Phillip Kisubika

Gifford bar owners ask village to close down Main Street for celebration

GIFFORD—The owners of Gifford bars The North Forty and The Homestead were on hand at last week’s village board meeting to get approval from the board to close Main Street on the night of Saturday, June 24.

Changes in offing for Gifford Community Celebration

GIFFORD—There will be some changes to this year’s Gifford Community Celebration, according to representatives of the celebration’s planning committee who were on hand at last week’s village board meeting.

All events for the Saturday, June 24, event except the afternoon band and baseball tournament will now be held at the new centrally located Emord Park and in downtown Gifford.

Thomasboro board makes progress on Main Street resurfacing

THOMASBORO — Though the matter was officially tabled until next month, some progress was made by the Thomasboro Village Board concerning the resurfacing project on Main Street.

At last week’s meeting, trustees continued to discuss the project, which would resurface the entire street from U.S. 45 to Commercial Street.

Changes may be in works at Gifford businesses

GIFFORD — The Gifford Village Board dealt with discussions of expanding local establishments at last week’s meeting.

During public comment, former village trustee Travis Youmans came to the board to talk about rezoning the lot behind his business, Trav’s Automotive.

Construction topics dominate Thomasboro Village Board meeting

THOMASBORO — Ongoing discussions related to construction highlighted last Tuesday’s Thomasboro Village Board meeting.

When it comes to the selling of the lots at 702 Morris St. and 501 Frederick St., the jury is still out on what will go there.

Thomasboro plans to sell 2 lots

THOMASBORO — After a long process of procuring legal deeds and demolishing derelict properties, the lots at 702 Morris St. and 501 Frederick St. in Thomasboro will go out for bid.

At last Monday’s board meeting, Mayor Brad Morris made the decision to bid out the lots on the condition that the bids are at least $15,000 each.

Price to drive utility vehicles to go up in Gifford

GIFFORD — The price of permits to drive utility task vehicles around the village of Gifford is going up, thanks to a decision made at last week's board meeting.

Trustees voted 5-0 to increase the annual permit cost from $25 to $40.

There was discussion among trustees and Police Chief Sean Weary at the November meeting about having more reflective permit decals.

Thomasboro board member questions mayor's residency

THOMASBORO — The mayor of Thomasboro may be spending some of his time outside of the village, but that will not lead to him resigning his post.

Longtime trustee Jeff Robertson brought up the question of Mayor Brad Morris’ residency at the village board meeting last Monday. Morris recently married, and his wife lives in Bloomington.

Pollinator gardens to start in Gifford

GIFFORD — Some new gardens could soon be growing in Gifford.

Patty Stoffel, a master gardener and vice president of District IV of the Garden Clubs of Illinois, visited the board at its meeting Thursday to discuss planting pollinator gardens in the village.

Gifford might look at changing its golf cart ordinance

GIFFORD — The village board approved an ordinance last March to allow residents and visitors to use golf carts and other utility vehicles on village streets, provided the vehicles are in compliance and drivers follow the rules in the ordinance.

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