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June 16, 2019

4/25/2019 10:27:00 AM
City council OKs budget; Sutfin joins police board
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Changes were made to the Robinson Police Commission Board following last night's city council meeting.

During the meeting, Mayor Roger Pethtel revealed that the city had received a letter of resignation from Joe Davis, who is resigning because of health concerns.

"It has been an honor to help the community and I am grateful for the opportunity," Davis said in his letter. "I am proud of our officers, department and Chief Chad (Weaver) and believe we are safer under their watch."

Davis was appointed to the board last year.

A motion was approved by the council to appoint Jason Sutfin to fill the vacancy created by the resignation, effective immediately. Pethtel said the other two members of the board have been spoken to about Sutfin's appointment and also approved.

In other law enforcement business, the council accepted the resignation of a Robinson Police patrolman. Alderman Gene Sinclair said that Officer Paul Wieland had submitted his resignation, effective April 10.

Also Tuesday, the city's budget for fiscal 2020 was approved.

Alderman John Birkofer presented the budget which shows revenue of more than $4,000,500 and expenses of $3,963,810.18, resulting in a surplus of $36,689.82.

The budget reflects a pay raise for city workers approved by the aldermen. The 3.5-percent increase will be for non-union employees.

Birkofer noted the exhausting effort it took to manage this year's budget.

"It always presents challenges as money gets tighter," he said.

The council and mayor thanked Birkofer and others for their efforts in creating this year's budget.

Alderman Russell Snider announced a new plan to see a more efficient method of the disposing of tree branches, yard and garden waste and lawn trimmings in the city.

Snider said research showed that the city pays more than $55,000 per year to have those items removed from local residences and other areas. He motioned for a plan to divide the removal of those items by wards beginning June 1.

Wards 1 and 4, which are north of Illinois Route 33, will have their disposal on Tuesdays, while Wards 2 and 3, south of Route 33, will have theirs on Mondays. The council approved the motion.

The purchase of a new, $79,695 dump truck for the street department was approved by the council.

Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick explained the vehicle was ordered last May, but still has not been put to use. He expects that to change in the near future.

Quick had two other requests approved during the meeting.

Tom Hose and Dylan Dart from the wastewater treatment plant were approved to attend the CIPWO conference in Champaign today at a cost of $60. A part-time hire and three summer hires for the street department was also approved.

The council also motion to donate old Christmas decorations to the county. Parks and Recreation Superintendent MIke Shimer announced that the Robinson Easter Egg Hunt last Saturday was the biggest one yet, with 900 to 1,000 in attendance.

In other business, the council:

• Approved an intergovernmental agreement with Robinson Unit 2 allowing two school resource officers. Unit 2 will pay for one full-time officer and reimburse the city for some of the salary of the other officer.

• Approved an annual supplemental appropriation ordinance.

• Re-appointed Sandrea Anderson to the police pension board.

• Adopted an ordinance regarding RV parks.

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