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City Council passes budget, plans sewer work

ROCK FALLS – With heavy hearts, the City Council members and administration staff gathered for their first meeting after the death of City Clerk Eric Arduini.

On behalf of the city, Mayor Bill Wescott expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support and sympathy from the community after Arduini’s untimely death from cancer on April 5.

“I want to thank everybody who came out for Eric’s visitation and funeral,” Wescott said. “The outpouring of compassion to our city was a tremendous thing. Eric will be remembered.”

Despite their sadness, the business of the city has to go on and the council took steps to make sure that happens, appointing Deputy Clerk Michelle Conklin to take over until Wescott appoints someone to finish Arduini’s term, which ends in 2021.

Council members then passed the 2019-20 budget, which takes effect May 1.

They also approved hiring RedZone Robotics Inc. to send robots through the sewer system to create an overlay on the city’s GIS map. The 5-year project will cost about $70,000 a year and the data collected will help give an overview of the condition of the system.

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