n Learned from Mike Streff, Foth Infrastructure & Environment, L.L.C., the EPA loan offer had been received and was sent to the city for review. Interest for the loan was 1.9 percent with two years to pay it back. The mayor now has to sign the notice of award to Leander Construction in order for the business to provide the performance and payment bond and certificate of insurance to the city for the contract.
Streff suggested the mayor sign the first loan disbursement so the city can be reimbursed for what it has already paid.
Alderman Bill McElhany expressed his relief, stating, “Thankful we are going forward. We are a lot closer than we were eight years ago (when the project was first started with the EPA). We are standing on the threshold.”
n Learned a lot of the new fire equipment to replaced that which was destroyed in the J&R Used Tire fire had arrived. Alderman Joe Fell added that fire chief Cliff Crabtree thanked the community for its support, added that all the departments that aided Hoopeston were invited to the parade last Saturday and more than 100 firefighters were fed as a thank you for the aid.
n Learned a bass dropped off in the Floral Hill Cemetery pond was captured and released at the McFerren Park Lagoon. The bass had eaten more than eight dozen goldfish during his sojourn in the cemetery pond.
The eight dozen fish have been replaced.
n The next Hoopeston City Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in City Hall, 301 W. Main St.