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McLeansboro City Council Report – March 19, 2024

The McLeansboro City Council met in regular session for about an hour and a half Tuesday night.  Scott Mareing was there for WROY/WRUL News and has this report…

Sean Henry and Rod Martin of Klinger & Associates spoke to the board about various projects including the sanitary sewer project and the lead service line inventory.  They will have a budget for work to be done with a detailed inventory at next month’s meeting.

Jaime Brock and Janelle Brown, who had helped raise about $30,000 for a new dog shelter last year, wondered what had happened to that money and why it hadn’t been built.  Mayor Chad May said a new one would cost around $150,000 and there were other major priorities for the city that needed to be looked into, so it didn’t get the attention some might have liked.  Later on in the meeting, the board decided not to take any specific action on the matter, but will see if they can get volunteers to possibly help make repairs and alterations.

The Kiwanis Club asked about new playground equipment at the park.  They have most of the money needed and they would like the city to think about helping out.

They received five bids for mowing for the 2024 mowing season.  The board decided to approve Triple G Lawn Care’s bid of $1,330 per week.

The board agreed to sell the property located at 133 South Jackson Street to Steve Becker for $30,000 by a 4 to 2 vote.

It was decided not to purchase a vehicle for the police department K9 unit at a cost of $65,000 and get more use out of the old one.  Also, to make any associated transfers needed.

Second reading of an ordinance amending Utilities, Water System, General Regulations, and Resale of Water was held.  The ordinance was approving correcting the language.

First reading of an Ordinance regarding the FY25 Appropriations took place.  Budget numbers should be ready by next week and then a finance committee meeting will be held.

The Consent Agenda was approved, which includes making opening day at the city swimming pool to be on Monday May 27th, but they don’t have lifeguards yet, so if they can’t get enough, they might not be able to open it.  City Wide Cleanup will be May 6th to the 9th, tChere will be a Crappie Tournament at Lake McLeansboro on Saturday May 4th and a Catfish Tournament at Lake McLeansboro on Saturday, May 18th, and a FY 24 Appropriations Amendment concerning the gas fund was approved, as was the FY 24 budget amendment.

Updating the fire department’s software was tabled.  The Mayor hasn’t been able to look into it yet.

The board adjourned at 6:53 PM.

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