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Taylorville Council honors students

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(TAYLORVILLE) — The Taylorville City Council honored several students in the Taylorville School District for their accomplishments during their Monday night meeting. In the top photo, Mayor Bruce Barry, right, awards Taylorville Junior High School student Liam Bettis, left, for finishing third in the IESA Class 3A State Cross County Meet. In the bottom photo, these students earned All-State honors in the Illinois Music Education Association. From left are,Jay Bliler, jazz piano; Ercia Edwards, flute; Mylie Corso, oboe; Kai Albright, jazz baritone saxophone; and Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry.

Members of the Taylorville City Council gathered Monday evening, Dec. 5, for their regular meeting in the Municipal Building.

In opening the meeting, Mayor Bruce Barry congratulated Liam Bettis on his achievements with the cross-country team. Liam was awarded a student of the month award for finishing third in the state in the IESA Class 3A Cross County state meet. He is heading to the 2022 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross County Championships in San Antonio, Tex. this weekend.

The other students given the award of students of the month were Jay Bliler, Erica Edwards, Mylie Corso and Kai Albright were named All-State through the Illinois Music Education Association. The students earned this designation by submitting an audition through the Illinois Music Education Association.

Next, in business matters, the Council directed the Mayor to sign the work orders from Benton and Associates to repair the alleyway behind Rent-A-Center and East Vine. This action will hopefully reduce flooding issues in both areas.

The bids for the chemicals at the water department have been accepted. There was also an update from City Attorney Rocci Romano. He told the Council the solar panels at the water treatment facility should be up and running soon.

The following motions were passed: the annual abatement ordinance; to authorize the purchase of personal property, which is a new X-750 48-inch deck garden tractor; The hiring of a trash dumpster attendant; one replacement firefighter; one replacement officer; change in liquor license classification for El Cactus from a Class C to a Class C-1; and to ratify payment of bills for $330,714.36.

The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Photos of the award presentations appear on Page 3.

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