Politics and Government

Ivesdale to reapply for water works grant

The Village of Ivesdale is going to reapply for a water works grant. Last year the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity denied the village’s Community Development Assistance Program grant application for a $150,000 two-phase water system project.

No changes for garbage hauling ordinance

A pair of proposed tweaks to Monticello’s new waste hauling ordinance were shot down by aldermen at Monday night’s city council session.

A city staff proposal to reduce hauling licenses in the ordinance from four to three received an immediate negative reaction from Alderman John Miller.

Finet named assistant at nursing home

Some people like a set routine. Eryn Finet is not one of them.

The newly-named assistant executive director at the Piatt County Nursing Home said her desire to help people and to never be bored drove her to the healthcare industry.

County board chair asking for zoning ordinance review

Piatt County Board Chairman Randy Keith will appoint a committee to review the county zoning ordinance. The zoning code received its last comprehensive update in June of 2004.

Memory care facility hopes to open in April

Monticello planning and zoning board members Monday unanimously recommended approval of a conditional use permit that would allow an eight-suite memory care facility to operate at 1009 S. Irving St.

The city council will now consider the request, which was needed since the plat is zoned residential.

Bement to codify ordinances

Bement village ordinances will get a 21st-century makeover in the next 12 to 18 months, and, in time, residents will be able to search the city law database by phone.

Next round of electrical aggregation for Monticello

The Monticello city council unanimously approved several ordinances during Monday’s regular meeting, including an ordinance authorizing Mayor Chris Corrie to choose the best bid on a new contract for electrical supply rates for homeowners and small businesses in Monticello.

County addresses OMA concern

Agendas for county meetings are now visible any time, day or night. The Piatt county board and its committees are now placing agendas on the windows of the main entrance to the courthouse in response to a complaint filed with the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor.

Library board hopes to break ground this summer

The Allerton Public Library Board was generally pleased last week with the latest floor plan for a new, 12,349-square-foot building.

At this point it might be too late to start construction in the spring, but Library Director Lisa Winters said ground could be broken this summer.

Fiber optic lines could bring down radio equipment cost

Fiber optic technology may bring down the cost of upgrading the Piatt County portable audio system that is used by Sheriff’s deputies and other emergency personnel.

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