- Fairbury News staff
Council pays tribute to Dameron
Former mayor and alderman Lynn Dameron was remembered by the Fairbury City Council during Wednesday’s regular meeting at City Hall.
The group observed a moment of silence during the roll call of council members in honor of Dameron who passed away Oct. 27. Dameron was not only a plumber and realtor in town but also served the community for much of his adult life – first with the Jaycees then the city.
Alderman Bruce Weber suggested the city name something after Dameron.
“I just want to throw it out there and see what everybody thinks,” said Weber. “I think we should do something.”
Weber acknowledged it has been a tough week in Fairbury. Mayor David Slagel said it is something the city will look into and other council members seemed to agree on the idea.
In other action, the council purchased a submersible mixer for the water tower through Maguire Iron Inc. which had the low bid. The company’s Darin Clark said this involves a pump shooting water straight up to keep it stirring. This active mixing system can help minimize icing inside the water tank.
There is no required maintenance and a manufacturer’s warranty comes with the system.
“I’m for it,” stated Water Superintendent Mike Mellott.
Aldermen also authorized new decals and paint for the fire department ladder truck. Black stripes would replace the current ones and the top of the cab will be painted black to match everything else.
“We would like to make it match the rest of our fleet,” explained Fire Chief Martin Steidinger.
The fire department would eventually like to change lighting on the truck to LED but this is not something they will do right away. The truck has not yet been put into service.
The purchase of a line striper for the street department was authorized at Wednesday’s meeting for $4,005 from Sherwin Industries, Inc. Steidinger said the city purchased a striper several years ago but it takes about two hours to clean whenever oil-based paint is used. A drawback to water-based paint is that it doesn’t last. Less cleaning is involved with this new model, according to Steidinger.
Citywide insurance and membership dues for 2022 from the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association were approved. The total amount is $95,554.35 which includes a one percent savings for paying in full. City Superintendent Brett Ashburn said the city did get quotes from local businesses.
Council members approved the consent agenda which included Oct. 20 minutes, voucher invoice register, treasurer’s cash report, check register and overtime report.