Politics and Government

Champaign County Board OKs another $6M in nursing home expenses

URBANA — The Champaign County Board has decided to once again open its checkbook to help out the soon-to-be-sold Champaign County Nursing Home.

At a special meeting Tuesday night, the board voted 16-4 to appropriate $1,980,400 to pay off bills to nursing home vendors dating back to the 2015 fiscal year.


Vacant lot purchase program to start slowly

RANTOUL — The village Vacant Lot Purchase Program will start small, with a limited number of properties.

The program involves selling village-owned vacant lots to the public.


Thomasboro board weighs full-time water employee versus contracting out

THOMASBORO — The Thomasboro Village Board is considering contracting out operation and maintenance of its water treatment plant.


Three Fisher bids approved to demolish properties

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board approved the low bid from Rock’s Excavating Service, LLC, Gifford, for demolition of the buildings on three separate properties.

The not-to-exceed $22,000 cost will cover demolitions associated with the Brake property, Park Street property and a flood hazard mitigation project.


Ludlow Village Board reviews ordinance violations

LUDLOW — Village board members reviewed residents’ responses to village ordinance property-nuisance violation letters sent to them.

Mayor Steve Thomas said most of those who received notices complied with village requests to rectify the problems.

“I’m pretty satisfied, except three in particular owned by one person,” Thomas said.


Some court cases could return here

RANTOUL — Here comes the judge. Maybe.

Stopped in the early 1990s, court could be returning to Rantoul.

The village board is considering implementation of a municipal adjudication program that would involve some lesser offenses being heard at the municipal building.


Village board to discuss vacant-lot sell-off proposal

RANTOUL — The village board Tuesday night was expected to reopen discussion regarding adoption of a vacant property purchase program.

Under the program, the public would be able to buy certain properties owned by the village in an attempt to get them back on the public tax roll.


Village committee recommends approval of 2 microloans, 1 facade grant

RANTOUL — The village board will vote on a recommendation to loan $30,000 to a local lawn care company and $10,000 to a local floral shop.

The micro loan committee, which met last week, also recommended the board approve a $10,000 facade grant.

Recommended for micro loan approval was Elite Pro Lawns, owned by Justin Walton.


Thomasboro board plans for public works vacancy

THOMASBORO — Village trustees have begun the process to plan for the search for a public works superintendent and make arrangements if hiring is delayed.

“That’s one of my worries,” trustee Tony Grilo said, “that on January 1st we’ll have a heavy snow.”


Fisher street work outlined

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board heard from its engineers at Phoenix Consulting on the scope and estimated cost of resurfacing two major streets through town.

Most of Third Street and much of First Street will be resurfaced. Portions will be simply seal-coated while some will have a new layer of asphalt put down.


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