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Polo officials consider closing landscape waste site after illegal dumping

May 22, 2018 GMT

POLO – If people don’t stop using the city’s landscape waste site as a garbage dump, officials may put an end to the perk.

The site was originally set up to give Polo residents a convenient place to get rid of landscape waste – leaves, grass clippings, and small branches – but since it opened, people have been treating the site more like a community dumpster.

During Monday’s council meeting, Alderman Jim Busser said city staff have found plastic tarps, rocks, lattice panels, a garbage can, and landscape timbers with steel rods in them at the site near the wastewater treatment plant.

“If this continues, we won’t have a public burn pile,” he said.

Police officer resigns

The city’s police force is down one officer after the council accepted Nick Broege’s resignation.

In his letter of resignation, Broege said he was stepping down because he failed the bench press, one of the physical tests required to attend the police academy in Decatur. The 14-week training course started April 29.

He was hired as the department’s fifth full-time officer on April 16.

Broege said he’s working on improving his lifting and hopes the council will reconsider hiring him in the future.