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Fisher moves carefully with new residence

FISHER — A Fisher resident will be issued a building permit for a new home, but it will come with an attachment outlining various conditions.

The Fisher Village Board spent quite some time discussing a building permit for a house that Dusty Vaughn will build on the village’s northeast side bordering the Fisher fairgrounds.

Ludlow Community Center not quite ready

LUDLOW — The village board isn’t ready officially to show off the new community center to the public.

Originally hoping to hold an open house in January, Mayor Pete Walker said it might not be until March now.

The reason: There are still things that are not finished on the building, which will be home to village board meetings, senior citizen meals and other community events.

Rantoul restaurant gets a boost with village loan

RANTOUL — A downtown Rantoul restaurant will no longer have to close to walk-in traffic when it receives a large catering order.

The village of Rantoul microloan committee last week approved a seven-year, $50,000 loan at 2 percent interest for C&C Kitchen.

April ballot to have 2 questions on county nursing home

URBANA — Champaign County voters will face two county-board-generated questions on the April 4 ballot: whether they would favor selling or disposing of the financially troubled county nursing home and whether they’d favor a higher property-tax rate to support its continued operation.

The special county board meeting Tuesday night on nursing-home issues ran for more than four hours.

Group spent more than $4,500 on park district dissolution issue

RANTOUL — The group that almost dissolved the Rantoul Park District reports it spent $4,570 on the effort.

The Friends of Rantoul’s Parks, headed by Champaign County Board member Jack Anderson, actually got a ballot question passed in the Nov. 8 election, only to learn later that it mistakenly relied on an old state law to do so.

Repair work set on wind-damaged building

RANTOUL — The village board was expected to approve a contract with a Danville company to repair a building on the former Chanute Air Force Base that was damaged by strong winds last June.

Public meeting set on what to do with old bank property downtown

RANTOUL — A public meeting will be held to discuss the former bank building in downtown Rantoul.

The meeting, being called by the village of Rantoul, will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce office, 120 E. Sangamon Ave.

Construction topics dominate Thomasboro Village Board meeting

THOMASBORO — Ongoing discussions related to construction highlighted last Tuesday’s Thomasboro Village Board meeting.

When it comes to the selling of the lots at 702 Morris St. and 501 Frederick St., the jury is still out on what will go there.

Dredging work continues on west-side park

RANTOUL — When crews are finished with a sediment-removal project, a west side Rantoul park pond will be a more attractive place to visit and fish.

Greg Hazel, Rantoul public works director, said most of the anticipated sediment removal has been completed on Rudzinski Park pond.

Village expected to OK anti-crime initiative

RANTOUL — In an effort to reduce crime in local rental housing and to improve the village’s image, the village board is expected to approve the adoption of a Crime Free Multi-Housing program in February.

Police Chief Erman Blevins presented benefits of the program at last week’s village board study session. Rantoul will likely be the first Central Illinois community to adopt CFMH.