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WHAT WE KNOW: Geneseo experienced a six-hour gas leak downtown on July 2. People were evacuated and electric service was cut to 15 businesses.

WHAT'S NEW: Ald. Martin Rothschild expressed concern about the length of the incident. "Gas is such a dangerous thing. It's hard to wait and wait and wait," he said. "That just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me." Lewis Opsal, director of electrical operations said digging up valves in three spots as they did was faster than doing it another way and the NICOR gas personnel were coming from Sterling, Rochelle and Dixon where they might have had to get to a safe spot in their work before leaving those communities. Interim city administrator Dawn Tubbs said NICOR representative Bernie Anderson would attend the July 23 committee of the whole meeting.

WHAT'S NEXT: The council took no action on an agreement for a new director of electrical operations following a closed session. Opsal is scheduled to retire July 18.

They also approved a new Henry County Trafficking Group to make human and drug trafficking arrests, composed of the Geneseo, Kewanee, Colona and Henry County law enforcement agencies.

— LISA HAMMER / rlhammer15@gmail.com

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