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County tourist group faces budget challenges without state funds

RANTOUL — Visit Champaign County had a “fantastic” 2015 fiscal year, its director said, but faces budget challenges if the state of Illinois continues to withhold funding.

Jayne DeLuce, president and CEO of the tourist organization, gave an overview of the past year and a look ahead at last week’s monthly meeting of the Rantoul Village Board.

Village trying to get schools on board regarding additional TIF fund

RANTOUL — As the long process to turn Rantoul’s economy around continues, the village is asking both the Rantoul Township High School and the Rantoul City Schools districts to make a sacrifice to move that along.

Fisher TIF fund has lots of zeroes

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board learned from finance committee Chairperson Deb Estes that the TIF fund is zeroed out.

The village has been using bond money from that account to pay for many things, including a new community building and a huge drainage project.

Village board hears details on automated meter reading

RANTOUL — The village board is expected to vote in December on a new AMI/AMR automated meter-reading system.

Public works Director Greg Hazel outlined the system at last week’s village board study session.

An AMR system is the basic reading of the meters, while the AMI system includes smart meters, which would allow more access to customers’ individual use.

Gifford's EPA saga could prove costly

GIFFORD — The village of Gifford’s saga with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency won’t be over any time soon, and it could prove to be costly before it’s all said and done.

In August, the village board was informed that the IEPA was now requiring municipalities to test their water for nitrates, which Gifford’s current treatment plant cannot do.

Problem with delinquent water bills might stall Ludlow water main project

LUDLOW — After a few months of improvement in the collection of water bills, the delinquent-bill account has grown again in Ludlow, and it could stall the implementation of a new water main system.

Delinquent water bills and a floor plan for the new community building were among the discussion topics at last week’s monthly meeting of the village board.

Thomasboro approves raise for superintendent

THOMASBORO — Most of the action items at Monday’s Thomasboro village board meeting pertained to the village’s public works superintendent.

In executive session, the board discussed an adjustment to Tyler Martin’s salary. In regular session, the board approved 2 percent raise for Martin, which increases his annual salary of $38,000 by $760.

Rantoul receives good audit report

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul got a clean bill of health — at least in terms of its 2015 external audit.

“The results of our audit, ... we’re going to be issuing clean or unmodified opinions,” Bob Graphenthien of Crowe Horwath told the village board last week.

In auditor speak, that means the financial books are in order.

Dry up: Village stormwater project to aid northwest Rantoul

RANTOUL — Northwest Rantoul will get relief from stormwater during heavy rain periods as a result of an agreement approved last week by the village board.

State budget impasse hurting CSC programming

RANTOUL — The leader of a social service agency that serves residents of Rantoul and northern Champaign County used a swimmer’s term to describe how his agency is faring in the wake of the state of Illinois’ budget impasse.

“We’re treading water,” said Andy Kulzycki, director of Community Service Center.