Politics and Government

Contract for patrol service considered

Village officials are exploring whether to contract with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office for police protection.
Village Administrator Jim Brewer said that Chief Deputy Allen Jones told him that it would cost $70 per hour to patrol the village. Brewer said that if Sheriff Dan Walsh agrees to a contract, the county board would need to approve it.


Police station project progressing

The village is moving on to the design development phase of a project to build a new police station.
The newest version of the plans have incorporated a door for the interview room.


Village board approves preliminary plat

The village board on Wednesday approved a preliminary plat for the third phase of the Willow Run subdivision.
The plat is for a 15-lot subdivision located on the east edge of Philo. The new lots would be east of the existing two phases, along East Jefferson Street, east of Cleveland Street.

Read the full story in the July 21 issue of The County Star.


Graham parking may change

illage trustees have expressed interest in reverting the no parking ordinance on Graham Drive back to its original wording, which allows parking on one side of the street.  Several months ago village officials reviewed and updated all no parking ordinances within the village. As a result, “no parking” signage was placed on both sides of the street on Graham Drive. 


Pesotum village board establishes new truck route

Officials in Pesotum have taken steps to control truck traffic in the village.
At its meeting last Wednesday, the Pesotum village board approved an ordinance establishing an official truck route for the village.
The route will be marked entering the village from the west on Adams Street, and appropriate signs will be placed at intersections to mark the route.


Board not donating to July festival

It looks like the village will not be donating towards Sidney Summer Fun Daze this year.
In previous years, the village has typically donated between $4,000 and $5,000 to the Sidney Improvement Group (SIG), which organizes the festival held the last weekend in July.
Trustee Cyndi McCloud said that since SIG has about $10,000 in the bank, she couldn’t justify a donation.


New architectural plan shows larger police station

The Tolono village board was presented with a new, larger layout for the planned police station but delayed approval until its next meeting.
The new design Farnsworth Group Senior Project Architect Scott Burge showed the board was roughly 900 square feet larger than the previous plan.  
“We’ve made some pretty drastic changes to the plan,” Burge said.


Sidney’s village board approves salary hikes for employees

The village board approved 2-percent salary increases at a special meeting last Monday night.


Ivesdale not sweet on farm bid

A bee farm will not be allowed in the village.
A resident near St. Joseph Catholic Church on Fifth Street had requested to be able to start a beekeeping operation.
The village board Monday night amended its animal ordinance to prohibit anything that officials would determine to be a dangerous animal, even if it is domesticated.


Asbestos removal boosts demo cost

An unforeseen expense has delayed the demolition of the former east side fire station.
Farnsworth Group Senior Project Architect Scott Burge told the board last Tuesday that contractor Meuser Construction and Excavating submitted a $1,600 change order to have a subcontractor on site to do asbestos verification when the building is coming down.


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