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D "It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain SMALLTOWN PAPERS INC 217 W COTA 12/31/17-c SHELTON WA 98584-2263 Sept. 30, 2017 C Mount PuLaski High School Senior-of-the-Month Peyton, son of Greg and Marla Taylor of Chestnut, was selected for this honor based on the criteria of scholarship, leadership, ser- vice, and character. Peyton has been very involved with differ- ent clubs and sports during his time at MPHS. He has been a member of the Basketball team and participated in Track and Field. He is also a member of NHS, WYSE, Science Olympiad, and Spanish Club. Peyton is also a member of the youth group at his church. Peyton has received multiple awards and recognitions throughout the years. He was Spanish student of the year his freshman and junior year, and Anatomy and Physiology student of the year and US History student of the year his junior year. Peyton made it to the state finals in Track and Field the last 3 years, he placed 5th overall his sophomore year. His sophomore year he was awarded most rebounds, highest field goal percentage, and most points in basketball. His junior year he was honored with most rebounds, most points, and made the all conference team for basketball. Peyton has earned straight A's every semester during his time at MPHS. Peyton plans to continue throwing in Track and Field at a Division I or II School. He plans to pursue a degree in Engineering or Kinesiology. He currently is looking at either the United States Naval Academy or SIU in Carbondale for next year, but has not made a definite decision yet. Johnson True Value Hardware sponsors senior-of-the-Month program and Larry Con- away Jr. Monthly award winners receive a $100 award paid to the college they plan to attend. They are also in the running for the $500 Senior-of-the-Year award sponsored by Illinois National Bank. 217-303-6159 City of Mt. PuLaski Council Meeting BAILEY LEETE HE(D5NIZED First Place Flag Design Winner By Mike Lakin Mayor Jim Cole presents City Flag 1 Place designer Bailey Leete with her cash prize at Sept. 12 Meeting. "13mes Photo Note - The Sept. 15 newspaper was printed and mailed Sept. 12 to be out before Sept. 15-16 Fall Festival. Was not possible to include Sept. 12 Council meeting in Sept. 15 issue. Public comment opened with Greg Maus, Christian Church Trustee. Greg presented two church concerns; the hazardous condi- tion of the sidewalk on Washington at the church bell tower and the washout of the alley adjacent to the church property. Mayor Jim Cole said city would look into both problems. He added the city also would look to sidewalk repairs in from of Mt. Pulaski Township Historical Society Museum. Mayor Cole then introduced Greg Maus as the choice for City Building Inspector. Mayor Cole said of all the applicants, he thought Greg was best for the community. Council approved appointment. City Hall Changes The only discussion about City Hail was the hours; temporarily 9Am - 1Pm. Mayor Cole said there could be hours added by adding a second part-time employee. His idea one part-time employee would work &hours a day in the morning; second employee - to be hired - would work &hours per day in the afternoon. This would keep each employee to 20-hours a week. Public Works Director Matt Presswood said the city needed to check into this idea further. He said it just might be that 20-hours a week would qualify a part- time employee for IMRF (Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund) coverage. Further research is expected. Cont'd on Page 2 Mt. PuLaski School Board Meeting HillTopper Wind Farm Approaches District By Mike Lakin The Board and Administration recognized Megan Jones as EdUcator of the Quarter. The article is published in this edition. The Budget Hearing held and Budget approved. Superintendent Todd Harem reported the EVA (Equalized Assessed Valua- tion) looks to be flat to up 1%. PACE proposed playground work, article is published in this edition. Work is being done to "pin down" a draft of plans to present at public meeting; date to be set. Grade School-North Stair Project had bids come in over budget; $32,000 to $128,000. Board will look at options. A used lift was bought for working, espe- dally in gyms, to change lights. Twenty junior high girls expressed a 100% commitment m playing softball. Placed on October Agenda. High School was approached with offer to co-op football at Decatur LSA. Several ques- tions raised, further discussion at future meeting. With ball diamond work done at Veteran Park, board is now considering contract to maintain this diamond and Frazier Park dia- mond. New high school building discussions were held before regular meeting at 4Pm Joint Communications Committee Meeting con- cerning teachers' expectations about class- rooms. Lease agreement with Park District for baseball field has 10-year lease in discussion. Costs would be paid by school district; park district would pay towards expenses when finances allow. Ongoing discussion about Stone Seed Sign in high school gym; company would provide 4'x6' sign and pay district $1,000 for advertis- ing; will discuss further, at October meeting. Board presented with proposal to replace 5-year-old white vans. No action taken. A donation proposal from HillTopper Wind Farm was mentioned, better information at October meeting. Supt. Hamm said there were "no strings" attached to donation. Sales Tax Revenue Report-May $21,058.14 Board Approved: Motion to Terminate Employee 2017-2 Motion to Amend Volunteer Information gOrlTl. Cont'd on Page 7 Next Courthouse Project Potentially Takes Back Wall By Mike Lakin Mt. Pulaski Courthouse Foundation held a press day on the next Courthouse project. Press attending was The Courier, New Herald, and yours truly. Apologies to Jean Ann Miller; when Jean came in, there was a discussion about the architect - the discussion contin- ued - and I asked her if she was the architect. Jean stepped into the Courthouse showed her Courier ID and when she closed the door, of course I could see it was Jean. Tom said the architect was outside and we walked to the back of the building and Tom introduced Dave Leonatti. I asked Mr. Leonatti to spell his name and I commented that his name was familiar for some reason. I passed it off with the comment that it must be from articles in the State Journal Register. To keep this thought in place, I later looked up Dave Leonatti. Dave Leonatti is an archi- tect, freelance writer, and musician. He wrote music and performing arts reviews for the State Journal-Register. I thought, OK combin- ing his profession and his writing that must be why I recognize his name. Then I read Dave started the Nightsounds music pro- gram in the late 1980s on what is now WUIS NPR Illinois. That's why I knew his name. When I worked late I listened to his program. Taking this home the NPR bio says, "Dave played bass, guitar and drums in sev- eral rock and bluegrass bands. He plays bass for the NPR Illinois All-Star Band, "The Pitch Patio Pickers," with Mark Mathewson and Jennifer Ramm, the host of Bluegrass Break- down." I just couldn't move on until I had it clear why I knew his name. Cont'd on Page 4 Published Twice AMonth - 24 Issues A Year