Politics and Government

Sign ordinance amendments endorsed

Changes to Monticello’s sign ordinance were endorsed by the city’s planning and zoning board Monday. They now go to the city council for consideration, likely on June 27.

Dahl presides over his last school board session

In some ways, it was an easy decision for Jim Dahl to resign from the Monticello school board after 13 years. His main reason was to avoid any possible conflict of interest once his wife Marlise becomes an official employee of the school district.

Second floor option for high school could be costly

Although a formal structural study has not been completed, a preliminary report is not giving positive indicators towards the possibility of adding a second story to the 1966 portion of Monticello High School; nor does gutting and remodeling the 1924 section look like an ideal option.

No village donation for Lions project

 The Bement village board voted 3-1 to deny a request for a monetary donation by the Bement Lions Club at its monthly meeting Tuesday, June 14.

Bement board approves dress code changes

With a few tweaks, the Bement school board has approved student handbooks that include a beefed up dress code policy.

The dress code proposal prompted the most talk in handbook discussion last month, mostly over a call for shorts to be at least mid-thigh in length.

Piatt, DeWitt Counties may share assessor

Piatt County may share an assessor with neighboring DeWitt County if the DeWitt County Board approves the action at its June 23 meeting. Piatt County Supervisor of Assessments, Paula Bates, resigned her position in March to become the assessor for Champaign County.

Animal control ad hoc committee named

An ad hoc committee will study the future of animal control in Monticello and make recommendations to the city council.

Donation to help furnish new library

A $100,000 donation from the Monticello-based Robert Milligan Trust will help improve technology, provide some furnishings, and add to the landscaping at the new Allerton Public Library site.

Applications being taken for school board opening

Monticello Community Unit School District #25 will have a vacancy on the school board effective June 30. Dr. Jim Dahl has submitted a letter of resignation as board member. Dr. Dahl first became a Board member in 2003, was on the board for 13 years, and has served as board president since September of 2013.

Variance sought for new clubhouse

A zoning request from the Monticello Golf Association that is needed to accommodate construction of a new clubhouse will likely have to wait a month after the Piatt County Zoning Board of Appeals failed to net a quorum last Thursday.

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