Politics and Government

Paxton Park Board hires architect for pavilion project

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s Board of Commissioners has taken a big step toward building a pavilion at Coady Park.

The board approved on Sept. 9 the hiring of Ryan Reber Architect at an hourly rate of $50 per hour, not to exceed 8 percent of the construction cost.

Loda to require solicitors to register; village will create ‘do not knock’ list

LODA — The village board approved an ordinance on Sept. 10 that requires commercial and noncommercial solicitors to register with the village.

The village will create a “do not knock” list that will be updated every month. Solicitors will be given that list as well as a copy of the ordinance when they register. If a resident posts a “no soliciting” sign, that must be honored.

Iroquois board backs medical marijuana facility near Cissna Park

RURAL CISSNA PARK — The Iroquois County Board is throwing its support behind a proposed medical marijuana cultivation center north of Cissna Park.

Last week, Chairman Rod Copas wrote a letter of support for the project, and the county’s zoning administrator signed a form to be submitted to the state that says the facility would comply with local zoning rules.

Ford County sheriff: Dispatch fee hike is 'off the table'

PAXTON — Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran said Monday that, for the upcoming year anyway, he will not be asking for an increase in dispatch fees charged to the county’s two largest cities.

Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane told the Paxton City Council last week that Doran wanted to increase the annual fees both Gibson City and Paxton pay for dispatch services, from $16,000 to $40,000.

Iroquois County Board chairman wants to dissolve another bi-county organization

WATSEKA — Saying his county could do a better job on its own, Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas wants to dissolve the Ford-Iroquois Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) — an organization that works to ensure Ford and Iroquois counties are prepared for emergencies, in particular those involving hazardous materials.

Denial of newspaper's FOIA request confirms investigation into health department

WATSEKA — Federal investigators appear to be looking into actions of the recently dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department.

Responding to a tip, the Paxton Record filed a Freedom of Information Act request on Sept. 5 seeking the disclosure of any federal subpoenas for records that Iroquois County had received relating to the bi-county health department.

Buckley Village Board pursuing legal action against four properties

BUCKLEY — The Buckley Village Board authorized its attorney, George Cuonzo, to pursue legal action against four properties during its Sept. 2 meeting.

Building code violation notices were sent to the properties’ owners on Aug. 11. The properties are at 212 S. Railroad Ave., 116 S. Railroad Ave., 105 S. First St. and 103 S. First St.

Ford County board approves bid for replacement of lighting on radio tower

For the Paxton Record

PAXTON — The Ford County Board accepted a $14,456 bid Monday night from Hi-Tech Towers of Gibson City to replace the lighting system on a communication tower next to the courthouse in Paxton.

Downtown Revitilization Committee presents final report to Gibson City Council

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s Downtown Revitalization Committee presented its final report to the city council Monday night.

Option #4: Tear down Eastlawn, Clara Peterson; build new school near I-57

PAXTON — A fourth option to address the future of Paxton’s oldest school building is now on the table, and it is the most expensive yet.

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