Politics and Government

Paxton seeks state approval for using funds on streetscape project

PAXTON — By the end of this year, the city of Paxton hopes to have secured the state’s approval for the city to use its remaining $1.2 million in revolving-loan funds toward the improvement of Paxton’s downtown streetscape.


Calls to PBL will result in automated message, instead of secretary's voice

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


PAXTON — If you call the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district in the near future, instead of a live person, you will hear an automated message on the receiving end with a list of options from which to choose.


Paxton police to buy new squad vehicle, sell older ones

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department will be buying a new squad vehicle to replace one of its oldest.

The city council voted unanimously during its June 12 monthly meeting to allow Police Chief Coy Cornett to spend up to $36,993 on the purchase of a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe with a “four-wheel-drive pursuit package.”


One-way traffic to be in effect around Bixby Park for fireworks show

PAXTON — One-way traffic on all streets surrounding Bixby Park will be in effect when the city’s fireworks show is held at the park on the southeast edge of town on Independence Day.


Paxton to pay up to $36,091 for testing of landfill's groundwater

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council voted unanimously last week to enter into a contract for the testing of groundwater at the city-owned landfill at a cost not to exceed $36,091.


Loda selected to receive $500,000 grant for new water tower

LODA — The Loda Village Board learned during its monthly meeting last Wednesday that the village has been selected to receive a $500,000 federally funded grant for the construction of a new water tower.


Sibley under boil order

SIBLEY — The village of Sibley is under a boil order until Tuesday, June 19, if not longer.

Water department employee Beth Meyer announced the boil order in a message posted on the village’s Facebook page Thursday, saying that water samples need to pass an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) test before the boil order can be lifted.


Paxton aldermen approve contract with police labor union

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council has approved a three-year collective-bargaining agreement with the labor union representing the city’s five full-time, unionized police officers.


Ford County landowners finally to receive property tax bills

PAXTON — Finally, real estate tax bills will be sent out to property owners in Ford County.

County Treasurer Krisha Shoemaker told the Ford County Board on Monday night that the bills are at the printer’s and residents should receive them late this week or early next week. First-installment payments will be due July 27, with the second installment due Sept. 7.


Rabbits to be allowed in Gibson City limits

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City residents will soon be able to own rabbits legally within city limits.





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