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.
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