Politics and Government

Tolono special meeting rescheduled

A special Tolono village board meeting originally scheduled for Aug. 24 has been rescheduled to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the village hall.

The meeting agenda will include a time for public comments, followed by an executive session to discuss the hiring, performance, compensation and/or employment of one or more village employees.

Agenda for Aug. 24 Tolono village board special meeting

AUGUST 24, 2016


II.    ROLL CALL    
MAYOR         Jeff Holt __             CLERK             Dixie Phillips __

Animal control contract renewed

The village has renewed its contract for animal control services from a privately owned company for another year. Savoy has used Lee’s Nuisance for the past year to avoid significant increases in the cost of Champaign County Animal Control.  
Lee’s Nuisance charges per incident with a fee of $62.25 per call.

Read the full story in the Aug. 25 issue of The County Star.

Park district may use diamond

The Sadorus Community Park’s ball diamond may have a new occupant next year.
Trustee Jim Thompson said Tolono Park District baseball/softball coordinator Bob Hasty had asked him about the possibility of using the diamond.
Thompson said the park district would be in charge of maintenance on the diamond, something that Sadorus paid a private contractor $1,200 for this year.

Chicken rules being discussed

The village is considering an ordinance to regulate “backyard chickens.”
Village trustees on Monday tabled a decision until the next meeting, scheduled for Sept. 19.
Trustees are considering allowing a maximum of 12 chickens with a minimum of 4 square feet per hen, the amount that Village Administrator Jim Brewer said that the United States Department of Agriculture recommends.

Officials studying cemetery organization

Village officials in Pesotum are hoping to get a better handle on the local cemetery’s organization.
At the village board’s study session last Wednesday, Village President Cheryl Smitley said that beginning this week, she and Clerk Mary Jo Harvey would be going over the plots, maps and paperwork at Davis Memorial Cemetery.

Village board hears about cell phone tower plans at Unity

Unit 7 Superintendent Andy Larson on Tuesday told the village board about a planned cell phone tower on the Unity High School campus.
Larson reported he has been in contact with a company called Insite about putting a 160-foot monopole tower on the school property’s southeast corner. The carrier on the tower will most likely be Verizon, and other carriers may be added later.

Willow Run final plat on hold

Approval of the final plat and annexation of a new subdivision is on hold until the developer can provide some needed documentation.

Another water main breaks in Adams St. area

At last Wednesday’s Pesotum village board meeting, trustees discussed another recent water main break near the intersection of U.S. Highway 45 and Adams Street.
“We found out that whole water main is not in very good shape,” Village President Cheryl Smitley said. “They’re going to end up replacing about 150 feet of water main so it doesn’t happen again.”

Bid for town hall demolition OK’d

The Sidney Township Board on Monday accepted a $26,600 bid from the low bidder, Razmus Demolition Services of Chrisman, to demolish the Sidney Town Hall.
The township held a bid opening at 2 p.m. on July 22 at the community building. Four other companies bid on the project; the next lowest bids were $32,749 from Lee Farms Excavating of Onarga and $39,749.

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