Toulon to consider more security cameras

By Jason Musselman
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The Toulon City Council will investigate the cost of downtown security cameras after a slew of break-ins in Kewanee and at least one attempted break-in at a Main St. Toulon business. Police Chief Gary Bent said the cameras can work as both a deterrent and in prosecuting anyone who vandalizes or attempts to enter a building.

The council agreed to look at quotes and discovered the price could be covered 100% by TIF funds if they so choose. Cameras already exist in the city park and sewer treatment plant and have helped solve investigations at both locations.

In other business, the city’s new police truck from D&D in Kewanee can now be picked up after the council voted on how to pay for the 2018 Chevy Silverado truck. The city will take out a loan in the amount of $17,370 over three payments at the State Bank of Toulon for half of the total bill and then use TIF funds for the other half. An additional expense of $4,667.72 for lights and radios was also approved.

The council also looked at the cul de sac at the end of Mohawk Road in the Arrowhead subdivision, which was discussed in April as being in poor condition. City engineer Josh Harken said the surface of that cul de sac is no good and has “deteriorated to the point that water is down to the base.”

The solution includes digging out 10” of surface, laying a fabric membrane, compacting a base and then putting three layers of oil and chip to seal the surface. But to save money, one plan devised would only make a path to the one residence on the cul de sac, Art and Rosie Whittaker’s, instead of repairing the whole cul de sac. That cost would be approximately $13,000.

“Let’s get quotes and see where we are at,” said Mayor Larry Hollis after some discussion on whether to go ahead and approve an amount without exact quotes.
Later in the meeting, Hollis made his appointments for the fiscal year 2019, which included all the same personnel and businesses as before with one exception – a lawyer. Current city attorney Bruce Fehrenbacher was the winner of the spring election for the Stark County resident judge, a position that he will take in December. Hollis says he wants to start looking now for an attorney that would not have a conflict on their meeting nights.

Hollis also told the council that for the first time the city has received tax bills for properties owned by the city that are deemed as not providing a service to the city, i.e. empty lots. However, those tax bills are only for the TIF portion of taxes, which come back to the city’s TIF fund.

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