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Pay ordinance approved

The Fairbury City Council has approved the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 pay ordinance for the city which includes contracts for the police chief and city superintendent.

Alderman Lynn Dameron wondered if the city could afford to pay more to two employees who ride on the back of a truck in all types of weather.

Because there is a pay scale for all part-time employees, a spreadsheet can be adjusted currently but Mayor David Slagel questioned what happens for new hires.

“We could just put a separate section in there for that,” City Treasurer Dale Diller explained.

The two employees were moved to the A rate.

Also at Wednesday's Fairbury City Council meeting, a request was approved from the Livingston County Boys and Girls Club to share the cost of engineering for a new facility in the amount of $6,900. The total Farnsworth fee is $13,800 but the club is asking the city to pay half.

“They’re wanting to get this original engineering done so they can apply for grants,” said Mayor Slagel.

The future Boys and Girls Club facility is expected to include a senior center and public gym and the city would end up owning it. Funds will be raised through grants and donations, according to Slagel.

The proposal from Sebastian Mekarski to install a disc golf course at North Park was tabled as more information was requested. Street Superintendent Martin Steidinger said his only concern was the upkeep of concrete pads placed throughout the park.

Mekarski said starting with grass is possible but the concrete pads look more professional.

“I don’t think upkeep will be a problem,” he said.

Mekarski will schedule a time to meet with city officials at the park to look over the area and discuss the matter further.

“I think you’re on the right track,” Slagel told Mekarski.

Police Chief Robert McCormick reported the department is starting to work on moving the impound lot from the current location over to the new sewer plant across town. An area where the old wind turbine was located will be fenced off for the police department.

City Superintendent Brett Ashburn said the city was allocated around $447,000 through the recent stimulus package passed by Congress to make use of COVID-related items. Ashburn will research this to see what the city can put the money toward.

Steidinger told the council he could use some extra mowing help in the summer. He would like at least one full-time position and thought it could work out well for a college student.

“I would go ahead and put your feelers out and take applications,” advised Mayor Slagel.

A request from Fairview Haven to cost share trail benches and landscaping was approved. Council members seemed to agree $3,000 was a reasonable amount to contribute. Slagel said he is in favor of this since the area is attached to the city trail.

In other business, the Fairbury City Council:

-Authorized pay request #32 for the sewer project in the amount of $522,581.75.

-Granted a request from Lynn Barnett to host a vendor fair in Sunken Park this June.

-Approved sidewalk requests as a part of the consent agenda which include 207 N. First Street, 412 W. Ash Street and off-street parking at 501 W. Oak Street.

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