Giving Place pushing carts in Sidney parade

The Giving Place will be pushing grocery carts in the Sidney Fun Daze Parade on Saturday, July 29.  
Bring nonperishable food items to drop in the carts as they pass by to help replenish the food pantry shelves.  The Giving Place serves all those living in the Unit 7 school district.

Faith-filled fun at VBSs

Savoy United Methodist Church hosted its “Maker Fun Factory: Created by God Built for a Purpose” VBS recently.

Budget ended with positive figures

Despite the state’s financial woes, the Unit 7 school district is maintaining a positive fund balance at the end of the fiscal year.
Superintendent Andy Larson told the school board Wednesday that the education, building and transportation funds all have positive balances.
“We’re in a place 95 percent of the districts are not,” Larson said.

Grant would help replace dead trees

Village officials are exploring a grant opportunity to replace trees killed by the emerald ash borer at the Sadorus Community Park.
Village Clerk Peggy Thompson on Wednesday told village board members that she is applying for a community forestry assistance grant through the Department of Natural Resources. The grant would match up to $15,000.

Water rate hike to go in effect

By a vote of 5-1, the Ivesdale village board made a water rate increase official on Monday night.

Water system sale plan put in motion

 The village is taking the first steps toward selling its water system.
The village board hired Farnsworth Group to prepare a proposal for preparing bid packets to sell the system.
Under the Small System Viability Act, a large utility can acquire a system like Sidney’s at fair market value. The legislation sunsets in mid-2018.

Furniture bid OK’d for new building

The village board Tuesday approved a bid for furniture for the new police station.
Trustees Anna Morris and Vicki Buffo opposed the decision to accept Stocks’ bid for 35 chairs over higher bids from Techline, Midwest and Rogards. The $21,021 bid will need to be revised since it was actually for 50 chairs with casters, and the board decided to forego the caster feature.

Appropriations, insurance approved

The Savoy village board passed two ordinances on July 19, one to appropriate money for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, and the other to continue to contract for liability coverage with the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association, which provides intergovernmental cooperation contracts for risk management.

Sidney Summer Fun Daze coming

 This year’s Sidney Summer Fun Daze will feature more seating, more parking and a new bike giveaway.
The demolition of the town hall building has eliminated the main indoor venue for the event. The area where the building used to stand will now have more picnic tables available for people to sit and rest.

Read the full story in the July 20 issue of The County Star.

Village taking bids for project

The village will be accepting bids for a proposed detention basin project.
The detention basin will include a 100-foot-by-240-foot level area, which may be used for parking or a building in the future. The excess dirt from the basin will stay on site, creating a hill on the west side that can be used for recreational purposes like sledding.

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