Fairview Heights delays renewal of agreement with law firm

News-DemocratMay 21, 2013 

The Fairview Heights City Council tabled an agenda item that would have renewed its agreement with the law firm that has been providing legal services for the city.

Ward 2 Alderman Roger Lowry asked the item be tabled "to give everyone a chance to look over the records."

The council will consider the agreement renewal with the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson at it's June meeting. Because the item was tabled, Mayor Gail Mitchell's re-appointment of city attorney Dawn Sallerson was removed from the agenda. Sallerson works for Hinshaw & Culbertson.

Ward 4 Alderwoman Carol Warner asked the council to push through an ordinance and vote on installing stop signs at Dunhill Drive at Willow Spring Hill Drive; Dunhill Drive at Saybrook Falls Drive; Columbia at DePaul and Duke at Columbia.

"The swimming pool west of Dunhill Drive is opening Memorial Day weekend and I am very concerned about the safety of children going across that street," she explained.

The council approved three-way intersections at those streets and Warner requested that the signs be installed before the weekend.

Interim city administrator Steve Rasmussen announced that Wednesday is his last day per his contract with the city. During his time he has sought a permanent city administrator. After the meeting, he said he narrowed the candidates down to one and a contract has been offered, contingent upon the City Council's approval of the candidate and the contract.

City Council members will have the opportunity to review the contract and are expected to vote whether to approve the contract next month.

Chris Volkman, director of Public Works, said the city's project to improve the intersection at Illinois 159 and Interstate 64 is on track.

He expects construction to begin within the next couple of weeks with earth excavation, repair of the drainage system and fence and eventually, landscaping.

"It will really give a nice facelift to our interchange," Volkman said.

Finally, the council voted to approve the mayor's appointments for Director of Public Works Chris Volkman; Chief of Police Nick Gailius; and Finance Director Scott Borror.

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