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! 10 Mt. Pulaski Times By Mike Lakin The State of lllinois reimbursed $20,000 into the city's Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) Fund bringing the total to $73,400 - according to City Treasurer Jim Sutton. Public Works Director Mike Patridge said plans include using the MFT Fund to do all streets in town. The actual amount of street work planned is tentative - depending on the price of oil. Mt. Pulaski Police Chief reported he would be serving city code violation notices on six to seven inoperable vehicles and some hom- eowners for weed and grass violations. The 1754 Celebration went off without a hitch for the police department and Mayor Fuhrer. Neither received any complaint calls. Mayor Fuhrer added a thafik you to city employees for all the work they did. Council- member Randy Reeder thanked Mt. Pulaski residents for making the effort to spruce up their property in advance of the celebration. Mike Patridge reported the Elkhart Road lift station project has resumed. Next step is installation of the pumping equipment. Plan is to complete the project by September this year. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING MT. PULASKI RURAL FIRE PROTECTION BUDGET Notice is hereby given that the Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for Mt. Pulaski Rural Fire Protection District, Logan and Macon Coun- ties, Illinois for the fiscal year beginning June 1. 2011, and ending May 31, 2012, will be on file and available for Public Inspection from and after Friday, July 15. 2011, at the Fire District Office, 612 East Dekalb Street, Mt. Pulaski, Illinois. Notice is further hereby given that a Public Hear- ing on said Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be held at 7:30 P.M. Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 at the Mt. Pulaski Rural Fire Protection Dis- trict office, and that final action will be taken at said meeting on said budget. Eddie Pharis, Secretary Mt. Pulaski Rural Fire Protection District City Plans Street Work The steps at the "back" of the Courthouse will remain. The steps will be stored during the winter and return when weather permits. They provide a most convenient means of accessing the Court- house lawn. Mayor Fuhrer has talked to a contractor to take care of some tree removals. City Treasurer Jim Sutton reported an inflow of funds from June 15 to July 12 of $86,290.12. The council will be looking at changes in the employee manual to give department heads more authority. City will hire a temporary - part time employee at a rate of $10 per hour for the street and alley depart- ment. Position will be for August through November this year. 1969 4  of July Brad Aylesworth came across a Mt. Pulaski Jaycee drawing fundraiser from 1969. They were selling chances to wina Sony TV (valued at $160). Chances were 25-cents each. Interestingly, the booklet listed local business support- ers - Custom Farm Services, Hayes Garage, Monsanto Chemicals, The Farmers Bank, First National Bank, Modern Aire Salon, Minnesota Tool, Carolyn's Style Rite, Zim's Supermarket, W E Stoll Coal, Stahl's, Cogan's Locker, Charlotte's Beauty Shop, Stella's Beauty Shop, Curtis Oil, Huston's Apparel, Tate's barber Shop, Horn's Standard Service, Dale's Home & Auto, Tom's Flowers, Barnhart's Caf, Bertoni's Caf, Holmes Garage, Mt. Pulaski Hardware, Hahn's Service & Motel, Kennedy's Market, Putter & Clutter Shoppe, Ray's barber Shop, Gerdes FS Station, Shull Motor Co., Brown's Service Station, Rothwell Lumber Co., and Duhs Paint Spraying. - Times do change.., somewhat. Don't know who won the TV. Position Available City of Mt. Pulaski has available a Temporary Part Time Position. Intended employment pedod is August 1st through November 30, 2011. Exact dates will be determined based upon workload and weather. This will be a 40-hour per week position Pay rate will be $10 per hour. Applications are being accepted immediately at City Hall during regular busineSsho'urs. . ........... 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 0000FJFARMERS B A N K 792-5211 www.farm-bank.com Councilmember Sue Stewart introduced a street sign replacement proposal. Mike Patridge said about 90 street signs have been refurbished. He added that before signs are replaced (at a cost of about $200 per pole) the city would be refurbishing street signs again this winter. This allos the city to see what signs are in need of actual replacement. Mike further explained that the existing signs are stamped metal and very long lasting. Cheaper signs are available, but are not like the existing "classic" signage. Next meeting is a voting meeting Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 pm in City Hall. July 16, 2011 Did You Know - The most expensive Agun once belong- NTSB says cell home in the U.S. ing to AI Capone has phones are new is being sold for a been auctioned for DUI: accidents are reported $150 Mil- $108,000. caused by