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City Council -Salary Increases, New BuSiness & Complaints By Mike Lakin During the July 10 City Council meeting, the Coun- cil approved salary increases for three elected offices. " The salary for the mayor was raised by $1,000. This increases the annual salary for the ottice to $6,000. The salary for the city clerk was raised by $1,000. This increases the annual salary for the office to $6,000. The salary for the city treasurer was raised by $600. This increases the annual salary for the office to $3,000. These salary increases are for the respective offices. The increases will not take place until after the next municipal election. Mick Cyrulik has inspected the retaining wall around the courthouse. He proposed an experiment. He would repair a 10' section of the wall (between the fire bell and the courthouse "back sidewalk") as part of the experiment. The cost to the city would not exceed $750 for the 10' section. After the work is completed, the Council will review the repair and decide on doing the rest of the retaining wall - around the block. The question was raised about re-opening the square for evening gatherings on the north-side. Chief Lynn Freer said he had re-opened the north-side four times. Each time he had to close the square due to the activities. The Council left it to Chief Freer's discretion on the question. The new forced main work - relocating the forced main out of the Canadian National Railway's right-of- way- is "back on the front burner". Actual work will depend on ff the city has to go to court with any of the landowners. City Treasurer Jim Sutton reported City depos- its for June 27- July 10 totaled $69,689.94. That total included the March State Income payment of $13,552.05 and Logan County Property Tax pay- ment of $27,098.33. The Council will vote on City Appropriation Ordi- nance in August. Charles Friend told the Council that he was con- cemed about a new city employee being the son of a city employee. He said he had noticed a very young looking person driving city trucks and found - after his investigation - that it was Kyle Patridge. Kyle is the son of Public Works Director Mike Patridge. Mr. Friend said he saw this as nepotism. He asked when the position for the job had been posted as an open job. Mayor Jim Fuhrer said the city has ongoing applications for city positions. Interviews for city positions are always based on applications and interviews. Mayor Fuhrer said the applicants had been hired in order of the appli- cations being received. The first three hired were subse- quently let go for various rea- sons and Kyle Patridge was hired, as he was -in the order - the fourth applicant. The mayor added that applicants - employees numbers 2 and 3 could not pass the CDL test and were let go. Kyle passed the CDL test and has worked well as an employee. Mr. Friend said this was still nepotism and the hiring was questionable. He was taking the matter to the next level. Mayor Fuhrer said the 4th of July fireworks would be shot off during the Fall,Festi- val this year. He said this was subject to change since this is not a city activity. Councilmember Dar- rell Knauer will be looking at adding an additional entrance - exit at Frazier Park. He said the existing single entrance - exit creates a traffic problem. Next. Council Meeting is 6:30 pm Tuesday July 24 in City Hall. No Feedback Crisp and Clear Are you not understandingi words like you should? We can help Try them today BEAUTIFUL LAKE & D VIEW8 The Reserve atla.keview Li00nfl-ior'thole & Belier OFF I sr MONTH'8 RENTt The Hearing Aid Center HEAR BETFER & CLEARER TODAY! Try These New Open Fit Productsl Amazing larityl Ready to Wear Todayl Come In See for Yourselfl 30 Days Free Trial Periodl Money Back Guaranteel Less Noticeable - Small But Powerful Call Today! 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If your lapse occurred due to failure to pay past registration fees, you would only owe aU of the back fees at this time. THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO RE-ACTI- VATE YOUR CERTIFICATE, BUT YOU MUST ACT QUICKLY, AS THESE OPTIONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR A VERY SHORT TIMEI!! If you would like more information on how to re-acti- vate your lapsed certificate please call the Regional Office of Education in Lincoln at 217-732-8388 or in Havana at 309-543-2192. We will be happy to assist you! Jean Anderson Regional Superintendent of Schools Logan-Mason-Menard Counties 10