Politics and Government

Cerro Gordo reviews facility upgrade options

Possible building addition and renovation projects of varying degrees – and price tags – were reviewed by the Cerro Gordo school board at its July 20 meeting.


Library: Check out plenty of items by Aug. 3

he Allerton Public Library Facebook page or its website at www.monticellolibrary.org, as library staff will not have access to telephones or email during the interim period, which starts when the library closes at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at its current location in the Monticello Community Building.


Official: Don't call 9-1-1 to ask about sirens

It was a first-ever for Piatt County 9-1-1 Director Jim Cripe, but it wreaked havoc at the Piatt County Dispatch Center Wednesday morning (July 20).


City wants input on Nick's Park options

The City of Monticello is encouraging community members to vote on their preference of two proposed Nick’s Park upgrades. Votes can be cast online at www.cityofmonticello.net, and results will be presented to the city council, possibly at a work session on Aug. 1.


Loans secured for DeLand water project

Movement continues on the DeLand water project. The village has received a USDA Rural Development loan for $1.6 million and $667,000 in grants to help fund the water project.

“The grants will help out a lot,” Village President George Long said at the July 11 village board meeting.


Cell tower talk at Bement board session

Plans to put a Verizon antennae on the Bement water tower were scrapped after officials deemed the project to be to risky with the potential to damage the existing tower.


Tempers flare at DeLand board meeting

A DeLand village board meeting that began with the care of ditches on Highway Avenue became a tension-filled discussion of ordinance violation notices issued to local residents.


Zoning variance approved for golf clubhouse

The Piatt County board on July 13 cleared the way for the Monticello Golf Association to construct a new clubhouse at the local golf course.

Board members voted 6-0 to approve a variation that will allow the structure to be within 30 feet of the road, less than the zoning ordinance minimum of 50 feet.


Piatt, DeWitt to share assessor

Piatt County will soon share additional services with neighboring DeWitt County, including that of a joint supervisor of assessments. The county board on July 13 also approved a plan to provide some mental health offerings in the wake of the DeWitt County Human Resource Center’s decision to suspend its services.


Second floor addition not likely for high school

It wouldn’t be impossible to add a second floor to a portion of Monticello High School, but it looks highly improbable. In a report presented to the school board on July 13, BLDD architects cite new building codes and poor soil as major reasons why going up on the 1966 portion of MHS is not feasible.


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