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McLeansboro City Council Met Tuesday Night; Ordinance Prohibiting Sale of Recreational Use Cannabis Approved

The board members approved the agreement for management and other administrative services between the city and Southeastern Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission, as well as an agreement for engineering services with Shawnee Engineering, regarding a $65,000 grant for sidewalk improvements and ADA compliance at Pearl Street and Randolph.  The city will compensate the commission $3,250, or five percent of the grant award amount and will pay Shawnee a $9,500 fee.  The grant requires that the work be bid out to an outside source.

They also approved an ordinance prohibiting the sale of recreational use cannabis in city limits.  Only Billy Glenn voted

against the ordinance.

The annual tax levy for the fiscal year ending April 30th of 2020, totalling $11,350,930 was approved.

There was a discussion about renovation plans for City Hall.  They decided to allow the architect to complete the plans and

then see if it would be more cost effective to do the renovation, or constrtuct a new building.

The new police policy guidlines are still being finalized, so the board agreed to table the matter until the January neeting.

The board approved the purchase of software upgrades for the volunteer fire department.  The software, from Emergency Reporting costs $1,680 per year with a one-time $720 setup fee.  It is cloud-based, so it can be accessed from any computer.

Also it was agreed that clothing allowances and/or fire call reinbursements be $14 for certified and $10 for non-certified

firefighters, effective January 1st.

Action on authorizing the demolition of a burned-out house at 304 South Marshall owned by Tina Brown was tabled until next month’s meeting, allowing Brown 30 days to reply to the letter sent to her.

The board agreed to purchase a snow plow blade from Meyer Truck Equipment of Evansville for $6,900.

They’re getting quotes on a harley rack and a brush cutter for the track hoe, to present at next month’s meeting.

Also at the next meeting, they will discuss the possibility of a City Adminstration supervisor to oversee the departments.

And the board members approved the 2020 regular meetings of the McLeansboro City Council.  The January, February and March meetings were moved to the second Wednesday of each month at 6 PM, but the rest will be held on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 PM.