Mayor thanks city for successful Sparks celebration

By Kayleigh Rahn
City Hall is in recovery mode following a busy Sparks in the Park Independence Day celebration.

During the Monday, July 8 city council meeting Mayor Dan Kleiss thanked the city crews for their planning and work to produce the successful event again.

“I heard from many members of the community regarding Sparks in the Park, and I want to thank everyone at the city for all the effort and work they do,” Kleiss said. “Trust me. I know it’s not easy and I know we sit here and pray the rain holds off for a few hours that day. I think the rain was OK for us. The fireworks were great; the park looked great. Great job.”

In other business, Douglas County Animal Shelter officer Chad Daugherty hopes the council will consider placing a limit on the number of dogs residence are allowed to keep within their homes.

Though he was not able to attend Monday’s meeting, Daugherty has asked city officials to research a possible ordinance that would allow city residents to keep only four dogs per home.

The council gave the green light for city attorney Andrew Bequette and City Administrator Drew Hoel to begin researching similar ordinances within neighboring communities in an effort to draft an enforceable ordinance.

During Monday’s meeting, the council also accepted a resignation from Tuscola Police Department Officer Amy Fulk. She has accepted a position as a deputy with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.

For two years Fulk has worked for the city and has worked within the city with a focus on officer outreach and youth programming.

“I will forever be thankful for the training, knowledge, and confidence that his department has instilled in me,” she wrote in her notice letter. “I never imagined I would have such an incredible experience here. From talking with the children at the schools to having many laughs with the fire and ems staff on different calls, it has been an amazing time. I can only hope I have had a positive impact on the lives of the people who live here as they have always been my biggest priority.”

Fulk said she’d planned to stay for two weeks before leaving the department, though she later decided Monday, July 8 was her final day.

“That’s the only thing that tarnishes that a little bit,” Kleiss said about not staying for the two-week protocol. “I had a lot of great comments about her during her two years here, and I witnessed some of her good deeds around the community, especially with the children and youth.

Finally, the council approved the appointment of Todd Thomas a part-time patrol officer.

Thomas worked with TPD in recent years, but took a role with the University of Illinois police department. Thomas will fill in for TPD on weekends and evenings as needed at the rate of $21.82 per hour. The city has completed interviews with several candidates to fill at least one of the two open full time positions with the police department, Hoel reported.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved the annual ordinance making the appropriations for corporate purposes for the fiscal year beginning May 1, 2019 and ending April 30, 2020. The approval took place following a required hearing at city hall. No one commented during the hearing.
  • Learned Kleiss and Hoel will film again with WEIU’s City Spotlight segment. The airdate has yet to be announced.
  • Approved the minutes of the Monday, June 24 meeting.
  • Approved the payment of bills in the amount of $206,848.91.
  • Approved a Community Building lease with alcohol for Yoana Olivo for a birthday party July 19-20.
  • Adjourned until 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 22.

This version has been updated to show that Chad Daugherty is an officer with the Douglas County Animal Shelter. The story printed in the Wednesay, July 10 edition of The Journal stated his title incorrectly.

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