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3/19/2013 5:43:00 AM
Danekas won't quit Oglesby council after all

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

Last month, Danekas had said he was “frustrated” by the city's mounting financial problems and wants out and did not deny he considered leaving the council — with the condition, “If I can find someone to take my job.”

Monday, Danekas said he won’t run for another term, but he’ll at least finish the two years he has left.

“Since I got elected, I guess I’ll suck it up for another two years and quit whining about it,” he said in a half-joking tone that brought laughs.

Separately, the council voted 5-0 to place on file an ordinance increasing fees for the use of shelters and picnic table rentals at Lehigh Park.

As worded, the ordinance would set fees of $100 for the main shelter (half the shelter for $50), $50 for the stage and $25 for the back shelter. The ordinance also reaffirms various rules concerning pets, alcoholic beverages and parking.

Finally, the council formally adopted a five-year contract extension with Affordable Waste Services.

As previously reported, the extension includes an agreed-upon rate that comes to 50 cents less per stop (a savings of about $9,900 a year).

“I believe this is a good agreement for the city,” said commissioner Tom Porter.

Finally, Mayor Don Finley congratulated fire chief Ron Popurella for winning an award — and putting the city in the running for $10,000 grant.

Finley announced that Popurella was nominated for, and won, the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award. Popurella’s honor makes him eligible for a national award that would include $10,000 for Oglesby’s fire department if he won.

 Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: Baddawg

So very PROUD of our Fire Chief who never stops making our city a better place to live ! Thank You RON ! Good Luck !

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: Baddawg

Maybe if the Oglesby City Council would only spend money on what is important there would be a surplus of money !! Thanks Paul for staying and doing the job you were elected to do !!

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