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City hears ambulance rates will go up 25%

Meeting: City Council

When: Feb. 20

Key action Heard ambulance rates will go up about 25 percent effective immediately, the first increase the department has seen in the last six years. The revised fee schedule was prompted by changes in the way Medicare does billing. The new rate will be $400 per call plus $10 per loaded mile for basic life support service and $500 per call plus $10 per loaded mile for advanced life support service. For non-residents, the fees will be $500 per call plus $10 per loaded mile for BLS and $600 per call plus $10 per loaded mile for ALS.


EP-G extends pact for superintendent

Meeting El Paso-Gridley school board

When Feb. 16

Key action Extended Superintendent Bill James' three-year contract to run until June 30, 2009.

Other action: Denied a request to add junior high wrestling and high school soccer for the 2006-07 school year and denied adding soccer as a cooperative sport with another school.


City approves loan for water, sewer line

Meeting: City Council

When Feb. 14

Key action: Approved a $80,000 loan to run a water and sewer line along U.S. 24.

Other action Approved a $307 purchase of a phone system backup battery.


W. Lincoln-Broadwell to eye softball team

Meeting: West Lincoln-Broadwell school board

When Feb. 21

Key action: Directed Superintendent Bailey Climer to pursue formalizing a girl's softball team as long as 12 or more girls are interested. There is an approximate cost of $4,400 the initial year and $3,200 a year thereafter. Zion will co-op with the girls' basketball program for the 2006-2007 school year.

Other action: Purchased three wireless laptop computers for art, music and administration.

Next meeting March 20.

Chester-East hires track, b-ball coaches

Meeting Chester-East Lincoln school board

When Feb. 21

Key action Hired girls' track coach Matt Grossmann and boys' basketball coach Randy Ely.

Other action Approved replacing the heating and air conditioning in the staff lounge and approved the school calendar.


City OKs agreement for recycling program

Meeting: City Council

When Feb. 21

Key action: Approved an intergovernmental agreement with Tazewell County to finance the recycling program and approved an ordinance for a contract with the Pekin recycling center to pick up the bins in Delavan.


Green, Veto streets to close for sale

Meeting: City Council

When Feb. 13

Key action Approved closing Green and Veto streets between Owlsey and Lincoln for the April 8 community sale.

Other action Approved using Health Point of Normal for random testing of non-CDL and CDL-licensed employees.

Compiled by Connie Seastedt, Dave Tompkins, Kelly Youngblood and Julia Voss.


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