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3 -Mt. Pulaski Times November 16, 2010 Alumni Gels Met Tuesday, October 26, 20 Lake Fork Decatur: Jenny Mason Sams and Cam Grade School alumni gels met at the Moore Curry. Christian Church. Everyone brought a Cornland: Kay Shanle Hickey. sack lunch and drinks and desserts were Lincoln: Donna Oglesby Petro and provided. Arlene Shanle Hamilton. Williamsville: A fun afternoon of visiting was Jane OglesbyKirby. enjoyed.. Several brought old yearbooks and looking through them brought back a lot of memories and reminiscing. We hope to have another get together and hopefully we can contact more and have more attend. Those present were: Springfield: Joyce Wiebking McCub- bin. Forsyth: Verna Manley Norrington and Linda Cardoni Van Hook. Elkhart: Meredith (Dot) Peterson Bohn and Anita Bohn Davis. Mr. Auburn: Chartha French swingle. Mr. Pulaski: Pat Shanle Depoister, Cheryl Sutton McCue, Mary Frances (Pete) Coats Sutton, Mary Bryson Riedle, Janet Manley Deibert, and Waneta Febus Stephans. Chestnut: Brenda Bohn Woolums,~and Carol Moore Lowe. Safety Issue By Mike Lakin The second incident involved children on either side of the street shoving skate- A Mr. Pulaski resident reported two skateboarding incidents that concerned boards to each other across the street. her. When a car approached, they rushed into the street to grab the endangered The first was while driving along Spring Street. She came up on a child skateboard. skateboarding down the center of the This resident was obviously still "shooV street. The child was laying flat on the up" over these encounters. skateboard. This puts the Child at the Apparently the parents of these chil- dren must have "'spares" as there's no same level as a squirrel We have all seen those flattened squirrels, other explanation. Our Weather 2010 The official National Weather Service accumulation for January was 6.5". rainfalI for the Mr. Pulaski Observation Rainfall (melted snow) for February Location for October was a total of was 2.11". Total snow accumulation for 1.51 ". Februarv was 7". Rainfall for March was Bv Day 10-2 rain. 12", 10-3 rain .04", 2.4". Rainfall for April was 2.93". Rain- 10-14 rain .28", 10-24 rain .15", 10-25 fall for May was 3.35". Rainfall for June, rain .66", and 10-26 rain .26". was a whopping 11.10". Rainfall for July So far this year- Rainfall (melted was 4.04". Rainfall for August was 2.19". snow) for January was 1.46". Total snow Rainfall for September was 5.17". He who squanders today talking about yesterday's triumphs, has nothing to boast of tomorrow. .City Council.Approves New Rental Housing Notification and Inspection Program By Mike Lakin Mr. Pulaski's City Council unanimously approved a new Rental Housing Notification and Inspection Program This program replaces the city's original city ordinance governing rental property inspections. The full text of the new ordinance can be obtained at City Hall. Highlights of the new ordinance includes... Inspections Required No person shall use any property as a rental dwell- ing within the city unless the building inspector has inspected the property. There is a rebuttable presump- tion that residential real estate that is not occupied by an owner is a rental dwelling. The building inspector authorized and obligated to conduct inspections of any and all rental dwellings within the city to determine compliance with the stan- dards and regulations set forth in this code. All rental dwellings shall be inspected by the building inspector upon becoming a rental dwelling and once every five (5) years thereafter. A rental dwelling shall be inspected between three (3) and five (.5) years from the last inspection if the rental unit has a new tenant since the last inspection. Inspections may occur more frequently, provided there is: Reasonable suspicion to believe that there exists con- ditions which present a threat to the health, safety, wel- fare or general comfort of the resident(s) of such rental dwelling; or A complaint lodged by the resident(s) of the rental dwelling to be inspected; or A request made by a prospective resident accompa- nied by the consent of the owner (or owner's agent) of the rental dwelling to be inspected; or A request made by the owner or owner's agent. "Every owner or owner's agent of any rental dwell- ing shall provide access tosuch rental dwelling for purposes of inspecting tl e rental dwelling. The owner, the owner's agent, or the occupant shall accompany the inspector during the inspection. The owner(s) of a rental dwelling must notify the city building inspector of the existence of said rental dwelling seven (7) or more days prior to its occupancy, or within seven (7) days from obtaining ownership, on a form approved by the building inspector includ- ing the name(s) of the owner(s) and manager(s) and agent(s) and the address and telephone number of each. Owner(s) must notify the City of any changes in owner- Public Works Director Mike Patridge said the Elkhart ship, management or agency within seven (7) days of Lift Station bids ranged from $104,000 to $136,000. The the change, bid for $104,000 has an open-end provision that he will The owner(s) of a rental dwelling'must notify the city look into before the Council awards the bid on the proj- building inspector within seven (7) days of a new tenant oct. Two bids, one for $131,500 and one for $136,000 taking