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Where the Rails Cross the River

FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR

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June 23, 2020

The Governor has announced that we will be moving into his Phase 4 of his COVID Recovery Plan on June 26th This allows reopening or expansion of several business segments including health and fitness facilities, movie theaters, indoor and outdoor recreation, youth and recreational sports, and indoor dining.  Also, it allows larger gatherings - from ten or less before to now fifty or less.  This will have an improved effect of meetings, funerals and events.  Health standards such as social distancing and face masks will still be required.  For etailed guidelines, you might want to visit Illinois.gov/business guidelines.  Get used to Phase 4.  My hunch is that we will be in Phase 4 for quite a long time.......

Accordingly, City Hall will be open to the Public but, due to difficulties of social distancing in City Hall, a face mask will be required.  And there is always the mail slot by the front door........

With Phase 4 allowing more events, the video message board of Fourth Street can get more active in its intended use of promoting not-for-profit events.  Due to IDOT requirements, it can only be used for non-profit events.  So, if your group would like to post an event, contact Amanda at City Hall or you can find a form to fill out on the City's web site.

Our last City Council meeting was a productive one!  The Council approved the hiring of two part-time Public Works employees and one part-time cemetery worker - all replacing people that have left over the last few months.  And, with much community support, the Council directed the Police Commission to begin the process of bringing on a new police officer which will bring our police force back up to capacity.

We approved a resolution addressing and condemning the actions resulting in George Floyd's death.  Please take a look at it; it's on the City's web site.

The Council also amended ordinances effecting eating and drinking establishments.  The first one allows any licensed restaurant or bar to sell packaged liquor while before certain license holders could only allow consumption on their premises; the license fee remains the same for both.  And, for those establishments being forced to close during the COVID virus, we approved a pro ration of their license fees by 2 1/2 months when they reapply on July 31.  This also applies to second hand stores.

It's street and sidewalk construction season!  By now, you've probably experienced the barricades of Route 29 south of town...I've heard this work may continue through the summer and into the fall.  It's being paid for by the increase in the State Motor Fuel Tax.  Here in town, we are installing ADA access ramps at many sidewalks around town, and we'll soon be starting quite a bit of street work; notably the surface overlay on the following streets - Hickory Street from Fourth to First, Cloverdale from Second to Fourth, Beech Street from Second to Third, Third Street from Beech to Cloverdale, Sweetbriar from Hillcrest to Cloverdale, Fifth Street from Francis to Walnut, and Hollybrook from Hillcrest to Sweetbriar.  Happy driving!

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

Don    

       

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