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[MAY 13, 2004]  City officials will be taking a field trip to Petersburg from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 20. They will be viewing something new in septic systems that some municipalities are using for their new outlying areas. Cluster septic systems typically serve small groups of homes with one main collection point and are maintained by the city. The independent systems are less costly than running new lines to remote areas.

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The city will be looking at raising the pay for aldermen. Benny Huskins raised the issue, saying that the aldermen's pay has not been raised in many years. The mayor's pay was raised four years ago.

The mayor receives $12,000 per year.

Aldermen are paid $75 per council meeting, $50 per committee workshop, $25 for extra meetings (maximum 12 or $300 per year) and $20 per meeting if they are asked to sit on a negotiating committee.

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Fire Chief Bucky Washam thanked the council for their participation at last Saturday's emergency disaster practice. "It was very successful," he said. "It showed a lot of our good points and some of our bad points. We'll work on that."

Mayor Beth Davis agreed. She said it would be very chaotic if this wasn't practiced, "but they seemed to know what they were doing." She thanked the fire chief and Police Chief Richard Montcalm for their participation. Streets Superintendent Tracy Jackson and his crew also played a supporting role from the city in the countywide, 12-hour simulated exercise. Assisting in the Crisis Management Center with strategic operations from the city were Mayor Beth Davis; Aldermen Buzz Busby, Jonie Tibbs, the Rev. Glenn Shelton, Marty Neitzel, Derrick Crane, Steve Fuhrer and Patrick Madigan; Melanie Riggs, city clerk; and Bill Bates, city attorney.

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The city is facing a lawsuit by a local business owner. A South Kickapoo Street business owner contends that he has developed an illness associated with breathing in bacteria from raw sewage. He has had problems for the last few years with sewage backing up into in his place of business with heavy rains.

 

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Logan County Habitat for Humanity representative Phil Dehner came before the council to invite everyone to the dedication of the newest Habitat home, at 1409 N. Kankakee St., on Saturday, May 22, at 2 p.m.

The house was a HUD house purchased by the Logan County Board for $1. Greg Brinner from ReMax Realty recommended that the board buy it and Habitat fix it up.

Dehner pointed out some of the ways that Habitat work has economic impact that benefits the city. To start with, the group purchases their materials from local businesses. Then, when a family moves into their new home, they begin paying property taxes.

For those interested in supporting the Habitat work there is a fund-raiser dance the same evening, Saturday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at the American Legion.

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An insurance claim on a city truck that was damaged last month is going to benefit the city to the better. Tracy Jackson said that they will be getting an $18,200 settlement from Selective Insurance. They have an offer to buy back the truck without the bucket use (the damaged portion) for $1,500. He says that the streets department will be able to use the truck for many other things.

There is a good truck available in Clinton with only 50,000 miles and "everything we have ever dreamed of." Jackson recommends buying it for $16,500.

When chided about those extras, he chuckled and said, "Ya, it's got bucket seats and AM/FM cassette."

[Jan Youngquist]

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