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Munz scholarships presented

(Audrey Leman, Kendra Edelman & Brendan Saathoff , not pictured: Roxanne Schultheis)

The annual Brian J. Munz scholarship awards were presented at Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Fairbury City Council.

Recipients included Kendra Lee Edelman, Audrey Esther Leman, Brendan Sergey Saathoff and Roxanne Raye Schultheis.

Edelman is a 2020 Prairie Central High School graduate who is currently employed by SELCAS as an EMT-B and has been accepted into the OSF St. James paramedic program.

Leman, daughter of Kim Leman who is a SELCAS employee, plans to graduate from Prairie Central High School May 24. She has been accepted by the University of Illinois where she will pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Plant Biotechnology.

Saathoff is a 2019 graduate of Normal West High School and employed by SELCAS as an EMT-B. He has been accepted into the OSF St. James paramedic program.

Schultheis, spouse of SELCAS employee Donnie Schulteis, is a 2003 graduate of Joliet Township High School and received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2011. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing and has been working as a Registered Nurse at OSF St. James and then the OSF office in Chenoa since 2011. Schultheis is looking to further her career into management and/or education.

When presenting the awards, Jim Munz referred to an address from the president at the National Police Memorial, in which he said being a policeman is not what you do but who you are.

“That really is our first responders here in town,” said Munz.

Munz noted these are the lifestyles people choose – to put their lives ahead of their safety.

Also at Wednesday’s Fairbury City Council meeting, it was revealed that City Attorney Steve Mann has stepped down. City Superintendent Brett Ashburn said his law practice needs more of his focus. The council is expected to hold discussions on where they would like to head with that position.

Police chief Robert McCormick reported decals have been placed on the new Explorer vehicle.

Ashburn said all letters were mailed this week pertaining to lead copper notices. Anyone wanting further explanation can give City Hall a call.

Council members awarded the 2024-25 Motor Fuel work to Gray’s Material Service, which was the only bidder. The bid was $51,150.36 which came in under the engineer’s estimate of $59,821.00.

“We have not had them do work in town here before,” stated Ashburn.

The council approved a quote to replace a mixer for the upflow clarifier at the water treatment plant. Water Superintendent Mike Mellott said it is nearing the end of its life and the company can get the city a new one for the same price as rebuilding it. Alderman Steve Endres made the motion to approve the quote.

A utility body purchase was authorized for a street department vehicle. This is through Pafco Truck Bodies and it is steel for a total of $22,036.

Sally Tipton was chosen to replace Jan Lancaster on the Library Board and the consent agenda was approved which included May 1 minutes, voucher invoice register listing the bills, treasurer’s cash report, check register and overtime report. A sidewalk request was approved for 604 W. Elm for 220 square feet at $2.50 per square foot for a total of $550.

The council entered an executive session although no action was anticipated.


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