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Grant improves student safety

State Rep. Dan Brady addresses the Fairbury City Council Wednesday night/photo courtesy of David Slagel.

State Rep. Dan Brady passed along some good news for Fairbury Wednesday night.

It was revealed during the Fairbury City Council meeting that the city will receive a state grant of $150,000 to improve the safety of kids near a key school transportation hub. The project includes the installation of sidewalks along east Wanda Lane near the high school to improve safety for those walking. There will also be a new crosswalk at Wanda Lane and Seventh Street for safer crossing and signage to alert motorists that they are entering a school zone.

Brady secured the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Grant during budget negotiations last year.

“This is great news for the city, for Mayor Slagel and for administrators at C.U.S.D. #8 who worked hard on this grant,” Brady said in a news release. “But most of all, its great news for school children of all ages who are walking or catching their bus near the high school.”

A ground breaking on the new improvements is expected in early spring, according to Brady.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the council learned from Fire Chief Martin Steidinger that the department is looking into joining with other departments to purchase a fit test machine to test the fit of fireman masks. They formerly used Pontiac’s machine but it needs to be replaced. Steidinger also said the water hole near Joe Keeley’s place has been fixed and will be drying up.

Sewer Superintendent Brad Duncan provided an update on the sewer long-term control plan. He noted the city is one year and two months in and all is going well and on-track.

In other action, the Fairbury City Council:

-Renewed the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association insurance agreement.

-Granted a request from City Treasurer Dale Diller to attend the 2019 Illinois Municipal Treasurer’s Association Institute and Pension Administrator training in Bloomington at a cost of $310 plus mileage.

-Authorized a resolution to abate the levy for 2019 for bonds issued under ordinance 2012-3.

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