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Council hears GLCEDC update

(Adam Dontz of the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council addresses Fairbury city leaders)

Adam Dontz from the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council appeared before members of the Fairbury City Council Wednesday evening to thank the city for its recent investment.

“I want to say thank you very much for the community’s support,” said Dontz.

Dontz pointed to several local businesses which have received building improvement grants, such as Hoffman House, Wells on Main and Chenoa Pharmacy. He explained recent efforts of GLCEDC to show kids career opportunities locally.

“There is an opportunity for graduating seniors to stay in Fairbury and work,” he explained.

Dontz also described a property tax abatement program which is available for businesses which meet certain criteria.

“We appreciate your membership and investment,” Dontz concluded.

In other matters at Wednesday’s regular council meeting, City Superintendent Brett Ashburn reported some lights at the North Park tennis courts are out and new lights have been ordered.

Alderman Gary Norris noted the swimming pool is full of water and it was suggested the city contact the school for landscaping work. City Clerk Alexandria Reis said the high school students would work on landscaping throughout the week. She said over 60 kids are signed up for swim team.

“We’re going to have a big team this year,” explained Reis.

Brochures were sent to all of the schools and Facebook was utilized to spread the word. The Fairbury pool opens May 27 with lifeguard cleanup day May 22. Ashburn said Popejoy will fix the showers sometime this week and painting is underway on the pool railings and lights.

Alderman Steve Endres thanked police chief Robert McCormick for his efforts as it is Police Officer Appreciate Week.

“The department is doing a great job,” observed Endres.

Alderman Charles Hoselton had a citizen ask if a stop sign could be placed at Third and Colombia and Alderman James Tipton was approached by someone on Carter Drive with a drainage issue as water does not get to the drain anymore.

A request was approved from Dave’s Supermarket for a street closing June 13 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Dave’s 73rd anniversary customer appreciation event and the purchase of a new front-end loader was authorized for the Street Department.

The council entered an executive session for litigation although no action was taken.

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