The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


June 5, 2014

Hoopeston to require firefighters to live within area

HOOPESTON — New firefighters must now reside within the Hoopeston Fire Department's Special Service Area at the time of hire. An amendment to the ordinance regarding residency and attendance requirements for members of the fire department was passed unanimously at Tuesday's meeting.

The only exception to that rule were members exempted by the city council ruling of February 2009 which allowed members to live within 5 miles until they retired, moved or resigned from the department, said Alderman Joe Fell.

It also was stated in the amended ordinance that any firefighter absent from three fires or three successive fire drills without a good and lawful excuse would find his or her position now considered vacant.

In other council business, bids for painting the Civic Center will be opened at 9 a.m. June 30 at City Hall.

Alderman Carl Ankenbrand noted that during the budget meeting, it was agreed to purchase a new LED sign for McFerren Park. Specifications can be picked up at City Hall for the bids.

• Employees at the swimming pool this year are pool manager Chris Oyer, assistant manager Kelsey Frante, eleven life guards, and five concession workers. Ankenbrand also noted that adult swim was moved to 6:30-7:30 p.m. He added there was the possibility of a morning exercise class at the pool.

• Learned the A&R Used Tire Recycling site has not yet been released by the EPA. There was still an issue with soot and some debris clean up that needed to be attended, plus a soil boring by the EPA before it was released.

The next Hoopeston City Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at City Hall, 301 W. Main St.

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