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Disc golf coming soon

A disc golf course in North Park officially got the green light from members of the Fairbury City Council Wednesday evening.

Sebastian Mekarski submitted the plans at a previous council meeting and updated the council on recent developments. He has discovered community support for the effort as high school classes will assist in the project by building the forms while the city will pour concrete for the pads.

“The way it’s laid out is the best we can get,” Mekarski explained.

“The school is volunteering to put in the forms then Sebastian has sponsors for the holes,” said City Superintendent Brett Ashburn.

Disc, or frisbee, golf involves a disc being thrown at a target using rules similar to regular golf. It is typically played on courses with nine or 18 holes and the target includes a basket with chains around it.

Alderman Gary Norris was impressed with nearby Pontiac’s course.

“If you haven’t seen that course, it’s pretty cool.”

Also at Wednesday’s regular meeting, the council accepted a bid from Peerless Fence of Bloomington for fence installation around the new seized vehicle area at the sewer plant. This is the location where the wind turbine formerly stood and there is a separate police entrance to the area.

“This is to get them away from the water plant,” said Ashburn.

The police department escorts tow trucks to the zone which will be secured by a lock and key.

A police committee meeting was scheduled for May 3 at 6 p.m. to discuss the possibility of reinstating administrative fees. Chief Robert McCormick said there will be a need to replace a squad car along with mandated training and body cams, all things extra revenue could help with. Alderman Bruce Weber said the police department has been doing well and that it does not need to go “backwards.”

“I think we need to support our police department,” Weber stated.

Another committee meeting for streets and finance is slated for April 19 at 6 p.m. The city budget will be reviewed and garbage collection will be discussed.

Street Superintendent Martin Steidinger reported crews will tear into the sidewalk outside of Walton Centre later this month with work likely starting the first of May. He also reminded council members of the June 12 electronics recycling day in Pontiac at the old K-Mart parking lot starting at 9 a.m.

In other action, the Fairbury City Council:

-Approved the consent agenda, including March 17 meeting minutes, voucher invoice register and overtime report.

-Authorized motor fuel projects for 2021 and 2022 including around 12 blocks of seal coat oil and chip with everything else falling under the general maintenance category such as salt and gravel.

-Granted a request from the Chamber to block Locust Street May 1 for the annual Fairbury Community Sale.

-Reappointed Jim Hargitt to the Livingston County 911 board.

-Approved the Phil Daniels subdivision near county roads 2300 and 900. Daniels built on his property and wants to break it into two parcels. The city Planning Commission has already voted to approve this for the Daniels property.

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