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Committee picked to examine future of golf course, park district

RANTOUL — There are a couple of bank officials, a village trustee, a retired insurance official, a retired corporate officer, a former teacher and at least one non-golfer.

They comprise the citizens advisory committee that has been named to study the future of Rantoul’s Brookhill Golf Course and the Rantoul Park District.

Hiring an administrator: A timeline

Following is a timeline involving the firing of Rantoul's former village administrator and the hiring of its new one.

Feb. 28 — Mayor Chuck Smith tells Village Administrator Bruce Sandahl he is terminating his contract.

New Rantoul village administrator hired

RANTOUL — Rantoul has a new village administrator.

Jeffrey Fiegenschuh has accepted an offer to serve in the post.

The village board, after meeting with the final two candidates in a three-hour closed session Thursday, unanimously selected Fiegenschuh for the job, and Mayor Chuck Smith formally offered it to him.

Fiegenschuh accepted the offer Monday, Smith said.

New Rantoul intersection inches one step closer

RANTOUL — Construction of a new intersection off U.S. 45 in south Rantoul has taken a step closer to happening.

The village board last week approved a resolution authorizing an economic conveyance agreement with the Air Force for the transfer of ownership of 394 acres to the village from the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Updated: Fisher might not have to demolish building

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board may not need to spend money to demolish the old downtown community building/police department complex.

Thursday night, Maria Kasche told the board she is interested in buying a portion of the complex to open a curriculum-based preschool for 3-5 year olds. She would aim for the opening a year from now.

Ordinance change set for medical marijuana facilities

RANTOUL — Rantoul’s zoning ordinance needs to be changed to accommodate medical marijuana facilities, should developers want to locate in the village.

Village attorney Ken Beth told the village board last week that there have been inquiries by potential medical marijuana facility developers to Rantoul and other area communities.

Attorney: Ex-official wouldn't win suit against village

RANTOUL — Former Village Administrator Bruce Sandahl does not have a legitimate chance to win a potential lawsuit against the village seeking payment for accrued sick leave after his contract was terminated earlier this year.

That’s the opinion of village attorney Ken Beth.

Beth discussed the issue at last week’s monthly village board study session.

Public can meet administrator candidates

RANTOUL — The public will be able to meet the two candidates for Rantoul village administrator prior to a special meeting of the village board.

The candidates, whose names have not been released to the public, will be present at the Municipal Building, 333 S. Tanner St., from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21.

Wilson named to fill Rantoul Village Board seat

RANTOUL — Mayor Chuck Smith has selected Gary Wilson to fill a vacant seat on the village board.

The appointment, which was announced at last week’s monthly study session, must be approved by the village board at the Aug. 12 monthly meeting.

Wilson will take the seat formerly held by Roger Jones, who announced his resignation last month.

Ludlow to replace 1949-era water mains

LUDLOW — The village of Ludlow is in the preliminary stages of preparations to replace its aging water main system.