The United States of America is a relatively young nation compared with others. From the start of our country, many people have fought and died for our way of life.
Some may think we grew too fast. It seems that the past 30 years or so, for every step forward, we move two steps backward, repeating mistakes from the past. Whether it was our mistakes, or other countries, it is part of history and we have yet to learn from it.
Lately, we have immigrants, legal and illegal, that are in our country wanting to change it. They want to change our way of life and laws to that of the country they came from.
Years ago when immigrants came to our country, when they stepped foot on our soil, they would kiss the ground and be thankful for a chance to become an American citizen and be part of our country.
We are a resilient country; we will get back on track.
To those who come to our country and want to change it to the country they came from, I say, “We did not invite you here. If you do not like our way of life and laws, feel free to leave.”
This is the United States of America, our country. Yes, we are in dark times now, but stand up for our Constitution and vote responsibly! We will prevail if that happens.
Wonder Lake, IL
Morrison Council Corner
Morrison City Council had lots of decisions to make on August 26, 2013. The consent agenda was approved. WIPFLI discussed the independent audit report, which was approved. Mayor Pannier stated the city will work through recommendations on deficiencies, such as getting the cash receipts and cash amounts balancing at the Sports Complex.
A new Swimming Pool Enclosure ordinance was put in place. An ordinance governing Storm Water Management was tabled due to the length…need more time to read and understand. Bids are going out for the Market Street Parking Lot.
Wendy Gallentine, Hero’s Tap owner, asked to host a beer garden during Paint the Town. Harvey Zuidema stated this was a family event, was it necessary? Chief Melton suggested they bring more detailed info along with a Paint the Town representative to Thursday’s special meeting of council. Council will address A Special Use License for Hero’s Tap (which was tabled) at Thursday’s meeting. “Special Meeting” results. Hero’s Tap withdrew the request to host a beer garden during Paint the Town, but will still have a band Sept. 21 inside Hero’s Tap.
Rockwood Recreational Trail bids were opened August 15. Engineer Carmichael suggested since the bids came in low that he go back and see what additional cost there would be to make the trail entirely asphalt surface. The bid from Law Excavating, Inc. of $117,566.50 was accepted depending on the getting an easement agreement with Mt. Pleasant Township. (This is way lower than the original predicted costs - $390,000.)
The Water Tower change order of $8,540 was approved for a new fence for safety and removal of unnecessary ladder on the interior of the Tower.
There was a very controversial discussion. Bob Vaughn asked the city to vacate the section of sidewalk on Market Street, behind 201, 203, 205, 207 West Main St. In the ordinance it states he will pay the city $10.00 for that section of sidewalk and agree to fix it according to the engineering drawings he presented to the council. This project is projected at a cost of $68,000. Zuidema and myself did not see where this would be good for the city. Wood asked what returns the city would get and Vaughn said it would be in property taxes. A three-fourths (3/4) vote was needed to pass the ordinance. Votes: Bender-Abstained; Zuidema, Wood-No; Sullivan, Helms, Connelly, Eizenga, Blean-Yes. (Mayor Pannier stated he would have voted yes, if needed).
Ordinance #13-33 Abatement of Utility Charges for Properties Located at 201, 203 and 205 West Main Street. As a trade off with the city, Vaughn will be improving the sidewalk area on Market Street behind his buildings. That section of sidewalk is vacated by the city (by Ordinance #13-32) transfers ownership to Bob Vaughn. He asked for abatement of water, sewer and garbage fees for 10 years…Two apartments upstairs would not have to pay water/sewer charges up to 5,000 gallons a month. The business downstairs will have a limit of 11,000 gallons a month – then the owner is responsible for any overages. Public Works Director Tresenriter has it figured (with the upcoming rate increases)….the abatement to Bob Vaughn’s properties will be about $65,848 for the 10 years. It is stated in the ordinance that the city is authorized to incur expenses for economic development when it is deemed desirable for the promotion of economic development within the city. The way I saw it, Bob Vaughn was getting his sidewalk and landscaping paid for by Morrison residents. It is almost a wash as far as the costs. The vote was Sullivan, Wood, Zuidema-No; Bender-Abstained; Helms, Connelly, Eizenga, Blean-Yes. Motion passed. We can hope this does not set a precedence we won’t be able to take care of.
Special Meeting on August 29, 2013 at City Hall resulted in council passing a resolution authorizing appointment of Barry Dykhuizen as City Administrator for Morrison at a salary not to exceed $77,000. He grew up in Morrison, is married with 3 small children. His parents also live in surrounding communities. Welcome aboard, Barry.
The next Morrison City Council Meeting will be September 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the County Board Room. Come see make your voice heard….please attend. Everyone is welcome.
A Morrison Taxpayer
I read the article printed 8/21/13 regarding the closing of the Savanna Pool. I called the Savanna Park Board. They said Lydia Root would return my call, which she did.
Taking her advice I decided to write you. I am an individual with many health issues (I will not bore you with the details). I, for one, would benefit and become a member if it is decided to keep the pool open. The possibility of having an Aquatic Therapy class is awesome and should be pursued for the community because many, young and old, would have the opportunity to improve their health and develop a network of friends within their community.
Thank you for listening.
A concerned community resident,
Coaches Lack Common Sense
What is wrong with these coaches having football players practicing and playing football when it’s this hot? If it is too hot to have school, then it’s too hot to play football. Common sense should tell you that.
Also, the coaches should keep a player out of the game when they get hurt, but I guess winning the game is more important that the players’ health. It’s win at all costs.
They should never start school in August in the first place. Start after Labor Day and go to school a few days in June if necessary when it’s cooler, like they used to.
By Jim Sacia, State Representative, 89th District
I’ll miss writing these weekly articles. A short month from now, September 30, 2013, I will step away from my position as your State Representative. Over the past eleven years I have been asked often, “how do you like your job”, my standard answer has always been, “on a one to ten scale this job is a twenty six”. Why is that? Every day we are able to help someone. That is so very rewarding.
I certainly owe you an explanation why I’m stepping down early. It’s been well known that I’m in my final term which ends in December of 2014. That is based on my original promise twelve years ago that should I continue to win every two years I would stick to my self-imposed term limit not to exceed the equivalent of two U.S. Senate terms or twelve years. Yes, it went by quicker than I thought and no one is holding my feet to the fire but a promise is a promise.
Several months ago I sent personal letters to my supporters asking for their advice. Their comments have been invaluable. I am giving serious consideration to another political opportunity.
Petitions to run for all 2014 state positions can be drawn starting September 3, 2013 and must be submitted no later than December 2, 2013, thus the timing to resign now.
What will I run for if I do? That decision is still up in the air. I still have “fire in my belly” and I love the political process in spite of all its warts. No, I’m not leaving because I’m beat down. Those who know me recognize I’ll walk into any issue and deal with it head on. I will not waffle and you will know where I stand.
The position of State Representative, though not stated that way, is a full time job and then some. It deserves someone giving it one hundred percent. A “lame duck”, which I am, loses some horse power. A lame duck seeking another office takes a great deal away from the job. Thus, I owe it to you to move on. What if that state wide run isn’t in the cards and the stars don’t fall in line, what then? Well, I’m a pretty good worker bee and I’ll help my political friends win their seats.
Should I run and win a state wide office, my weekly articles will be submitted to every newspaper in the state. (My critics would love that!) Should the cards stack up differently I will submit articles through September.
To my supporters and critics alike, thank you. Critics are great and help you keep your focus. To those down right hateful people, you sure are missing a beautiful life.