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City applies for grants

A special meeting of the Fairbury City Council was held Monday evening to consider resolutions for the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Resolutions were approved in support of the program for J. Marie’s Salon and Day Spa and The Spotted Owl. Both businesses approached the city as the city’s Facebook page posted the information previously. The city is applying to the state for the grant and the mayor and city clerk will execute documents for carrying out the application. City officials are unsure of an approval timeline from the state.

The state requires a resolution in support of fair housing, which was also approved by the city during the meeting.

“Be it resolved that within the resources available to the City of Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, through city, county, state, federal and community volunteer sources, the City of Fairbury will assist all persons who feel they have been discriminated against,” the document states.

During the comment period of the meeting, Alderman Lynn Dameron suggested keeping a close eye on the next round of loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA). Adam Dontz of the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council said to let him know if there is a business that did not get funded and he would assist them.

“In Livingston County alone, there have been 399 businesses collectively that have received $56.825 million,” Dontz explained.

The smallest loan amount was for $1,800 and the biggest around $2.2 million.

In another matter, City Superintendent Brett Ashburn noted the railroad company is in town working on the Third Street crossing by pulling boards out and putting asphalt on the area. They will also do work on the Seventh and First street crossings while they are in town. Council members agreed this was good news for the city.

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