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City officers honored

Officers Keith Semmerling, left, and Drew Chase, right, are honored.

Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Fairbury City Council was full of honors.

Two of the city’s police officers, Drew Chase and Keith Semmerling, received a lifesaving award from Andy Larsen, EMS system coordinator with OSF St. James Medical Center in Pontiac. Both officers administered three rounds of a lifesaving medication to counteract a drug overdose, according to Larsen. The initial call came on March 15 as a person not breathing. Larsen thanked the officers for their service.

The annual Brian J. Munz scholarship awards were also handed out at the meeting. This year’s winners include: Abbie Bazzell, Mitchell Bazzell and Kyler Knapp. Jim Hargitt of SELCAS accepted the award on Knapp’s behalf.

City Superintendent Brett Ashburn updated the council on the planned final phase of construction for Nutrien Ag Solutions west of Fairbury. The business is expected to construct the final buildings on the property.

“They anticipate it being a 10-month process before they’re finished out there,” Ashburn said.

Alderman Steve Endres once again brought up the dog issue on Ash Street, asking about getting an ordinance re-written. Endres said he could smell the property when he was by it.

“He’s next door to it,” Endres said, referring to citizen Dave Shepherd’s concerns.

“How many letters do we have to send to these people,” Alderman Bruce Weber asked.

Shepherd asked the council if the city could get the property mowed. Mayor David Slagel said if the owners are given the proper notice, they can look into it. During his comments, Endres also said he hoped kids would quit vandalizing Marsh Park.

The group granted a request from ESDA director Deb Moran to purchase an emergency locations map from Aftershock Design at an approximate cost of $1,000. The portable stand with a cloth banner shows a map of town to use in case of an emergency. It is also portable and can be carried around by Moran.

Following an executive session, the council clarified the overtime policy. Over 40 hours per week is overtime while vacation, sick and personal days count toward hours worked, according to Mayor Slagel.

In other matters Wednesday, the Fairbury City Council:

-Voted to close Third Street on Tuesday, June 11 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Dave’s Supermarket customer appreciation event.

-Learned from resident Diane Pawlowski that the gazebo ramp at Central Park is sinking to one side.

-Approved the consent agenda, which included previous meeting minutes, cash report, check register, overtime report and a sidewalk request.

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