Politics and Government

Johnson, Whitehouse, Young retain officer positions on GCMS school board

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Josh Johnson was re-appointed to a two-year term as president of the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board Monday night, while Phil Whitehouse was re-appointed vice president and Tyler Young as secretary.

All three held the same positions for the past two years.


Ex-chief critical of recent action, coverage

GIBSON CITY — The visitor comment portion of Monday night’s Gibson City Council meeting was dominated by passionately delivered remarks from the city’s recently retired police chief, Steve Cushman, that were critical of both recent council action and newspaper coverage of that action.


Paxton City Council working to prioritize projects for coming years

PAXTON — In Alderman Rob Pacey’s opinion, among the city’s top priorities over the next couple of years should be improving the condition and number of sidewalks in town.


PBL board set to vote on construction manager contract

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, to approve a contract with a construction management firm to oversee the completion of a 63,400-square-foot addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School in Paxton.


Official warns that Paxton pool might not open on Memorial Day weekend

PAXTON — If the old liner for the public swimming pool at Coady Park isn’t replaced in time, the pool won’t be able to open on Memorial Day weekend as it usually does, according to the Paxton Park District’s recreation director, Neal McKenry.


3 percent pay hike for non-unionized city staffers proposed

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council will wait until its May meeting to vote on whether to grant 3 percent raises to the city’s six non-unionized employees.

The council discussed the proposal briefly during its April 11 meeting, opting to postpone a vote until three newly elected or appointed aldermen are seated in May.


Owner of ‘The 102’ requests city increase reimbursement

PAXTON — Next Tuesday, Paxton aldermen will consider amending the city’s redevelopment agreement with Scaggs Properties LLC to ensure the company is fully reimbursed for the renovations it has been making to the former 102 Lounge building it owns downtown.


Redevelopment agreement up for vote by Paxton City Council

PAXTON — A revised redevelopment agreement pertaining to land located south of Illinois 9 and west of Interstate 57 in the city’s tax-increment financing (TIF) district is expected to finally be voted on by the Paxton City Council in upcoming weeks.


Delapidated properties in Loda eyed for cleanup

LODA — The Loda Village Board directed its attorney last week to send letters to the owners of several dilapidated properties in town, seeking immediate cleanup.


Water-tower painting, sewer bids approved by Gibson City Council

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Both of Gibson City’s water towers will receive a fresh coat of paint in a year’s time.


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