Politics and Government

Ford County to seek different auditor

PAXTON — After Ford County’s auditing firm indicated it would increase its fee for the county’s annual audit to more than $45,000 starting next year, a new auditor is being sought.

The county board’s finance committee gave permission to County Clerk & Recorder Amy Frederick to advertise for bids from auditing firms Thursday morning, with the hope of finding a better deal.

Ford County considering sales-tax increase

PAXTON — The Ford County Board will consider Monday night placing a question on November’s election ballot asking if voters support the creation of a quarter-cent sales tax in the county to raise funds for public-safety purposes.

With two members absent, the board’s finance committee voted 4-0 Thursday morning to advance the proposal to the full 12-member board.

Village board reimburses its president for demolition costs

ROBERTS — The village board voted during its Aug. 6 meeting to reimburse Village Board President Rick Flessner for costs he incurred in demolishing the old feed mill in Roberts.

Panel recommends more than doubling setbacks for wind turbines

PAXTON — The Ford County Board’s zoning committee finalized a package of proposed changes to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms Tuesday morning, including a proposal to more than double the distance that wind turbines must be from homes.

Buckley trustees vote to hire temporary maintenance worker

BUCKLEY — Buckley Village Board members voted Monday night to allow village maintenance worker Donnie Miller to hire someone to help him do some work in town at a rate of $10 per hour for 20 hours per week for two weeks.

Miller had been off of work due to health reasons and is in need of help to get some things done.

Rankin trying to bring cop to town sooner rather than later

RANKIN — Because the man hired last year as Rankin’s new police officer still needs to attend the police academy before he is able to start working in the village, the village board is considering offering the job on a temporary basis to another person until the required training is completed.

PBL's finance committee to discuss budget Wednesday

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board’s finance committee will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, immediately prior to the board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

On the agenda for the committee meeting, to be held in the board room at the unit office in Paxton, is a discussion about the school district’s proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year, which began July 1.

Q&A with Congressman John Shimkus

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus visited the Ford County Record office on Friday, July 20, for a 20-minute sit-down with Editor Will Brumleve. The 60-year-old Republican from Collinsville who has served in U.S.

Committee expected to vote on proposed wind-farm rule changes Tuesday

PAXTON — The Ford County Board’s zoning committee has called a meeting for Tuesday morning to finalize proposed changes to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms.

Committee Chairman Dave Hastings has scheduled the meeting for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the small courtroom on the first floor of the courthouse in Paxton. The meeting is open to the public.

Records show fines rarely issued for illegal fires in Paxton

PAXTON — Paxton residents who ignore the city’s recently implemented leaf-burning ban can face fines ranging from $50 to $200, but they likely would get a verbal warning first.

In the recent past, illegal fires in Paxton rarely have led to legal action being taken, according to an analysis of data obtained from the Paxton Police Department through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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