Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ford County Circuit Court news

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court, as posted at www.judici.com:

Felonies
• Brandon W. Faulkner, 18, of Fisher, for two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of manufacture/delivery of cannabis (10-30 grams), one count of possession of cannabis (10-30 grams) and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Frankie V. Ward, 28, of Gibson City, for burglary.

Misdemeanors
• Jaclynn M. Haney, 21, of Saybrook, for causing a child to be endangered and possession of cannabis (less than 2.5 grams).
• Michael R. Price, 33, of Gibson City, for domestic battery.
• Adam R. Sayers, 19, of Weldon, for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.
• Michael L. Apperson, 22, of Deland, for giving/selling alcohol to a minor.
• Jennifer L. Cordes, 41, of Watseka, for resisting a police officer.
• Payton M. Dudley, 19, of Loda, for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.
• Brett M. Thomas, 18, of Elliott, for possession of cannabis (less than 2.5 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Broc A. Tuggle, 19, of Georgetown, for possession of cannabis (less than 2.5 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

DUI
• Eric A. Wessel, 32, of Cabery, for driving under the influence of alcohol.
• Kaleb B. Nelson, 23, of Emington, for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Traffic tickets
• Eric A. Wessel, 32, of Cabery, for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
• Kaleb B. Nelson, 23, of Emington, for improper traffic lane usage.
• A 16-year-old male from Piper City, for no valid registration, operating an uninsured vehicle and driving without a license.
• Jessica L. York, 32, of Paxton, for a headlight violation.
• Edwin J. Serrano, 25, of Champaign, for driving 26-34 mph above the speed limit.
• David L. Burton, 36, of Sheridan, for driving 21-25 mph above the speed limit.
• Shrilawn M. Bailey, 35, of Cissna Park, for driving 21-25 mph above the speed limit and driving on a revoked license.
• Andrei K. Hildenbrand, 18, of Fairbury, for driving 15-20 mph above the speed limit.
• Lucan L. Wilson, 30, of Gibson City, for operating an uninsured vehicle.
• Jessica M. Woodworth, 37, of Braceville, for driving 15-20 mph above the speed limit.

Small claims
• MSW Capital LLC vs. Sara Norbot.
• Walls Drywall Finishing of Gibson City vs. Corrie and Eric Swenson of Gibson City.

Chancery/foreclosures
• JP Morgan Chase Bank vs. Scott D. Chamberlain of Paxton.

Divorces
• Carla York vs. James York.

Orders of protection
• Chris Sebens vs. Jacob Pierro

Ford County Sheriff's report

The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of July 19-25:
  • On July 25, William Mackenzie of Plainfield failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of County Road 1000 East and Illinois 54. His truck collided with a vehicle driven by Jacob Falck of Melvin. Five persons were injured and transported by ambulance to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Mackenzie was ticketed for the crash.
  • On July 25, a sheriff’s deputy assisted Sullivant Township firefighters and Gibson Area Ambulance Service personnel with a suicidal female in Sibley.
  • On July 25, a complaint of a suspicious person was received from a Sibley resident.
  • On July 25, a complaint of kids on a mini-bike in Melvin was received.
  • On July 24, a complaint of kids riding bicycles on Illinois 54 in Melvin was received.
  • On July 24, criminal damage at the Ford County Fairgrounds in Melvin was reported.
  • On July 22, Brandon Faulkner of Fisher was arrested in the village park in Roberts after being found passed out in his vehicle. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, delivery of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. The vehicle he was in was seized under the Illinois Asset Forfeiture Act.
  • On July 22, a sheriff’s deputy assisted Buckley Ambulance Service personnel and Roberts firefighters with a suicidal juvenile female in Roberts.
  • On July 22, a complaint of kids walking in a roadway in rural Melvin was received.
  • On July 22, a sheriff’s deputy conducted a welfare check in Guthrie.
  • On July 20, Derek VanZandt of Champaign was arrested for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop near Roberts at Illinois 115 and County Road 1400 North.
  • On July 20, sheriff’s deputies assisted Illinois State Police on Illinois 115 near Roberts after a female was struck by a vehicle towing a boat.
  • On July 20, sheriff’s deputies assisted Illinois State Police with an accident on Illinois 115.
  • On July 20, a report of a crop-dusting airplane flying too close to a residence was received in rural Melvin.
  • On July 20, a complaint of disorderly conduct was received in Roberts.
  • On July 20, several 911 calls were received from a rural Piper City residence. The calls were caused by water on the Frontier Communications phone lines to that residence.
  • On July 19, Kaleb Nelson of Emington was arrested in Piper City for driving under the influence of alcohol when his truck left the roadway at the intersection of Illinois 115 and Piper City Street. He was also ticketed for improper lane usage.
  • On July 19, a report of illegal burning at the Harvest Moon Drive-In in Gibson City was received.
  • On July 19, criminal damage to a mailbox was reported in Piper City.
  • During the week, sheriff’s deputies handled one civil matter and issued 18 traffic citations.

