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Munz scholarships awarded




Rebecca Steffen, center, one of those awarded Brian J. Munz scholarships on Wednesday.

The annual Brian J. Munz scholarship awards were handed out during Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Fairbury City Council.


This year’s recipients include Amanda Edelman, Rebecca Steffen, Kylie Bazzell, Zachary Bee and Mitchell Bazzell.


Edelman is the daughter of SELCAS volunteer Alan Edelman and graduated from Prairie Central High School in May. Edelman will begin her Registered Nurse education at Heartland Community College. When asked why she's pursuing nursing, she stated, "I really enjoy all things medical and I think the nursing field would be really fun. I also really have a passion for helping others.”


Steffen is an employee of SELCAS and currently enrolled in the RN-BSN program at the Mennonite College of Nursing at ISU. Steffen has been an RN at OSF St. James for the last 10.5 years and has been working at the Paramedic level for SELCAS for the last 3.5 years. Steffen will graduate from ISU in May 2022 as a Nurse Practitioner.


Kylie Bazzell is the daughter of firefighter Greg Bazzell and is a freshman at Heartland Community College. She plans to study Business Marketing at either Illinois State University or University of Illinois when finished at Heartland.


Bee is a SELCAS volunteer who is finishing his freshman year at Heartland Community College and will transfer to Mennonite School of Nursing at Illinois State University to complete a BSN-RN.


Mitchell Bazzell is the son of firefighter Greg Bazzell and obtained his Associates in Ag Business from Western Oklahoma State and is now attending Oklahoma Panhandle State University pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Tech.


The scholarships are given in memory of Brian J. Munz, a Fairbury firefighter who lost his life battling a house fire. He is the son of Jim Munz and Karen Munz.


Under new business at Wednesday’s Fairbury City Council meeting, the group approved a bid for the 2021-2022 MFT seal coat project with McLean County Asphalt Company having the low bid in the amount of $28,564.30.


“We got three bids,” explained Street Superintendent Martin Steidinger. “I’d say it is probably a pretty good deal.”


The city is doing about 12.5 to 13 blocks of work, according to Steidinger.


City council members also approved a Motorist Awareness Program proclamation through the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) to promote motorcycle safety. In a letter submitted to the council, Barbara Sharp of St. Anne noted GWRRA continually works to improve motorcycle safety by educating the public to recognize motorcycles and share the road safely.


“In an effort to promote motorcycle safety, Motorcycle Awareness Proclamations are presented to the community leaders in hopes of reducing the number of motorcycle accidents,” Sharp’s letter stated.


The proclamation notes it is crucial that citizens of the city and state be aware of motorcycles on roads and recognize the importance of safety. It also urges all motorists to join GWRRA, MAP of Illinois in actively promoting the safe operation of motorcycles.


Aldermen also approved the consent agenda, which included sidewalk requests at 509 West Elm at $1.75 per square foot for $385 and 511 West Walnut at $1.75 per square foot for $350.


A request to close Locust Street on Saturday, July 31 was authorized. This will be for the second annual Prairie Dirt Classic Cruise-In from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The closure includes Locust between Third and Fifth streets.

Amanda Edelman receives a Brian J. Munz scholarship from Jim and Jeanne Munz.

Zachary Bee is a Munz scholarship winner.

Kylie Bazzell receives a Munz scholarship.

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