Human Relations Commission Seeking Members
The City of Decatur is looking for residents to serve as members of the Decatur Human Relations Commission to fill what will be four vacancies on the nine-member board.
City of Decatur
One Gary K. Anderson Plaza
Decatur, L 62523
Residents can also call 217-424-2708 with questions.
The city and commission have been working in recent months to make changes to the process for handling discrimination complaints following the retirement of former Human Rights Officer Mark Barthelemy. Both the commission and the Decatur City Council agreed that reducing the size of the commission from 13 to 9 members would be helpful both in successfully obtaining a quorum for meetings and from an organizational standpoint. The Council also directed city staff to utilize $20,000 in budgeted funds to provide investigative services in support of the Human Relations Commission.
Funding will be used to pay for the services of a separate investigative party to determine whether a complaint warrants further action by the Commission. Protected classes covered by Decatur City Code include classes of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or unfavorable military discharge.
Annual Water Quality Report Now Available
DECATUR — The City of Decatur is pleased to report that drinking water delivered to residential, commercial and industrial customers last year either met or exceeded all state and federal drinking water requirements.
The City has issued its 2014 Water Quality Report which details an exemplary record of compliance with United States Environmental Protection Agency and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency water quality standards. The City met all testing requirements during the past year, providing high quality water while keeping rates amongst the lowest in the state. The City has not received a drinking water violation since 2002 even though water quality requirements have become significantly more stringent since that time.
The City pumps an average of 20 million gallons per day from Lake Decatur, providing water to approximately 31,400 service connections and 82,000 area residents.
“The city council continues to make the protection of our water supply one of our top priorities,” said Mayor Mike McElroy. “That includes not only making sure that we have adequate water supply but also making sure that the water we have is safe for our residents.”
“This report lets everyone know that we are doing a great job of providing high quality drinking water.”
The report is posted on the City’s website at:
Copies are also available at the South Water Treatment Plant, Decatur Civic Center, Decatur Public Library and the Municipal Service Center.
For further information contact Don Giger, Water Production Operations Supervisor at 424-2866 or Randy Miller, Water Services Manager at 875-5704.