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Coumd Approves S115,OOO II & Cldpping Street Project By Mike Lakin Greg Cook of Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC will be the project manager for the August Oil & Chipping project. The city will be using Motor Fuel Tax funds to oil & chip every street in Mt. Pulaski in August. The only streets that will not be oil & chipped are the city's concrete streets and Vine Street. Buckles drive will be primed and seal coated. While reviewing the project, Coun- cil member John Utterback asked why Bates Road was not included in the project. Public Works Director Mike Patridge said there is a question whether Bates Road is actually a city street. Mike explained that the street is actually the Widenbacker Ease- ment. The city has never addressed the issue of converting the easement to a street. Mike added that if pos- sible, Bates Road would be added to the project. As for financing, Mike Patridge told the council the project will use all existing Motor Fuel Tax Funds and the city will borrow against anticipated funds from one-year in the future. The schedule has the opening of bids on August 9 and work expected to start August 11. Completion would be no later than September 2. Elkhart Rd Lift Station Delay Mike Patridge advised the council that the lift station would not be com- pleted by early September. The pump for the station has been completed and certified. Unfortu- nately, the manufacturer certified to a GM natural gas powered pump instead of an LP powered pump. Due to EPA regulations, the pump carbu- retor cannot be "rejetted" to LE First offer from the manufacturer was to send the city a Zenith LP pump. Mike said he didn't want the city to serve as the "guinea pig" since the pump was not as proven in the field as the GM pump. Second idea was that the manufac- turer would pay AMEREN to run a natural gas line to the new pump sta- tion. But, that idea would have cost the manufacturer $13,000. And, thus, the new gas line was rejected. The manufacturer will not work up the correct LP powered pump and dehvery is expected mid-September. Council Reviews Employee Manual A major change in hiring and dis- missal was proposed to the council. The proposal would give department heads- Mike Patridge and Lynn Freer complete and sole authority to hire and dismiss employees. August 6, 2011 The procedure would require the department heads to notify the mayor immediately of action taken and provide the entire council a written report within two business days. Ter- minations would be at the discretion of department heads. The council will review the pro- posal and a vote could be taken at the August 9 council meeting. State Catching Up On Payments City Treasurer Jim Sutton reported the city had received $40,536.06 into the treasury between July 13 and July 26. The State of Illinois paid the Feb- ruary income tax share to the city of $7,199.80 and the March income tax share of $12,385.74. Tree Trimming- Removal Perry Brothers of Aubum will be in town to trim and remove trees. Mayor Jim Fuhrer drove the town with a representative of Perry Brothers to see what work needed done. The hst reviewed was based on requests from property owners filed with City Hall. The review determined that some trees requested for removal were trees that did not need to be removed. Mayor Fuhrer will send letters to property owners that had requested such removals to advise them the trees will not be cut down. Mayor Fuhrer said he appreciated the expertise of the Perry Brothers and he views them as neutral parties that can make a call on whether to cut down a tree. The contract for the tree trimming - removal is $8,000. The project will catch the city up on two-years of requests. Shared Water Meters Causes Issues Mayor Fuhrer told the council that some residences in Mt. Pulaski share a common water line. This arrange- ment has caused problems. If one of the residences on the water line fails to pay a water bill, the other residence on the water line becomes subject to water shut off - even though they are current on their water bill. The solution is for all water cus- tomers to have a separate water line. The problem is the city cannot install new water lines on private property. The expense - estimated at $1,200 to $1,500 - would fall on the water customer. What Mayor Fuhrer is looking into is how to penalize the non-paying water customer without affecting water service to customers that comply with prompt payment of their water bills. What we have learned in 2,066 years... 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