Politics and Government

Bement wants to make park family-friendly


The Village of Bement wants to bring a family-friendly atmosphere back to its downtown-area park, and is considering a list of prohibitions aimed at getting illegal activities out of the space that includes a veterans memorial, large playground and band pavilion.

Cerro Gordo Civic Center getting plenty of use

Activities are pouring into the Cerro Gordo Civic Center, which began operations earlier this year after the village officially took ownership of the former Cerro Gordo Community Ambulance Service building.

It has been a nice fit for a town that longed to provide more activities for its 1,400 residents.

Sage Voices report presented (FULL STORY)

 A community group in Monticello says a recent survey shows residents know there is a need to upgrade local school facilities, and the same group feels a new high school is the best option at this point.

Projects discussed at Council session

Three large construction projects that are on varying time frames dominated discussion at Monday’s Monticello City Council session.

Sage Voices report to be presented Wednesday

The Monticello School Board will hear the final presentation of the Sage Voices campaign Wednesday, July 16 at Monticello High School at 7 p.m.

“If there’s one school board meeting to go to, this is it,” Monticello superintendent Vic Zimmerman said. “This is a pretty important time in the history of the school district.”

Highway that buckled set for resurfacing

There are already plans to resurface Piatt County Highway 4, which was closed for four hours on June 26 when it buckled along a seam in the late afternoon heat.

Decades old tax payments may get distributed

From $4.77 for the Village of Ivesdale to $90,058 for the Monticello School District, real estate tax dollars that date back as far as 1965 may be paid out to 53 Piatt County taxing

Defamation case may be dropped

A defamation lawsuit against two Monticello residents – including a City of Monticello official – will apparently be dropped.

Home-based firearms business nets ZBA approval

The Piatt County Zoning Board of Appeals on June 26 endorsed a special use permit that will allow a rural Monticello man to sell shotguns and handguns out of his home.

Real Estate taxes due July 1

Piatt County Treasurer/Collector, Tim Pankau, reminds Piatt County taxpayers that the first installment of real estate taxes will be due July 1. Any payments made after July 1 will be delinquent and subject to a 1.5 percent late penalty per Illinois Statute 35 ILCS 200/21-15.

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