Politics and Government

Meeting set for Monticello master plan

A nine-month process has yielded a draft Comprehensive Plan for the City of Monticello, and the public will be able to hear more about it at a public open house scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29 in the Monticello Municipal Building.


Cameras approved for Bement park

The Bement Village Board has approved the purchase of security cameras that will be focusing on Veterans Memorial Park.

The town will purchase three cameras from ADT Security Systems and will begin installation in the next week, according to Bement Police Officer David Lansford.


County approves zoning amendments

In a 4 to 1 decision, the Piatt County Board Sept. 10 approved several changes to the Piatt County Zoning Ordinance. The most impactful of these changes is removal of language requiring those seeking special use permits in certain zoned areas to have a minimum of five acres.


Mansfield trying to get grants to help flood victi

The Village of Mansfield is looking into ways of helping residents whose homes have been heavily damaged by flooding this summer, and they are exploring Federal Emergency Management Agency grants through the Blue Acres program as an option to do so.


Davis on board with potential action against ISIL

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) has released the following statement after President Obama's address to the nation the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 10:


DeLand-Weldon finishing up $2 million building rehab

DeLand-Weldon students received a cool reception when they returned to school Aug. 20 – but in a good way.


Rezoning approved for cultivation facility

Monticello’s Planning Commission on Sept. 4 endorsed a rezoning of property that will allow a potential cannabis cultivation center to locate further away from a pair of residential neighbors.

The city council followed suit and approved the zoning this past Monday.


Lincoln visits friends in Bement

Facebook users harken to the past on Throwback Thursday, but in Bement it was more like a ‘send us back Saturday’ when Abraham Lincoln shared stories with onlookers Sept. 6 at the Bryant Cottage State Historical Site.


Council opts for combined Planning/Zoning board

Monticello City Council members on Monday went against a Planning Commission recommendation, unanimously voting to combine the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals into one seven-member board.


County still considering action against jail contractor

There has been no official action against contractors who constructed the Piatt County Safety Building (jail) in 2004, but discussion at the Piatt County Building and Grounds Committee meeting last week showed the issue is not over.


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