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Downtown project update given

(Shingling work shown last week at Echoes Museum, via Dale Maley/Facebook)

A project to replace the awning roof at the Fairbury Echoes Museum is now at the shingling stage of the process, it was revealed at last week’s regular meeting of the Fairbury City Council.

Dale Maley estimated the project should be completed by early August.

In other comments at the meeting, Jason Smith asked the Council on the status of the project to raise money to build basketball courts at Marsh Park dedicated to the memories of Dylan Bazzell and Drew Fehr. Mayor Slagel reported that a fund had been established at Prairie Lands Foundation for the project. Citizens can make donations to Prairie Lands or drop off checks at City Hall.

Each year during the Prairie Dirt Classic, cell phone coverage is lost because the large number of race fans exceeds the capacity of the cell network. Alderman Kinate asked if any solution had been found for this issue before this year's race. He was told that no solution had been found yet for this issue.

Water Department Superintendent Mellott reported that a significant water leak had been found at Ash and Jackson Streets. Unfortunately, very few valves are installed in this part of Fairbury to allow easy isolation of the leak for repairs. Repair of this leak could result in no water for about eight hours for citizens living in the northwest quadrant of Fairbury. Notifications will be given to impacted residents before the scheduled repair time.

The City Council voted to approve the 2023-2024 Annual Appropriation Ordinance. The Council also voted to approve the annual contract with MetroAg to remove the lime sludge at the water treatment plant.

The garbage collection company has raised its rates. The Council approved a monthly increase from $14.00 to $14.75 for residential rates. Other types of garbage collection will have a slight increase as well.

An application for an alcohol in the streets event on July 22 from Crazy Crain's was also approved by the Council.

City council members also approved the Consent Agenda, including the last meeting minutes, financial reports, police reports, and sidewalk requests.

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