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Excavation could begin within a month for a new motel to be built on Rantoul’s west side.
Joe Warner, who is part of the United Development Corp. of Rantoul that also includes Gene Warner, said plans for the 70-room Holiday Inn Express are “going forward.”
“I talked to the contractor who will do the work, and they can start in probably 30 days or less,” Joe Warner said.
The Rantoul Village Board last week approved wastewater rate increases that will pay for a $5.9 million phosphorous removal project.
The proposal passed unanimously. Trustee Tony Brown was not present.
THOMASBORO There’s a new mayor in town: Thomasboro native Bradley Morris.
Morris, the lone candidate for Thomasboro’s highest position, decided to run after speaking with former mayor Tony Grilo and learning that he was not going to run for re-election.
FISHER — The Fisher Village Board authorized Mayor Milt Kelly to sign a contract with electrical supplier Integrys to lock in rates for at least the next year. But they stipulate he cannot act until June 1 when Ameren’s rates for the next year are official.
Some people had to travel only a few blocks to see Rantoul’s village officials sworn into office this week.
Reba, Kevin and Tyler Smith traveled from North Carolina to take in the proceedings. The mother, brother and nephew of new Rantoul mayor Chuck Smith didn’t want to miss the occasion.
FISHER — The last obstacle to opening the joint school/community fitness center has been hurdled because the new chiropractors in town have offered to staff it voluntarily.
By TOM KACICH
For Rantoul Press
SPRINGFIELD — Two local state senators said Thursday that they have a commitment from the state Environmental Protection Agency that it will step up its oversight of the Clinton Landfill.
The next Rantoul brush collection date is May 6-10.
Brush collection guidelines:
• All branches must be properly stacked and placed at the curbside no later than 7 a.m. on the Monday of the scheduled service and no earlier than 10 days before the collection period.
The Champaign County Treasurer’s Office will mail the 2012 real estate tax bills Friday, May 3.
The due dates will be June 3 for the first installment and Sept. 3 for the second one.
Interest of 1.5 percent per month will be assessed on bills paid after those dates.
It seems Rantoul Township High School can’t catch a financial break. The district received more than $54,000 less in its tax levy.
Superintendent Scott Amerio said the district levied for $4,760,000, but received $4,705,998 for fiscal year 2013.
“We always levy for a bit more than we think that we’ll get,” Amerio said.