City Council meets Tuesday

Staff Report

The Charleston City Council decided to not vote on two action items but approved all other action items at their meeting Tuesday night.

The two action items not voted on during the meeting regarded adopting a revised sexual harassment policy and another action item amending the personnel handbook.

The reason for not voting on the ordinances is to work more on those items before the council makes a final vote on the matters.

The council approved an intergovernmental agreement for mutual aid with the Lincoln Fire Protection District for the Charleston Country Club.

The reason for the agreement is because the club does not have access to a hydrant water for the purpose of suppressing fires and the Charleston Fire Department engines do not have the capability of establishing a rural water supply for fire suppression.

The Lincoln Fire Protection District has the equipment to establish the necessary water supply.

The agreement will be in effect for five years.

The council also granted a petition to HOPE of Eastern Central Illinois for a conditional use permit to allow for “other residential use” that include a temporary shelter and services for women and children who are survivors of domestic abuse.

The shelter will accommodate up to 35 residents at a time.

The property is in the C1 – Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District.

The mayor also appointed Paul Brown to serve the remainder of Jim Wood’s current 5-year term on the Board of Zoning and Appeals & Planning and proclaimed the week of October 4-10 as Fire Prevention Week.


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