It was a quick run through the action agenda at Monday night’s Chenoa City Council meeting. The city approved a resolution to oppose the proposition that intends to expand the funding base of the Central Illinois Regional Airport Authority to include rural McLean County and municipalities like Chenoa, as well as an amendment to the city’s dumpster ordinance.
    The dumpster ordinance amendment concerned prevention of abuse by residents who were not paying dumpster fees on time. As amended, Parks, Public Health and Safety Commissioner John Strike told the council that the new ordinance might require an upfront down payment to City Clerk Alicia Rhoades in order to be able to rent a dumpster belonging to the city. It was left up to the council’s discretion as to which renters this would apply to.
    City Attorney Steve Mann explained how it was drafted.
    “The way I drafted it is, essentially, that the first time you use the dumpster for any given month, you can require a down payment,” he said. “I made it so that you have continuous use after the initial dumping, and you guys can make a determination.”
    Strike further noted the existence of an even stricter restriction on public dumpster rentals in Forrest, where he mentioned that if dumpster rental fees are not paid in 60 days, a resident’s water could get shut off. He said that if the Chenoa amendment did not curb rental abuse, the city might have to look closer at harsher penalties such as that being practiced in Forrest. The council approved the discussed amendment unanimously.
    The resolution to oppose the expansion of the airport authority’s tax base was the result of a proposed state bill granting the airports of Bloomington-Normal, Rockford and the Quad Cities the power to tax all residents of counties, and not just the residents of the cities in which the airports were built.
    According to the language of the resolution, some of the the opposition came from Chenoa residents’ substantially less usage of the airport compared to passengers living outside of the county.
    “ … Many of the patrons who use the CIRA reside outside of McLean County,” the resolution states. “And yet the Airport Authority wants to impose the increased cost of operating CIRA on all residents of McLean County in an effort to increase revenue by a means other than increasing the Passenger Facilities Charge currently charged to riders on commercial aviation flights operating through CIRA …
    “The corporate authority of the City believes it is contrary to the interests of its constituents for legislators in the State of Illinois and the Governor of Illinois to allow the Airport Authority to expand its tax base to include properties located outside of the corporate limits of Bloomington and Normal.”
    The last part of the resolution encouraged the Chenoa constituency to contact their local representatives. Mann cautioned, however, that the resolution did not pack any kind of “teeth” as far as a legal rejection of the terms of the proposition. Nevertheless, the resolution to oppose the proposition passed unanimously.