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Eagle Scout gets special day

Mayor David Slagel presents a proclamation to Eagle Scout Jacob Levelle May.

October 11 will be known as “BSA Eagle Scout Jacob Levelle May Day” in Fairbury thanks to a proclamation by the city.

The designation was read during Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Fairbury City Council and a framed copy was presented to May.

“The City of Fairbury would like to congratulate Eagle Scout Jacob Levelle May for his many achievements and perseverance in attaining the impressive rank of Eagle Scout,” the document reads.

Programs and projects from BSA Troup 1870 have a positive impact on families, citizens and the community, according to the city.

Also at the City Council meeting, the group learned from Fire Chief Martin Steidinger that the department received a nice donation from the Dean Moser estate. The department did not get a grant to help purchase fire gear and plans to re-apply, as more grant money is expected to be released.

“It’s expensive stuff,” Steidinger said.

Sewer Superintendent Brad Duncan updated the council on sewer replacements which are needed due to flooding and backup. One is on Ash Street between Jackson and Calhoun where the old eight-inch clay tile needs to be replaced. The other is on Elm Street where city officials found out the sewer is about to collapse.

“No manhole would be needed on Elm Street,” Duncan explained.

Police Chief Robert McCormick continues working on the seized vehicle situation and did reach the master sergeant who oversees this. Some of the vehicles will be picked up in the next couple of weeks but five of the vehicles are 100 percent Fairbury’s. McCormick feels two could be used for scrap.

“The other three I’d have to look at,” he noted.

After some discussion, aldermen voted to donate $1,000 to Fairview Haven for its Harvest of Sharing auction fundraiser which will be done online this year. Jerry Hoffman made the motion while Jon Kinate seconded.

“It’s definitely an asset to have (Fairview Haven) in the community,” said Mayor David Slagel.

Hoffman noted the Fairview Haven expenses are likely up this year with everything going on and the mayor suggested taking the donation money out of the gaming fund.

City Superintendent Brett Ashburn updated council members on business stabilization money which the state is finally sending. A couple of Fairbury businesses which applied for the funding will benefit. Ashburn also said the city will look at working on the sidewalk near Walton Centre.

The 2019-20 audit report from MCK CPA’s and Advisors was approved. Mayor Slagel said no issues were found during the routine process.

Council members authorized the consent agenda, which included Sept. 2 meeting minutes, a voucher invoice register listing the bills, treasurer’s cash report and overtime report.

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