Part of US 45 near Loda dedicated to veterans

The more than 600 residents of Loda Township who have served in America’s Armed Forces over the past 200-plus years were honored Saturday as a six-mile portion of U.S. 45 was dedicated as the Veterans of Loda Township Highway.
Flanked on both sides by U.S. flags held by members of the Patriot Guard Riders, Loda American Legion post commander Ron Dudley led Saturday’s street-dedication ceremony as part of the annual Loda Good Ole Days celebration.
The dedication of the section of highway in southern Iroquois County also honors all veterans of Wall Township in Ford County and Pigeon Grove Township in Iroquois County who have Loda mailing addresses, Dudley said.
State Rep. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City, read a resolution that was adopted July 15 by both the Illinois House and Senate. The resolution, co-sponsored by Bennett and state Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, dedicates the section of U.S. 45 as the Veterans of Loda Township Highway. It also asks the Illinois Department of Transportation to “erect at suitable locations, consistent with state and federal regulations, appropriate plaques and signs giving notice of the name of the Veterans of Loda Township Highway.”
Bennett, reading from the text of the resolution, said more than 600 men and women from Loda Township have served in the Armed Forces, starting with the War of 1812. Of those, more than 30 died in war, including 17 in the Civil War, three in World War I and 11 in World War II.
“It’s a great day to recognize a significant group of individuals from our community who were involved in a number of wars in defense of our country,” Bennett said.
Bennett said the idea to dedicate the highway in local veterans’ memory was initiated by Jason Ronna, whose family has had many of its members serve in the Armed Forces.
“Jason started talking about this, and one thing led to another, and before we knew it, the whole community got involved,” Bennett said. “Talk about community spirit — a community coming together. And that’s just one of the things about Loda. It’s fantastic.”

Gibson City Police notes

The Gibson City Police Department released the following list of persons arrested or ticketed recently:
  • Robert A. Lindstrom, 42, of 1051 E. Bogardus St., Paxton, for no valid driver’s license and failure to notify the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office of a change of address.
  • Joshua L. Trussel, 34, of Georgetown, for speeding on July 26.
  • Tillie S. Deitz, 24, of 210 N. Elm St., Gibson City, for using an electronic communication device while driving on July 25.
  • Christopher W. Gapinske, 23, of Aurora, for disobeying a stop sign on July 25.
  • Kevin Collins, 29, of Granger, Ind., for disobeying a stop sign on July 24.
  • Theresa J. Seiders, 33, of Bloomington, for expired registration on July 24.
  • Kristy M. Miller, 25, of 330 N. State St., Gibson City, for operating an uninsured vehicle on July 24.
  • Charles D. Schultz, 62, of Winfield, for speeding on July 23.
  • Nicholas A. Kidwell, 21, of West Lafayette, Ind., for speeding on July 23.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Mitsubishi will shut down operations in Normal

Mitsubishi has confirmed its going to end production its plant in Normal.

The news first broke in Japanese newspapers, and initially Mitsubishi wouldn’t confirm. But as of this morning, the company confirmed it will cease production and look for a buyer in the hopes of keeping its roughly 1,000 United Auto Workers members on the job.

”Our focus right now is to identify a buyer who would continue to operate and maintain employment – the best potential outcome for our employees and the community,” Mitsubishi said in a brief statement.

The plant first opened in 1988 and was threatened with closure in 2010, but workers agreed to take a pay cut.

It built Mitsubishi’s Outlander Sport, which proved popular, but the company later recalled 460,000 cars – all built in Normal. At its peak in 2002, the plant was producing more than 200,000 vehicles a year. Last year, it was a little less than 70,000.

