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The City Council Agenda listed a "Catch 22" Intolerant in that the city isn't Lowes or Men- scenario for the "Voting Meeting this week. The agenda involved Mayor Jim Fuhrer looking at putting Mt.-Pulaski residents into a situation making it impossible to avoid a problem because of contradictory rules - talking about stopping monthly brush pickup and then not allowing residents to burn the brush not being picked up. Zeroing in on the brush pickup the Mayor said there's always 3 - 4 people that try to "pile brush on" and "that's not what the city does", the Mayor concluded. When the Mayor told a resi- dent that the brush piled at the curb was exces- sive and should not expect it to be picked up, the resident offered that if it wasn't picked up it would be burned. The Mayor told the Council that if the burning "got out of hand" then the city "would just ban burning". Darrell Knauer commented that if the city ended brush pickup we'd end up with. a lot of brush at the curbs. He preferred enforcing limits on what the. city picks up; adding the city needs the once a month pickupto "keep the commu- nity's appearance up'L- John Utterback said he'd seen "truck loads" of brash at the curbs; looking like they had to haul in brush from out of town to make the piles as large as they were. Public Works Director Mike Patridge said res- idents had to stop putting brush'in cans and bar- rels. So much debris "is crammed into the cans and barrels the city employees have to dig out the brush", slowing up the brush pickup, Mike said residents have to bag e small amounts of brush - sticks and the city needs to reject brush piles - debris judged to be excessive and not to make any exceptions to the rules. Mayor Fuhrer said the city would monitor the brush pickup service; keeping in mind the city- could end the monthly service since there were people in town that residents could hire-to haul off brush. And the ban on burning could come on if "burning gets out of hand". The Nightmare that is the Selling of Rock-Sand A sign will go up at City Hall advising resi- i:lents that ff they want to buy sand or rock from the city - well - they can't. Insurance Inadvertently Expired By Mike Lakin Chief Lynn Freer stopped a Mt. Pulaski resident for driving while suspended. The resident explained he had satisfied the insur- ance ticket he had. He said he inadvertently let his car insurance expire and was stopped while the policy was lapsed. The Secretary of State showed the resident was under a mandatory insurance suspension that had been in effect since June 23. Arrested, he was off to jail where he would have to come up with $1500 or 10% cash bond. ards; just because you want the rock or sand now doesn't mean you'll get it now. It has always been a service by the city to sell sand and rock, but delivery was always on a "when the city has some free time". For some reason, people buying sand and rock are only the ones that throw fits if it isn't deliv- ered "right now". Since residents "won't listen to reason" about delivery, the city is now out of the Sand and rock business. If you need sand or rock, contact someone in the "yellow pages", but don't call the city. That's what happens when you don't socialize well. In Other Business - Cady Lowery is this year's State-Wide Presi- dent of the FCCLA and her honor will be duly noted with signs on 121 announcing this is the home of Cady. The city will contact IDOT to arrange for the signs. School Superintendent Todd Harem attended the meeting thanking the city for the work to install the bus loading - unloading zone at the. "high school. Chief Lynn Freer reported resident of the three condemned rental properties are arrang- ing their moves to new residences. He has been checking with them on a regular basis to see how they are progressing. No update on the Casey's construction on 121. City Treasurer Jim Sutton reported income into city coffers totaled $119,329.28 for July 21- August 13. Contributing to the total was prop- erty taxes ($45,448.54), the state June sales tax share $11,081.81), and TIF funds ($18,000 +). Tree Committee is inventorying trees and apparently shrubs in town. This is the first "tree by tree" inventory of city boulevard trees that's ever been done. Updating the city's website is on the agenda for September. Changes are at hand. Why are some poles being painted orange? Don't know, but there are theories. Will steps be installed at the recycle bins? No... Lack of funds and added liability. August 27 meeting will be a voting meeting. On the agenda - again - is the establishing of a forfeiture fund for the city police. Curb Appeal Issues By Mike Lakin Mt. Pulaski residents were visited b'y Chief Lynn Freer concerning the city's relatively new "Curb Appeal Ordinance". Several issues were discussed including a travel trailer- camper - motorcycle all without registration, weeds, grass, trash, broken lawnmowers, and general disarray. The residents were allowed 72-hours to correct the violations. . U.S. is ranked 23rdin the wo#d in Intemet speed. Zillow estimated the value of the White House at $319 Million, 0 I:1 lID O