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Discussions with former Mayor Bill Glaze resulted in adding section C to permanently limit the gatherings in response to numerous complaints from residents that the youths would constantly gather in the streets, not move when asked, or curse the passers -by, At the time, there were inci- dents of criminal damage to property, underage drinking, etc. The amended ordi- nance gave us the ability to "close" the square on demand in order to better control the gatherings and has helped tremendously in controlling the litter, loud exhaust, and other issues. The ordinance is applicable citywide, not just on the square. How- ever, the idea in 2004 was to continue to allow the young adults to gather on the north side of the square and only on the courthouse sidewalk. This prevented anyone gather- ing in front of businesses while still allowing the kids to gather. This arrangement has worked fairly well for the past few years. Over the past few months the Police Department has received numerous complaints from business owners, residents from around the square, and citizens regarding loud gatherings, loud exhaust, lack of courtesy to pass- ers-by displayed by the youth, and even a couple of fights have taken place. And so, the square had been "closed" for a few weeks. I realize that for many years kids have gathered on the square to socialize. It can be a place where friends "hang out" for a while and then go on their way without littering, damaging property, fight- ing, and so on. On one occasion this summer, I personally picked up approximately 50 pieces of trash from the north side of the square, includ- ing papers, empty soda cups, cans, and pizza boxes. It is the Police Departments responsibil- ity to keep the peace. We have walked a fine line between letting kids be kids and issuing citations for every little thing. It is my belief that the Mount Pulaski City Square is something to be proud of. It is also my duty that every citizen enjoys peaceful life in this town. I realize that not all the kids that gather are to blame for bad behavior. As a matter of fact since the square has reopened to the kids approximately four weeks ago I have wimessed many kids using the trashcans pro- vided on the square. It is a privilege for the kids to gather on the square, it is not a right. I ask that parents, who have kids that gather on the square, either regu- larly or periodically, talk with them about conse- quences. If bad behavior is occurring and you are not involved then I sug- gest leaving the square. Eliminate the possibility of getting caught up in someone else's bad deci- sion. I believe that as long as the privilege is respected then the kids can gather and enjoy themselves. Lynn E. Freer - Chief of Police !:::: ii.:.:: In the fall of 1941, Bill Myrick was looking over a pedigreed white leghorn for the Chestnut Hatchery. Plumbing- Heating - Cooling Backhoe Service- Septic Systems lit LIC 058-147596 Mt. Pulaski Times Still known as "Ma Brown's Corner", the new roof is steel. Since the hailstorm, steel roofing is becom- ing a subject of conversation; especially because of the 50-year limited warranty. Steve Hahn Photos Did You Know - A survey of bank risk manag- ers says that home prices may not recover until 2020, and mortgage defaults could go on for years. EditOl'S Notebook By Mike Lakin Dave Wilham had a huge crop of winter pears this year. The pear trees that Dave and his late sister - Teresa - planted did extremely well this year. Quite an accomplishment considering the dry summer we had. $15,264-a- year city job is a $157,752-a-year retirement pen- sion. Done legally under Illinois' pension law. A Chicago city employee, before retirement, was rehired to a city job for a single day and was eligible to draw a $157,752- a-year retirement pension. A nice loophole under Illinois law if you can use it. Legis- lature is "looking into it". Probably to see how they can benefit. Former lllinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's Chicago home is on the market for $1.07 Million. The house was going for more than $2 Million, but that was when the price included a Senate Seat. From the "suf- rice it to say department" the two gentle- men from the American Legion Department of Illinois were over-heard to say that the Legion meeting here was the most interest- ing one they had attended in some time. Did You Know - Leonard Nimoy says he has attended his last "Star Trek" con- vention at age 80. Kodak stock dropped more than 50% on bankruptcy fears. Oct. 15, 2011