DNR publishes recommendations about urban flooding

The state’s Department of Natural Resources is out with some recommendations to protect urban homeowners and, for that matter, municipalities from flood damage.

Lawmakers last year directed the DNR to compile the report – $2.3 billion in damage was recorded between 2007 and 2014, more than half that amount is from private claims.

Loren Wobig, the Division Manager of the Division of Resource Management in the Office of Water Resources says the biggest component of the report is a model ordinance that communities can adopt for flood mitigation.

“There are several communities and counties in the state that already have very good storm water ordinances,” Wobig says. “There are a number of communities, particularly downstate, that don’t have storm water ordinances in place.”

Wobig says new construction or development should consider more porous surfaces and green infrastructure. The report is non-binding.

Cullerton wants Rauner to move on pension reform

Senate President John Cullerton says he’s tried to get Gov. Bruce Rauner moving on pension reform, with little success.

Along with asking for a new budget proposal from Rauner, Cullerton says he wants to work with Rauner and Republican legislators to craft a pension reform proposal which, unlike the General Assembly’s 2013 attempt, can withstand a court challenge.

Cullerton offered his own plan in May, which he says will save the state $1 billion per year, but says it got a chilly reception from Rauner.

“We gave it to him, and he took it and said ‘that’s very interesting,’ and he came back with his own pension bill which is just as unconstitutional as the last one,” Cullerton said.

Rauner’s plan claims to save more than Cullerton’s, but has been criticized by Democrats for being too similar to the law which the Illinois Supreme Court struck down earlier this year, and including provisions to remove a wide range of issues from collective bargaining for state workers, like wages, vacation time, holidays, work schedules, and tenure.

Cullerton says if Rauner wants to discuss pension reform, “I’d be more than happy to work with him.”

State will continue to make Medicaid payments

The state has been ordered to keep making Medicaid payments in its most populous county, and the rest of Illinois may soon follow.
 
A.J. Wilhelmi of the Illinois Hospital Association says the court ruling ordering state Medicaid payments to continue only applies to Cook County hospitals, though he says the Bruce Rauner administration could choose to make the payments to the entire state.
 
“We are suggesting that the state should apply this statewide, and have payments made to all Medicaid providers throughout the state so that all 3.2 million Medicaid beneficiaries in the state continue to have access to quality health care,” Wilhelmi said.
 
The plaintiffs in the Cook County case, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, have promised to file another suit if Medicaid money doesn’t start flowing to the rest of the state’s hospitals. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Blagojevich has five convictions overturned

The head of the University of Illinois Institute for Government and Public Affairs says he's just as surprised as anyone five of the corruption convictions against former Governor Rod Blagojevich have been overturned..

Director Chris Mooney says the rulings were fairly technical in nature.  For example, "One was on the instructions to the jury," Mooney says and added that the jury likely couldn't tell what Blagojevich might have been trying to trade for.

He says he doesn't know what it will do to Blagojevich's sentence, but believes the first two trials were so long, federal prosecutors won't go there again.

J.Steven Beckett, director of the University of Illinois Trial Advocacy Center, says it is possible Blagojebvich's sentence will be reduced.

"The overwhelming negativity about his administration tied a lot to the Senate seat appointment," says Beckett.  "Only Judge [James] Zagel can know for himself whether or not that factored into the 14 years."

Beckett says it's possible Blagojevich can get his reputation back no matter what happens from here.  He cites the case of former President Bill Clinton following the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Still no budget but lawmakers are getting paid

Lawmakers are still getting paid, there's still no budget, and Governor Bruce Rauner is doubling down on his positions in all of that. Alex Degman reports.

Rauner started a capitol news conference by saying lawmakers should earn their pay by coming to the table and negotiating -- not on a budget, but, still, on the several points of his Turnaround Agenda.

"The budget, in the end, gets driven by the condition of the state," Rauner said. "What we've got to get to is at the core issues that drive the budgeting process. We need folks in the General Assembly and the government who are there for the right reasons and reflective of their constituency, not working for the Chicago Machine."

The Chicago Machine, he says, commandeered by House Speaker Michael Madigan, who consistently reiterates non budget items should be left out of the budgeting process. It's been suggested lawmakers tackle the Fiscal Year 2016 budget first, then consider the governor's reforms, but Rauner's not in favor of that.

