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:.J, JLl]n.J.ull,,. &apos;III'JLLIi!:U 4 .IJ.m.!Jll It LIB'JICI 't !I I*liLl'll!f]lllFJ !1! |llllll lll:lII I1'll rlOI]!lll'!!'"llll'lll] l'l)]3Lj ' !I]IILI 1 ]UJ l[!t !11!i11' 5 O 0 C,I .4--) < I -Ill (.. i,-, ..,..; City Council Hears From Resident By Mike Lakin about three-five city ordinance violations At the July Committee Meeting, the Council heard from resident Charles Friend. Mr. Friend first asked ff the city could do something to honor service members. He suggested something along th lines of yellow ribbons for military service personnel. Alderman John Poffenbarger noted the City of Sullivan had something like this along 12 t. After discussing the matter, everyone concluded that Mr. Friend should contact the VFW or Legion about the project. The next suggestion from Mr. Friend was for intersections. He said the city had several open intersections in town that had neither yield signs nor stop signs. He suggested that all intersections have traffic control signs on each corner. If a corner lacked a control sign, he thought a yield sign should be erected. He said his suggestion came from tle fact that at open ir/tersecLions, motorist often did not know who should enter the intersection first - should it be the motor- ist on the right or left? Officer Kyle Veech was in attendance and said that right-of- way means motorist on the right. Mayor Jim Fuhrer said what Mr. Friend was suggesting was a real cost factor to the city. The Mayor added that traffic control signs at intersections were determined by accident rates at all inter- sections. Mr. Friend commented that his intersection was of concern for him. Mayor Fuhrer replied that traffic control at every intersection was needed and most residents would be very opposed to having to stop at each and every intersec- tion Mr. Friend also had an issue with Chief Lynn Freer. This arose from contact from Chief Freer concerning Mr. Friend's 9- year-old daughter operating a 4-wheeler in the alley. Mayor Fuhrer said that this contact by Chief Freer arose from his personal request. He said he had received a call from someone in Mr. Friend's neighbor- hood about a dog: After discussing this with the caller, Mr. Fuhrer asked how other things were in the neighborhood. The caller then related how a neighbor was really upset after almost hitting Mr. Friend's daughter when she was riding her 4-wheeler. Mr. Friend asked who the person was. Mayor Fuhrer replied, "I am more concerned over a resident almost injuring your daughter." Mr. Friend suggested that his daugh- ter riding a 4-wheeler was the same as people riding mowers on city streets. He added the city should enforce the laws "across the board', suggesting riding mowers also be banned from city streets. The next issue arose from Chief Freer's contact at Mr. Friend's resident. Chief Freer, because of his call, noticed a dis- abled vehicle. The following day - after a "heated discussion" with Mr. Friend downtown, a citation was issued on the disabled vehicle. Mr. Friend said this was retaliatory for the prior days verbal dis- agreement. Mr. Friend then said he trav- eled around town for 3-days and had a list of 22-vehicles that appeared to be dis- abled. Officer Kyle Veech said he issues a week and daily patrols the city. Officer Veech said he knew there were not 22- vehicles in violation of city ordinances. Chief Freer said that the downtown dis- cussion with Mr. Friend did get 'heated. He said he did tell Mr. Friend that he had only lived here a year- and he (Mr. Friend) was going to tell him how to do his job? Chief Freer he would not be told not to do something and the violation was served. At the meeting Mr. Friend did reqiaest a 30-day extension to repair his vehicle. Chief Freer granted the extension. Mayor Fuhrer ended the discussion commenting that his concern was with Mr. Friend's daughter's safety. And, he (Mr. Friend) was at the meeting to argue about it. In Other City Business - The city junk drop-off will be at the Mr. Pulaski Township lot on Sept. 18 & 19. Dumpsters will be available for those two days to drop off junk. The drop-off will be supervised. Chief Lynn Freer has been serving vehicle notices, and grass and weed notices. Specifically, a resident on N. Vine was given a 10-day notice for tall weeds. The brown water some residents are experiencing fias raised the question of how to handle it. One sblution would involve constructing a filtration plant. Public Works Director Mike Patridge said this would involvc building a filtration plant costing $750,000 TO $1,250,000. This would substantially increase every- one's monthly water bill and would not solve the problem 100%. The most reasonable solution is a private filtration system for those hom- eowners affected This would cost the homeowner $20 to $350 plus costs for filters. Homeowners with brown water problems could purchase and install fil- ters as needed. Mayor Fuhrer suggested the Council consider an old tii-e pickup in town. The tires could be picked up and delivered to a recycling plant for $1.50 per tire. The matter will discussed further. Mike Patridge reported a parking space on the South Side of the Square at the Courthouse sank. It's been repaired. There was no obvious reason apparent for the sinking. Wildlife complaints are on the rise in town. One reason given was that coyotes are driving smaller animals - especially skunks and raccoons into town. Alder- man John Utterback said skunks are especially of concern. "They carry seven diseases that are possible harmful to humans. As for trapping, the cost would be high for the city. Trapper charges about $30 per animal trapped. John added that trapping and removing a rac- coon is useless. Raccoons are territorial. Once one is removed, another will move into the vacant territory. John said the best solfftion is to keep food supplies secured. He said to keep garbage can lids secured, don't leave pet food out over- night, and keep yards cleaned up of any fruits. Next Council meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 6:30Pm in City Hall. TTtI00I !IIIII"NIIIr00Fll F!1"II7 rTIllllr-rtl00llltllFii :'lllimlirl00N 17Hr; i-r, ...... LLCC part-time President,s & Vice President's lists Lincoln Land Community College announced its part-time President's and Vice President's lists for the spring 2010 semester. To be eligible for the part-time Vice President's and President's lists stu- dents must be enrolled in six to 11 credit hours. Students named to the President's List (noted with an *) earned a GPA of 4.0. Those on the Vice Presiddnt's List earned a GPA of 3.50-3.99. The students so honored are... Beason - KRISTINE A. APEL* MAXWELL D. BUSE* Broadwell - ALISHA A. KAESEBIER* Elkhart -_ REBEKAH A. MASSEY* JONATHON M. THATCHER of This 'n' That By Mike Ikin Illinois Department of Transportation announced a record 92.6 percent statewide safety belt compliance rate for first half of 2010. I think I know at least nine of the drivers that fall into that 7.4%. Heard this one July 21 - You can't have a battle of wits with an unarmed man. 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. 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