GALENA — Municipal Court fines are about to change in accordance with state decisions.
Galena Municipal Court Judge Bill Lyerla told the Galena City Council Tuesday the fines would be changing for the courts and he felt the public should be made aware of the increases after the changes are adapted from the state requirements to fit city ordinances.
Additionally a concern for the safety of children playing basketball on the street between 9th and Dewey was brought to the council. The issue had come up before with a request for a street light in the area because children like to play in the street and there were reports of cars speeding in the area. Empire District Electric had told the city they would not put a light in the area facing the street.
The city decided it would be best to keep the light out of the area because they did not want to encourage children to play in the street.
The council also discussed the public hearing date for the city budget. The public budget hearing date was scheduled for September 19 because the budget must be in by October.
The council also discussed the proposed site for the new Eagle-Pitcher landfill. The site is proposed to be built near Short Creek in the flood plain. Materials to be consolidated in the site include lead, zinc, cadmium and contaminated soil. Mayor Dale Oglesby said the landfill would more than likely be considered a special waste landfill, but he felt the materials should not be brought close to the creek where they could contaminate the water. The council decided to draft a letter to Eagle-Pitcher stating they did not feel this was the proper place for the materials to be disposed of.
In other business, the council:
• Approved buying a new Snapper lawn mower for the parks department.
• Approved a pay raise for City Court Clerk Kim Martin from $10.54 per hour to $12.54 per hour. City Attorney Kevin Cure will be drafting the ordinance which will be effective immediately.