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Where the Rails Cross the River



September 15, 2020

At our last Council meeting, we approved the construction of an observation tower at Eagle Landing. The upper level will be twenty feet above the ground and will provide a great view of the bridge to the north and the upper Peoria Lake to the south. There will also be a lower ADA platform. We are working on getting telescopes donated and installed on both levels. This will serve as an attraction for viewing eagles, especially in the late winter while the leaves are off of the trees; also ducks, geese, and white pelicans! Construction will begin soon and it should be open before winter!

Funding for the observation tower primarily comes form the funds negotiated with the barge company that destroyed the boat docks that were located at Eagle Landing. We aren’t planning on replacing those boat dock – they seemed underutilized. We are considering a small fishing dock in their place.

The Council also accepted the resignation/retirement of Swede Yoder from the Public Works Department. He has been with us for forty years! Swede, you will be missed and we wish you the best in retirement! Maybe you should think about taking up duck hunting….

It was also announced that, after approaching about a half dozen candidates to fill the vacancy of our Ward 2 Alderman, I was unable to find someone interested in serving on the Council; sad….    By law, I had sixty days to fill the vacancy. I simply ran out of candidates and time. That means that the Council will run with only seven aldermen until the April election. If you would be interested in running, and live in the second ward election packets are available on the City’s web site. Give it some consideration….

A few things you might be noticing around town….

Over the Labor Day weekend, you may have noticed a film crew working at places like Cutright Park and the riverfront, Marge’s, the Town Theater, and other parts of downtown. This was Argentic Productions from Los Angeles filming a “psychological thriller”. The star of the independent film is Boo Boo Stewart. After filming here in town, they traveled to Dunlap to film a schedule house burning. When we learn of the title of the movie and its opening date, we’ll let you know. It will be fun to see our town on the big screen!

We have started to install landscaping beneath the video message center at Fourth and Beech Streets….

All sorts of street improvements are underway here in town. It might be an inconvenience right now. But the improvements will be worth it!

OSF has held a ribbon cutting for their new medical office on Fourth Street. They should be open for business in a matter of weeks. Once the new building is complete, the old will be demolished in order to create the parking lot.

Please wear your mask and keep your distance…. Just because we live in a small town, it doesn’t mean we are immuned! We don’t want the Governor to move us backwards.

If a census taker knocks on your door, check their identification and please be counted! It matters!

That’s all for this time. See you around town!



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