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Commissioner seat not yet filled

(Chenoa Treasurer Bryan Rowold reviews information at Tuesday's council meeting)

Mayor David Shane told the Chenoa City Council Tuesday night he was not ready to appoint someone to fill the vacant Commissioner Seat.

The Council decided to continue investigating switching from a loan-based system to using a line of credit for city projects. A line of credit instead of a loan system can lower interest costs if adequately managed.

Quotes have been received from contractors for the first phase of a new dog park in Chenoa. The first phase quotes came in at $42,000. This phase includes fencing for separate small and large dog areas, plus a shared pavilion. Grants to pay for the new dog park are being investigated.

Mayor Shane asked Council members to study a proposal to pay members of various City committees a stipend per meeting for attendance.

The company that sold Chenoa their utility billing software got bought out, and the successor company wants to raise the annual fee from $910 to $7,600 per year. The system used by the village of Lexington was investigated, and it proved to be satisfactory. The Lexington system has a set-up fee of $11,000 for training and transferring three years of data into the new system. The Council voted to go with the new company that made the system used by the Village of Lexington.

A member of the public requested the city review and modify the leaf-burning ordinance. Currently, leaf burning is restricted to specific days and times. Mayor David Shane asked that Chenoa residents be surveyed before they change the regulation.

Commissioner Zack Lopeman reported the city is investigating the causes of two blockages in existing 24-inch sewer lines.

Commissioner Bryan Rowold reviewed a report on the finances of the city with the Council.

Commissioner Manny Hernandez reported that people don't catch many fish in Silliman Lake because of a lack of aquatic vegetation or artificial structures for the fish, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. This year, a proposal to add Christmas trees to the pond may be pursued.

Commissioner J. E. Myers reported three grant sources with an application cost of $3,500 potentially could result in several million dollars of grants for the city. These three sources will be further investigated.

The Council approved the minutes from the last meeting and the bills to be paid.

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