Larry Knilands

Piper City approves contract with Ford County Sheriff's Office

PIPER CITY — The village board on Dec. 7 approved a contract with the Ford County Sheriff’s Department requiring the sheriff’s office to provide police services to the community in return for payment of a $25,000 fee, to be paid in two installments.

The board also renewed an agreement with Ford County Animal Control.


Piper City to proceed with demolition order

PIPER CITY — Village board members learned during their Oct. 5 meeting that a demolition order for 206 W. Vine St. in Piper City will go forward.

Bids will be received for the project. In a related matter, the properties at 15 W. Market St. and 123 W. Cross St. are in the process of being declared abandoned. When that is completed, those properties will be demolished.


Prospective buyer of neglected land addresses Piper City trustees

PIPER CITY — During their Sept. 7 meeting, Piper City Village Board members heard from a potential buyer for the property at the southwest corner of  Clark  and Vine streets.


Piper City trustees approve permit for grain bin

PIPER CITY — The village board approved a building permit for Ludlow Co-op at its Dec. 7 meeting.

The grain cooperative, based in Ludlow, operates a grain elevator in Piper City, and it plans to put up a bin to hold 550,000 bushels of grain.

Other business
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Tri-Point school board approves health insurance plan

KEMPTON — The Tri-Point school board on Oct. 19 approved a health insurance plan for employees.

Employees can choose one of three plans with United Healthcare; the district pays up to $500 on a single premium.


Piper City board accepts $3,000 bid for work on arch at park

PIPER CITY — The village board on Oct. 7 reviewed four bids for redoing the arch at Branch Park. Fuoss Fabrication was awarded the bid for the work at a cost of $3,000.


Tri-Point school board approves balanced budget

KEMPTON — The Tri-Point school board on Sept. 21 approved its budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

“This is a balanced budget at this point in time, (but) there will still be a deficit in the education fund,” Superintendent Jeff Bryan said.


Piper City approves $25,000 contract for Ford County patrols

PIPER CITY — The village board on Sept. 2 approved a contract with the Ford County Sheriff’s Department to provide law enforcement patrols in Piper City at a cost of $25,000 per year.

The new contract was prompted by last month’s resignation of the village’s only officer, Fred Fanning, and the board’s subsequent decision not to fill the position.


Tri-Point school board approves insurance plan

KEMPTON — The Tri-Point school board approved an insurance plan through Metz Stoller with Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust at a cost of $77,253. Agent Todd Hoffman said buses will be included in the plan, as well as a new appraisal of buildings.

Following a closed session, the board:


Tri-Point school board rejects transportation contract

KEMPTON — The Tri-Point school board rejected a transportation contract proposal from Illinois Central School Bus and accepted a bus lease proposal from Midwest Transit at the board’s May 18 meeting.

The cost for the lease for one year is $142,116, plus $6,522 for a camera/GPS unit for each bus. The agreement includes 12 buses with an allowance of 20,000 miles per bus.


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