possession of a rental dwelling if said possession were firm bids. The council did approve an expenditure is within three (3) to five (5) years from the last inspec- for the lift station project of $26,580 so that work can uon. start. The Nov. 23 will be a voting meeting so the project There shall be no cost, fee or charge assessed by the can start moving forward yet this fall. city for inspection of a rental dwelling pursuant to this The Tax Levy for the city was presented to the Coun- section whereby no violations are found. If violation(s) cil. The Council will vote on the levy at the December are found, the Owner shall be subject to a re-inspection meeting. The Tax Levy request totals $149,200. fee of $50.00. Should such violations not be corrected A request for an additional handicap parking space by the time of the first re-inspection, the owner shall be convenient to the VFW and Museum was discussed. subject to a fee of 200.00 for the second re-inspection Currently, the nearest handicap parking space is at and each subsequent re-inspection until such violations Deron Powell's office. Another handicap space is are corrected, around the corner on Washington Street, but is not con- Any owner failing to correct any conditions found vement to the VFW and Museum. Council Members to be in vioL3tion under this chapter within the allotted will look at the situation before acting on the request. time shall be subject to penalty under the'provisions of Mike Patridge asked the Council to replace the section 1-4-1 of this code. Each violation is a separate City's Dodge truck. A new Ford F250 truck is available offense subject to penalty, through state bids starting at $16,500. For the city's use, If a rental dwelling reveals any violations presenting Mike said the price would be $18,500 to $19,000. The an imminent threat to human life. health and/or safety ton truck would have an 8' bed with standard cab. Pete of actual or potential occupants, the building inspector Howe said he had seen used utility bed pickups, but did shall install a warning sign or signs on the rental dwell- not know the conditions of them. Mike said he would ing and/or on the property on which it is situated, one check them out. The purchase was put on the December of which must be viewable from the street. Agenda for further discussion. Removal, obstruction or otherwise tampering with a An offer was made to the city on the present mowing warning sign by anyone other than the building inspec- contract. Delmar Stewart offered to do the mowing at a tor or his agent shall be a violation of this Section. flat $400 per mowing if the city would enter a two-year In Other Business contract for the service. Mike Patridge said this would be a savings over the current contract that now averages Tom Martin presented the Council with a schedule $425 to $435 per mowing. The offer was put on the for the 175t" Mr. Pulaski Celebration. The full schedule December Agenda. was printed in a prior edition of this paper. Mike Patridge said the leaf-vac program is in high City Treasurer Jim Sutton reported the city had gear. Everything is going along fine. Mike said that deposits of $66,700. Expenses paid were $64,900. Doug Letterle has being doing an excellent job working Motor Fuel Tax Funds were $29,400. on the leaf-vac. City Attorney Tom Van Hook said the resident taken The next Council Meeting is Tues. Nov. 23 at 6:30 to court for turning on city water after the city had shut p.m. in City Hall. it off was fined. The fines have been paid in full. General Thanksgiving the PRESIDENT of the United States of America A PROCLAM. TION Sunday Nov. 21 From 12-1 Stop By For Refreshments 3 bedroom, 2 bath Ranch W/Att Garage. Spacious Living Room W/Fireplace, Fenced Yard. .~---.~.~ ~',~x /L~ Hosted By Kella ., m.tv ,No. AIIspach Realtor 217- 618 N ChicagoSt-Lincoln 737-5661 Every Friday Night Catfish Baked Potato Salad plus tax Take Out Available The L ire Company 304 E. Mc Donald - Mr. Pulaski ]Construction & 1 $0 Standard Your address may Installation qualify for $0 Equipment Fee Recovery Act NEW Low-priced offers! Service Plans CALl. 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II IIIIIIIII II III II WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; andWhereas both Houses of Con- have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLIC THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peace- ably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:" NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY- next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the- people of this country previous, to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; - for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we h /ve of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; - and, in gen- eral, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to upon us. And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; - to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punc- to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wi'se, jusL and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and (especially such as have shown kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best. GIVEN under my hand, at the city of NewYoTk, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, 1789. (Signed) G. Washington FARMERS ram B AN K S. Washington St. Mt Pulaski l