Politics and Government

Bement honors former village board member

By Christy Jankowski
Journal-Republican correspondent

The Bement village board last week said goodbye to former trustee Steve Rittenhouse, honoring him with a moment of silence at their meeting on Oct. 10.

Village Board President Pat Tieman stated, “we thought as a board he deserved that. I already miss him.”

Rep. Davis announces open office hours

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) has announced open office hours for the remainder of October. Davis will meet with constituents individually or in small groups about issues important to them.

Meetings are planned for Clinton and Monticello.

School continues renovation discussion

The Monticello school board has yet to settle on a specific high school building upgrade plan, but did decide Wednesday to investigate ways to get a ballot question to below $30 million. A majority of the eight plans currently under consideration start at around $32 million.

DeLand water project on track

DeLand’s water project is within a week of being on schedule, according to an update given at a progress meeting with contractors on Oct. 11.


Empty downtown building sold to developer

Champaign developer Spencer Atkins won’t waste any time in remodeling the former bank building at 100 W. Washington St. in downtown Monticello.

County trying to bridge funding shortfall

A dip in expected revenue sent the Piatt County board scrambling recently to find $700,000 to balance its 2018 budget, which will be approved next month.

Through extensive budget meetings, County Board Chairman Randy Keith said the shortfall has been made up on paper, and with that presented a balanced budget at the Oct. 11 county board session.

Local man finalist for Parkland trustee

George Johnson of Monticello is one of four finalists for the vacant Parkland College Board of Trustees position.

Other finalists are Charles Young of Champaign, and Scott Tapley and Jonathan Westfield of Savoy.

The Board of Trustees was scheduled to interview the finalists at a special meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Library should be able to weather CPPRT downturn

A projected 24 percent decline in a major funding source for the Allerton Public Library should not affect operations or cause any major increase in its property tax rate, board members were told at their monthly meeting on Oct. 4.

County working to fill expected $700,000 hole in revenue

(Look for extended coverage in next week's Journal-Republican)

A dip in expected revenue sent the Piatt County board scrambling recently to find $700,000 to balance its 2018 budget, which will be approved next month.

Pipe costs prompts bulk buy

The Village of DeLand will need plenty of pipe to run drinking water nearly five miles from its new wells to village residents and businesses, and decided last week to buy all of it at once to stem steep increases in cost.

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