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City Burn Pile is Being Abused, Warns of Closure

by Christy Kienast/The Quill

Meet your neighbor and Illini West Senior Morgan Weirather of Carthage.

Morgan is the daughter of Marla and Darin Weirather. Dad Darin is the Energy Operations Manager at West Central FS and Mom Marla works as a dental assistant at Dr. Max Rodeffer's office in Hamilton.

Morgan is the younger of two children. Her older sister Andrea, 26 graduated from Carthage High School in 2004 and Western Illinois University in 2008. Andrea is a kindergarten teacher at Pittsfield.

Morgan is the granddaughter of Violet Perry and Jerry and Judy Wells and Norman Weirather.

She has been very active during her high school career. She has been involved with Student Council, National Honors Society, International Club, LOOP Team, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Key Club, SADD, FFA, Youth Leadership Academy, Cheerleading, Dance Team, Flag Squad, Volleyball and band.

Her most memorable moments of high school so far have been all of her prom experiences (going as an underclassmen and helping plan her Junior year).

Morgan has been on the High Honor Roll with a 4.0 GPA all four years of high school so far. She was named "Charger of the Month" her Junior year, and she is Cheerleading Captain this year as well as last year.

She has been named an Illinois State Scholar, and she is Student Council Vice President.

Morgan was McDonough Telephone Representative for Youth to Washington D.C..

Morgan took her first trip out of the United States to Mexico this last year and stayed at the Now Sapphire all inclusive resort. She also went to New York City and performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Her hobbies include cheering, dancing, babysitting, reading, tanning, shopping and Zumba.

While she admits her plans after high school change all the time, for right now she plans on attending the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and obtain a degree in communications or business.

She would possibly further her education with an MBA or Law Degree.

It has been noticed that the city burn pile is being tremendously abused.

Pallets, landscape timbers, even an old door were found out at the burn pile. If this continues, the burn pile could possibly be closed for good.

There was also a reminder that the burn pile is for community members living within the city limits.

The city ordinance will be enforced. If the EPA would happen to come in, this could force the permanent closing of the burn pile.

The discussion was heard at the April 28th meeting of the La Harpe City Council at the La Harpe City Hall.

City employee Wayne Humphrey told the council that the new city backhoe is scheduled to be delivered around June 1. The old forks won't fit on the new backhoe so a motion was passed to order new ones at a cost of $1200-$1300.

A Supervisor's meeting as well as a meeting for the public property committee will be held on May 1st at 4:00 p.m.

Fliers for the city wide clean-up on Friday, May 9th have been hung.

City Engineer Eric Moe trimmed $113,000 off of the water main project estimate to help with costs.

In the cemetery, the group mowing the area has been busy leveling off, seeding and cleaning up the cemetery. It looks really nice.

A motion was passed to begin saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each city council meeting. Starting with the next meeting on May 12th.

The La Harpe Bargain Store opened on Saturday, April 26th. Hours are Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

National Nursing Home week is May 11-16th. Mayor Brown will give his proclamation on May 12th at 10:00 a.m. at the La Harpe Davier Health Care Center.

Also on May 12th Bingo will be played at the Senior Center at 11:00 a.m.

May 15th at the care center, a Luau will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 for community members to attend. The care center will also be partnering with St. Jude again this year.

There is money from the Tom Mueller Fund for the reservoir. Some thoughts for the use of the donation were to stock the reservoir with fish, permanent grilling fixtures, fix shelter houses, etc.

The public property meeting will also discuss rental fees for the reservoir camping area as there's a need of guidelines for renting out spots.

The next city council meeting will be Monday, May 12th at 7 p.m. at La Harpe City Hall and is open to the public.

Guests at Monday's meeting were Dan Gillett, Wayne Humphrey, Doug Endres and Christy Kienast.