Politics and Government

April 19 Savoy village board meeting rescheduled

The Savoy village board meeting previously scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, is canceled and rescheduled to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. Any questions can be directed to Village Clerk Billie Jean Krueger at 359-5894.

Work for drainage gets under way

Work has begun on the plans for a drainage project for the northeast part of town.
Village engineer Dave Atchley reported to the village board Wednesday that the drainage committee has met, and he has started topographics for the 5.6-acre retention pond.  The pond will go on a 8.9-acre parcel that the village bought from Premier Cooperative earlier this year.

Trustees have discussion of budget

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2 new trustees chosen

Two new trustees will be joining the village board.
Voters chose newcomers Jared Ping (477 votes) and Vicki Buffo (343) from among six candidates vying for four-year terms. Neither of them has previously held elected public office.
Anna Morris, who was appointed by Village President Jeff Holt four months ago, was also elected, with 402 votes.

Tax referendum fails

It’s unclear what the future is for the Pesotum-Crittenden Multi-Township Assessment District after voters rejected a tax increase for the second time in two years.
Last Tuesday, the referendum failed 69.65 percent to 30.35 percent. Last year, the referendum failed 56.97 percent to 43.03 percent.

Read the full story in the April 13 issue of The County Star.

3 incumbents, 1 newcomer elected

The father of six children in the Unit 7 school district is the newest school board member.
Nathan Baxley of rural Sadorus was the third highest vote getter last Tuesday in a six-man race for four seats on the school board.
“I’m gratified to have been elected,” Baxley said.

Read the full story in the April 13 issue of The County Star.

Pesotum village board needs members

While some positions are set to change hands in the wake of last week’s election, the Pesotum village board will still be in need going forward.
At last week’s meeting, trustees appointed Mary Jo Harvey — whose resignation from the village clerk position was set to take effect March 31 — as a temporary clerk. Harvey will work in the role on a monthly basis for the time being.

Sidney water committee to meet

The village’s water committee will meet as the next step after an engineering firm presented the village board with information to help them determine how much to raise rates to fund needed infrastructure improvements.
Village staff provided five years’ worth of financial statements, budgets and usage data to Farnsworth Group Engineering Manager Michael Friend.

Tolono police station almost half complete

The village’s new police station is about 44 percent complete.
Farnsworth Group senior architect Scott Burge reported that contractors are hanging drywall, and that roofing is scheduled to be delivered April 14. The village will need to provide cabinetry before countertops can be installed in the kitchen, per the construction contract.

South Prospect Avenue properties annexed

County Star correspondent

The village board approved six properties along South Prospect Avenue for annexation and rezoning to residential in a unanimous vote. The village has surrounded the properties for many years. The annexation was an effort to clean up the zoning and bring the homes into the village.

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