By Margaret Downing


At the Sept. 6. South Beloit City Council meeting, due to a complaint made by a city resident that people walking a dog (in this case by the complainant’s home) in the street by that person’s residence and not cleaning up after it, commissioners will now be looking at an ordinance to regulate pet clean-up. There is currently no ordinance in South Beloit regarding this issue.

City Attorney Roxanne Sosnowski will be working on ordinance. There may be first a warning, followed by fines if the ordinance is not followed. The resident who issued the complaint is concerned with the fact that joggers, walkers, children and so on, also go the route that the dog owner follows and that the result is “a nuisance.”

A vote on a resolution concerning an agreement between the city and U.S. Cellular (USCOC of Central Illinois, LLC) was once again laid over.

The Mayor was given authorization “to execute a Memorandum of Understanding” with the Illinois Council of Police.

The Council gave approval to payment of $84,680.39 in claims to be paid covering the time period from Aug. 13 to Sept. 2.

Due to complaints made to the Police Department about the intersection of South Harrison Ave. and Poplar St. having a lack of visibility at the corner and causing a hazard for drivers, that a designated “No Parking” area be declared by ordinance.

A resolution for purchase “for repairs” at Lift Station No. 8 for submersible pumps for the Waste Water Treatment Plant at a cost of $13,826 was approved.

Cost for asbestos removal at abandoned or dilapidated properties at 629 Southwestern Ave., 642 Fairview Ave., 327 Burr Oak Ave., 866 Marvin St. and 910 Ingersoll Place from N-Trak Group was approved at a cost of $13,675. The parcels are set for demolition.

Eight “paid, on-call” part-time firefighters were approved “for hire” – replacement positions.

Mayor Ted Rehl declared September to be “National Hispanic Heritage Month” in the city, and a presentation was given by a South Beloit Library representative. Lots of events and book discussions, not only in South Beloit, but also Beloit and surrounding communities were planned for the month.

It was also noted that the Fire Association’s Corn Boil in City Park was a huge success this year.

Commissioner Tom Fitzgerald gave the bi-weekly Fire Department Report from Aug. 12-25. One vehicle fire, two illegal burns, one hazardous material, two arching wires and one automatic alarm call were reported. Thirty-three medical responses – one auto accident, three public service and one welfare check call response were noted. Two mutual aid responses to Beloit, one to Rockton and one to Loves Park were reported. Training included “live burn scenarios.”

On the Police Report it was noted that the Department issued 63 traffic citations, such as speeding, no insurance or invalid registrations, made 19 criminal arrests and issued 53 ordinance violation citations in the latest report period.

City resident Bill Tinder made a suggestion to the Council, should it actually decide that going with police protection through the Winnebago County Sheriff’s office, is put out as a referendum to the voters. “If the subject becomes an issue,” the Mayor said, “it will be shared with residents immediately.”

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