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Appointments approved by city

While the recent departure of former City Clerk Nancy Widlacki was not directly discussed by the Fairbury City Council Wednesday night, action was taken related to the matter.

Under new business during the regular council meeting, the group approved a resolution appointing Dale Diller as Clerk Pro Tem. Diller also serves as City Treasurer. Meanwhile, City Superintendent Brett Ashburn was appointed Freedom of Information Act officer, Open Meetings Act officer and zoning administrator.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Deb Moran asked what exactly a restraining order was and Police Chief Robert McCormick explained it is a court order issued by a judge.

“What happens if whomever the restraining order is taken out against, they do not comply with it?” asked Moran.

“They can be arrested and they’ll have to appear in court,” explained McCormick. “Then the judge will decide what happens after that.”

“Nancy Widlacki,” Moran told the council. “I’m going to ask you to please make it right and that’s all I’m saying.”

In a separate matter, Moran, who works as the city ESDA director, reminded the council of a planned disaster drill Nov. 7 at the fairgrounds. The evening will include dinner followed by a meeting with talks on tornadoes, lost children, fires and a shooter. The estimated time frame is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Bring these disaster manuals,” Moran instructed the aldermen.

Superintendent Ashburn reported the city is going to start utilizing in-house payroll beginning Jan. 1. They currently use Heartland Business Services. Ashburn also requested a meeting to discuss the police contract with Forrest on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.

A motion was approved to release utility billing security deposits for those who may have left town or moved to a different location. There are some dating back to the 1990s and 2000s. Residents currently pay an up-front connection fee instead of a deposit.

“I think we owe the people that moved,” said Alderman Jerry Hoffman.

Those out of town will be located to receive a check while others will be credited.

The group approved one of three renewal options for city insurance with the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association. This option has a discount for paying ahead.

“This was a two percent increase over last year,” explained Diller.

Woody & Bubba’s BBQ was granted permission to operate their food truck at 101 East Locust Street Monday, Nov. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. when businesses are open late for the holiday open houses. This will be located near Old City Hall with the window facing the grass, not the street.

Aldermen entered an executive session to discuss personnel at 6:51 p.m. though no action was expected, according to Mayor David Slagel.

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