Politics and Government

Motor fuel tax spending statement approved

In another short meeting, the Pesotum village board approved the motor fuel tax expenditure statement for 2016.
Cummins Engineering chief highway engineer Phil Koeberlein, who assists the village in their street repairs and MFT handling, was on hand at last Wednesday’s meeting to explain the statement to the board.


Town won’t take part in electronics recycling

The village will not participate in the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission’s countywide electronics recycling events.


Annual audit accepted

The annual audit for the Village of Savoy was completed on April 30, 2016, and has been accepted by the village board. The village is in the black for all funds, with $20 million in assets, $14 million of that in fixed assets or capital. The general fund, which pays for much of the village’s expenses, is positive by $182,000.

Reappointments


Water company’s rate hike may trickle down

Sidney water customers may see an increase in their water bill soon.
Village President Chuck White reported that the Illinois Commerce Commission had approved a 14.7-percent rate increase request from Illinois-American Water Co., Sidney’s water supplier. The rate increase went into effect Jan. 1.

Read the full story in the Jan. 12 issue of The County Star.


Jan. 11 Savoy study session canceled

The Savoy village board has canceled its previously scheduled study session meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Any questions can be directed to Village Clerk Billie Jean Krueger at 359-5894.


Water system purchase advancing

The Illinois Commerce Commission’s final approval of Illinois American Water’s purchase of Sadorus’ water system is expected by January.
According to Illinois American Water Senior Operations Manager Dave Farrar, the final closing is scheduled for March 31, and it will take about 90 days to get everything in Illinois American Water’s system and completed.


New water payment option to be offered to customers

The village will begin offering an alternative payment method to water customers.
Village treasurer Robert Kouzmanoff told the village board Tuesday that a convenience fee of 2.75 percent could be applied to credit card payments, and an additional fee of 50 cents could be applied for payments below $100.
The other option would be for the village to absorb the fee, Kouzmanoff said.


School chief sees future upgrades

In the last few years, the Unit 7 school district has done renovations at Unity High School and expanded Unity West Elementary School.
“As we look forward, our population is probably as big as it’s ever been,” Superintendent Andy Larson told the school board Monday.


Ordinances, a resolution passed

By MINDY BASI
County Star correspondent


Board approves drainage land buy

The village is buying 8.9 acres of land for a drainage project for the northeast part of town.
The village board last Wednesday approved a contract to buy the property from Premier Cooperative, Inc., at a price of $100,000. The village agreed to pay $2,000 in “earnest money” up front and the rest at the closing of the sale on Feb. 28.


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