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New garbage hauling plan could be ready by July 1

RANTOUL  — Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh hopes a new single-hauler garbage contract can go into effect July 1.

The village board, without comment, last week approved the contract with Area Disposal.

The board voted 5-0 to approve the contract. Trustee Tony Brown was absent.

Rantoul officials part of delegation to D.C.

RANTOUL — Champaign County representatives have been making the annual trek to Washington, D.C., to meet with federal officials. This year two

Rantoul representatives also made the trip on what they plan to make a yearly practice.

Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh and Economic Development Director Mike Royse spent 2 1/2 days in the nation’s capital last week.

Ragle lauded for his service to Fisher

FISHER — Water/Wastewater Superintendent Ron Ragle has worked his last day for the village of Fisher. He has taken a new position with Illinois American Water.

Mayor Milt Kelly and the trustees had high praise for Ragle.

“You’ve served the village well,” Kelly said.

Gifford Village Board holds first meeting at new municipal building

GIFFORD — New board, new building. Still more to be done.

The Gifford Village Board held its first official meeting in its new village hall last Thursday, with new trustees Adam Pannbacker and Nicholas Carpenter and new Village Clerk Diane Baker.

Ludlow board gets down to business on burned-out building

LUDLOW — A great deal of last week’s Ludlow Village Board meeting understandably dealt with the aftermath of the April 26 fire that destroyed the town’s community center.

The village lost many of its records, including its ordinance files.

It has that new village hall smell

GIFFORD — It smells like fresh paint in Gifford’s new village hall.

It’s a clean scent, but it’s one that’s become all too familiar in the village, where so much has had to be replaced and rebuilt in the past year and a half.

Designing downtown: Village board asked to approve facade program, demolish old building

RANTOUL — Streets and landscaping won’t be the only improvements coming to downtown Rantoul. A facade improvement program implemented by the village is expected to provide an upgrade for the front of several downtown storefronts.

The village board was asked to approve the facade improvement program at the May 12 monthly meeting.

TALKING TRASH: Residents get their say on garbage proposal

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Village Board approved implementation of a single-hauler garbage contract in the village Tuesday night.

After hearing comments from several residents at a forum and during last Tuesday’s study session, the board agreed to send the measure forward for a vote.

Rantoul mayor to be honored at Parkland commencement

CHAMPAIGN — Rantoul Mayor Chuck Smith will be honored May 14 at Parkland College’s commencement ceremony at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Smith earned degrees from Parkland in food distribution and marketing mid-management between 1972 and 1977, before earning a bachelor’s degree at Eastern Illinois University in 2007. He will receive the distinguished alumnus award.

Village of Fisher in the market for new water/wastewater superintendent

FISHER — The village of Fisher is seeking a new water/wastewater superintendent.

Village Manager Jeremy Reale said current Superintendent Ron Ragle has submitted his resignation. But his final work date is not set. That depends on when he starts his new position elsewhere.