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7 D P K~ O O1 Mount Pulaski Post Office Holiday Shipping Deadlines There may not be snow on the ground, but now is the time to start thinking about holiday mailing and shipping dead- lines for domestic, intemational, and military services as cus- tomers begin to prepare for the busy shopping and shipping season. Customers are encouraged to ship early, whenever possible. "Making sure everyone receives their cards, letters, presents and care packages in time for the holidays is our pri- ority," said Mt Pulaski Clerk Colin West. "We want to help our customers be ready in time for the holidays." To ensure timely delivery of cards, letters and packages within the United States by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recom- mends that customers ship their items by the following dates: Mail-by Dates (Domestic Services) Dec. 15 - Standard Post: Ground service for less-than- urgent deliveries and oversized packages. Dec. 19 - First Class Mail: Service for standard-sized, sin- gle-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less. Dec. 21 - Priority Mail: Domestic service in 1, 2, or 3 busi- ness days based on where your package starts and where it's being sent, variety of Flat Rate options. Dec. 23 - Priority Mail Express: Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to ost locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply. Please note, Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for ship- ments mailed Dec. 22 through Dec. 25. Complete details on Mailing and Shipping services can be found on When mailing and shipping intemationally, customers must also follow necessary customs guidelines. Please visit the Inter- national Shipping page on for more information. The Postal Service is committed to ensuring those serving in the nation's armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holi- days. Complete military mailing deadlines to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office and Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide, as well as tips and guidelines can be found on As an added convenience, the Postal Service offers a wide variety of shipping supplies in multiple sizes at local Post Offices and online at Some supplies, such as Prior- ity Mail products, can also be delivered to the sender free of charge. Shipping supplies available online and at local Post Offices include: Priority Mail boxes: complimentary with Priority Mail ship- ping service. Priority Mail non-padded envelopes: complimentary with Priority Mail shipping service. ReadyPost boxes: beginning at $4.29. ReadyPost bubble mailers: beginning at $1.79. ReadyPost clear packing tape: $3.29. Customers may also ship using their own materials. As a reminder, all packages weighing more than 13 ounces and bearing only stamps as postage cannot be deposited in col- lection boxes or given to letter carriers. These packages must be presented to a Postal Service employee at a retail window counter. Pizza Man Family Restaurant 120 E. Cooke, Mt. Pulaski 70' X 40' Building With Full Basement Adjoining Vacant Lot Business Established 1981 Turn-Key Operation 217-725-7953 Cont'd From Front Page Mr. Smith said that there has been Illinois Commerce Com- mission rate adjustments for Ameren Illinois that makes it more difficult for residential consumers. Smith said power companies used to have a single flat electric rate applied to a residential electric bill. The single flat electric rate was mul- tiplied by the number of kWh used and that was the electric bill. Now, Smith said, Ameren has a tiered rate. There is a rate for the first 800 kWh used for a residence. That rate is then adjusted for any usage over 800 kWh. The net effect of this results in a penalty for a residence not using (buying) enough electricity from Ameren. Mr. Smith said that he is working on putting together a community consortium for Logan County and Sangamon County communities that may be large enough to negotiate electric rates with a supplier independent of Ameren Illinois. The Council will review this proposal. A vote on the proposal could be made at the November meeting. Engineering Proposal Gary Davis of Famsworth architect/engineering firm pre- sented a proposal to the city. The firm currently represents Lincoln and Atlanta for municipal engineering purposes. Mr. Davis said over all 105 communities are represented by his firm. No action or discussion resulted from the presentation. Public Comments Mayor Jim Fuhrer recognized JimBoy Coogan under com- ments. Mr. Coogan said that he wanted to do some ditch clean out in the area of his property located on Vine and Garden. He said he wanted to clean out 8 to 9 inches of material to avoid the flooding of his property. Mayor Fuhrer said that Mr. Coogan could discuss the matter with councilmember John Utterback and Public Works Director Matt Presswood. A day or two after the meeting Mr. Coogan received permission to do the work. In other Business... City Treas. Jim Sutton reported income to the city between October 14 and October 26 of $49,217.45. That amount included city real estate taxes of $16,378.06. City Consulting Engineer Greg Gustafson reported that work on the city water tower was completed in the tower go back online after water samples were approved. The water tower did go back online Friday, October 30. The final cost for the water Tower project was $336,585. Mr. Gustafson said the next major project - the force main - from Spring St., west of the Canadian National Railway to Elkhart Road will have some revised easements. The police committee clarified the removal of trees and shrubs at various intersections. The committee must first declare the tree or shrub a nuisance. But only the police com- mittee can declare the nuisance. The next City Council" meeting is 6:30 PM Tuesday, November 10 in City Hall. FLORALS By Kathy...available at Salt Creek Attic Plumbing- Heating- Cooling Backhoe Service- Septic Systems IL LIC 058-147596 Do You Know Who You Can Trust? It's a hard choice in today's financial Marketplace. With so many banks and other financial companies trying to get your business, it's hard to know who really has your best interest at heart. What's the solution? Placing your trust in A Real Community Bank solves that problem. Because only banks qualified to display this banking seal of approval are dedicated to hometown values and hometown commitment. As A Real Community Bank, we're committed to the community where we live and work. Committed to making all our decisions locally and remaining focused on the needs d our customers and community. Come visit and tell us how we can serve you. THE FARMERS B A N K o,' L 130 S. Washington St. Mt Pulaski