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Ex-village administrator might sue village

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul faces a possible lawsuit from its former village administrator over the nonpayment of accrued sick leave compensation.

Bruce Sandahl claims the village owes him an additional $40,375 from accrued sick leave days as part of his separation agreement from the village.

The village contends it does not owe Sandahl the money.


Search for village administrator down to six candidates

RANTOUL — The search to fill the vacant Rantoul village administrator position is down to six candidates.

Human resources Director Tony Peyton said background checks will be made on all six, after which phone interviews will conducted.

A committee appointed to help select the top candidates will meet again tonight (July 23).


Ludlow board studies proposal to cut down water bill late fees

LUDLOW — A Ludlow Village Board committee will study a proposal that would reduce the time residents have to pay water bills before being penalized.

Mayor Pete Walker said village attorney Jack Waaler recommended the board shave from 45 days to 30 days the time residents have to pay their water bills or be considered overdue.


Mayor to appoint replacement for Jones

RANTOUL — Mayor Chuck Smith said he has had four people express interest in a vacant seat on the village board.

The seat came open when Trustee Roger Jones announced at the July study session of the village board that he would be resigning his post. He did not give a reason.


Park board extends time it will take applications for panel that will study future of golf course

RANTOUL — The park board has extended by two weeks the period it will accept applications for residents to serve on a citizens advisory committee that will study the future of the park district and Brookhill Golf Course.


Rantoul Village Board: Switch to METCAD went on without a hitch

RANTOUL – Rantoul’s switch-over to the Metropolitan Computer-Aided Dispatch (METCAD) system to answer all local emergency calls went off seamlessly last week.

Most people likely couldn’t tell the difference, Police Chief Paul Farber said.


Eatery may be okayed for sidewalk cafe

RANTOUL — A downtown Rantoul restaurant might soon be able to offer sidewalk dining.

At Tuesday night’s monthly meeting, the village board was expected to consider a proposal that would allow sidewalk cafes.


Rantoul to hire economic development director

RANTOUL — The village board is moving forward on economic development in the community.

In addition to the formation of the Rantoul Economic Development Advisory Board last year, the position of economic development manager will likely be filled again.

The board was expected to vote Tuesday on naming the Center for Community Adaptation, Champaign, to assume the manager role.


Gifford to replace tornado sirens

GIFFORD — The Gifford Village Board took a step toward improving its inclement weather preparedness at its monthly meeting last Thursday.

The board held a public hearing before the meeting with Susan Chavarria of the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission to discuss Gifford’s application for the Community Development Assistance Program grant.


Thomasboro board considers new dump site

THOMASBORO — The site on North Thomas Street where residents of Thomasboro have been dumping their yard waste was the most-discussed topic of Monday’s monthly meeting of the village board.

“It’s getting to be an eyesore,” Village President Brad Morris said. “We all saw this coming.”