Aledo approves truancy ordinance for with fines for students, parents


Share
Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2013, 11:11 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
By Pam Berenger, pberenger@qconline.com
ALEDO -- City council members have approved a truancy ordinance for Mercer County School District students who live in Aledo.

Tuesday's vote came after changes suggested by city attorney Mark Walton. Violators of the ordinance -- and their parents -- will be subject to fines.

Mr. Walton explained parents will not be fined for children older than 13, but could face fines of up to $100 for children younger than that who commit the "offense of excessive absenteeism."

Any student younger than the age of 18 who lives within the Aledo city limits absent without "valid cause" for more than five days during a school year would be subject to the ordinance. Violators 13-18 years old face a fine of up to $100. The minimum fine was set at $25.

Ald. Barry Cooper voted against the ordinance, saying he believed it would be ineffective because the school district was a "Mercer County school, not an Aledo school."

"I don't think the city should be involved," he said. "This is an issue between the school and the parents and the parents and the child."

In other matters, Amy Hess, founder of Adonai Community Support Services, presented a six-month report. She said, since opening in August, she has helped about 20 veterans in Aledo with disability claims, employment search and medical assistance.

"The need is great," she said. "I have not reached beyond Aledo. I can only imagine the kind of growth I will see when I reach out to Galesburg and Rock Island."

The organization has grown from community support and private donations, she said. More financial help and staff is needed, she said, adding fundraising efforts have allowed her to hire a temporary part-time employee at $10 per hour, 10 hours per week, for 12 weeks. She also said she hopes to be able to hire another employee.

Ms. Hess also said she is seeking people to serve on Adonai's board and help raise funds, write grants and organize events such as "Welcome Home Memorial Day" set for May 25 and the "All Community Heroes Day" planned Sept. 7.

Members of the American Legion of Aledo also were at Tuesday's meeting seeking the city's help to pay a $7,800 loan needed to complete a roof replacement last year. Melvin Bond said the group was able to come up with some of the $17,000 needed to replace the roof but had to borrow the rest. He noted the group's scholarships and donations to community organizations.

"It's a dilemma," he said. "We can stop the charitable donations and pay for the roof or ask for help. We would like to continue to give."

Darlene Johnson also presented the council with an offer of new benches for Central Park on behalf of the Rhubarb Fest committee. Mrs. Johnson said the metal benches are $595 each and are guaranteed for 20 years.

The council also:

-- Adopted a resolution extending the duration of the Building and Life Safety Code Upgrade Grant Program.

-- Approved two tax-increment-financing district Building and Life Safety Code Upgrade Grant Program applications for up to $25,000, one by Machinavations Inc. and the other by Robert and MaryAnn Rillie.

-- Approved a $9,147 engineering agreement with Hutchinson Engineering Inc. for Part 2 of the manhole repair project.

















 



Local events heading








  Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






(More History)