Litchfield Honors City Employees

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It was a quick meeting for the members of the Litchfield City Council as the aldermen completed business in 10 minutes on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Before the start of the agenda, which listed just two motions under new business, plus a discussion item and motions to pay the bills and accept the minutes, the city took time to honor four employees for their years of service. Firefighter Mat Boston, Gerald Hull of the street department, Police Sergeant Dan Evans and Firefighter Gary Law were recognized for their dedication to the city.

Boston was the “newby” of the group with five years of service, with the other three all serving at least two decades. Hull was honored for 20 years of service, while Evans and Law were both recognized for 25 years of service.

The council also appointed a new member to the city’s tourism advisory committee, Jacob Jones, who is a Litchfield native and is director of the Impact FC club soccer program.

In old business, Mayor Steve Dougherty spoke about the inspection program for the wards, asking that aldermen who had not turned in their inspections to do so to Lisa Montgomery. He added that the city is not looking to deprive citizens of their rights, but are looking for compliance.

Dougherty also said that he has heard from a lot of people who really like the idea and are enthusiastic about cleaning up the city, but they need to know that leadership has bought in on the plan.

The council will continue the ward inspections on a two-month cycle, with this cycle’s focus on home violations, such as fencing and roofing issues and junk violations. Alderwoman Marilyn Sisson pointed out that lack of house numbers should also be a focus of the inspections.

In other business, the council approved pay request number two from Rooters Asphalt for $61,168.09 for work on Weir Street and authorized Strubhart Electric to replace two surface and combo light fixtures and make necessary electrical repairs to the helipad at the westside fire station at a cost not to exceed $3,620.60.

The meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m. with no further business.

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