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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Three commissioners met in person, one by phone

  • Eldorado City Council began their Tuesday night meeting with a first. The three council members in attendance had to approve an ordinance allowing the fourth member to participate electronically.
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  • Eldorado City Council began their Tuesday night meeting with a first. The three council members in attendance had to approve an ordinance allowing the fourth member to participate electronically.
    An ordinance needed to be passed that defines a meeting and council had to adopt procedures to allow a commissioner to participate electronically.
    Finance and Water Commissioner Jim Morris was at home in poor health, but wished to participate in the meeting. City Clerk Stacy James called Morris and put him on speaker phone so the audience could hear Morris and Morris could hear them. James told him he could not participate in the first vote — on the ordinance authorizing a council member to participate by telephone.
    Following that, Morris voted with the rest and gave an update on the year’s appropriations that will be posted for public inspection.
    “It goes up by 3 or 3 1/3 percent,” Morris said.
    As for current finances, Morris repeated his common observation.
    “We still look good,” Morris said, which typically is followed by a warning for all departments to keep a close eye on spending.
    Morris asked Water Superintendent Tom Hosman to update council on his department. Hosman reported the water department is in good shape at the moment, but that he needs new tires for a water department truck and reported on two bids. Council approved the low bid of $768 from Jones Tire & Auto.
    At the end of his report, Morris gave a pat on the back to the young summer help for the water department.
    “I am encouraged by a group of young people working for us. They are doing a really good job and that’s nice to hear,” Morris said.
    During the meeting:
    Code Enforcement Officer Billy Bradley reported the city has approval to tear down three more vacant structures in the city. One is on Pearl Street that is partially collapsed, one is a double-wide trailer on Beulah Street and one is on West Street.
    Street Commissioner J.B. James said the department has been actively replacing street signs with over 100 large signs replaced already.
    Council approved the purchase of a $48,565 1-ton truck introduced by Street and Sewer Commissioner Robby Price for the sewer department and $14,996 for Bio Solution lagoon treatment.
    Mayor Rocky James said the city is receiving many calls about unkempt properties and the city is trying to locate owners to get them to clean up.

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