Members of local law enforcement agencies were honored at Tuesday’s City Council meeting with the Special Act Award. They received the award for their efforts on July 1st in which an Effingham resident wanted on an out-of-state warrant attempted to flee from the police officers who attempted to stop his vehicle. The man drove through Oakridge cemetery and proceeded down a nearby dirt road, at which time his vehicle became stuck. When officers caught up to the man, he refused to surrender, at which time a K-9 unit was used to apprehend him. Those honored Tuesday were Sgt. Jason McFarland, Cpl. Andy Warner, Officer John Long, Officer Josh Douthit, Officer Tom Webb, and K9 Narco of the Effingham City Police Department; Deputy Dave Kinkelaar and Deputy Brandon Murray of the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Effingham County Coroner Duane Guffey, and Officer John Loy of the Teutopolis Police Department. They were presented the award by Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker
In other action Tuesday, the Council approved a number of rezoning requests as recommended by the Plan Commission. St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s property east of North Maple Street, west of North Mulberry Street, and South of West Temple Avenue has been re-plat into one lot, changing the zoning to a Multiple Dwelling District. A second zoning change will allow for the construction of a four-unit apartment building at 709 South Cherry Street. Another zoning change occurred at 108 South Oak Street. St. John’s Lutheran Chruch requested the zoning change, as they would like to construct and operate a preschool on the property.