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Schrock named city attorney




(The new Fairbury City Attorney Matt Schrock shown Wednesday at City Hall)

Fairbury has a new city attorney.


Matt Schrock was officially approved for the position during Wednesday night’s regular meeting of the Fairbury City Council. He replaces the former attorney, Steve Mann, who resigned.


Schrock graduated from law school at the University of Illinois and his father is local attorney Alan Schrock who represents the City of Pontiac. The two practice together in Pontiac.


“I’m looking forward to getting involved in municipal law, Schrock told the council.


Alderman Jon Kinate made the motion to approve Schrock as city attorney.


In another matter, the council approved the purchase of new city dumpsters. Some are replacements as the city acts as the purchaser for commercial businesses which use dumpsters. City Superintendent Brett Ashburn noted new ones are thicker and should last longer. The total price from Gregory Container Inc. is $14,628.


A design proposal was approved for the water treatment plant upgrade. This is an agreement to move forward with Farnsworth for the upgrade which has been submitted to the state. Ashburn noted this is to get the plant “where it needs to be” so it does not have to be manned 24/7.


Council members authorized a sewer install estimate for the alley at Second and Oak streets. The city is working with Kafer Tiling to get this installed. The total cost for everything is around $21,000 to $22,000. Alderman Steve Endres made the motion to approve the estimate.


An in-cab communication system for the fire department was approved. Fire Chief Josh Hoselton said it can be difficult to communicate in the apparatus due to engine noise which is why he proposed the wireless radio headsets for fire personnel.


“The driver would have the capability to use this outside of the rig also,” Hoselton explained.


This would work with current and future radio systems, according to the chief.


During his city superintendent report, Ashburn said an annexation hearing will take place prior to the next city council meeting for the new Boys and Girls Club property so that area can be brought into town. He also reported chlorine levels were a bit high at the swimming pool so they had to close early one day to get levels down.


“It’s been corrected,” stated Ashburn.


Alderman Charles Hoselton asked when work will start on the memorial basketball courts at Marsh Park. Ashburn believes they will start grading it soon, but there is no definitive date. Street Superintendent Lonnie Rhoads reminded everyone that a tree must be removed from the area.


Alderman James Tipton said he was approached last week by active individuals in the community with different plans regarding the former Busey Bank building and the current Steidinger Brothers building.


“There is a lot of state and federal money for grants and they’d like to put a grant together,” explained Tipton.


Tipton will discuss this further with the mayor and city superintendent before bringing it back to the council.


Mayor David Slagel reminded the council of a planned lunch at the park on Thursday, June 13 from Steidinger Foods and the United Way.

 

 

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