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Save The Date Mt. Pulaski Home Tour 4-7Pm, December 5. Inventor has created a super hot knife that cuts and toasts bread at the same time. 26-People Address the Board June 15 & 17 By Mike Lakin Plumbing - Heating. Cooling Backhoe Service - Septic Systems IL LIC 058-147596 Schedule Your Home - Farm - Business Improvements... With... Ray The proposed agreement between the Mt Pulaski School Board and Meri- dien (wind turbines) brought out large crowds; first at the grade school learn- ing center and then at the high school cafeteria. June 15 was the regular School Board meeting. On exiting the regular execu- tive session, the board hired Shelley Day as Assistant Volley Bail Coach at the grade school; Hired Glen Shank as Head Custodian at the grade school; Hired Pat Peterson as Assistant Cook at the grade school; and Increased Linda Ladson's salary to $11,137. Barb Maske addressed the board on behalf of the Mt. Pulaski Education Association. Her full address to the board is on the front page of the paper. During the June 15 meeting, the fol- lowing presented comments concerning the proposed agreement between the School Board and Meridien... Tom Martin, speak- ing in opposition to the Meridien agree- ment - was the spokesperson for Logan County Resi- dents for Respon- sible Land Use, LLC. He said that people said in 2005 there were 56-full-time teachers and in 2014 there were 42-full- time teachers. For individual families he gave an example from his family - his son went through pre-school at no cost and this year his daughter went ahrough pre-school at a cost to his family of $2,300. He talked of the financiai impact the Meridien agreement offered; it would be 10% of overall budget and could prevent further cuts in education. Scott Schaffenacker serves on Logan County Board. He asked the board to keep an open mind and decide on the merit of the project as a whole. He offered his support and would answer questions of the board. Chuck Rubin serves on Logan County Board. He gave an account of his living with the wind farm north of Lincoln. He supported that project and has mr- firm!y asked the board to vote no on the agreement. Lisa Leonard spoke in opposition to the Meridien agreement - noting the board decision to approve the agreement could be the deciding factor for the county board. She said a visit the county Railsplitter wind farm drew comments from fami- , lies - complaints of noise levels and community tensions between support- ers and those opposed. Some families had agreements with the wind farm that did not allow discussions of the project. Lisa noted the Meridien turbines would be 104-feet taller that the turbines in the Railsplitter project. She added that there are 44-homes in the area of the Rail- splitter project. For the proposed Meri- dien project, there are 300-homes in a 1-mile area. Going out to 2-miles the proposed Meridien Project encompasses 990-homes. Most residents do not know the potentiai effect on their lives and she asked the board to vote not on the agree- ment. Scott Rule spoke bines on his property. He knows of no ill effects on areas resi- in opposition to the going into this need to have their eyes dents and said the placement of turbines Meridien agreement wide open and ask questions; too many is a landowner decision not a land-use - noting his oppo- people are in harms way. decision. He invited people to visit the sition to the agree- Tom said his group supports the wind farm and talk to people in the area; merit. He cautioned school board and it was not easy "for us most people see the turbines as part of that an endorse- to be opposed because of the economic the landscape, ment in exchange for well-being aspect" (of the offer). He closed stating his group would never ask the board to give up free speech for economic gain. Joe Buret, speak- ] New Construction- Aaidttions - Remodels ing in support of the [Repairs Kitchen & Bath Meridien agreement Decks & Porches - addressed econom- I Basements [Renovations Siding-'" & Roofing ics of the school. Joe [Room Additions Windows & Doors noted in 2010 low income families made up 25% of the district, in 2014 they made up 41.5% of the district. He added that GSA payments from the state were $679,000 for 2009 - 2011 and in 2014 the pay- ment was $351,000. As for staffing, he Margaret Schri- funds was setting a precedent; would shuhn spoke in oppo- the board be setting up a situation of sition to the Meridien endorsing any company if it offered the agreement - having board money. reviewed the pro- Barbara Stroud- posed agreement. Borth spoke in oppo- Margaret said she sition to the Meridien .... read the responsi- agreement- noting bilities placed on the negative medi- board and on further reading the agree- cai effects. Citing ment.was a bribe of sorts. 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