Politics and Government

Authority over Ivesdale road discussed

Village officials in Ivesdale must decide whether to maintain a road or surrender control of it.


Recreation site development endorsed by council

The on-again, off-again project to turn 30 acres of city owned land on the west side of Monticello into a recreational facility is on again.

Monticello aldermen Monday approved a resolution to continue funding the project, which has been on hiatus for over a year.


Sewer plant bid approved

The Monticello City Council on Monday approved a $12.928 million bid to overhaul its wastewater treatment (sewer) plant. That means that, after four years of discussion, work will begin in the spring and result in essentially a new sewer plant sometime in 2019.


Liquor license approved in Bement

The Bement village board approved the eighth and final liquor license for the village at its monthly meeting Nov. 8.

Haresh Patel, owner of the Subway in Bement – as well as Monticello – applied for, and was granted, a Class A liquor license to open a video gaming machine business in the building just north of the Bement Subway.


Zoning rewrite endorsed by ZBA

A rewrite of the Piatt County Zoning Ordinance was approved by the Piatt County Zoning Board of Appeals on Nov. 17. It will be considered by the county board on Dec. 14, the final step before changes go into effect.


New entry added to high school renovation options

There is a new entry in the Monticello school board’s search for a high school building renovation plan.


Ivesdale mourning village board member

An Ivesdale village trustee is being remembered as a community-minded person.

Billy Bailey died Nov. 1 at age 50. Originally from Kentucky, Bailey graduated from Monticello High School and worked for Advanced Filtration Systems Inc. for 18 years.


Dobson honored at his final county board meeting

The Piatt County board said goodbye to District Three representative Tom Dobson at its Nov. 9 meeting. Dobson, on the public body since 2004, did not run for a fourth term.

“Tom’s got a big heart. He’s always cared about people, and citizens of Piatt County,” said County Board Chairman Randy Keith. “You’re going to be missed, but I guess it’s well deserved.”


Action on Bement cell tower tabled

The Bement school board last week tabled consideration of a contract with Verizon that would place a 110 to 150-foot-highcell phone tower on school property.


Piatt County supports Trump in election

Incumbent Randy Jo Keith won re-election Nov. 8 in the only contested Piatt County board seat on the ballot.


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