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Council talks survey possibilities

The state’s cannabis act was discussed by the Fairbury City Council Wednesday night.

City Superintendent Brett Ashburn said the city could create a survey online with information printed on water bills for residents to answer questions and share their thoughts on the matter.

“It’s just kind of an idea to reach out to the public,” Ashburn explained.

One of the survey questions would likely ask respondents if they were in favor of recreational cannabis sales in the city.

City Attorney Steven Mann said Champaign sent some mailers out and Fairbury could possibly borrow language from that. According to Mann, the city can take two roads which include cutting the matter off altogether or allowing hearings.

“There is definitely some opposition,” Mann stated.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act into law this year which means Illinois residents over 21 will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis starting January 1. Also, medical marijuana patients will be able to grow as many as five plants at home.

In another matter, police chief Robert McCormick said the city’s Nissan Maxima has more mechanical issues. The car was being used for officers driving to and from the police academy.

“I’m not using it currently,” McCormick said.

Alderman Bruce Weber suggested taking it to an auction. Other than the mechanics, it is a nice car according to the chief.

Alderman Charles Hoselton said a homeowner in his ward wants the city to look into putting a three-way stop at the intersection of Pine and Jackson streets since there are several young kids in that area.

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

-Granted a request from Deputy Clerk Stephanie Meints to attend the first year of the Municipal Clerks of Illinois Institute in Springfield Oct. 13-18 at a cost of $675 plus hotel costs of $104 per night plus tax.

-Approved the use of city streets for the Prairie Central homecoming parade Oct. 4 at 2:30 p.m. The parade begins at Marsh Park and travels down Locust Street lasting roughly 30 minutes.

-Purchased five trash receptacles from Global Industrial for $3,052.15.

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