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"It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain SMALLTOWN PAPERS INC 217 W COTA 12/31115-C i"X SH ELTON WA 98584-2263 Thanks Everyone Mount Pulaski Community Pride thanks everyone for coming out to the 2015 Fail Festival! We will be publishing an offidal thank you soon but we would like to get feedback on the festival. If you have com- ments, suggestions or are interested ir~ volunteering please email us at, 'That's Tony Solomon under the fedora and sporting a machine gun while posed with his and Deb's 1937 Dodge Brothers 4-Door Touring Sedan. Tony says the Dodge is an everyday driver and has b~eii m~rit~ned in near original condition. Yes. I know you're quandary.., does Sheriff Solomon kick- start those memory cells? There you go. Times Photo Fred and Pat Lipp's 1915 Model T Ford celebrated its 100th birthday; bought in Mount Pulaski and in the sarhe family for five generations. The T is a daily driver; in good weather you'll catch that distinct sound that catches people commenting, "There goes Fred's Model T. Times Photo Mount Pulaski High School Senior-of-the-Month Brian Batchelder Brian is the son of Steve and Lori Batchelder of Mt. Pulaski. He was selected for this honor based on the criteria of scholar- ship, leadership, service, and character. Brian is very involved in activities at MPHS. He has been a member of the Soccer team for 4 years. He has also par- ticipated in Scholastic Bowl, Band, Spanish Club, and Spirit Squad for 4 years. He has been a member of the WYSE team for 3 years and a member of the National Honor Society for 2 years. Outside of school Brian has played for the Lincoln FC Soccer team for 4 years. He is also a member of the Illiopolis United Methodist Church Board of Trustees and volunteers his time there regularly. He also attends youth group at the First Christian Church in Clinton. Brian plans on attending college to become a pharmacist. Monthly award winners receive a $50 award paid to the col- lege they plan to attend. Senior of the Month Sponsored by Johnson's Food Center Johnson True Value Hardware By Mike Lakin When the motion came to close the Mount Pulaski City Council September voting meeting, there's only one way to put it - the City Council had a fine night. The first fine assessed was concerning the building that was constructed that did not meet the setback requirement. Ini- tiaily, the discussion was to find the property owner $450 and on payment of that money a variance would be issued for the structure. But - after hearing from the property owner- it was decided that more details were needed. Aid. John Utterback and Ald. Andrew Neaville met with the property owner and City building inspector. As a result of that meeting the alder- men suggested the fine be reduced to $150 and on payment, a variance would be issued, Council agreed. The second fine involves a fence on a property located on Vine Street. After a discussion with Ald. John Utterback, the property owner agreed to move the fence offofhis neighbor's property within 60 days. As of the night of the meeting, there had not been any visible action taken to move the fence. The deadline agreed to move the fence is September 29. if the deadline passes for moving the fence, and no action has been completed, the Council decided to fine the property owner $150 per day until the fence is moved. The fine starts Sep- tember 30. Public Works Dir. Matt Presswood told the Council a city water customer had been doing some plumbing and removed the city water meter. Once this customer was told that what he removed was the city water meter he bought and replaced it with a new one. The city ordinance states that water cus- tomers cannot do anything to a city water meter. The Council decided that as a deterrent the water customer would be fined $100 for "tampering" with the water meter. And thus, the City Council had a fine night. Chicken Ordinance Changed The city has had an ordinance barring the raising of chick- ens in Mount Pulaski for so many years, that people forgot about. Now with an interest in raising chickens, the Coun- cil had to decide what to do about it. According to the ordi- nance, anyone raising chickens in town had to get rid of them; but times changed. So the Council decided they would allow chickens to be raised in Mount Pulaski. The chicken ordinance provides that you can have up to five chickens on your property. Your flee-range chickens cannot range through the neighborhood and must be confined within the yard. You absolutely cannot have a rooster. Whether you spell it rooster or roaster, you cannot have one. Also, the raising of chickens - only five - is subject to the city nuisance ordinance which means if your neighbors complain and that complaint _ fails under the nuisance ordinance you will have a problem. Initially, it looks like this idea of a nuisance would be odor, noise, and not keeping the foul within the yard. Cont'd on Back Page q17 . Published Twice A Month - 24 Issues A Year September 19, 2015