- Fairbury News staff
Dameron resolution presented
State Rep. Dan Brady appeared before members of the Fairbury City Council Wednesday evening to present a resolution to the late Lynn Dameron’s family.
The former Fairbury mayor and alderman passed away in late October following a long history of public service in the community – ranging from his role with city government to an involvement with the Fairbury Jaycees and Boy Scouts.
“He was always there for me,” said Brady, referring to Dameron as a friend. “He’ll be greatly missed.”
In the resolution, Brady pointed to Dameron’s love for the city and his efforts in securing funds for the new city hall building and fire department.
“Lynn was a beloved husband, dad, papa, brother and friend,” the resolution states.
Dameron was also a longtime plumber and realtor in Fairbury.
Also at Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Fairbury City Council, the group learned from Chief Robert McCormick that he was able to secure a spot in the police academy for a candidate who will graduate in April. City Superintendent Brett Ashburn explained the city was approved for the final round of CARES Act funding.
Alderman Bill Schmidgall thanked the city departments for cleaning up leaves in a timely fashion and complimented the city on the new Christmas lights.
“They’ve done a good job,” he said.
Halloween may be over, but council members approved an ordinance amending trick-or-treat hours as some felt the current 8 p.m. cutoff time was too late in the evening. The time frame has been changed to 4-7 p.m. which is similar to other nearby towns.
The council approved a quote from CB&S to replace an ammonia and pH meter at the wastewater plant in the amount of $2,701. Sewer Superintendent Brad Duncan noted this would work with the existing ammonia probe as well.
Aldermen voted to close a previous insurance account and put money back into the city’s general fund which is where it came from originally. At the last council meeting, City Treasurer Dale Diller reported the account had almost $21,000.
City Christmas bonuses will be the same as last year which is $225 for full-time employees and $150 for part-time employees. The total cost for the bonuses is $11,900.
In another matter, the council amended parts of Chapter 5 of the municipal code in relation to water rates and charges. When charges are delinquent past the 15th of each month, a 10 percent penalty will be assessed and should be paid by the start of the next month to avoid disconnection of services. When charges are delinquent on the first of the next month, a $25 penalty fee will be assessed in addition to the 10 percent penalty and services are subject to disconnection. A lien may be placed against the property and certain monthly charges will accrue when services are disconnected for non-payment for 30 days or more.
Parts of Chapter 5A of the municipal code were also amended. When charges are delinquent past the 15th of each month, a 10 percent penalty is assessed and must be paid by the first of the next month to avoid disconnection of water service and when water service is disconnected for non-payment, the sewer service is still functional.
The consent agenda was approved, which included Nov. 17 meeting minutes, the voucher invoice register listing bills, treasurer’s cash report and check register.