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Planning proposal approved

The Fairbury Fire Department will be able to better prepare for fires and incident response thanks to action taken by the Fairbury City Council Wednesday evening.

A pre-incident fire planning proposal was approved from FlowMSP for an annual cost of $800. The company focuses on solving common problems associated with pre-plans such as the amount of time spent gathering information, how to easily share information with command and sharing with mutual aid partners.

Fairbury Fire Chief Martin Steidinger said the program can be accessed from a tablet in the trucks. It shows the department where they need to go and where connections are. Photos of buildings can be put into the software.

“We can map out hydrants,” Steidinger told the council.

This is just pre-planning and not dispatch. When the fire department gets a call, the program maps where it is at.

Also during Wednesday’s regular council meeting, police chief Robert McCormick reported the department’s new squad car is up and running with new decals on it. McCormick also said a squad struck a deer and the officer involved in the crash is okay. They were able to get another car going to replace the damaged one.

City Superintendent Brett Ashburn said repeater installation has started on the water tower for the new meters which should arrive next month. He updated the council on the First through Fourth street project which could be done in the next few weeks. Eventually, the Old City Hall parking lot will be paved near the post office.

In another matter, Alderman Bruce Weber requested signs telling golf carts where they are not supposed to travel.

“We need them on (Route) 24, basically between First and Seventh,” Weber stated. “We’ve got a lot of people coming here now.”

Mayor David Slagel said the city will try to figure out where a good place is to put signs and will put this on a future meeting agenda.

Under old business, the city allowed Crazy Crains Bar to host a concert with the group Breaking Storm on Friday, Oct. 22 from 8 to 11 p.m. on Locust Street between First and Second streets. Weber made the motion while Gary Norris seconded it.

Council members also approved a donation request from Fairview Haven’s Harvest of Sharing Fundraiser for $1,000. This was the same amount donated previously.

“They’re a pretty important part of our community,” said Alderman Lynn Dameron.

Aldermen approved the consent agenda, which included Sept. 1 meeting minutes, a voucher invoice register listing bills, treasurer’s cash report, check register and overtime report.

No action was expected from an executive session at the end of the meeting regarding the sale and lease of real estate.

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