Politics and Government

Tolono water, sewer rates expected to rise by 20 percent

The village board is expected to raise water and sewer rates by 20 percent at its next meeting.
Village Treasurer Robert Kouzmanoff reported that the village water system’s expenses outweighed its revenues by about $40,000 last year. Taking into account depreciation, the difference was about $130,000.
The village is on pace to fall short by $40,000 again this year, Kouzmanoff added.

Seven to be interviewed for job at Savoy Rec Center

County Star correspondent

Village will reimburse residents for septic issues

The village will reimburse two residents of the 400 block of East Washington Street $817 for having to pump out their septic system twice as a result of a problem created by a village drainage tile.
The home’s previous owners placed the septic system underneath and close to the drainage tile, which was repaired after breaking, in 1984.

Mini-Relay for Life raises over $3,000

This year’s fifth annual mini-Relay for Life at Unity High School raised over $3,000 for the American Cancer Society.
This year’s event featured a kickball tournament for the first time in which six teams competed for the top prize. The winning team, LDS, donated back its winnings of $100 in cash.

Read the full story in the May 18 issue of The County Star.

New village president, trustee sworn in

Last Wednesday’s meeting was the changing of the guard for the Pesotum village board.
Joyce Ragle officially took her place as village president, replacing the departing Cheryl Smitley.
New trustee Dee Ann Hoffman was sworn into the board, along with re-elected board member Dianne Reed and village treasurer Melanie Schultz.

Solar company surveys prospects

The commercial solar industry is courting the Sidney area for energy production.
Cypress Creek Renewables, based in Santa Monica, Calif., contacted the village asking what its regulations would be for a solar farm. Village officials are reviewing solar farm ordinances from Kankakee and Livingston County for guidelines.

Read the full story in the May 11 issue of The County Star.

Fun Days parking going to be harder

Parking will be even more difficult to find around West Side Park during this year’s Tolono Fun Days festival.
The village board last Tuesday directed Village Attorney Marc Miller to draft an ordinance prohibiting parking on the residential side of three streets that surround the park.

Public gets a chance to wish longtime Savoy leader well

U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis and State Rep. Brad Halbrook surprised outgoing village president Robert McCleary by honoring him for his 30 years of service to Savoy during an open house in his honor at the Savoy Recreation Center.
“It was amazing, that many people coming out,” McCleary said.

Annexation vote postponed

County Star correspondent

Grant nixed, water system sale eyed

After once more failing to receive a grant to improve the town’s water system, village officials are starting to consider the possibility of selling it.

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