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Fairbury City Council meets

While there was only one action item on the agenda under new business, much of Wednesday’s Fairbury City Council meeting included discussion on other issues.

A quote was approved from Pafco Truck Bodies in East Peoria to purchase a flat bed for the fire department truck. There was another quote, although Street Superintendent Martin Steidinger would like to stay with Pafco.

During public comment, city ESDA director Deb Moran reported a disaster drill is planned at the fairgrounds in October or November.

“You all be ready,” Moran told council members.

Alderman Gary Norris received positive reports about the new garbage collection system. Several calls were taken at City Hall but the activity has tapered down, according to City Clerk Nancy Widlacki.

Steidinger admitted some residents like the new garbage containers while others do not. They take only seconds to dump as arms grab the container and set it back down.

Due to difficulty reported by older residents who must move the containers, the city is discussing the possibility of purchasing special truck-ready containers for those citizens. After researching the matter, Mayor David Slagel predicted these would be around $80 a piece if 50 are bought, or the city could buy 10 at a time for a higher price.

The council agreed with the idea to order these specialized containers and a vote could come at the next regular meeting.

Alderman James Tipton addressed a recent issue with golf carts traveling south of town on First Street during the Prairie Dirt Classic race weekend at Fairbury Speedway. He said the county police showed up that Saturday and discouraged people from traveling with golf carts in that direction past the city limits.

The Kilgus Farmstead Country Store is located less than a mile south of town on the street which is the county’s jurisdiction. Several golf carts make trips out there, especially in the nice weather months. Tipton indicated the township may need to be brought into discussions.

Council members learned Catton’s Creamery asked about a parking time limit in front of the business on Locust Street. The group did not express interest in changing the current parking situation to add a time limit.

“We could do every fifth spot,” suggested Slagel.

The consent agenda was approved, including minutes from the Aug. 3 meeting, voucher invoice register listing the bills, treasurer’s cash report, check register and overtime report.

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