Maintenance issues, contract discussions top council agenda

The Beardstown City Council met both Monday and Tuesday to discuss several issues, including the need for new roofs at the police department and the Lincoln Courthouse Museum.

Public Works Director Gary Hamilton told the council that the street sweeper is currently out of commission and will need to be fixed or replaced. The city still owes a considerable amount on the sweeper, but Hamilton said there may still be some trade value and that the sweeper is a necessary piece of equipment.

The public works union contract was on the agenda, but was tabled due to a technicality. The contract read that the department would get a 3 percent wage increase unless another department received a greater raise, in which case they’d receive the same wage increase as other departments. Alderman Ron Culves asked that it be changed to reflect that the department would get the “same percent increase.” &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref=""><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>