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Talking trash (hauler): Area communities have differing views on single-hauler issue

RANTOUL — In November 2013, Rantoul officials realized that 770 households in town did not pay for trash service. Instead, the garbage of thousands was being dropped in the country, snuck into dumpsters or disposed of at workplaces.

Residents were able to skirt the village’s waste removal requirement by not subscribing to either of the town’s two services.

Lot of construction in works for Gifford

GIFFORD — It figures to be a busy month and a half of construction in the village of Gifford.

Projects involving a new water main and street and sidewalk repair are expected to begin this month, with a target completion date of Nov. 15.

Uniform agreement: Thomasboro Village Board talks attire for superintendent

THOMASBORO—For the most part, everyone on the Thomasboro Village Board agrees public works Superintendent Tyler Martin should have a uniform.

The formality and cost of the uniform were extended topics of discussion at Monday night’s meeting.

Business round table with state representative

RANTOUL — The Champaign County and Rantoul chambers of commerce will partner to host a business round table with State Rep. Chad Hays (R-Catlin) at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at The Linden Banquet Center, Rantoul.

Breakfast will be served. A fee will be charged. There will be exclusive face time with one of the area’s local representatives.

Couple asks for rezoning to clear way for storage units

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Plan Commission will hear a request to rezone a portion of North Century Boulevard for business purposes.

The commission will meet at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at the municpal building, 333 S. Tanner St.

A sign of recognition: Village board approached about honorary street signs

RANTOUL — A Rantoul man has approached the village board to inquire about the process needed to adopt honorary street names for individuals who have greatly contributed to the community.

“I’ve noticed that other towns have them. Would Rantoul consider doing such?” Wendell Golston asked the board.

Hallmark building in bad shape, village board told

RANTOUL — A downtown business owner asked the village board to take action to rectify the condition of one of downtown’s anchor buildings.

Paula Hopkins, owner-operator of A House of Flowers downtown, said the former Hallmark store at 119 E. Sangamon Ave. is in bad shape, and its condition needs to be remedied before the building is a total loss.

Shimkus staffer to be in Fisher Sept. 17

FISHER — A member of U.S. Rep. John Shimkus’ staff will be in Fisher from 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Sept. 17, at Fisher Village Hall, 100 E. School St.

Shimkus (R-15) has a tradition of having his staff hold office hours in addition to those he holds himself. This is an opportunity to meet with someone from Shimkus’ office.

A tough way to start a legislative career

RANTOUL — Illinois State Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) said it hasn’t been the easiest first few months since being sworn into office in January

“It’s a tough year to get involved,” said Bennett, who was selected from among 12 hopefuls to succeed Gifford native Mike Frerichs, who was elected state treasurer. “I think it’s been a tough year for everyone.”

Fisher hires part-time water/wastewater employee

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board met in special session Thursday to hire an employee.

The board hired Wade Lagle part time because he holds the Class 2 license that is needed for the wastewater plant to be operated legally.