Politics and Government

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.

Rec project brings crowd to council meeting

Recreation and raw sewage were the main subjects at the Monticello city council meeting Monday (June 22), as the bi-monthly meeting drew a crowd of over 50 and was moved to the larger Livingston Center meeting room.

Wileaver resigns from county board

Mike Wileaver has resigned from the Piatt County Board effective July 31. Wileaver, who has served on the board for eight and a half years representing District 2, was most recently re-elected in 2012. He ran unopposed.

State files suit against City of Monticello

The Illinois Attorney General’s office has filed a four-count lawsuit against the City of Monticello for reportedly pumping sewage through the streets during a three-inch rain last July.

Council prefers to house stray animals locally

Most of the stray animals rounded up in Monticello will continue to be housed locally if the city council has its way.

Library board approves contract with architect

It will likely be at least September before the Allerton Public Library building project goes out to bid, but library director Lisa Winters said there has already been interest from several contractors regarding the upcoming project.

Atwood, Bement trying to attract telepharmacy

The villages of Atwood and Bement are both looking at an Iowa telepharmarcy company as a way to bring pharmaceutical services to their communities.

PIatt County tax bills mailed out

Piatt County tax bills were mailed May 29. The first installment is due June 29, 2015 and the second installment is due September 4, 2015.

City approves downtown safety grant program

A new downtown safety grant program in Monticello is now taking applications after the city council endorsed it at its May 26 meeting.

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