Rankin eyes ways to address dilapidated school building's condition

RANKIN — The Rankin Village Board discussed the progress of getting the town’s old grade school property cleaned up Tuesday night.

The school building on the east side of Illinois 49 has been in disrepair for years and is considered not just an eyesore but a potential safety and health hazard by village officials.

Hastings fills vacancy on Rankin Village Board

RANKIN — The Rankin Village Board swore in Jim Hastings as the board’s newest trustee during its monthly meeting on Feb. 5. Hastings replaced Colin Carswell, who resigned in January.

Other business
In other business:

Rankin pub's hours extended by village board

RANKIN — The Rankin Village Board last week approved allowing Rankin Rangers Pub and Grub to extend its hours of operation on Sundays.

The bar-and-grill will now be able to open at noon — one hour earlier than it had been — and remain open until midnight — one hour later than it had been.

Prospective Rankin cop to finally complete required training

RANKIN — Village board members learned last Thursday that Roy Beard, who the town had hired to be the village’s police officer, has been guaranteed a spot in the February police academy training course.

Rankin board hears report from engineer

RANKIN — During its Oct. 4 meeting, the village board received information from engineer Greg Gustafson concerning the MPTS permit for Rankin’s water and sewer systems.

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.

Rankin to join program to eliminate blight

RANKIN — Rankin Village Board members last Thursday voted to authorize the village to join the Intergovernmental Municipality Land Bank program.

There is no cost involved; the program simply asks that someone from the community or the village board serve as a board member.

Rankin trustees review bids for house razings

RANKIN — Rankin Village Board members last Thursday reviewed bids received for the demolition of six properties.

There were some questions concerning the bids. Therefore, the bid winners will be announced after all questions are answered.

Also during the meeting, the board learned that townwide garage sales will be June 15-16 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Razing of homes on Rankin board's agenda

RANKIN — Village board members agreed during their monthly meeting last Thursday to obtain cost estimates for tearing down five houses the village acquired through Vermilion County’s delinquent tax auction.

Some need immediate attention.

The board will decide which ones should be torn down first and, after getting prices, how many demolitions can be completed.

Clarence: A sleepy hollow disrupted

CLARENCE — Surrounded by corn fields and wind turbines, the unincorporated community of Clarence is normally a quiet place.

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