Politics and Government

Hostility on display between sheriff, 911 coordinator at meeting

PAXTON — Continued hostility between Ford County’s sheriff and 911 coordinator was on public display during a recent meeting of the Ford County Board and Ford County 911 Emergency Telephone System Board.

Zoning board recommends council grant variance for old depot building

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council will decide in September whether an Onarga couple will be allowed to turn an old railroad depot building in downtown Paxton into a residence and art gallery.

Commission to spend up to $10,500 to address sound issues in courtroom

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Building Commission voted Friday to spend up to $10,500 to address sound issues in the main courtroom in the Ford County Courthouse.

Commissioners voted 4-0 to hire Todd McNutt of Gibson City-based McNutt Consulting Services (MCS) to adjust the courtroom’s speaker system to fix the sound issues.

Forensic computer expert: Ex-staffers of agency wasted $81,000 per year in taxpayer money

WATSEKA — Ex-employees of the now-dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department spent an estimated 2,700 hours per year using their work computers for personal business, amounting to more than $81,000 per year in wasted taxpayer money, a forensic computer expert told the Iroquois County Board last week.

2nd installment of property taxes due in Ford County on Sept. 4

PAXTON — Ford County landowners are reminded that Friday, Sept. 4, is the due date for payment of the second installment of their 2014 property taxes.

Taxes may be paid at the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton, in the drop box in front of the courthouse, at any Ford County bank or by mail if postmarked no later than Sept. 4.

Gibson City Council sells old squad car

GIBSON CITY — City council members took care of limited business during a short council meeting Monday night and identified several areas for future consideration.

Melvin resident complaints to village board about sidewalk, more

MELVIN — A Melvin resident complained to the village board at its August meeting that the sidewalk in front of the entrance to Village Hall features an incline that is difficult for her to walk up, and she said that a railing would be a big help.

Petition circulation period starts Sept. 1 for March election

Candidates for seats in the March 15 primary election in Ford and Iroquois counties may begin circulating petitions of nomination on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The first day for candidates of established political parties to file their nomination papers with their respective county clerk’s office is Monday, Nov. 23. The last day to file the necessary papers is Monday, Nov. 30.

Loda board president rescinds his resignation

LODA — Loda Village Board President Ron Dudley has decided not to resign after all.

Dudley announced his resignation, effective Sept. 1, during the Aug. 12 board meeting. He gave no reason, saying only that “I have had enough of this.”

Fishing and recreation area at Gibson City industrial park to be explored

GIBSON CITY — An exploratory committee recently formed to pursue creating a fishing and recreation area at the Jordan Industrial Park’s pond west of town will meet for the first time at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at City Hall, 101 E. Eighth St., Gibson City.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the development of the pond.

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