"The folks in the General Assembly won't want to deal with those things if we focus only on the budget itself," Rauner said.

This week's Illinois crop report

The waterlogged fields are holding back the 2015 farming season in Illinois.

More than forty percent of the state's soil moisture is reported as excess – both topsoil and subsoil. The conditions are rated “good to excellent” for only 55 percent of the corn and 47 percent of the soybeans.

That is a big problem.

“I think that's kind of reflected in the crop conditions,” says Doug Hartwig, Heartland Region director for the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. “When you've got half the crop that's rated good to excellent, there's a lot of crop that's not that great out there right now.”

Soybeans are 56 percent blooming, 10 points behind last year. Corn is 17 percent in the dough stage, in line with averages.

Mandatory life sentences for minors eliminated

Newly signed legislation will eliminate mandatory life sentences for minors in Illinois.

Someone under the age of 18 can still be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, but the new law will leave that to the judge's discretion, rather than imposing a mandatory sentence.

State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) says he's been trying to get this bill passed for several years to bring the state into compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Miller v. Alabama, and found support was easier to come by this time around.

"I think there has been a change in perspective on how we deal with crime, and a sense that we need to be smart on crime, not just tough on crime," Harmon said. "We did have, for the first time, broad bipartisan support, and I'm encouraged as to what it means for the future."

Whether that means other mandatory sentencing laws will be eliminated, Harmon can only say the legislature is "a bit confused on that topic," noting calls for new mandatory minimums for gun crimes.

"It's my view that we want a judge to have ample discretion to deal with each person on a case-by-case basis. One-size-fits-all solutions rarely work," Harmon said.

The law takes effect on January 1st, 2016.

Schakowsky says Kirk should apologize to Obama

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) owes President Obama an apology, according to one Illinois congresswoman.

After the Iran nuclear agreement was signed, Kirk told a Boston radio station that Obama "wants to get nukes to Iran," and compared the deal to appeasement of Adolf Hitler before World War II. While Kirk later said he "got carried away," U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) says he needs to make a more formal apology.

"The very idea that this president, who, for years now, has committed to never seeing Iran with a nuclear weapon, that really it was his plan to make sure he delivers them couldn't be further from the truth and is just a terrible thing for the Senator...and such an irresponsible for him to say," Schakowsky said.

When told about Kirk's "carried away" comment, Schakowsky replied "that's his excuse?"

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) then quipped "he gets carried away a lot."

Sunday, July 19, 2015

GCMS Board of Education notes

The GCMS Board of Education met on Thursday, July 16th.

Approved by the Board are the following resignations with thanks for their service to the district:
  • Teacher Melanie Cail
  • Teacher Kori Balk
Approved by the Board are the following hires to the district for the 2015-16 school year:
  • Staci Ward - special education teacher for $44,189 salary with benefits
  • Catherine Peterson - special education teacher for $36,589 salary with benefits
  • Sarah Grice - high school library clerk for $20,448 with benefits
  • Chad Augsperger - middle school wrestling coach at the stipened rate
  • Deanna Leitz - 7th grade girls basketball coach at the stipened rate
  • Torri Ferguson - middle school annual sponsor at the stipened rate
  • Catherine Petersen - high school assistant volleyball coach at the stipened rate
Volunteer coaches were also approved at the middle school:
  • Softball - Greg Brucker and Ryan Tompkins
  • Baseball - Mark Berry, Robby Dinkins and Mike Schwenk
The following administrator contract renewals were approved for the 2015-16 year:
  • Kilee McFerren with an increase of 2.68%
  • Mike Allen with an increase of 2.68%
Assistant elementary principal McFerren presented the GCMS University budget and provided information about the program. The Board approved the budget.

Substitute teacher daily rates were raised from $86 per day to $100 per day. Longevity pay after the 10th day is now $200 daily. The increase was to help with District problems securing more substitute teachers.

The high school library clerk position was changed from hourly to salaried pay with zero increase in wage.

The amended cafeteria plan resolution was approved.

Superintendent Anthony Galindo presented information about the last school year's ending budget balances and next year's projections. The actual deficit was $400,000 instead of what was predicted to be a $1,100,000 shortage. Only three of four state payments were received. A positive factor was that utility bills stayed more consistent as well.

