Politics and Government

Change order for Gibson City sewer project OK'd

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Although acknowledging that the cost was due to an error in scheduling, Gibson City Council members approved City Superintendent Randy Stauffer’s request for a $1,151 change order for Phase 3B of the CSO sewer separation project on Monday night.


Treasurer hopefuls to meet with Ford County Board

PAXTON — The Ford County Board will not appoint a new county treasurer for another week.

Though it was on Monday night’s meeting agenda to appoint a replacement for Treasurer Penny Stevens, who is retiring Dec. 31, the board decided to postpone taking action upon returning from a 45-minute executive session. Instead, the board scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18.


Flessner named Ford County's next coroner

PAXTON — The Ford County Board appointed Roberts resident Rick Flessner as the next Ford County coroner on Monday night.

Flessner will replace Doug Wallace, who will be vacating the coroner’s position on Jan. 3. The 64-year-old Wallace said he is resigning because he will be moving away from Ford County.


PBL school board to vote on tax levy

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve a final version of the school district’s annual property tax levy during its monthly meeting Wednesday night.

Prior to approval, the board will hold a public hearing regarding the levy. The hearing will immediately precede the meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the board room at the unit office.


Loose dogs would need to get fixed — at owners' expense  — if picked up twice in Paxton

PAXTON — Under a proposed ordinance up for approval by the Paxton City Council on Tuesday night, the owners of dogs that are found running at large in the city would be required to get their animals spayed or neutered at their own expense after the second time they are picked up by an animal-control officer.


Several races lined up in Iroquois County for March primary

WATSEKA — The March 20 primary election in Iroquois County will feature a number of contested races, including for the Republican nominations for county treasurer and county board positions in four districts.


TIF attorney: 'We still have an assessment problem'

PAXTON — Unless the Ford County supervisor of assessments decides to raise properties’ assessed values to better reflect what they are actually worth, the city of Paxton could end up having trouble reimbursing landowners for improvements they have made to their properties in the city’s tax-increment financing (TIF) district, an attorney warned the city council last month.


Mom & Pop's Kettle Korn Stop to get new facade

PAXTON — Officials hope that a redevelopment agreement approved by the city council last month to help finance the renovation of a downtown kettle corn shop can be used as a template for similar projects in the future.


Major upgrades needed for Gibson City pool

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s public swimming pool is in need of major upgrades in the coming years.

That was the analysis from pool manager Randy Ferguson at a combined meeting of the Gibson City Council’s Parks & Buildings Committee and the Gibson City Pool Board on Thursday night.


Just two races lined up for March primary in Ford County

PAXTON — There will be two contested races in Ford County on the March 20 primary election ballot.

Monday afternoon was the deadline for candidates to file the required paperwork at the Ford County Clerk’s Office for their names to appear on the ballot.


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