Marsh Park issues resurfaced at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Fairbury City Council.
Alderman Steve Endres reported a suspect accused of taking camera equipment from the park was apprehended. Endres received the information earlier this month. The piece of equipment was likely stolen more than a month ago.
“We haven’t recovered the equipment but we have a suspect,” said police Chief Robert McCormick.
Also at the council meeting, the group authorized Gig’s Place to close the street for an acoustic show on Friday, Aug. 21. In the request, Gig’s noted the need for extra space to allow for proper distancing without having to turn anyone away. Concerns were voiced over the short notice provided to the city, however the mayor noted the tough times small businesses are facing.
Lynn Dameron made the motion with a second from Hoselton to allow the street closure.
During his report, City Superintendent Brett Ashburn told council members the city wind turbine has been removed.
“They came this last week and got that down,” Ashburn explained.
Chief McCormick reported his new officers are in field training currently and will soon be in the shadow phase with other officers. A police applicant testing session is planned at the high school.
In other business, the Fairbury City Council:
-Authorized a memorandum of understanding between the city and iCops union to clarify the change made in the longevity pay for police officers.
-Approved pay request 25 for the sewer project at a cost of $557,565.00
-Received an update on a park bench in memory of Chuck “Charlie” Brown. The design includes a racecar, checkered flags, Brown’s name and the words, “His smile is gone…but never forgotten.”