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FAIRBURY - After four years of ribbon-cutting ceremonies and helping new people become familiar with the town, Cathi Coppinger has stepped down as executive secretary for the Chamber of Commerce.

The move comes almost two years after she gave notice for family reasons. Coppinger stayed because she enjoyed the job so much.

"The Chamber of Commerce is a doorway to the community," said Coppinger. "We're involved in so much and it is so important to the city. It was really hard for me to leave."

Chris Palmore took over the job earlier this month and completed plans for many of the sesquicentennial events. She said she looks forward to coordinating chamber activities and planning the annual Christmas parade and community sale.

Coppinger has been a board member since 1998.

"I want to thank everyone who has volunteered in the past and continues to do so," said Coppinger. "The chamber is a success because of the people who support the community."

MFT funds - The El Paso City Council approved $43,817.69 of motor-fuel tax funds to repair Elm Street from Front to First streets, and authorized $15,000 additional funding for MFT work. The council also approved an ordinance to rezone a portion of the northeast quarter of Section 7 from agriculture to industrial. Motor fuel taxes are a state tax collected at the pump and then redistributed to municipalities by the state.

Water rates - The Forrest Village Board agreed to raise water rates for the first time in 20 years. The increase on the first 2,500 gallons will rise from $8 to $9. It will rise from $1.50 to $2 for use over 2,500 gallons. The sewer rate after 2,500 gallons will go to $3. The rate increase will be effective on the October bill.

The board also approved $3,000 for a mower for the village's tractor, and approved a $8,500 ditch-cutting bid for the Railroad Park.

Police contract - The Gridley Village Board renewed its police contract with Chenoa. The Chenoa City Council will review the proposal at its next meeting. The board also approved $6,800 for a pool heater.

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