By Kendra Hennis
The meeting of the Tuscola City Council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 28 with all council members present.
Following approval of the consent agenda, the council heard requested time from Jamie McDonald. McDonald asked the council about opening an old-fashioned style snack cart at Tuscola events. Currently, he is unsure of hours and days, but hopes to be able to provide refreshments at City of Tuscola events. His cart will specialise in Illinois-owned products, and includes the sale of chips, soda, and meat sticks. The council approved the idea and wished McDonald success.
City Administrator Drew Hoel then reported to the board that the water system that had been replaced has been working well. He noted that it hasn’t been long enough to know for sure, but it seemed that the city had been previously sending out a large amount of water. He additionally said that the work on the Ervin Park Project is going well, with the south courts just painted, and noting that they are waiting on a fencing contractor for the dog park.
The council also:
* Approved the minutes of the previous June 14 meeting.
* Approved the May 2021 financial report.
* Approved the payment of bills in the amount of $153,637.05.
* Approved a Community Building Lease with alcohol for Heather Sumption for an Anniversary Party on July 17, 2021.
* Approved the Miss Tuscola “Parade of Queens” on July 31, 2021.
* Approved a Parkview Neighborhood Bicycle Parade on July 10, 2021.
* Approved the revised amount for the 2022 Ford F450 from Ford of Tuscola in the amount of $38,348.68.
* Approved the appointment of Gunnar Edwards as Probationary Firefighter.
* Approved Resolution 21-R-3, adopting a City of Tuscola Administrative and Fiscal Policy Manual.
* Approved Resolution 21-R-4 for Maintenance Under the Illinois Highway Code for the appropriation of Motor Fuel Tax funds. Bidding on the project will begin July 5.
* Approved an agreement for Maintenance Engineering to be Performed by a Consulting Engineer, Jim Crane.
* Approved the Wind Turbine Maintenance Agreement with Power Grid Partners in the amount of $7,200 for the windmill at the North Sewer Facility.
* Approved the Planning Commission recommendation to grant a Special Use Permit at 111 E. Wilson, with the agreement of the conditions discussed.
* Adjourned until the July 12 meeting at 7:30 p.m.