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Reizner building in Oglesby still coming down

Prospective buyer interested only in vacant parcel

The old Reizner building in the 200 block of East Walnut Street in Oglesby still is going to be razed. A prospective buyer said Tuesday he’s interested only in the vacant parcel and has no commercial interest in the vacant building.

Art Pavinato rose during the public comment period of Tuesday’s meeting of the Oglesby City Council to inquire when the structure will be demolished. Answer: This autumn, when protected Indian bats will have migrated and workers can bring in the wrecking ball.

But Pavinato said should he acquire the property he’s interested only in adjoining the cleared parcel to his home, telling the council he was “99% sure” the Reizner property will be added to his yard.

Separately, Amy Eitutis is now Oglesby’s city clerk and the city’s economic development coordinator.

Tuesday, the Oglesby City Council voted 5-0 to adjust Eitutis’ compensation in keeping with her expanded duties. She now will be paid $27 per hour, up from $22.42, and gets 3.25% raises each year over the remainder of the four-year contract.

The council gave her some office help, too, elevating Erin Quick from part-time to full-time assistant clerk II, a position with duties distinct from Assistant Clerk Patti Eichelkraut.

Finally, Oglesby Summer Fun Fest was a financial success. Commissioner Tom Argubright reported net income of $29,776, which is about average when compared to pre-pandemic events.

“Overall, I’m very happy with how it all went,” Argubright said, noting the bottom line total was impressive considering the uncertainty of hosting the festival during COVID-19.