Politics and Government

Alderman questions why signs were made without council's OK

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Despite Alderman Nelda Jordan’s disgust that a city worker ordered 80 aluminum signs to be made for members of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School’s state champion football team without first obtaining the city council’s approval, aldermen approved the $1,732 cost unanimously Wednesday night.


City to give signs to state-champion GCMS football program's players, coaches, cheerleaders

GIBSON CITY — Every player, coach and cheerleader in Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School’s football program — all 80 of them — will receive a metal sign from the City of Gibson commemorating the program’s second straight state championship.


Ford County EMA coordinator could be hired in January

PAXTON — The Ford County Board is expected to vote next month on the hiring of a coordinator for the Ford County Emergency Management Agency — and possibly even an assistant coordinator.

“Both would be part-time jobs,” said Tom McQuinn of rural Paxton, chairman of the board’s personnel and insurance committee.


Ford County Board cancels meeting on wind farms

PAXTON — The Ford County Board canceled a special meeting that was scheduled for Thursday night to discuss proposed changes to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms.

Ford County Board Chairman Bob Lindgren of rural Loda released a statement just hours before the meeting was to occur at the courthouse in Paxton, stating that the board will reschedule the meeting in January.


Paxton's TIF district falling short on goals, obligations

PAXTON — When Paxton implemented its first tax-increment financing (TIF) district six years ago, city officials envisioned the economic-development tool being used to build hundreds of new homes, a senior-living community and a variety of restaurants, retail stores and manufacturing facilities around the Interstate 57 interchange.


Park board won't issue bonds in 2019

PAXTON — Paxton landowners will pay less in property taxes to the local park district next summer.

The park district’s board of commissioners voted 4-0 Wednesday to approve the district’s tax levy ordinance for the 2019 fiscal year, showing $102,500 in property taxes to be collected next summer, down from the $202,380 collected this year.


There's a 'Mexican standoff' over sale of Paxton's airport

PAXTON — The sale of the city’s airport to a man who wants to use it for his aerial crop-spraying business continues to be delayed over concerns that the city could be sued by one of his competitors if the transaction were to proceed.


County board to discuss wind-farm rule changes again on Thursday

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


PAXTON — The Ford County Board will meet again to discuss proposed changes to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms on Thursday night.


Amended property tax settlement OK'd by GCMS school board

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board members approved an updated version of a property tax settlement between the school district, the City of Gibson and the One Earth Energy ethanol plant on Monday night.


Loda presented with new contract by water-system operator

LODA — The village board was presented last week with a proposed new contract with ERH Enterprises Inc., the Westville-based company that for several years has been contracted to maintain and operate Loda’s water system.

The contract calls for the monthly fee charged to the village to be raised from $50,000 to $51,000.


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