Galindo reported that the Parent-Teacher Association paid an additional $2750 towards the playground refurbishing project.

A tentative 2015-16 budget was approved with a budget hearing to be held at the Unit Office on Thursday, September 17th at 6 P-M.

More about the downtown light issue in Gibson City

The Economic and Industrial Committee of the Gibson City Council met on Wednesday, July 15th at City Hall to hear the latest on the downtown revitalization project. Engineer Sean Widner from Clark-Dietz and Associates took council, chamber, and community members on a tour of the downtown area. Widner outlined specifics for the project:
  • GFI outlets will be placed at the base of each tree. Two outlets will be in each box. For smaller events, the GFI outlet could be used, but for larger usage, a condoit would have to be utilized.
  • The current light poles running along Sangamon Avenue will be replaced by newer poles. 23 of them will be 18-feet-tall with acorn lights on the top, and the ones at the railroad crossing and street intersections will be 26-feet tall. All above-ground wiring will be moved underground.
  • All trees at the 8th and 9th street intersections will be removed as they are growing into the infrastructure, and the landscaping rock at the stop signs will be replaced with dirt.
  • A pedestrian crossing will be placed at the midway point between 8th Street and 9th Street.
  • The curb will be moved up to the tree grates. Sidewalks at the intersections will be moved back into the street to improve pedestrian safety.
At the end of the downtown walk, a question-and-answer session was held. Gibson City resident Jim Hoffman questioned whether the lights were being rejected or just on hold for now. Widner stated that a request for extension has been placed with USDA. Hoffman also stated that he sees a lot of positives around town, mentioning the Rotary Club’s project with the North Park and others, and that not moving forward with the lighting project would be a negative.

Chuck Aubry told the council that the school district made a similar decision when replacing the lights at the football field. He said that the light project should be done now, because with inflation, it would cost more in future years. He also said that backtracking on the project would not be a good idea for the city.

Alderman John Carlson questioned the decision to reduce the lighting. He said that he likes the level of lighting that the community has had for many years.

Ryan Minion, a downtown business owner, stated that he feels no one is in the downtown area at night, and that the changes might look better during the day rather than at night. He also asked why the measure was struck down. Alderman Jan Hall responded by stating it was because she had not seen all of the information about the project, she did not feel that she could vote on it at that time.

Alderman Hall questioned the notion that the city could not spend money on the project as more money was spent in the Gibson Bucks program in earlier years. Alderman Nelda Jordan said that until she could see all of the information about the project, she cannot form a solid opinion about it.

Jim Hood, another business owner, said that although lights would be put up, it would not be a “Las Vegas-style light show”. He encouraged the council to move forward with the project.

-- submitted by Ross Brown for WGCY --

Tom Bennett gets new SIDS law signed into place for Illinois

New parents in Illinois will be ensured to leave a hospital with good, updated information on how to protect their newborn from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) under a new law spearheaded by state Rep. Tom Bennett.

Signed into law Thursday as Public Act 99-0048, the law ensures that materials on SIDS prevention that new parents receive at a hospital will include information developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics or a statewide or nationally recognized SIDS or medical association.

“Each year we learn more about SIDS, including how best to prevent it. It’s crucial that new parents leave the hospital armed with the most up-to-date and reliable information available on how they can protect their newborns,” Bennett said in a statement. “I’m very happy that my first bill signed into law may help save a baby’s life.”

The law was suggested by Judy Jo Arbour, vice president and co-founder of the Because of Cody SIDS education organization based in Bourbonnais, who lost a grandson to SIDS.

