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10/8/2013 10:01:00 AM Oglesby seeks new field west of McPhedran Park
Oglesby council makes exception on residency
Oglesby City Council on Monday voted 4-1 to cut a deal with Michael Wrobleski, the electric department worker who was taken to task for moving to Granville in violation of the terms of a contract with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Under the memorandum of understanding, Wrobleski keeps his job and can stay in Granville — at least until the IBEW renews its contract with the city — but makes concessions of his own including forfeiting vacation.
One of the sticking points that led to an agreement was that Wrobleski sought and received approval from commissioner Dom Rivara. Commissioners appear to have executive powers under Illinois law that would have given Rivara such authority. Danekas voted against the deal.
“If anybody wants to live anywhere within this country, go — be free,” Danekas said, adding later, “This is the union’s problem, not the city’s problem.”
Oglesby plans to launch a new committee. Its mission: Acquire and develop 5 acres of land west of McPhedran Park for use as a football-soccer field.
Commissioner Paul Danekas announced Monday at the Oglesby City Council meeting that he’s interested in developing a “community center” near McPhedran Park and wants volunteers to join in the effort to acquire and develop the land into an athletic facility and gathering place.
“It might be a way to bring people in,” Danekas said, indicating tourist potential for sports tournaments and weddings.
Danekas urged interested volunteers to come to the city hall at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 for a discussion to begin prior to the council’s regular meeting.
* Also Monday, the council expanded the city’s ability to settle ordinance violations out of court.
Last year, the council adopted an ordinance that allows city officials to reduce fines for offenders who don’t want to fight their citations in court. A resident fined $150 for weeds could settle for perhaps $75, avoiding a court date for both the resident and the city attorney.
City officials have found the program works well enough to expand the settlement option to a new series of violations. By unanimous vote, the council added fireworks violations, assault and battery, illegal burning and soliciting without a permit to the list of offenses that now can be settled out of court.
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