HOOPESTON — The city will have roll-off containers for city residents to use for bulk refuse 6 a.m.-noon Saturday in the parking lot by City Hall, 301 W. Main St. It’s the first city-wide bulk garbage pick-up since the removal of roll-offs from the soccer field earlier this month.
Residents bringing bulk to the drop off area must show an ID and be a resident of Hoopeston paying for garbage pickup, according to information at the city council meeting. No electronic items will be accepted, and participants must give name and address to the person overseeing the containers.
"Some may be disenchanted," said Alderman Bill Goodwine. "There will be things we say no to and will not take them."
Non-residents were dumping trash at the soccer field, increasing the amount Republic Services would normally pick up. Some contractor debris also was finding its way into the roll-offs.
In other council business, council members unanimously approved the appropriation ordinance. Goodwine said this ordinance "makes it legal for us to spend money."
A memo from the chief of police stated that complaints have been made regarding golf carts. The vehicles are failing to yield, underage children are driving them, children in the back seats are not using seat belts and are also hanging off the carts. The police department will start issuing tickets for these offenses.
Alderman Jeff Wise said the city has 240 trees that need taken down. The street and alley department will grade them by condition and remove the dangerous trees first. He also said there is no dumping at the city slab on Illinois Route 1.
Alderwoman Robin Lawson announced the 9/11 Stair Climb hosted by the Hoopeston Fire Department will be at John Greer Grade School this year. Cost is $25 and $20 for a T-shirt.
Alderman Bill McElhaney reminded residents that due to the extreme hot weather, residents should check on neighbors, friends, relatives and seniors. A cooling center is at City Hall, 301 W. Main St.
Council members unanimously approved the purchase of a new F-350 truck for the cemetery at a cost of $34,000.
The city received a letter from Jaycee Brad Hardcastle requesting the use of McFerren Park for the National Sweetcorn Festival and Sweetheart Pageant from Aug. 28-Sept. 2.
Mayor Bill Crusinberry thanked the businesses, organizations, clubs and residents who donated to the fireworks this year. He stated it was the second best display in the area and the second largest event in Hoopeston.
Resident David Webber said during the public comment that he would like to invite the council to an exploratory committee regarding cannabis to discuss, prepare for the economic impact, the negative impact and opportunity for Hoopeston as an R3 district to take advantage of an opportunity to benefit from the cannabis tax act. Webber was informed that to hold this type of meeting with the council, he would have to abide by the Open Meetings Act, give 48-hour notice to media and public of the meeting.
Alderman Chad Yaden suggested Webber put together an agenda, give it to Dawn Layden to send to council, media and post for the public at a time specified to discuss the matter.
The next Hoopeston city council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at City Hall.