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The man who thinks he deserves everything that he has is dangerously close to thinking he deserves more. from the d~f Joe Kin9 Is 5o utions Heating & Cooling- Electrical- Lighting Commercial & Residential Mt. Pulaski Schedule Your Home - Farm - Business Improvements... With... Ray New Construction - Additions - Remodels [ Repairs Kitchen & Bath I Basements Decks & Porches [ Renovations Siding & Roofing [ Room Additions Windows & Doors General Contracting Experience Quality-Professional Service Home Town Commitment Competitive Prices Fully Insured - Bonded Licensed License # 104 - 008527 @ Cont'd From Front Page Water Tower Project The city's consulting engineer Greg Gustafson updated the Council on the project so far. A new antenna mount has been installed on the top of the tower to replace the antennas that had been on the tower before work started. As everybody knows, the work on the tower continues. It was suspended between Labor Day and September 14 for the Fall Festival. Greg said the next work being done will involve some noise and dust, but same should be kept at an acceptable level. Ald. Matt Bobell had a question concerning a bill from Greg's engineering firm. Matt noted that the city has been paying monthly billings continuously since the project started. But he was wondering why a recent bill was for a three-month period, Greg said he could not answer that question but he would check with the firm's billing department concerning this three-month period statement. Electricity Service MoUnt Pulaski residents were returned to Ameren months ago for residential electric service. Jerod McMorris of Good Energy presented a proposal to the Council. Me.Morris said his company can help lower the electric rates for Mount Pulaski residents by combining Mount Pulaski with several other communities to go out and receive bids for electricity. According to McMorris his company has 160 communities in central Illinois buying electric energy from a variety of suppli- ers to be deiivered through Ameren. McMorris said the next bidding for electric rates is May 2016, but if the city signs an agreement now with Good Energy, Mount Pulaski residence can have a lower electricity rate immediately. In reference to small businesses, there is a participation possibility if an indi- vidual business uses 15,000 kW of electricity or less per year. Before acting .on a contract with Good Energy the Coun- cil will hear from another electricity broker by the name of Stone River Group. McMorris said that he was not aware of this group and gave the Council a few ideas of what needs to be asked when this group makes a presentation. Mayor Jim Fuhrer said the Council could make a decision as early as October on this matter. Water Leak Study Bliss Leak Detection completed its study of water usage in Mount Pulaski after reviewing a 13-month history. The study ... and I'm one of them. My customers know who to turn to for help with their insurance and financial needs. Don't stress over figuring it out on your own, I exist to assist. CALL ME TODAY, StateFarm i408566.! State Farm, Home Offce, Bloomington, IL included the monthly production of water by the city and the average daily use by water customers. The city has a cost of production of water of $3.88 per 1000 gallons. It has an average usage of 103,000 gallons per day. Bliss said the city lost 9.3 million gallons of water over 13 months. That aver- ages outto 718,000 gallons of lost water per month. The lost water percentage is 18.5%. The acceptable range of lost water through leaks in a municipal system is 10%. Bliss said that this is not a major problem for the city but it is one that needs some attention. This company charges $750 for each leak that is found. The repairs of leaks found, are done by the city. The Bliss proposal has been sent to the water and sewer committee for further analysis-discussion. Matt Presswood commented after the Bliss presentation that he thought in 18% loss through water leaks was pretty good considering the age of the water system in town. In Other Business City Treas. Jim Sutton reported income to the city between August 26 and September 8 totaled $29,322.91. Jim said this amount of money was almost completely from city water bills. Jim also noted that the city has not been receiving any gam- bling tax from video machines and Mount Pulaski since May. No local government in Illinois has been receiving these pay- ments due to the budget deadlock in Springfield. Chief Lynn Freer introduced the city's new full-time police officer, Doug McCarmey. Freer and McCartney started work- ing together in Mount Pulaski in 1997~ Public Works Dir. Matt Presswood said that water line breaks have been happening - there were two on Lafayette. He said it was just his opinion but he believe the water tower project is causing water pressure fluctuation in the lines resulting in these breaks. Aid. Utterback commended the city workers for all "the digging" they have been doing in refer- ence to the water lines. Matt said the city is getting ready for leaf collection this fall. The annual audit of the city will be done this month. The council approved an IMRF (Illinois Municipal Retire- ment Fund) resolution allowing for city health coverage to be part of a retirement determination. One of the things the city does is back up all of its computer files at an off-site location. In addition to backing up computer files the city also uses the same company for maintenance service. Due to some computer problems after this company does maintenance work; the city is looking to change the backup service. There was some back and forth towards the end of the meeting when Andrew Neaville attempted a vote on the issu- ance of the event liquor license to the Jaycees for that week- end Fall Festival. Neaville was.calling for a vote in accordance with the revised city ordinance that split issuance of event liquor licenses into two steps. First step is approval - or not - by the Council of the event license request. Second step is to pass the approval along to the Mayor- if the Council approves the request. Mayor Fuhrer told the Council he had already issued the license to the Jaycees and the Council couldn't vote because the matter was not on the meeting agenda. With nothing further to be done, the Council could only agree with the mayor's action. Next meeting - 6:30 pm Tuesday Sept. 22 in City Hall. Mt. Pulaski Times USPS No. 365-660 is published semi-monthly (twenty-four times-issues) per year by Michael Lakin, 311 S. Washington St., ML Pulaski, Illinois 62548. 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