Politics and Government

Weather alert siren coming to White Heath

An old siren that in the past alerted Mid-Piatt firefighters to emergency calls will be repurposed to serve as an emergency weather siren for the White Heath area.

Protested tax dollars to be released

The dollars that local entities will receive once decades-old protested monies are released will vary widely, but all seem pleased with the effort that will present them with unexpected revenue.

Firm wants to locate cannabis growing facility in Monticello

A Chicago company wants to put a medical marijuana cultivation center on 23 acres of land in Monticello that it already has under contract.

Representatives of TKPP Investments gave their pitch to the city council Monday for a 45,000-square-foot, $4.5 million facility on the southern edge of town near the county jail.

Taxes due on Sept. 2

The second installment of the Piatt County Real Estate Taxes will be due Tuesday, Sept. 2. Taxpayers are reminded that the Labor Day holiday will be observed Monday, September 1st and that the Courthouse will be closed in observance of the holiday.

Hazardous waste collection Sept. 27 in Monticello

Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett today announced household hazardous waste collections have been scheduled in six communities for the fall of 2014.

A one-day collection is included from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at 904 Allerton Road in Monticello.

Visitors bleachers to be replaced at Cerro Gordo

ew bleachers for the visitors side of the football field should be installed by the time the Broncos take the field in Cerro Gordo for their first home game on Sept. 12. That was the word from school Superintendent Brett Robinson, who updated school board members at a special meeting Aug. 13.

County receives clean audit

The Piatt County Board received a clean bill of financial health according to Steve Grohne of May, Cocagne and King, who prepared the counties most recent audit.

“It took a little longer than expected,” explained Grohne at the Aug. 13 meeting, “but we have already put measures into place that should speed the process up next year.”

Planning Commission wants alternatives to combo board

The Monticello Planning Commission would like the city to look at alternatives before it considers combining with the Zoning Board of Appeals.

City staff has recommended using the same seven people to serve on both boards in order to improve attendance and efficiency.

Golf carts on the way in Bement

Golf carts are officially coming to Bement streets.

After the issue was tabled last year due to state laws prohibiting golf carts from crossing state highways, the village board of Bement has approved a golf cart ordinance after Illinois law changed.

Monticello School Board approves pair of ballot questions

The fate of a new high school for Monticello is now up to the school district's voters.

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