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New B&G Club land annexed

Land for the new Boys & Girls Club to be located on the north end of town was officially annexed into Fairbury Wednesday night by the City Council.

A public hearing was held prior to the regular meeting for the annexation request of Livingston County parcel number 25-25-03-226-005. The hearing was required as part of the process to allow public input, though no public comments were made.

“We bought the land quite a while ago,” explained Boys & Girls Club board president Sue Popejoy.

The estimated cost of the building is $6.4 million and they hope to work with as many local contractors as they can.

“Al (Slagel) has worked with local contractors to get it out for bid,” noted Popejoy.

Alderman Steve Endres made the motion to approve the annexation while Alderman Bruce Weber seconded.

During public comment, resident Wayne Varner expressed concern over the tall grass in a neighbor’s yard, noting it is “embarrassing.”

“I do my best to keep my yard up,” he told the council.

Varner also suggested an ordinance about how many dogs should be allowed in a house.

Assistant Sewer Superintendent Bruce Pride said he hopes to get quotes for a countertop which is deteriorating around a sink. Alderman Jim Tipton will put together some numbers and help out with the project.

City Superintendent Brett Ashburn reported Verizon is starting the process of upgrading the local cell tower to 5G. The cell phone provider has had congestion in the Fairbury area during big race events. Ashburn isn’t sure when it will be upgraded to 5G.

“Hopefully we’ll see relief on that,” noted Ashburn.

The Verizon tower is located near Fairbury Fastener.

Tipton said the memorial bench for Carol Aberle at North Park was damaged, although it does not appear to be vandalism. It was possibly an accident where a mower hit it, according to Tipton. Members of the Garden Club are looking into addressing this.

Mayor David Slagel told the council Dominy Library is looking for 200 pool passes to give out to kids through the library’s summer reading program. The city has donated passes in the past, but not that many.

“We’ve spent plenty on other stuff – I don’t see why we can’t,” stated Alderman Weber.

“Yeah, we can do it,” added Alderman Endres.

Everyone seemed good with giving the 200 passes, despite some hesitation at first.

Street Superintendent Lonnie Rhoads reported spray patching is done on streets.

Council members also approved the consent agenda, including the June 5 meeting minutes, voucher invoice register listing the bills, treasurer’s cash report, check register and overtime report.

(Dirt is moved on the future site of the Boys & Girls Club in Fairbury in early June)

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