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7 City Finances By Mike Lakin City treasurer Jim Sutton reported that during the last month, the City of Mt. Pulaski received $55,400. Expenses were $44,160. Income included $14,195 in property taxes: The State of Illinois is now five-months behind On pay- ments of funds due the city. The city withdrew $50.000 from the Sewer Fund Loan to pay the cost of the pipe purchased for the new forced line . to be con- structed. This line moves the forced main from along the railroad right-of-way along the west edge of town It will do away with a line thal --' dates back to the late 1800s. The scheduled 2.5% , increase on your sewer bill will be on the July monthly .~ water-sewer bill. A copy of the Mt. Pulaski City Audit can be reviewed at City Hall and the Mt. Pulaski District Library. STEVE HAHN said the story is this cycle was parked and, over time, the tree grew around it. By Mike Lakin CHIEF LYNN FREER took a report of a go-cart gone missing. The victim pro- vided the name of a suspect. Investigation is ongoing. Leave a pile of CDs and CD case on your front seat and you might just be out a van window as well as the CDs, CHIEF LYNN FREER took the criminal damage complaint. CHIEF LYNN FREER arrested a Latham residenl for driving without a license. The Lathamite seemed shocked to discover he had been licenceless for three years. Two hours after being released for violating an Order of Protection, the last thing he wanted was a text message from the person that took out the Order of Protection. The communi- que was entirely lacking in- fun factors for the recipient. He only wanted the police to document that he received the texL OFFICER KYLE VEECH took the report. CHIEF LYNN FREER took a vandalism report. A por- celain bathroom fixture was destroyed at Veterans Park during a ball game. CHIEF LYNN FREER took a minor damage report. The truck in motion in the center of the street backed into the one that wasn't. CHIEF LYNN FREER checked the status of a motorist and found he was driving suspended. Occupa- tion - semi-driver: he was stopped in the parking lot at his job. Suspended for a m-~n8atory insurance viola- tion, an arrest followed. STEVE HAHN had a "Sentimental Journey" at Abra- ham Lincoln Capital Airport. He toured the WWII B-17G bomber "Sentimental Jour- ney" when it stopped on its tour. The bomber was built by Douglass Aircraft in 1944 and saw service in the Pacific. After the war, it was an air-sea rescue craft until stored in 1959. Later it served as a borate bomber fighting forest fires. It was donated to the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force in 1978. Yes. the nose art is that WWII pinup... Betty Grable in her classic pose. Now restored, it is a touring museum. The bomber has also been in movies - All the Fine Young Men, 1941. Wings, and has appeared on the History Channel. Interesting note.., it now costs $3,000 per hour to operate. It cruises at 160-MPH and has a top speed of 302-MPH. Fuel consumption is 200 gallons per hour. Oil capacity is 37 gallons per engine. Its full fuel range ~is 3,750 miles. City Approves Agency Listing By Mike Lakin An alphabet agency linked to Homeland Secu- rity looks to have several benefits for the Mt. Pulaski Police Department. Benefits include grants and training for local law enforcement officers and local police departments. The City Coun- cil approved a resolution for the city's participation on the motion of Aldermen Pete Howe and John Poffenbarger. City Legals By Mike Lakin The owner of the property at 221 N. Vine has pleaded guilty in court to city ordi- nance violations. Four rental properties in Mt. Pulaski, have had the files turned over to Attorney Blinn Bates for legal action. City Attorney Tom Van Hook could not handle the cases since he had represented the property owner before. The conclusion of the Red Door legal action is several months away. A dog bite incident that went to court was concluded with the owner of the dog pleading guilty. The City Council will review a proposed Vacant Property Code. It will pro- vide for notice of the city concerning vacant - aban- doned property. Owners would be required to submit a plan for the property. Express By Mike Lakin The Mt. Pulaski City Council was presented with a signed petition at the July Council meeting. The petition opposed having the Christian Church Parsonage sold for a daycare center. The hom- eowner, speaking for the neighbors, stated there was not a neighbor that did not agree with thepeti- tion. The neighbors do not oppose the business - but they do not want it in their neighborhood. Concerns were over traffic, the number of children,the number employees that would be involved in the business, and the affect on property values. Ma.~or Jim Fuhrer stated that the city understood this was a business idea. Until the business approaches the city for a zoning change, the city could not do anything. Mayor Fuhrer explained that the business owners would first have to have a hearing before the Mt. Pulaski Zoning Board. All the neighbors, or represen- tatives of neighbors, could attend the meeting and state their opposition, The Zoning Board would then vote on the request. That vote is not the final decision on the matter. The Zoning Board vote would be given to the City Council for a final dis- cussion and vote. Sometimes the Council agrees with the Zoning Board. Sometimes it disagrees-with the Zoning Board. Mayor Fuhrer assured those in attendance that the city would hear all sides of the matter - if it were brought before the City Council. Cont'd From Page 1 Alderman Randy Reeter asked how AMEREN Corporation could sell electricity cheaper through a subsidiary than through city with lower utility bills, potentially 1 the corporation itself. He added to that thousands of dollars in lower utility bills; concern the question of how AMEREN without there being some catch. After all, Corporation could take $6,480 "out of its AMEREN is a large corporation pocket" without a plan to make up for that Aldermen Darrell-Knauer and Pete Howe loss.AldermenJohnPoffenbargerandJohn made the motion to enter into a one-year Utterback had the same type of questions, contract with the AMEREN subsidiary. On John Utterback said AMEREN is not in the the vote, Aldermen Knauer, Howe, and business to loose money His personal opin- Aylesworth voted yes. Aldermen Utterback, ion was that - if AMEREN lost money on Poffenbarger, and Reeter voted no. With the these contracts, it would just turn around tie vote, Mayor Fuhrer cast the tie-breaking and hike the utility bills on residential vote - voting yes. The city approved the con- customers. Residential customers do not tract. ! have the ability to contract for lower utility ! bills. 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