The Effingham City Council has authorized an agreement with the Construction Trades Program. The City will provide up to $75,000 to help fund the program. he program will be offered to high school seniors within the county, and will provide training and skills to make students qualified and job ready upon graduation in the construction and trades field. Many contractors from all over the county have also signed on in support of the program.
The Council also heard requests for funding at Tuesday’s meeting. The first request was from Golden Circle Nutrition, the organization that provides the Meals on Wheels service for senior citizens in the community. The Council appears likely to approve a $5000 contribution to Golden Circle at its next meeting. The Council also appears likely to authorize a $25,000 contribution to the Effingham City/County Committee on Aging. These funds would be used for expenses of services offered at the Senior Center.
The Council also heard from Arts Council of Central Illinois Chairman Tom Henderson and Effingham Performance Center Executive Director Rich Jorn, requesting support for the performance center. Funding was requested to assist with purchases including television advertisements, a marquee outside of the performance center, and a lighting board upgrade.
The Council also discussed approving a job description for the position of assistant fire chief. The proposed description would make this role the number two in charge of the fire department, while also serving as the city’s fire inspector. Concerns where voiced though by the council about concerns related to inconsistencies in fire protection standards and the process. Fire Chief Joe Holomy though said that assigning the role of inspector to one person would help to eliminate these inconsistencies.