texting, lion. talking and going online. Our Weather 2011 The official National Weather Service rainfall for the Mt. Pulaski Observation Location for June was a total of 5.65" plorence's By Day - Rain 06-03.44" 06-14.26" 06-21.03" 06-05.30" 06-16.71" 06-22.05" - 06-06.24" 06-18.02" 06-24 05" 00_0fner 06-11.58" 06-19.37" 06-26.14" 06-12.03" 06-20.47" 06-27 1.79" Pea sized hail on 6-27. TOTAL 5.65" So far this year- total moisture is 16.48". Snowfall for Jan. - Feb. was 18.8". August 1 Place material within 6' of edge of pavement, not in street or on sidewalks. Do not remove entire trees from your private property and place them for City pick up. Have your contractor haul the material to the Sewage Treatment Plant and place the material in the proper location. Questions?: Call City Hall 792-3222. City Landscape Waste Pickup Is August 1. City of Mt. Pulaski removes landscape waste placed between the sidewalk and the edge of the street. If the weather is bad we will pickup on the next day with good weather. Guidelines: Have landscape waste ready by 7 am. Bag all small debris. Gathering for the 175th Celebration parade. No farewell words were spoken No time to say goodbye You were gone before we knew it And only God knows why David Michael Cyrulik 10/15/83 to 8/1/10 Loved and deeply missed The Cyrulik Family Editor's Notebook By Mike Lakin Missed Gillette Ransom, Don Leonard, and Waneta Stephens on a recent segment of Illinois Stories - WSEC- TV/PBS Springfield? You can see it on YouTube - in about two weeks - more or less - on http: //www.youtube.com/ networkknowledge. And... tractors. Ode To The Outhouse By James Whitcomb Riley But when the crust was on the snow and the sullen skies were gray In sooth, the building was no place where one could wish to stay. We did our duties promptly; there one purpose swayed the mind, We tarried not, nor lingered long on what we left behind, The torture of that icy seat would make a Spartan sob, For needs must scrape the gooseflesh with a lacerating cob, That from a frost-encrusted nail was suspended by a string- For Father was a frugal man -:: and wasted not a thing. When Grandpa had to "go out back" and make his morning call, We'd bundle up th e dear old man with a muffler and a shawl, Small Engine Repairs Lawn Mowers-Weed Eaters-Snow Blowers & more General Auto Maintenance Oil Changes-Brake and Belt/Hose Replacement $5 OFF Any Labor Charge (Oil Changes Not Included) Hours: Men. & Fri. 9am - 4pm Tues. & Thurs. 6pm - 9pm 523 S. Spring St. - Mt. Pulaski 217-414-2271 www.lyonsengineden.com e-mail - lyons.den20@yahoo.com Two buses, Vonderlieth van and cars of people enjoyed the A. L. Museum at Springfield. When we first went in, there was plenty of food served buffet style, and everyone was supplied with a name tag, (something I've harped on for months). People wore what they wanted to, some in period clothing, some in shorts. Long skirts, pantsuits, and you name it. We all saw two shows, (each had two showings). "Ghosts of the Library" and "Lincoln's Eyes" at the Union Theater. Anyone was welcomed to tour the rest of the museum. At 9 P.M. We were intro- duced to the distinguished Alumni and citizens. It was a fun evening, well worth the money. Oh yes, Tom Martin was given a standing ovation for all he and his committees had done and were still doing, On the Lighter Side - Wearing trifocals for the first time on the golf course, Bob hesitated to putt. He took a practice shot. backed away and turned for a another try. Then he stepped aside again, squatted in front of the ball and looked toward the hole. "What's taking you so long? " asked Steve, his part- ner. "I can see three balls at the end of my putter," said Bob, pushing his glasses high up on his nose. "I don't know which of the three to hit." "Hit 'em all at once, Steve suggested, one might go in the hole." Bob took another look through his trifocals and said: "Okay Steve, but you gotta tell me which hole?" Food for Thought - Psalm 96:2 Sing to the Lord, bless His Name; tell of His salvation from day to day. P.S. The 175th celebration was great. - Thanks to Tom Martin and all helpers. Steve Hahn Photo Steve Hahn Photo I knew the hole on which he sat. 'twas padded all around, And once I dared to sit there- 'twas all too wide I found, My loins were all too little and I jack-knifed there to stay, They had to come and get me out or I'd have passed away. Then Father said ambition was a thing that boys should shun, And I just use the children's hole 'till childhood days were done. And still marvel at the craft that cut those holes so true, The baby hole, and the slender hole that fitted Sister Sue. That dear old country land- mark; I've tram ped around a bit, And in the lap of luxury my lot has been to sit- But 'ere I die i'll eat the fruit of trees I robbed of yore Then seek the shanty where my name is carved upon the door, The old familiar smell will soothe my faded soul, I'm now a man. but nonetheless I'll try the children's hole.