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Village trustees Monday approved an appropriation ordinance for the fiscal year starting May 1 that includes some increases over last year’s.
The board expects to spend $310,200 in the 2016-17 fiscal year, a 4-percent increase from last year’s appropriation of $298,200.
The ordinance gives the village the authority to spend up to the designated amounts in individual funds.
After years of negotiations, Worden-Martin and the Village of Savoy have reached an agreement they hope will improve the functionality of Worden-Martin and the surrounding area.
The village board will review its annual budget and appropriation ordinance at its next meeting, scheduled for June 15.
Among the items to be considered is the allocation of funds for the removal of ash trees. Village President John Deedrick suggested having an arborist assess the condition of the ash trees in town to determine how many of them are infected with the emerald ash borer.
The economic development commission has recommended the board approve a $67,000 grant for the second phase of improvements at the Best Western Paradise Inn. The money will go towards the cost of demolishing the west wing of the building.
Over the past three years, the hotel has completed a $2.2 million remodel of the north wing, as well as a new entry and lobby area.
The village board on Tuesday got its first look at plans for a new police station.
The police station will be built at the site of the former Tolono fire station at the corner of East Main and North Bourne streets.
Visitors coming into Philo by way of Washington Street will be greeted by a new sign.
Village President Larry Franks told the village board Wednesday that an anonymous donor will pay for the sign, which will go where the village’s current welcome sign is located.
The new 5-foot-by-6-foot sign from American Dowell Sign Company will be mounted to brick columns.
A professional fundraiser has offered his services to help Philo officials find grant funding.
Brendan McGinty, a Philo resident, offered to serve as a liaison with legislators like State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and Rep. Adam Brown, R-Champaign, as the village seeks financial help for a proposed village-wide wastewater system.
“There are never guarantees,” McGinty cautioned.
The Savoy village board is expected to vote on its fiscal year 2016-17 budget at the next meeting, scheduled for April 20.
The Pesotum village board is taking steps to make their laws against unfit dwellings more clear to residents.
At its meeting last Wednesday, the board approved an ordinance amending a chapter of the village code pertaining to dangerous and unsafe properties, including those under construction.
Village Attorney Elizabeth Megli said the ordinance does not change any laws.
A resident of the 200 block of North Elizabeth Street came to the village board last Tuesday looking for relief from drainage problems.
“We’ve always had significant flooding at the intersection (with Reynolds Street),” Jana Terven said.