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January 20, 2013

Some struggle to attend meetings

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DANVILLE —

When he first landed the job, he was seeing if he could move his hours around, he said.

“I needed a job. That’s more important,” Davis said. “I can’t live on the streets.”

He said he needs to sustain a living.

He was on call with the Urbana School District with his previous job. This is a 40-hour-week job that was more permanent.

Davis said he’s been keeping up with what’s been going on with city business.

“I know they are working on the new budget,” he said, adding that layoffs likely will be needed but he wants the city to keep services.

Davis previously tried to stay in contact with his constituents through ward meetings, which took a break for the summer, and church and other gatherings.

Lois Cooper, who will be 80 in June, said she feels “pretty good for an old lady,” but she’s suffered from a stroke and falls. Her doctor has advised her to not attend city council meetings.

“I still am having to use a walker in my house. It’s too heavy to fold up and get in my car,” she said.

Cooper continues to receive constituent phone calls and people come to her house about city issues.

“I pass them on immediately,” she said about the issues.

Cooper said she is doing her work as an alderwoman, but more at home.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said he and City Comptroller Gayle Lewis regularly receive phone calls each week from Cooper.

“She still maintains a constant contact,” Eisenhauer said, adding that the city council agenda packets are delivered to Cooper’s home.

“The doctor has not released her to come back to meetings,” Eisenhauer said.

Cooper’s term as alderwoman ends after the April 9 election.

She said both candidates, Darrell Heath and Frank Hoskins, are “good candidates” to take her place.

There were other aldermen who missed one or two meetings for the year, including Stone, Ward 4 Alderman Mike O’Kane and Ward 6 Alderman Jon Cooper.

The aldermen also had special budget study sessions last year.

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