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Carmi City Council approves purchase of new pickup for snowplow use

The Carmi City Council met Tuesday night for their first meeting of December and swiftly moved through the agenda.

The Street and Alley Department Committee proposed that the Council accept a bid of $27,000 from White County Ford for a new Dodge Ram 3500 4×4 pickup with a snow plow harness package to replace the 1998 pickup which is at the end of its serviceable life.

Alderman Doug Hayes explained that at this point it made much more sense to invest in a new vehicle than continue to pour money in the old truck.  $35,000 has been budgeted for a new vehicle in next year’s budget, leaving $8000 to replace the plow assembly, which is also in need of major repairs. Approval for the purchase passed unanimously.

The reappointment of Michael Thomas to the Police Commission for a three year term was approved unanimously with no discussion.

In the Mayor’s report, Mayor Pollard thanked White County 4-H for the Friends of 4-H award the City received for their contributions to the Gift Garden, and thanked Rep. David Reis for the proclamation celebrating Carmi’s Bicentennial that was made in the Illinois House.  Pollard also thanked City employees for getting the Christmas lights up, and Holly Healy and the Police Department as well as others who made the Lighted Christmas Parade and tree lighting ceremony successes.

No standing committee reports were made, and there was no need for executive session.  The meeting adjourned at 5:40 pm and the Carmi City Council next meets on December 20th at 5:30 pm.