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Local shopping going well

Residents of Fairbury are doing a good job of shopping local in this most interesting year.

“It’s definitely showing in our tax receipts,” said Alderman Jerry Hoffman during Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Fairbury City Council held via Zoom.

Alderman Gary Norris noted local businesses are getting creative and City Superintendent Brett Ashburn pointed to a big push to shop local even before the pandemic started.

“This kind of boosted that in a way,” Ashburn said.

In another matter, Ashburn reported the truck with the water pump used for water main repairs went down. The city hopes to have the essential piece of equipment repaired and back together next week. A rebuilt pump is expected to cost around $11,000 which is significantly less than a new one.

“I think it was an 18-month warranty with it,” noted Mayor David Slagel.

The council reappointed John Gavin to a five-year term on the Zoning Board of Appeals while Gerry Vance was reappointed ZBA chairman also for a five-year period. Pay request 29 was authorized for the sewer project as the city is getting close to the end of these payments.

Mayor Slagel said Joe Costa is getting bids for the pickle ball project at North Park. This was just an update as no action is needed at this time.

Aldermen abated the levy for bonds issued under Ordinance 2012-3. This is for the fire house. Also, the consent agenda was approved which included Dec. 2 meeting minutes, voucher invoice register listing the bills, treasurer’s cash report, check register and overtime report.

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