Politics and Government

Pesotum forms neighborhood watch

by Dee Ann Hoffman


New owner of Wine Experience in Philo gets liquor license

The board of trustees approved a liquor license for the new owner of Philo Wine Experience at its Wednesday meeting. The approval allows the store to be transferred from Jignesh Panchal who owned the property to the new owner, Jetal Patel.

Village Attorney Marc Miller explained the transfer process of ownership of the property before the vote was made by the board.


ZBA gets closer to draft solar farm ordinance

The ZBA is drawing closer to a consensus on how the new photo-volcaic solar farm ordinance should read for the county.  The proposal is taking shape after hours of public testimony and debate amongst the board members with director John Hall.


Donovan appointed to Tolono planning commission

Josie Donovan was unanimously voted in and appointed to the Tolono village planning commission by President Rob Murphy on June 4. 

Donovan’s husband is a teacher at Unity West School.  She said she applied because she wanted to get more involved in the community.


Tolono police department to enforce swimming pool fence fines

TOLONO—Unfenced pools are a safety hazard and Tolono wants to do something about it.


Sidney approached by another power company

he village of Sidney has received a proposal for another solar farm project to be located outside of the village. 


Drainage district repair project tabled

The project to improve drainage for the streets of Pesotum has been tabled by the Board of Trustees until an intergovernmental agreement is completed between Pesotum and the Drainage District.  Without that agreement, no work can be done on village property. 


Bringing county records into the modern age

There’s a lot of Champaign County history in the oversized record books at the Brookens Center in Urbana.  Mark Shelden, as the elected Recorder of Deeds is responsible for all of them.


Village of Philo Street Repairs Scheduled

The Philo village board of trustees has approved work on the drainage system in the village, especially the sledding hill, which village engineer Dave Atchley described as “seeping.”  The tile has been broken or may have collapsed, Atchley said.


St. Thomas School addition ready to go

The Philo village board of trustees was given a sneak peek of the new construction project at St. Thomas School at Tuesday’s meeting.   Father Keith Walder and the architect of the project, Bob  Kapolnek of KAP Architecture narrated a slide show of rendered drawings and plans for the proposed building addition. 


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