Politics and Government

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.

Library board sees first site plan for new building

MONTICELLO – A new, 12,350 square foot Allerton Public Library building could be constructed by the end of next year, according to an architect that presented the first preliminary site plan to the library board on Wednesday.

Latest cutbacks won't reduce Bryant Cottage hours

The Bryant Cottage State Historic Site in Bement is not on the list of 13 that will see reduced hours of operation beginning Sept. 2. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency said last week the reduced hours are in response to a 19 percent cut in funding for the historic site line item.

Zoning change for medical marijuana a possibility

Like many area governmental entities, the City of Monticello is making sure it is ready if a medical marijuana cultivation center decides to locate there. New state laws are allowing 22 indoor growing facilities, one in each State Police district.

Planning, Zoning duties could be combined in Monticello

City officials in Monticello would like to scale back the number of people making planning and zoning commissions from 14 to seven. A proposal given to city council members Monday would keep both the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, but they would be made up of the same seven people.

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