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Mt Pulaski - 24 Issues A Year Thursday. Aug. 9, 2012 $15--0 "It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain SMALLTOVVN PAPERS INC 217 WCOTA C-12/31/12 SHELTON WA 98584-2263 City Passes Water Conservation Ordinance City Establishes Seven Cumulative Stages of Restrictions New Water Conservation Ordinance No. 2012-07-24 is in effect By Mike Lakin One thing on people's minds is how the city's water supply is doing. Public Works Director Mike Patridge reported that individual city wells were holding their levels to up a foot in well-water measurements. Mike added city water usage had averaged 180,000 to 190,000 gallons of water a day. City water usage has gone down to 140,000 to 150,000 gal- lons per day. Mike said that reduced water usage was not just from the ban on bulk water sales, but was from residents voluntarily doing their part to help out. The passed ordinance is only summarized here The Mayor of the City of i Mt. Pulaski, in consultation with such officials as he deems appropriate, the Mayor of the City determines that a water service emergency exists in the City of Mt. Pulaski, and that such emergency requires certa'm uses of water not essential to the health, welfare and safety of the citizens of the city be restricted and the mayor issues and publishes and posts a dec- laration of such findings, in a local newspaper of general publication, the provisions of this article shall become immediately effective and applicable to all persons or entities served by the Mt. Pulaski Water System. The Mayor shall cause to be posted at City Hall, the Post Office, the City website, by mass email to those indi- viduals or entities signed up through City Hall on the City's email list, and at any other place deemed appropri- ate, Failure of the City to post Notice as described due to circumstances beyond their control is not a defense for water customers failing to abide by the restrictions. It is not necessary that the Stages of water restriction progress one step at a time. The Mayor may declare any Stage to be in effect at any time that is deemed appropriate and necessary. It shall be unlawful to use water delivered by the Mt. Pulaski Water System in violation of the following Stages of Restriction: Stage 1. The mayor may request that the City water customers vol- untarily reduce water usage in order to prevent the need for mandatory restrictions. Stage 2. All Bulk Water Haul- ing is prohibited. Penalties and Fines: First Offense: $250, Second Offense: $500 plus RESTRICTION OF WATER FLOW until Declaration of Water Emergency has been lifted. Third Offense: ELIMINATION OF WATER SERVICE until Decla- ration of Water Emergency has been lifted. Exception: fighting a fire in progress. Stage 3. The following activities are prohibited: All Bulk Water Hauling, Watering of yards, Watering of Ball Fields, Washing of any vehicle except at commercial car wash facilities, Filling of swimming pools except kid size pools limited to 100 gallons, Watering of gardens except by use of hand operated nozzles, Washing of any pavement, driveway, or building. Stage 4. The foUowing activities are prohibited: All Bulk Water Hauling is prohib- ited, Watering of yards, Watering of Ball Fields, Washing of any vehicle except at commercial car wash facilities, Watering of gardens except by use , of hand operated nozzles, Washing of-any pavement, drive- way, or building, Filling of swimming pools of any size, Water flow to all commercial users outside the City limits shall be restricted. Exceptions: Nursing Home use; Fire fighting use. Stage 5. The following activities are prohibited: All Bulk Water Hauling, Watering of yards, Watering of Ball Fields, Washing of any vehicle except at commercial car wash facilities, Watering of gardens except by use of hand operated nozzles, Washing of any pavement, drive- way, or building, Filling of swimming pools of any size, Water flow to any commercial water user outside the City limits shall be shut off, Exceptions: Nursing Home use; Fire fighting use. Stage 6. The following activities are prohibited: All Bulk Water Hauling is prohib- ited, Watering of yards, Watering of Ball Fields, Washing of any vehicle except at commercial car wash facilities, Watering of gardens except by use of hand operated nozzles, Washing of any pavement, drive- way, or building, Filling of swimming pools of any size, Water flow to any water user outside the City limits shall be shut off, Exceptions: Nursing Home use; Fire fighting use. Stage 7. The following activities are prohibited: All Bulk Water Hauling is prohib- ited, Watering of yards, Watering of Ball Fields, Washing of any vehicle except at commercial car wash facilities, Watering of gardens except by use of hand operated nozzles, Washing of any pavement, clrive- way, or building, Filling of swimming pools of any size, Water flow to any water user out- side the City limits shall be sh"ut off, Water to City users shall be shut off for periods of time as determined by Mayor in consultation with the Water Department. 24 hour Notice require- ments do not apply to this Stage. Fines and Penalties: Any violation of this section shall be penalized in accordance with "Gen- eral Penalty" Section 1-4-1 of City Ordinances, except for Stage 2 viola- tions noted above. WILHAM-BECK REUNION is Sunday August 12 at the Lake Fork Community Center. Lunch starts at 12:30. ENTRY FORMS FOR FALL FES- TIVAL QUILT SHOW, at the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse, are due August 15. The forms are at the library and area businesses. MT. PULASKI COURTHOUSE FOUNDATION BOARD THANKS everyone who played a part in the July 9-13 Courthouse Work Week and Street Celebration. Special thanks go to the people who worked in and around the courthouse building-scraping and sanding walls, washing windows and floors and furniture, washing and sealing all sidewalks, painting front and back steps. Also, many thanks to Helen Schmidt and Sue Schaffenacker of the Mt. Pulaski Township Historical Museum, Bev Cyrulik, Lana Heben- streit and Buff's, two volunteers from the Illinois National Bank, and Tom Martin for providing lunches for the workers. Another enthusiastic thank you goes to all who made the "Pulaski Fest" Street Celebration a success: the two bands that played "Fireside Relics" and "Haircut Actual", Let's Dance DJ Service for sound and stage, Hilltop Catering for donating brats and dogs, Bu'ff's Catering for several entrees served on the street, Post 447 Ameri- can Legion and Sons of the American Legion for beverage service, City of Mt. Pulaski and City Council for their support, the mdrchants of Washington Street, the Hagenbaugh family for pro- viding games, the Aylesworths who made sno-cones, and the Mt. Pulaski Township Historical Museum for join- ing in on the fun. We also thank everyone who par- ticipated in the "Pulaski Fest" in any way. We look forward to working together on the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse in tke future. Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation Board mtpulaskicourthousefoundation@ gmaiLcom