City Council Will Proceed With Fireworks But Ask Public to Be Mindful Of Personal Use


Published on July 3 2012 10:37 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Millie Lange

The Effingham City Council met Monday evening instead of Tuesday due to the Fourth of July holiday. Once again one of the major issues on the evening was the discussion of fireworks.

Effingham will have its fireworks display Wednesday evening at dusk at Hendelmeyer Park. But Jim Arndt asked that the population of Effingham please be mindful of personal fireworks use. No problems are expected with the city fireworks display because of preparation but problems could arise from personal use such as sparklers, firecrackers, etc. that could ignite the grass. There is still dry conditions despite the rain Monday.

In other business, the city approved the purchase of equipment for the Effingham Police Department. The resolution authorized the purchase of video/audio equipment for the police department to be used for record interviews/interrogations. The funding source is out of the DUI Revenue Fund.

The city council is required by state law to ascertain and post the county's prevailing wage for the month of June on an annual basis. This ordinance passed. The council approved the resolution authorizing execution of a construction agreement with CSX Transportation, Inc. to proceed with the Channel Dam Replacement project.

The council also approved a grease trap ordinance, a street resurfacing program, Raney Street pavement patching, certificate of project completion and release of bonding and East Rickelman Avenue box culvert.

Several ordinances will be brought back in the future for approval including an ordinance authorizing the submission of a public question to adopt an "Opt-Out" Program for the supply of electricity to residential and small commerical retail customers in the city of Effingham. This will be brought back in the future for approval after having public meetings to explain this ordinance. Other ordinances being brought back for discussion were general and central area TIF water line replacement projects, donation of property on Grove Avenue and public property buildings, improvements.