Wamac City Council Discussed Dilapidated Trailers at Parkview Trailer CourtThe Wamac City Council discussed the next steps on what to do with dilapidated mobile homes at the Parkview Trailer Court Monday night. The Council did not receive any bids to buy and demolish the sixteen mobile homes. The Council opened the bids last month for someone to demolish the mobile homes to make way for expanding the city park. The city has decided to talk to the two salvage business to see if they will each take half of the trailers for salvage. If one company doesn't want one, then they will see if the other company will take them all. The city recently purchased the decaying property. The former owner of the trailer court filed for bankruptcy last December and abandoned the property, leaving it in disrepair.
The Council approved their annual tax levy ordinance. The city will be levying $86,366, an increase from $83,851 last year. The increase is under three-percent. The Council approved renewing the city's insurance with the Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust Insurance for the amount of $30,893. The general liablilty insurance covers all city-owned property and workers except for worker's compensation. The Council accepted a video grant from the Illinois Standards and Training Board for $4,782. This includes a $500 installation fee to be paid for obtaining and installing a new video camera system.
In other Council action, the Council approved purchasing tires for the city's dump truck for $640 and purchasing a heavy duty chain hoist for $159 from Northern Tools. The Council approved placing an ad in the newspaper celebrating the Moose Lodge's 100th Anniversary. The Council tabled action regarding purchasing a new phone and security system for the new city hall until they acquire more information. The Council also tabled regarding impoundment administrative towing until more information can be obtained.
In personnel action, the Council approved a $25 Christmas bonus for all city employees. The Council approved a one-dollar an hour pay raise for two full-time police officers. The monthly workshop will meet on Thursday, December 27th due to the regular date falling on New Year's Eve. The city will host Christmas dinner on Wednesday, December 19th at Noon for all city employees.
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