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4/11/2013 5:49:00 AM
La Salle council approves hiring interns

Matthew Baker
Staff Writer

The city of La Salle will be getting some help from a pair of collegiate hands starting this fall.
The city council Wednesday night approved hiring an intern from Western Illinois University’s Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.
Similar to the city’s Illinois State University intern a couple years ago, the new intern will be under the supervision of economic development director Don Aleksy but will assist various city department heads over an 11-month period starting in September.
The internship process will cost the city less this time around though. Aleksy said a grant program involving the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps will keep the city’s costs for the intern at $7,500. The previous internship program cost roughly $25,000.
“I think it would be nice for the community to see that we’re doing that,” Mayor Jeff Grove said of the internship program.
Among the various projects the new intern will assist in will be the city’s comprehensive plan process that will start this summer.
The planning services will be funded through a $100,000 grant from the “IKE” Disaster Recovery Planning Program.
In other business, the council:
-Proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month.
- Donated $250 to Better Fishing Association to support local fishing events.
-Reminded residents that burning lawn waste is no longer allowed. Grove later added that garbage collection service now begins at 6 a.m. He requested that trash not be put on the curb before 5:30 p.m. the night before collection.

Matthew Baker can be reached at (815) 220-6933, or

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