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Read Across Mattoon

Mattoon Middle School Student Reading Committee members Helena Naroze, Ayden Buckler, and Erik Jiang, in the foreground, gave a presentation Tuesday evening to the Mattoon City Council and city staff on the Read Across Mattoon program.

MATTOON --The City Council heard a presentation Tuesday evening about the 2018-19 Read Across Mattoon book -- "Code of Honor" by Alan Gratz.

The Mattoon Middle School Student Reading Committee selects the Read Across Mattoon book each year and shares copies with the community. Student Reading Committee members Ayden Buckler, Erik Jiang and Helena Naroze gave Tuesday's presentation to the council. The students were accompanied by Ingrid Minger, school media center specialist.

"Code of Honor" tells the story of an Iranian-American high school football player, Kamran Smith, whose brother, Darius, is in the U.S. Army. The novel focuses on Kamran's efforts to clear his brother's name after Darius is accused of being a terrorist.

In other matters, the council voted to appropriate $602,100 of motor fuel tax funds for general street maintenance expenses in 2019. The funding includes $175,000 for electricity for street lighting, $110,000 for the oil and chip contract, $78,750 for hot mix asphalt, $40,000 for the patching contract, and $29,640 for concrete, among other expenses.

The council also approved the final 2018 motor fuel tax street maintenance expenditure statement. This adjusted the estimated expenses for 2018, $671,100, to the actual expenses, $297,201. This cost difference reflects that the city did not complete an oil and chip contract last year.

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Contact Rob Stroud at (217) 238-6861. Follow him on Twitter: @TheRobStroud

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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