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Still on the fence: Village still weighing garbage-removal options

RANTOUL — Area waste hauling company representatives addressed additional questions last week as village officials mull the possibility of Rantoul switching to a single-hauler system.

Fisher sees benefit of single-hauler system

FISHER — A single-hauler mandatory garbage system is the only way to go.

At least for Fisher.

That’s the opinion of Fisher Mayor Milt Kelly.

Rantoul Village Board formally approves hiring new administrator

RANTOUL — The village board, without comment, formally approved hiring a new village administrator.

Jeffrey Fiegenschuh, who holds the administrator position in Windsor Heights, Iowa, will take the Rantoul post Oct. 13.

Four seats to be up for election on Rantoul Village Board

RANTOUL — Voters will elect four trustees to the village board in the April 7 general election.

To be filled are four-year terms for seats held by Jennifer Fox, Henry Gamel and Chad Smith and a two-year term for the seat held by Gary Wilson.

Wilson was appointed to the board after the recent resignation of Roger Jones.

Loan money available to replace Ludlow water mains

LUDLOW — Loan funds are available for the village of Ludlow to replace its water main system.

Mayor Pete Walker said at last week’s monthly village board meeting that Champaign County Regional Planning Commission officials told him funds are available at 2 percent interest.

The project would cost about $350,000.

Preschool to open in former Fisher community center/police department

FISHER — Maria Kasche plans to open a curriculum-based preschool for 3-5-year- olds in Fisher. Opening will be in August 2015.

The Fisher Village Board agreed to sell for $20,000 the old community center/police department and maintenance area downtown to L. & M. Rentals LLC for the preschool.

Ex-RTHS teacher gets probation, loses teaching license

URBANA — Former Rantoul Township High School music teacher and band director Bryan Reynolds will spend the next two years on probation and lose his teaching license.

Judge Heidi Ladd entered the sentence Monday at Champaign County Courthouse as part of a plea agreement in which Reynolds pleaded guilty to distribution of harmful material, a Class A misdemeanor.

Annexation meeting set on medical marijuana facility

RANTOUL — At the same meeting that the Rantoul Village Board approved zoning ordinance changes that would allow medical marijuana cultivation and dispensary facilities in town, it scheduled a meeting to discuss an annexation agreement that could clear the way for a cultivation facility.

Village goal to make airport grow "by leaps and bounds"

RANTOUL — The fixed-base operator role at Rantoul Airport will no longer be handled by an outside company, and the result could mean lower prices for pilots and hopefully more activity.

Rune Duke, airport manager, said the village will assume the FBO role.

The management switch is one of several changes in operations at the airport that also includes a helicopter flight school.

Gifford considers banning manufactured homes

GIFFORD — The Gifford Village Board discussed the possibility of enacting an ordinance that would ban the construction of manufactured homes in the village.