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The public hearing
Sept. 7 regarding the "no loitering" ordinance was well-attended. I
appreciate everyone taking the time to offer opinions and listen to
all sides of this issue. The [Mount Pulaski] City Council approved
the "no loitering" ordinance at the Sept. 14 meeting as follows:
It shall be unlawful for any person to
loiter or congregate upon the streets, sidewalks or alleys of the
City in the vicinity of any public place to the annoyance or
disturbance of any person or persons. Any number of persons who
shall congregate upon such public places and shall refuse to
disperse when requested to do so by any member of the police force
or by any person annoyed thereby shall be subject to a general
penalty fine as specified by Ordinance 1-4-1 (9-2004)
The intent and
purpose of this ordinance is to protect the business owners,
residents and their property. The support of this ordinance was
overwhelming at the public hearing and last night’s city council
The city recognizes
that it is a custom of the young adults and school-age children to
congregate on the north side of the square. At the police department
discretion, the area on the south side of Jefferson Street between
Lafayette and Washington streets can be used for this purpose. If
the gathering becomes unruly, loud, too large or leaves excessive
litter, the gathering will be disbursed by the police department per
the "no loitering" ordinance.
Other exceptions to
this ordinance are special events such as victory celebrations for
school-related functions and city-approved festivals and shows.
Also, we are working
with other law enforcement agencies to assist our police department
and keep control of the square, to protect the business owners and
residents of the area. Police Chief Freer has been in contact with
the state police and the FBI recently. Logan County Sheriff Steve
Nichols attended our public hearing and has offered additional
assistance from his department when needed by Mount Pulaski.
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The city council
hired Miles Craig of Lincoln as a full-time police officer. He will
start in October. He will attend the Illinois State Police academy
and be ready for police work in a few months. We have received
reimbursement in the past from the ISP for the tuition to the
academy. We will request reimbursement for Miles Craig when he
completes the academy. We are also actively seeking part-time police
officers to add to our staff and give us flexibility at the times we
need officers the most.
Several in attendance
at the public hearing suggested a Neighborhood Watch. I will attempt
to find out more information other cities that have successful
Neighborhood Watch programs. The city is also considering an
auxiliary police department.
The city is also
considering some surveillance equipment to be placed permanently on
The most important
issue, as always, is communication. If you observe problems or have
a suggestion, let me or Police Chief Freer or someone on the city
council know about it. If your property has been vandalized or
burglarized, report it immediately to the police department. If
someone takes an inappropriate action against you, make the police
department aware of the problem. Call 911 if it is an emergency. You
can also call 792-5018, the Mount Pulaski Police Department
non-emergency number, or 732-4159, Logan County's non-emergency
number. I can be reached at 306-1933.
Thank you to all who
attended the public hearing and subsequent city council meeting. I
feel we are taking appropriate actions based on the feedback we have
received to date.
Bill Glaze, Mayor
City of Mount Pulaski
This letter is an addition to the
letter submitted Sept. 3 about the "2004 Backpacks for Kids"
project. [See letter below.] It was brought
to my attention by two of my sorority sisters that some sponsors
were inadvertently left out of the previous open-letter thank-you.
Lincoln Junior Woman's Club was gracious enough to donate money, and
CVS Pharmacy sold supplies to us at very, very low prices. We, as a
group, thank you for your help, and I apologize to you for my error.
When at least one of the children you
are now helping will "further their education by going on to
college," your thoughtfulness may then be rightfully acknowledged. A
child needs to be encouraged constantly with positive lifestyle
Again, a "huge" thank-you to everyone
"Backpacks For Kids"
Lois Vannoy, co-chair
Beta Sigma Phi
Preceptor Eta Chapter member
2004 "Backpacks for Kids" was a
Approximately 10 years ago, local
chapters of Beta Sigma Phi decided to give more time to a "special"
project. Our chapter, Preceptor Eta, continues that project. We just
completed another year of Backpacks for Kids. Over 100 Lincoln
school children, kindergarten through sixth grades, received
backpacks filled with required school supplies.
The supplies were purchased for those
children whose families are facing financial or medical hardship.
Meeting educational needs of children is of the utmost importance to
us. At risk are the children whose environmental, familial or
socioeconomic situation may affect their academic success or ability
to learn. We as caring individuals should help in that area that is
available to us.
This accomplishment was made with the
help of others. We wish to extend a heartfelt thank-you for the
generosity from the following:
YMCA, Wal-Mart, Coy's Car Corner, Wyatt
Wedgeworth Memorial Fund, Gold Wing Road Rider Association,
Weyerhaeuser, Richard Sumrall, Lincoln Lions Club, Lincoln College,
Gail Wise, Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, Lincoln IGA,
Walgreens stores, Lincoln Police Department's DARE program, Brooklyn
and Blake Hermes, Shelbi Frye, Bobi Frye (Frye's Upholstery Recovery
Room), State Bank of Lincoln, Lincoln Office, Marty Fulton, Area
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Thank you to the anonymous donors of
school supplies, all the people who continue to support our rib-eye
steak sandwich sales at Lincoln IGA and everyone who supported our
garage sale this summer.
We also wish to thank our sister
chapters for their donations. To Lincoln Daily News: Thank you for
the wonderful coverage. To CIEDC: Thank you for working with us and
accepting applications from outlying Logan County communities.
Oh, to see the smile on the child's
face walking into the classroom with his or her own bag and
supplies, just like all the other children!
Already, we are working with the YMCA
with preparations for 2005. If you have questions or would like to
make a donation for 2005, please call Shanda Roderick at 737-1967 or
Lois Vannoy at 737-0360 or write to Beta Sigma Phi, Preceptor Eta
Chapter, 1501 N. Union St., Lincoln, IL 62656.
Thank you tremendously,
Roderick and Lois Vannoy