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After 2 weeks of discussion among City Council members and the community, the Taylorville City Council Monday night voted 4 to 4 on the proposed amendment to the city's ambulance ordinance, to allow the Fire Department ambulance to be a choice for 911 callers. Mayor Greg Brotherton had to break the tie, and voted no, defeating the proposal.

Aldermen Ray Koonce and Martin Vota changed their votes from 2 weeks ago, voting against the ordinance change.

Koonce told aldermen he changed his vote after meeting with all parties concerned.

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Vota told the City Council Monday night, that several questions he had after the last meeting, have yet to be answered.

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The Mayor told Regional Radio News after the meeting, that he had heard reports in the community that some aldermen where thinking about changing their vote from 2 weeks ago, when the Council voted 6 to 2 to direct city attorney Rocci Romano to write a draft amendment to the ordinance.

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And, the Mayor says the issue isn't dead.

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The vote ended up 5 to 4 with the Mayor casting the tie-breaking no vote.


The Taylorville City Council officially proclaimed October 19th thru the 25th, as “Illinois Women in Business Week” at their Monday night meeting. Several members of the local chapter were in attendance, and co-president Amy Hagen (pictured above) thanked the Mayor and City Council for the proclamation. Hagen told the Council that the local group represents women thru-out the local business community, striving for equal rights in the workplace.

Taylorville aldermen Monday night transacted their business in short order, with their meeting lasting about 50 minutes. They OK'd an Intergovernmental Cooperation agreement with Johnson Township, approved an amended real estate lease for land adjacent to Lake Taylorville to Rick and Lisa Champley, they passed a resolution in support of the current Education Reform Bill pending in the Illinois Legislature, and accepted the Fiscal Year 2014 audt from Lively, Mathias, Hooper and Noblet. The Council also approved donating one-thousand dollars per year for the next 3 years, to the Christian County C-E-O program for county high school students.

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