Unity East using alternative seating

Some classrooms at Unity East Elementary School are trying out a new education trend: alternative seating.
Over the summer, Unity East second-grade teacher Casey Garrison obtained money to buy balance ball chairs through, a website that connects teachers in high-need communities with donors who want to help.

Road cleanup, Arbor Day events planned

Acting village president Trustee Bill Smith announced the Rotary Club will be sponsoring a cleanup on U.S. Route 45 on April 29 as part of the Boneyard Cleanup Day events.
April 28 is Arbor Day at Carrie Busey School. Activities, including a tree planting, will take place at 11 a.m. Plans are being made to acquire free trees for the children to take home.

Bonds to be issued for renovations

Unit 7 school district officials plan to issue $3 million alternative revenue bonds to complete infrastructure projects at the high school.
For the bond issue, there will be a 30-day petition period beginning March 15. If five percent of registered voters submit a petition to the district within that timeframe, the bond issue will have to be put on a ballot for voters to approve.

New computers purchased for offices

The village offices have two new computers as part of a technology upgrade prompted by the Internet often being unavailable.
The new computers, which are from Area Wide Tech, will cost $1,243.20 installed.

Read the full story in the Feb. 16 issue of The County Star.

Dog left outside is now indoors

A dog in the 100 block of Daggy Street that had been chained up outside has been taken inside the house by the owner, according to a family member who wished to remain anonymous.

Alleged neglect to spur legal action

The village has decided to take legal action against the owners of a property in the 100 block of Daggy Street that is in disrepair and is home to a dog that is allegedly being neglected.

Water rates rise; more set

The village board has raised water rates to cover the cost of a 15-percent increase from supplier Illinois American Water.
The current minimum rate for the first 2,000 gallons is $22 and will increase to $24.50. The rate per 1,000 gallons over the minimum will rise from $11 to $12.50.

Read the full story in the Feb. 16 issue of The County Star.

Village clerk submits resignation

Last week’s meeting of the Pesotum village board lasted 15 minutes, but it was enough time to find out that a village official would be leaving her post fairly soon.
Village President Cheryl Smitley accepted the resignation of longtime Village Clerk Mary Jo Harvey, effective at the end of March.

LeFaivre retains crown as St. Thomas School’s geography bee champ

Evan LeFaivre correctly answered a question about which Central American country borders Colombia to retain his crown as the champion of the National Geographic School Bee at St. Thomas Catholic School. (Answer: Panama)

Member appointed to planning commission

County Star correspondent

Teresa Kelnhofer has been appointed unanimously to the planning commission for a four-year term from 2017-2020.
Trustee Bill Smith has appointed pro-tem village president from Feb. 7 through 15. Village President Bob McCleary will be out of town during that time.

Read the full story in the Feb. 9 issue of The County Star.

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