Bennett noted that the recent “Back to Sleep” education campaign has helped reduce SIDS-related deaths by 50 percent over the past several years. The updated SIDS prevention campaign is called “Safe Sleep.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Gibson City Council notes

Steve Kelly, manager of the One Earth Energy ethanol plant in Gibson City’s Jordan Industrial park, began Monday night’s city council meeting with a request for answers and action, but he received neither.
His at-times very pointed presentation implored the city to release the undistributed portion of property taxes paid by One Earth Energy and associated with TIF 2 reimbursement that have been held each year by the city in a special escrow account. The amount in question equals 75 percent of the net incremental increases in real estate taxes generated by One Earth Energy.
However, the undistributed amounts are in escrow because the property taxes have been paid by One Earth Energy under protest while the dispute over the company’s assessed valuation with Ford County continues.
Since 2010, the unpaid TIF 2 distributions plus interest now total $3.66 million, according to figures contained in the proposal One Earth Energy previously had presented to the city’s attorney for the property tax matter, Michael Tague. Tague is a partner with the firm Flynn, Palmer, Tague & Jacobson of Champaign. Copies of the agreement were shared with council members at the meeting.
Kelly said that proposal is trying to tie payment to the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district and also involves the Ford County treasurer.
Kelly said Tague also wants a UCC filing against One Earth Energy’s cash as part of the agreement. The filing would presumably serve as security against the possibility that One Earth Energy would lose its appeal to lower its assessed valuation.
A UCC is a legal form that a creditor files to give notice that it has or may have an interest in the personal property of a debtor.
Kelly reminded council members that One Earth Energy is currently expanding its business — for which the city has agreed to create a fourth tax-increment financing district. Kelly said the company’s growth will increase the property’s assessed valuation and increase taxes paid.
In other business:
  • Council members approved a four-year collective bargaining agreement with the Gibson City Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, covering May 1, 2015, through April 30, 2019. For each year of the contract, pay will rise 3 percent to 3.5 percent. Currently, wages range from $18.96 to $21.33 per hour. By the contract’s final year, those wages will be $21.55 to $24.24. The contract also adds an additional step (20-plus years of service) to the contract, with wages ranging from $22.74 to $24.97.
  • Gibson City will hire a Class II wastewater operator at $20 per hour plus full benefits. The as-yet-unknown person will begin his duties July 29. Stauffer said the new hire’s name is being withheld so that he can give his current employer proper notice. The new hire replaces an employee who moved on to a larger town, Stauffer said.
  • Council members ratified the Gibson City Planning Commission’s unanimous motion to remove the words “when operated not for profit” from the zoning code pertaining to special-use permits. Alderman Scott Davis abstained from the council’s vote on the matter, stating he had “a conflict of interest.” Davis’ conflict of interest stems from his making the original request for the change in wording since he and his wife would like to buy the former Pentecostal Church on west 9th Street with potential use for a community center and offering dance or other types of classes.

Alderman Laura Miller, chairman of the Economic Development Committee, set a public meeting for 7 P-M Thursday, July 16th. The committee will convene at the city council chambers before touring the downtown area for a close-up look at lighting issues.
Mayor Dan Dickey said after Monday night’s meeting that there is a possibility the issue of new lighting for the downtown area will be on the council’s July 27 meeting agenda.

City Superintendent Randy Stauffer said the North Park playground equipment purchased by the Gibson City Rotary Club’s donation is expected to arrive soon and city workers will begin staging it off-site for installation. He said the exact installation date will depend on weather and coordination with ACT summer theatre productions at the park.
Police Chief Steve Cushman asked that a committee meeting be called to review the bids received for security cameras at city parks. He said he would be more comfortable if various details were answered by the vendors due to the level of technology involved. The installation also requires Internet access, so the bids involve both equipment and service providers. Council members agreed to table action at this time.
Parks and Recreation Committee Chairman Brandon Roderick was out of town and did not attend Monday night’s meeting. Mayor Dickey said a meeting is likely to be called next week so that the matter can be taken off the table for action at the council’s July 27th meeting.

Council members approved three special liquor licenses, but not without discussion about one of the requests.
Cushman said a prior special license for The Sand Trap had caused officers to be called to the scene more than once for complaints of loud music. Each time the music volume was reduced in the officer’s presence but later increased again.
Cushman said a repeat of such action “will not tolerated by this department.” The Sand Trap’s owner, Marc Petersen, said future compliance “wouldn’t be a problem.”
Special liquor licenses were approved for:
  • July 18 to the Kruse Center in conjunction with the Greyhound Festival
  • July 17-18 to Sand Trap in conjunction with the Greyhound Festival and Chatsworth school reunion
  • Aug. 1 to the American Legion post in conjunction with the Eric Hyatt Benefit.
Alderman Laura Miller abstained from all votes because her business holds a liquor license, and that prevents her from participating in such votes.