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ALEDO — A proposed ordinance establishing beekeeping regulations passed the first reading at Monday night’s city council meeting. An ordinance was brought up last summer and tabled when the council heard public opposition.

It was brought back up to the council in March when Alderman Mike Chausse, Ward 3, presented the council with a survey. Recommended regulations are based on those results.

The ordinance would require that all hives be inspected and pass a state inspection to verify that they meet state requirements.

“(The ordinance) put regulations back on the state — and let the state regulate bees,” Mayor Chris Hagloch said.

Following state inspection and approval, the hive would be registered with the city at $25 annually.

Final action on the recommended ordinance will be at the next city council meeting, May 7.

The council approved spending $11,976 on installation services by Puckett Concrete on a pavement project on the intersections of SW 2nd Avenue at 4th and 5th streets. The Public Works Department will perform demolition and removal of the concrete, repair infrastructure, install the sub base and purchase concrete. The total budgeted for the removal and replacement of the intersections in the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) was $30,000 in 2018.

A portion of property in the northern limits of SW 3rd Street, eastern limits of SW 9th Avenue, southern limits of SW 4st Street, and western limits of SW 12th Avenue was approved to go to the zoning board of appeals to be rezoned for “light industry” in a 7-1 vote. The section of town is currently zoned for “heavy industry.”

The dissenting vote was given by Terry Bewley, Ward 4. ‘Yes’ votes were Ila Bertrand, Ward 1; Christopher Kopp, Ward 1; Jim Holmes, Ward 2; Randy Slater, Ward 2; Michael Chausse, Ward 3; Barry Cooper, Ward 3; and Jay Doherty, Ward 4.

Hook-up fees and building permit fees totaling $1,750 were waived by the council for the Mercer Carnegie Public Library. Representatives appeared before the joint Tax Increment Financing and Property committee on March 26 to discuss plans for the construction of a 4,500-square-foot building on the corner of 5th Avenue and East Main Street.

The library is also seeking $35,000 for sidewalks on two sides of the new building and $58,000 for public parking areas. The council will discuss the request during 2019 budget discussions.

Aledo Police Chief Chris Sullivan said there would be a fundraiser hosted by Ariana’s Cafe from 5 to 7 p.m. April 25 to fund the Explorer Program, a youth outreach collaborative between the Aledo Police Department and Mercer County High School. Members of Explorers will help serve food.

Chief Sullivan also told the board the department was preparing for the National Drug Take Back Day set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, April 28. He said the drugs could be dropped off in any container and didn’t need to labeled.

The Drug Enforcement Administration will accept and dispose of substances at no cost to the city. Residents unable to make it that day can drop off unneeded, unused and expired medications 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the police department.

Mayor Hagloch read a proclamation declaring May 19 Aledo Poppy Day.

Citywide clean-up days will be held beginning Monday for residents living north of Illinois 17. Residents who live south of Illinois 17 will begin on Monday, April 30. The city will furnish collection services for items placed at residents’ curbs by 7 a.m. on the assigned day. Each household is allowed up to one pickup truck load of items for the collection service.

The city will not pick up appliances, stoves, washers, dryers, refrigerators; E-cycle goods (TVs, computers, paints and other chemicals); landscape items (yard waste, brush, limbs); automobile-related items (oils/lubricants, batteries, tires), or large items in excess of 50 pounds.

E-cycle collection is on the first and third Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the north side of the city hall building.

The board also approved:

  • A $100 donation to Mercer County High School Post Prom.
  • City sponsorship of The Right Information and Direction (TRIAD), a senior assistance program through the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, by including informational flyers in the June water bills at an approximate cost of $200.
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