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Busy Meeting for McLeansboro Council

The McLeansboro City Council met for a couple of hours Tuesday night – their final meeting of the year.

The first order of business was a one hour and 35 minute executive session to discuss employment of specific individuals.  After the session, the board only took about 25 minutes to go over the rest of the agenda.

The Consent Agenda was approved, which included approval of the monthly financial reports including bills and transfers, the December zoning report, an ordinance for a Fiscal Year 2024 appropriation amendment, the FY24 budget amendment, accepting the resignation of police officer Corey Waide, and approval of the 2024 regular meeting dates of the council – which will again be on the third Tuesday of each month.

After the second reading of an ordinance making the annual tax levy for McLeansboro, the ordinance was approved for the fiscal year beginning May 1st 2023 and ending April 30 2024.

In other business, a proposal to tear down the structure at 106 North Walnut at a cost of $5,500 was accepted; the annexation of 604 West Moore Place was approved; the first reading of an ordinance giving the legal description of property was made, with final approval to take place at the January meeting; the board decided to purchase a replacement pump for the main lift station; it was agreed to give the Elks a one-time liquor license modification for December 31st – extending the hours to serve liquor, which are normally from noon to 10 PM, to from noon to midnight; first reading of an ordinance was given to amend the city code regarding utilities processes and procedures; and the board passed implementation of the PLAYWA act, which as mandated by the state gives paid leave to all full time non-bargaining employees and part time/seasonal employees.

And as a result of the Executive Session, the board approved the hiring of Cherri Webb as an accounts clerk, Anthony Amato as a School Resource Officer, and Mathew Bryson as a full time police sergeant.  Webb was approved by a four to two vote, Amato and Bryson were approved unanimously.  Amato and Bryson were sworn in by Mayor Chad May.

The board adjourned at 7 PM.



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