Missile decision on hold

RANTOUL — Mayor Chuck Smith said no decision has been made on the fate of the Minuteman missile on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Ken Morrison, owner of T&K Metals of Whiting, Ind., won the contract to scrap the missile and most of the airplanes remaining on the former base. He offered to sell the missile to the village for $1,500.

Smith told the village board at Thursday’s continued meeting that he was scheduled to meet with an Air Force representative on the matter Friday, but the rep never showed up. He hopes to meet with him this week.

Town hall meeting
Smith also announced the village will hold a town hall meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursay, May 24, at Rantoul Township High School.

“Trustees will entertain conversation with residents. It will be open to everyone,” Smith said, and will be an open format.

“We just want to be able to listen to you and share your thoughts and our thoughts ... and have an open dialogue.”

Other business
Smith recognized Orval Stuckemeyer for his promotion to sergeant with the Rantoul Police Department.

The board also approved the refinancing of a loan to Amerinvest of $151,731 for seven years at 4 percent interest.




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