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There’s plenty of history in Piatt County. It also has its share of legend, and a local group is doing its best to differentiate between the two.
U of I Extension Advisor
Piatt County Board members were sympathetic Wednesday to the plight of a Milmine resident who lives next to abandoned property, but warned that help may not be immediate due to a complex array of legal, financial and jurisdictional issues.
The Piatt County Board has decided to kick in another $178 to help fight the possibility of a chemical waste landfill at the Clinton landfill.
Allerton Park's Nature Camp last week was designed to be a low-tech endeavor. Volunteer Coordinator Mindy Brand said staff purposely wanted the week to include fun "without computers, without phones, without a screen."
With one notable exception.
The annual Garden Walk will commence in Monticello on Saturday, June 15 “rain or shine,” Chamber of Commerce director Sue Gortner said.
But it’s what follows the walk that is catching a lot of peoples eyes – or more importantly, their mouths.
State Sens. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) and Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) hosted the first meeting of the Mahomet Aquifer working group at the Illinois State Capitol, May 30 to step up oversight of the Clinton Landfill that sits atop the watershed.
By Chapin Rose
Illinois Senator (R-Mahomet)
As part of my on-going effort to help protect the Mahomet Aquifer, which serves as the drinking water supply for 500,000 central Illinoisans, I am taking the Environmental Protection Agency to task.
Nearly four inches of rain fell on Piatt County last week, causing the Sangamon River to leave its banks and peak at a level of about 17 feet on Saturday (April 20) – about four feet above flood level.
The river was back to 14 feet by this past Monday, but floods could continue with more rain forecasted through Wednesday.
A portion of an Allerton Park to Monticello walk/bike trail could include a scenic 1.5 mile portion along the Sangamon River, thanks to the Decatur-based Land Conservation Foundation.
The Foundation recently raised $200,000 and received an additional $455,000 state grant to purchase a 108-acre tract between Monticello and the park.