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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Council hears of Eldorado firefighters' busy week

  • While all other city departments have enjoyed a quiet past few weeks, Eldorado fire department has been making nearly daily runs since the weekend, Fire Commissioner Jeff Minor told council members during Tuesday’s meeting of council.
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  • While all other city departments have enjoyed a quiet past few weeks, Eldorado fire department has been making nearly daily runs since the weekend, Fire Commissioner Jeff Minor told council members during Tuesday’s meeting of council.
    One of the most intense fires was the 15- to 20-acre field fire that began in the Woodlake subdivision area Sunday night and spread to the area of the reservoir. That fire involved five departments. The other was the fire that destroyed Wallace Auto Parts and Service in Raleigh Tuesday morning that involved three departments.
    “It’s been pretty busy as of last week, today, Saturday, Sunday, a lot is going on,” Minor said.
    “We’re glad nothing really developed at the fire at Woodlake, but quite a bit got burned up. We hate the fire at Wallace’s.”
    Chief Mike McKinnies was not at the meeting. He had been to meet Tuesday with a State Fire Marshal investigator at Wallace Auto Parts.
    Mayor Rocky James pledged council’s support for two entities in town, one that is newly opened and one that has existed for years, but that could be lost.
    Leon Russell – owner of the Roc 1 convenience stores throughout southeastern Illinois – has opened a new hardware store on State Street.
    “The new hardware store opened, they’ve got great stuff at reasonable prices,” James said.
    “We appreciate Leon Russell for helping out the community and we support it.”
    Monday there is a meeting at the Golden Circle office in Hardin County where the future of the Eldorado Golden Circle Nutrition Program may be decided. The center had closed, but was then given another two months of survival.
    James thanked State Rep. Brandon Phelps, State Senator Gary Forby, Gary Siebert and the city council for their work at trying to keep the center open for the Eldorado seniors to have a place in town for a nutritious meal and activities.
    During the meeting:
    Citizen Raymond Hutchison addressed the council regarding an incident during Town & Country Days in which he feels a police officer failed to listen to his side of the story regarding a dispute with another person. James said that since Hutchison was not ticketed or arrested the officer must not have seen cause to further investigate the incident, but that Police Commissioner Bob Briddick would speak to the officer.
    James said the city’s cost for property, casualty and worker’s compensation has gone up by about $2,000 due in a large part to the $2 million sewer plant renovation. Council voted to renew the current insurance agreement.
    Council awarded a bid for new tires for a backhoe to Raben Tire for $2,123.
    Page 2 of 2 - Council approved year end bonuses of $200 for full time employees and $100 for part time employees, volunteer firefighters and auxiliary police.
    Council approved Greg McKinney’s resignation from the police and fire board. James said McKinney has indicated he is too busy with other obligations to devote the required attention to the board members’ duties.
    Commissioner Robby Price thanked the street and sewer departments for helping the Eldorado Men’s Club erect the wreaths on the street lights for the holidays.
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