Monday, a divided city council voted to draft a letter to Michael Wrobleski and to mail it today to his rural Granville address. In it, city attorney Jim Andreoni warned him he violated his contract by not residing within the required distance of town. Wrobleski then will have 30 days to move or seek other employment.
The vote was 3-1 in favor of the ultimatum, with Dennis Yborra absent and Dom Rivara voting no.
“I think it’s wrong,” Rivara said, noting there’s no uniform residency requirement for other city employees.
Separately, the council finalized a deal with AT&T that will require the utility to pay $6,000 a year for the use of city light poles, fixing a long-standing discrepancy between how the city and the utility pay for the use of each other’s poles.
Oglesby had been on the losing end of the bargain because AT&T used 600 more city poles without reimbursement. Now, the city should recover $6,000 a year in costs the city should have been receiving long ago.
Finally, the city will supply a uniformed officer to provide part-time security at Illinois Valley Community College, and IVCC will pick up the tab.
The council approved an agreement that lets the college employ an officer 20 hours per week at overtime rates, or time-and-a-half the officer’s pay.
In other matters, the council:
n Donated $200 each to the Red Cross and the L-P High School Foundation
n Set a working meeting for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23
n Approved street closures for the Holy Family School walk-run on Oct. 5
Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or email@example.com.