A recent letter to the editor to the Clinton Journal caught the eye and ire of Public Safety Commissioner Dan Ballenger.
The letter to the editor begs the question of why not a better location for the three-story shipping container-made facility for training for the Clinton Fire Department. The writer, Kim Glidden, calls the current state "an eyesore" and says materials for training are being stored around it as well.
Ballenger Monday night at the Clinton City Council meeting says it has been made clear to the public numerous times, including on the WHOW Morning Show and at dewittdailynews.com, training will be held at the site despite the ongoing construction to it.
Ballenger, as has been pointed out on Regional Radio News in recent updates on the facility, points out it will save sending their staff to Champaign for training and has also made known they will be able to host other departments for training.
The training facility is on the southeast portion of the city near the yard waste facility and other businesses like Zeigler's Towing and RR Donnelly.
In other business from the Monday night meeting....
>>The Council approved bids for concrete work to be done on Kelli Court for a sidewalk project at a cost of just short of $20,000 with Quality Concrete.
>>An actuator purchase for the water department was approved at a cost of just over $7,100
>>The Council also approved an emergency purchase for a backhoe through Altorfer Ag at a cost just short of $85,000.