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Still hope for swimmers

An empty Stafford Community Swimming Pool is shown Wednesday evening.

The Fairbury swimming pool could still open this summer once more is known about specific guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

During Wednesday night’s regular Fairbury City Council meeting, the group decided to work toward reopening the pool if possible. City Superintendent Brett Ashburn is unsure if the previous manager will return and noted challenges the pool could face including preventative measures and having a young staff.

“Hopefully they come out with something soon so communities can make a good decision,” said Ashburn.

Alderman Lynn Dameron feels the pool could be one of the safer places in town due to its chlorinated water. City Clerk Nancy Widlacki acknowledged the on-site manager position could be hard to fill if it comes to that.

“I want the pool open in the worst way,” Widlacki admitted.

City Attorney Steven Mann suggested a reservation system since visitors from out of the area would likely visit. He said Chenoa is going to start with private parties at its pool to see if everything works out.

“The problem is, every pool is different,” Mann explained.

“I would like to see it open for the kids,” added Alderman Gary Norris.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the council discussed a request from Crazy Crain’s Bar to block off the back alley for a live band. They do not have a date for the event, which would include 4-6 hours of music. Mayor David Slagel and the aldermen were concerned over noise in the alley due to the proximity to residential areas. They suggested moving the event to the street in front of the business.

“In these times, I don’t mind going out of the way to help a business,” the mayor said.

In other action during its first in-person meeting since the COVID-19 shutdown began, the Fairbury City Council:

-Authorized a quote to replace the fire alarm system panel at City Hall in the amount of $2,629 from Bennett Electronic Service Co.

-Amended Chapter 7 of the Municipal Code Book relating to solicitors, who must provide a cash deposit on city issued vests.

-Reappointed John Tollensdorf, Jim Munz and Shirley Mitchell as trustees of Dominy Memorial Library.

-Approved the consent agenda which included the May 20 minutes, voucher invoice register and overtime report.

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