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Sterling City Council approves budget; new officers hired

STERLING – Help is on the way for the Sterling Police Department, which has hired two new officers.

Chief Tim Morgan introduced one of the officers joining the department at the recent City Council meeting. Sterling native Alejandro Rivera worked 2 years as an officer in Normal.

The other officer will start in May, and the department still has three openings that Morgan hopes to fill at some point, he said.

Council members also passed the 2019-20 budget, which takes effect on May 1. City Manager Scott Shumard gave a brief overview of the highlights, which include expanding the Public Works building, installing security cameras and lights on the riverfront for about $100,000, and buying a new fire engine.

In addition, the sewer project behind Northland Mall will be sent out for bids in the fall and work will be done for restrooms and a concession stand the Grandon Civic Center area in Central Park.

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