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City talks trail, sewers

The Fairbury City Council has allowed Fairview Haven to hook into the community trail.

During Wednesday’s regular council meeting, Street Superintendent Martin Steidinger said those at Fairview Haven currently have to travel down Fourth Street to access the recreational path.

“They would like to go straight out from Serenity Villa,” Steidinger explained.

Fairview Haven would take care of landscaping the area with a couple of benches and wondered if the city would put some funding toward the project. While no pricing information has been released, the city will formally consider the funding aspect at a future council meeting.

“Does there need to be some signage around there?” asked city attorney Steven Mann, referring to the possibility of bike traffic.

Steidinger said the residents would not be by themselves on the trail as someone is out there with them.

City Superintendent Brett Ashburn reported $300,000 in infrastructure funding has been secured for Fairbury by State Rep. Dan Brady. This money will be used for a sewer line project by Dave’s and the railroad tracks to improve the system for nearby businesses.

“We are going to be adding a line behind the post office,” Ashburn said.

The project is expected to be completed by July 1.

Ashburn spoke with the railroad about the rough Seventh Street crossing which is in poor shape and he was told they would come out and take a look at the area. Ashburn also updated the council on water leaks which occurred during the past month which crews repaired in a timely manner.

City Council members authorized the purchase of two diving boards for the swimming pool in the amount of $10,825.70.

“We’ve been told they need to be replaced,” Ashburn explained.

Alderman Lynn Dameron believes the current diving boards have been there for a number of years. Dameron made the motion to approve the purchase.

Under new business, the group approved an Ameren franchise ordinance which was originally passed several years ago. This basically allows the company to run power lines through town. Some potential minor changes were requested regarding the wording.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the Fairbury City Council:

-Purchased four trash receptacles for $3,145.80.

-Learned from Chief McCormick that the use of force policy was certified and meets federal requirements.

-Scheduled a meeting for Wednesday March 10 in closed session to do employee evaluations in-person.

-Approved the Feb. 17 minutes, voucher invoice register and overtime report.

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