Resident questions Vermilion’s age restriction on golf cart passengers

By Melanie Williamson   Resident Julie Horn addressed city council at the Monday, September 10, city council meeting regarding the golf cart law that prohibits young children from riding as passengers on golf carts in town even if they are wearing seatbelts. According to Vermilion ordinance 475.03 Usage and Restrictions, “any child who falls underContinue reading “Resident questions Vermilion’s age restriction on golf cart passengers”

Council to consider “Do Not Knock” list for solicitors; fire chief to recruit

By Karen Cornelius Fire chief’s report/new station/recruitment: The Health and Safety Committee met on Monday night, April 9. Fire chief Chris Stempowski reported 23 incidents in March with a total for the year so far at 48. He said firefighters have been meeting about replacing fire station #1 and have put their heads together consideringContinue reading “Council to consider “Do Not Knock” list for solicitors; fire chief to recruit”

City calls in experts to help with its critical risk debt

By Karen Cornelius The Finance Committee of city council met on Monday night, April 9, and were party to an impressive debt management presentation by Sudsina & Associates discussing the city’s debt service and what long-range planning can be done to save the city a significant amount of money and eventually cure their present financialContinue reading “City calls in experts to help with its critical risk debt”

Law director requests changes in compensation for rates, prosecutor, paralegal

By Karen Cornelius The Legislative Committee of city council met on Monday night, April 9, and heard a request from law director Kenneth Stumphauzer to make some changes in the law department’s compensation covering hourly rates, and the pay for the city prosecutor’s position as well as the clerk/parahegal’s position with the court. The lawContinue reading “Law director requests changes in compensation for rates, prosecutor, paralegal”

Finance Committee hears review of city’s health care plan, options for change

By Karen Cornelius The Finance Committee of city council met on Monday, April 9, and listened to a review of the city’s self-insurance plan for city employees. Council called for the review due to concerns health care costs were out of control. The representative from the health plan, BAC, Tom Forrester was present with someContinue reading “Finance Committee hears review of city’s health care plan, options for change”

Council addresses a complicated situation involving employee pay raises

By Melanie Williamson Vermilion City Council met on Monday, April 2, for a regular meeting. Each of the council committee chairs provided overviews of what was discussed at the various committee meetings before delving into new reports. Mayor’s report: Mayor Jim Forthofer shared that letters have gone out concerning the Labor Health Care Committee. ThereContinue reading “Council addresses a complicated situation involving employee pay raises”

Council discusses potholes, traffic signals, water bills, economic development

By Karen Cornelius Council president’s report/Dickerhoff condolences: Vermilion City Council met on Monday, March 5. There was no city correspondence and no audience participation. Council president Steve Herron introduced Main Street Vermilion’s director, Marilou Suszko who gave an annual report on the nonprofit organization. Herron also expressed his sympathy for the loss of Larry Dickerhoff.Continue reading “Council discusses potholes, traffic signals, water bills, economic development”

Surprise, disappointment, frustration describe city budget work session

By Karen Cornelius Vermilion City Council held a public hearing on farmland applications and an executive session on personnel on Monday night, February 26. Following, there was a special Vermilion City Council Finance Work Session on the 2018 general fund budget expenditures. The session took a difficult turn when there were no actual numbers available.Continue reading “Surprise, disappointment, frustration describe city budget work session”

Street costs, Fulper lot, water billing, VOL program, solicitors discussed

By Karen Cornelius Fire chief’s report/new fire station: During the Health and Safety Committee meeting on February 5, fire chief Chris Stempowski reported 14 incidents in January with the year total at 14. He said the department ended the year, 2017, with 251 incidents. He is still compiling statistics for his annual report. He saidContinue reading “Street costs, Fulper lot, water billing, VOL program, solicitors discussed”

Committee looks at escalating health insurance costs for city employees

By Karen Cornelius The Health and Safety Committee of Vermilion City Council met on Monday night, February 5. First on the agenda was a presentation by BAC Health Care, the city’s insurance carrier for city employees. After 40 minutes of discussion, there seemed to be more questions than answers on this self-insured plan. The city’sContinue reading “Committee looks at escalating health insurance costs for city employees”