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City Council approves one-year Arrow extension

By Kendra Hennis 
The first order of buisness by the Tuscola City Council at their September 27 meeting was the approval of a second modification agreement to intergovernmental agreement for provision of ambulance response services with Arrow Ambulance for a one-year contract. City Administrator Drew Hoel noted that there has been some discussion between the City of Tuscola, Village of Garrett, Village of Atwood, Garrett Township, Tuscola Township, and Unity Township about ambulance services in the area. He said that there has been some discussion between the area municipalities and townships about expanding that group or coordinating service in a larger area, however that has not yet occurred with their current provider, Arrow Ambulance. Due to this, Arrow is willing to extend their current contract at the same terms, meaning no increase in cost to the member governments for one year. 

Mayor Dan Kleiss then reported that he would be kicking off interviews in WAND’s evening broadcasts from the Douglas County Museum as a part of their Discovering Central Illinois segment. He additionally sent thank you’s to Marci Shoemaker, Alan Shoemaker, the Alumni Association, Kenny Hogue, Angela Hogue, all of the Cast Iron Pub volunteers, and everyone else who made the block party so successful. Kleiss reported that the weekend had a great turnout, few issues, and beautiful weather. He also discussed possible future developments in the area that will be brought to the Chamber of Economic Development Board next Tuesday and then returned to the council to discuss. 

The council also:
* Approved the minutes of the September 13 council meeting.

* Approved the August 2021 financial report.

* Approved the payment of bills in the amount of $205,366.68.

* Approved a Toys for Tots fundraising collection on November 13, 2021.

* Approved a Community Building lease with alcohol to Alyson Barry for an engagement party on October 16, 2021.

* Approved the Veteran’s Day Parade on November 11, 2021.

* Learned that Beniach Construction had commenced excavation operations for the roadway extension approved at the last meeting. They await delivery of steel for the pavement joints and are currently optimistic the road can be completed before winter. 

* Approved the purchase of an irrigator control panel at the North Sewer Plant in the amount of $5,100 and a $300 per year service agreement to access the cellular network. 

* Discussed the possible use of Wimple Park for an RC Festival on July 30-31, 2021. The council opted to table the decision until the October 12 meeting to allow them to discuss the potential set up and consult with other towns who have hosted.

* Adjourned until the October 12 meeting at 7:30 p.m.

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