Politics and Government

PZB endorses use permits, variance

Members of the City of Monticello Planning and Zoning Board voted to recommend all items on the agenda during Monday’s regular meeting, including two conditional use requests and one variance request.

Library users like technology, but still checking out books

Area residents continue to use the Allerton Public Library in a traditional way to check out books and magazines, but patrons are also taking advantage of program offerings as well as the free Wi-Fi available within its walls.

Rain delays drainage project in Cerro Gordo

A wet summer has delayed a $240,000 drainage project in Cerro Gordo, but it should still be complete by early October. Meuser Construction Co.

Bement increases donation to A Small Hand

The Bement village board voted to double its donation to A Small Hand’s Backpack and School Supply Assistance Program at its monthly meeting July 14.

Drainage, sewers discussed by Monticello city council

Monticello city council members were presented with a modified proposal for the new wastewater treatment facility during Monday’s regular meeting. The new plan would utilize a phased approach to construction in order to minimize costs and potential rate increases for the community.

Piatt County raises fees

The Piatt County Board unanimously approved increasing several fees in the County Clerk and Recorder and Sheriff’s Office at their July meeting. The fee increases were based on recommendations provided through an independent cost study performed by Bellwether LLC.

Mitchell warns of cutbacks to senior programs

State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) visited the Livingston Center in Monticello July 7 to call for the protection of funding for vital senior services and to urge passage of welfare reform to resolve the state’s ongoing budget crisis.

Davis defends biotechnology

Congressman Rodney Davis came to the defense of the agriculture biotechnology industry on a tour that took him through an Ivesdale-area seed genetics facility on July 1.

Elevator fixed at courthouse

There was very little disruption of Piatt County Courthouse business last week after a control relay that operates the elevator generated smoke in the attic and prompted officials to evacuate the downtown Monticello building.

Taxes due June 29

Piatt County Treasurer/Collector, Tim Pankau, reminds Piatt County taxpayers that the first installment of real estate taxes will be due June 29. Any payments made after June 29 will be delinquent and subject to a 1.5 percent late penalty per Illinois Statute 35 ILCS 200/21-15. The statute calls for the penalty to be assessed at 1.5 percent per month or any portion thereof.

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