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Cala Smoldt


Mon 9/28/2020 12:42 PM


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Cala Smoldt/Correspondent


Mayor Chris Hagloch read a Halloween proclamation setting trick-or-treat hours on Oct. 31 for 5:30-7:30 p.m. during the regular city council meeting, Sept. 21


City Administrator and Chief of Police Chris Sullivan said, "We’re not sponsoring trick-or-treat, because it’s an individual event, but the city is going to ‘authorize’ trick-or-treat… to give some normalcy to everybody." The times set for children and parents to go door-to-door collecting candy in costume are the same as years prior.


The city council heard a presentation from Mercer County Better Together’s Kyle McEwen. He asked the council to consider a donation to help meet a $15,000 matching funds donor.


Hagloch said, "The city has participated for three years now with Mercer County Better Together (MCBT). Last year we, for some reason, didn’t budget anything for their program. We discussed tonight - (it might) go to full council - possibly offering up to $4,500. We could put that money towards a project," he said.


"We’ve been working with some individuals trying to put together a commercial kitchen - so that was something we thought maybe we could get MCBT to work on," said Hagloch.


The council also discussed sending in an application for an ITEP (Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program) grant by the Nov. 2 deadline, during the finance meeting.


‘We received funding 2-3 years ago for the bike path over by the DMV on SE 8th Ave. We’ve got all the engineering done for that 3 block stretch, so now we’re going to apply to get some funding to see if we can put the bike path in," said Hagloch.


He said officials recently met with engineering consultant firm, IMEG, who has been working on the downtown streetscape.


"We had a meeting last week to discuss maybe trying to incorporate the alley by Halls (building) that goes down to the Headquarters & Alley Outback Spa, to see if we can complete some kind of streetscape down through the alleyway and down to SE 2nd." Hagloch said they will try to apply for an ITEP grant to help with work there as well.


Residents whose political signs have disappeared, should check with Aledo’s city hall.


An ordinance has been on the books for a few years - keeping the city’s right-of-way clear of signage.


"It’s your property, but we have the rights to what’s under it, and to access it. So you can’t put signs in it, posts in it, fence in it… you just can’t leave them in the right of way," said Sullivan.


He said the street department workers do not have to notify residents before removing signs on the city’s ‘right of way’, per city ordinance.


"Your notice of it is that it’s published, it’s a law, you have a right to know where it’s at, it’s on our website, you can call and ask," said Sullivan.


He said city officials have spoken to groups that hand out signs and let them know where they can place signage on residents lawns.


"Some (residents) may not know they should not have done that. We did go to the radio station, we’ve talked about it repeatedly, it’s in our city bulletin."


He said signs are not thrown away, "All signs that are picked up are taken to the city garage - you’re welcome to come to city hall and they will direct you to the city garage where you can pick your sign back up."


He explained how to determine the city’s right of way on residential property, "If you get about 20 feet back from the road, if you don’t have a sidewalk, then you’re probably out of the ‘right of way’. The right of way on most of our streets, and it varies, generally is a 60 foot wide right of way. Lanes are 10 feet wide, if you get to the middle of the street, it’s 30 feet out, or 20 feet from the edge of the road. But also, if there’s a sidewalk - if you’re on your side of the sidewalk, you can put whatever you want there," said Sullivan.


He said if you have a sidewalk, signage can never go on the streetside of the sidewalk.


"That’s not just a political sign, that’s also if you’re a real estate company and you’re putting them out."


In other news, city fireworks plans have not yet been solidified. Haglosh said, "Currently, we think the fireworks will be next year."