The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Golden Circle leaving Eldorado, council acts to replace equipment

  • Eldorado City Council is sad to see the Eldorado Golden Circle leave the town.
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  • Eldorado City Council is sad to see the Eldorado Golden Circle leave the town.
    "They are taking it all out as of Friday," Public Property and Fire Commissioner Jeff Minor said.
    "They're closing this nutrition site down here. I think its a bad deal."
    The city has offered the community building that shares a building with the police department free to the Golden Circle Nutrition Program for decades. Minor said the Golden Circle will provide a RIDES Mass Transit bus to pick people up at the community center parking lot and take them to the Harrisburg or Ridgway Golden Circles.
    "It's a shame to move out like that. We gave them a free facility for years," Mayor Rocky James said.
    Now the council must take quick action to re-equip the center with chairs, tables, a refrigerator, stove and microwave as the Golden Circle owns its equipment and is moving it all out. The community center is rented for events Friday and Saturday night.
    Council voted to spend $2,880 for tables and chairs with eight chairs per table and to spend $1,200 for the other equipment. Board Secretary Stacy James was to go to Sam's Club in Marion today to buy the tables and chairs and to buy the other items locally.
    Police Chief Shannon Deuel reported Town & Country Days came and went without much activity for police. The crowds at the American Legion and VFW were subdued compared to some years.
    "There were a couple little skirmishes over there, but nothing big," Deuel said.
    Fire Chief Mike McKinnies said the department's new brush truck is now equipped with a radio and lights.
    During the meeting:
    • Council voted in the consent agenda to pay $4,950 to the Town & Country Days headlining band Savannah Jack and $50 for the Oldies but Goodies choir.
    • Council approved Town & Country Days extra pay to Shannon Deuel at a rate consistent with other supervisors.
    • Mayor Rocky James said enforcement of ordinances regarding properties is ongoing and the city will not waiver from its goal of ridding the city of below standard properties.
    "We fight it every day. People are coming by my home every day upset and I tell them if they follow the rules, we follow the rules," James said, adding he also hears from others the city is not doing enough.
    "If you see a problem we will address it and if there is a problem we follow the laws on the books," James said.
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