The Effingham City Council appointed Clara E. Koester to the Human Relations Board at their meeting Tuesday night. The term will expire in April of 2019. Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker said that the Human Relations Board ensures that the city is “dealing with housing in the Effingham area an equitable and fair manner.” Koester has been an Effingham resident for 20 years and works for Global Technical Systems.
The City Council also discussed the vacation of a portion of Vulcan Drive off Banker Street. The proposed portion is west of a fenced-in property owned by Dial & Dial. City Engineer Jeremy Heuerman said the City plans to improve Vulcan Drive in the future and wanted to clean up right-of-ways in the area. The Plan Commission voted to recommend the vacation.
Two other zoning issued discusses Tuesday night include a the approval of a special use permit for a storage unit at 2304 Hoffman Drive and the final plat for an addition to the Effingham Medial Center on the corner of Temple Avenue and Medical Park Drive. Both were recommended by the Plan Commission and received no opposition from the City Council.
Public Works Director Steve Miller discussed a water treatment plant project to repair sludge lagoons. The lagoons catch lime and waste from back washing filters. The total project cost will around $34,000 and is in the budget.