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Council talks vehicles

Vehicles were a topic of discussion at Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Fairbury City Council.

Fire Chief Josh Hoselton asked what the city wanted to do with a 1994 Suburban the department replaced a year ago. The vehicle reportedly has around 140,000 miles on it and originally came from the Livingston County Mutual Aid Association.

“I think we bought it 12 years ago for $700,” said Hoselton.

The city will take sealed bids for the vehicle and will post the information online.

Sewer Superintendent Bruce Pride asked if his department could use a dump truck in the street shed that is not in use to help haul sludge.

“It’ll cost about $1500 to $2000 to get tires and batteries,” Pride explained.

“It used to be the old salt truck before we got our new one,” noted Street Superintendent Lonnie Rhoads.

Council members seemed to approve of the idea.

In another matter, City Superintendent Brett Ashburn reported the generator at City Hall is approaching the end of its life as it was original to the building in the 1990s. Ashburn said the cost of a new one could range between $7,000 and $10,000 depending on which option is chosen.

“They’re saying it’s overloaded,” Ashburn said.

Ashburn also requested a committee meeting for next Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. to discuss personnel issues.

Alderman Gary Norris said Paula Hoffman agreed to be the swimming pool manager again this year.

“She has done it two years previously,” stated Ashburn.

An annexation agreement was approved between the City of Fairbury and Delores A. Headley to annex two tracts of land located along west Oak Street (Route 24) into the city. This will allow for the use of city utilities.

Street closures were approved for the upcoming Fairbury Community Sale on Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. in the downtown area. Streets to barricade include the 100-200 block of west Locust, 100 block of east Locust and Third Street north of the railroad tracks to the alley behind Bank of Pontiac. Portions of Locust will be barricaded off for no parking until after the sale and a barricade will be provided for the entrance of the Post Office.

Council members granted a request from the Boy Scouts to have a bake and garage sale at Memorial Park next to the Old City Hall during the all-town sales April 25-27 from 8 to 5 p.m.

The consent agenda was approved, which included March 20 meeting minutes, voucher invoice register and overtime report.

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