The Minonk City Council approved the purchase of a warning siren from Ragan Communications for $20,349.20 at their normal Monday night meeting. The new siren will be placed at the I-39 intersection northwest of the city.
In other business the council approved the appointments of members to the Public Works Committee and teh Public Safety Committee. The Public Safety Committee has Jack Marcoine as Chairman and Russell Ruestman and Nick Cavera as members. The Public Works Committee has Mark McNamara as Chairman and Larry Fortner and Trent Ruestman as members.
In public comments, Minonk resident Jim Liner asked why the city has not enforced the zoning ordinance for a structure at 215 East 10th Street that is in violation of the city zoning law. Mr. Liner said the property has a shed on skids at that site and is not meant for dwelling purposes. He said the structure has been there since last fall and is in violation of the city's zoning laws subject to a $200 a day fine. He asked why there was a zoning board meeting scheduled to discuss this violation and why the city doesn't take action.
Mayor Bill Koos said the zoning board felt that the owner of the structure had a right to petition and that is why a zoning board meeting was scheduled. However, the owner had to cancel the meeting for some reason. The Mayor said the zoning board will make a recommendation on the structure once the zoning board meeting is held.
The Mayor said there will be a special council meeting next Monday, January 22, at 6:00 pm.