the new round of rental inspection results are going to dig into their pockets. They would be right. The city is inspecting all rental property in town. The last inspec- tion started five years ago and fin- ished several months later. On this go-around, four properties were ' found to be in dangerous condi- tion. Others need corrective mea- q sures. One was found with a mold infestation of titanic proportions. This property appears not to be a. salvageable forhuman occupa- tion. The rental property inspections ' are being made by a'new inspec- O tor, Howard Conrady. ,. While discussing the more dan- gerous rental property, it was men- tioned that there is a legal action called "Quick Demolition". From , what could be culled from'the dis- cussion, a city can get a property into court and through this legal action have an order to demolish "-- the property in short order. City i Attorney Tom Van Hook will look into the procedure. CEFCU Property. When the'idea of Quick Demo- lition came up thoughts naturally turned to the CEFCU property. Tom Van Hook is o see if it applies Rental Property Inspections Show Some Problem Properties in this situation. Mayor Jim Fuhrer talked to a CEFCU representative about the West Cooke property. This time around he was told the property was listed with a realtor. Armed with the realtor's phone number, Jim called. He told the realtor who he was, what he was calling about, and Was hung up on. The realtor might call it a disconnect. But Jim said it felt like a hang UP. New Officer Request Police Chief Lynn Freer asked the Council to consider hiring a third ftdl-time officer. Chief Freer noted it would give the city com- plete night coverage and eliminate several part-time positions. The candidate in mind is already qual- ified and would not need training. During discussion of the request, it was note that depart- ment expenses are up $30,000 over the prior year. The City's Accoun- tant told the Council the State of Illinois is behind five income tax payments to the city as of ths meeting nigh Discussion ended when Mayor Fuhrer said financially the city cannot afford a third officer. He added, "we might need it, but we cannot afford it". In Other Business Barry Leach asked, on behalf oF the Phoenix Fire Department for a fireworks permit for the 4 th of July. Permit was granted. Barry said this year's piro-show would cost $3,500. City Treasurer Jim Sutton reported a monthly income of $77,263.87. Expenses were $67,996.00. Jim told the Council it was time for "belt-tightening". City Attorney Tom Van Hook told the Council the .owner of record of the Red Door filed some last minute motions to halt the sale. He would be reviewing the same. The Council approved tuck- pointing a brick repair on City Hall. The contact went to Stewart Construction. Estimated cost is $12,000. City Employee insurance went up 10%. That makes the insurance $3,000,more per year. Some bene- fits were added. An AMEREN representative contacted the city about buying power from a broker. The repre- sentative assured the city that such an arrangement does not affect response calls during power out- ages. AMEREN said these brokers do save large customers money. Mayor Fuhrer asked Alderman Darrell Knauer to update his infor- mation for the July voting meeting. Elkhart Historical Society Lincoln topic of Dinner/ Lecture Presentation Friday, July t6, the Elkhart Historical Society will feature "Lincoln's Life on the 8 = Judicial Circuit" and "DAR 8 'h Judicial Circuit Markers" as the presentations for its continuing dinner lecture series. Lincoln's lifestyle as a judicial circuit lawyer will be the topic of Bob McCue's presentation. McCue is a member of the State Historical Society, Elkhart Histori- cal Society, and a regular tour guide for Lincoln and Elkhart Hill. He is a histori- cal re-enactor and guide at theAbraham Lincoln Neighborhood in Springfield and a tour guide at the Mt. Pulaski 8 t" Judi- cial Oircuit Courthouse in Lincoln. McCue will be joined by his brother, Chuck McCue, who will discuss the "DAR 8 t Judicial Circuit Markers." Using the research of Lincoln scholar Guy Fraker of Bloomington and with the help of his wife .and brother, Chuck has located the remaining markers along the 400 miles of the circuit and is actively working with the Daughters of the Amer- ican Revolution to promote the preser- vation and possible restoration of these monuments. At Horsefeathers in Elkhart Delicious Home Cooking at its Best! Offering Scrumptious Lunches Tuesday- Sunday 11-2.'30 Daily Specials - Seasonal Dishes Reservations & Credit Cards Accepted Handvman Services Decks Kitchens & Bathrooms Ceramic Tile Drywall Small Additions Siding & Windows Power Washing Painting "Honey-Do" Lists Hardwood Floors And Much More... Horsefeathers Antique & Gift Shop 10Am to 4Pm Tues, - Sun: 104 Governor Oglesby st 947-2100 The dinner lecture series is held at The Wild Hare Cafe. Dinner begins at 5:30, with the talks from 7-8. Reserva- tions and pre-payment are required, and space is limited. Cost is $17.99. The reservation deadline is Monday, July 12 For information and reservation form, see www.elkha rthistoricalsociety.org. Future talks include... September 24 family history and genealogy and Octo- ber 15 geology of Elkhart Hill. Future tours... Historical Hill Tours September 25, and a new tour experience, "Elkhart - Little Village, Big Stories" (a tour wagon ride through the village with humorous folklore about Elkhart's people, places and things) Saturday, October 16. Elkhart Hill - Chapel Enjoy a tour of historical, beautiful Elkhart Hill Saturday, July 17. Then spend the day in Elkhart's quaint village dining, shopping or touring the historic chapel on Elkhart Hill. For the Historical Elkhart Hill tour, participants will be riding in the Elkhart Historical Society's tour wagon. Tours depart downtown Elkhart at 9:30 and 1:30. Reservations are required for all tours. Each outing will last approx- imately 90 minutes, and tours are lim- ited to 16 people. The cost is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors (60 and over), and $5 for children (12 arid under). Reg- istration closes on July 12. For information and reservation form: www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org. Rain date is Sunday, July 18. Tours of the historic St. John the Baptist Chapel on Elkhart Hill will be offered at 9:30 and 1:30. The Episco- palian Chapel was built in 1890 and is the only privately owned and oper- ated church in Illinois. Reservations are not required but are recommended. The cost is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors (60 and over), and $5 for children (12 and ur]der). For more information and the online, printable reservation form, go to www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org. A special recital on the chapel organ is scheduled for4 - 5 Saturday, July 17. Organist Marcy Brooks, formerly from Broadwell will play the historic organ. The recital is by reservation only and space is limited. A tour of the chapel is not included in the recital. The cost is $5 per person. Printable reservation form: www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org. . It's never too early No matter wha; stage of life you're in, it's, never too early to start planning for retirement. 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