News Report Staff

Effingham City County members on Tuesday approved appointments, an agreement for online firefighter training and reviewed upcoming Public Works projects.

The council approved the reappointment of Plan Commission members Brian Hayes, Dave Storm and Jeff Staser each for three-year terms extending to May 1, 2021. Hayes is currently the chairman of the Plan Commission and Storm is vice chairman. Staser has served two terms on the board that provides recommendations on zoning and community development projects. The vote was unanimous with all council members present Tuesday night.

Amanda Emmerich was appointed to the Effingham Public Library Board of Directors. Her term will expire on April 30, 2019.

Target Solutions of San Diego will provide online training for Effingham City firefighters under a one-year agreement accepted by the council. This will provide online training courses for complying with OSHA and other federal and state regulations on mandated training. The software will allow for “paperless” checks on firefighter’s testing and testing for completion of courses, Effingham Fire Chief Joe Holomy said.

The agreement has an annual fee of $3,510, based on the number of firefighters within the department, Holomy added. City Commissioner Kevin Willis said he was familiar with Target Solutions through his business ties and he recommended approval. The vote was unanimous for the new training for Effingham Fire Department.

In other business, City Engineer Jeremy Heuerman said the city will have bid lettings on May 8 on the concrete crushing program and plans for sidewalk replacement this year. The concrete crushing involves chunks of old walks, driveways and other demolished concrete from past work. This crushed concrete can create a significant savings for other projects.

City Tourism Director Jodi Thoele reviewed different efforts to enhance tourism over the past few months. Mayor Jeff Bloemker also signed a proclamation next week as Travel and Tourism Week. Other proclamations included Veterans of Foreign Wars Buddy Poppies Days today, Friday and Saturday, and Lupus Awareness Month for May.

Building Official Michelle Wilkins reviewed the flurry of construction on businesses in progress or nearly complete across town. She also said the transition to the new building codes has worked well for city employees and local contractors.

In other business, the council agreed to declare a vacant structure at 1606 S. Fourth St. as dangerous and unsafe with many risks due to deterioration of the roof, foundation and other problems.