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Mayor institutes new purchasing policy

toulonFollowing a News report of possible irregularities in the city purchasing, the Toulon City Council held a lively discussion of the topic at the Monday council meeting.
“No city employee, councilmember, mayor – whoever it might be will use the city account for personal use, no matter what the issue might be, whatever the emergency is – whatever the case may be,” Toulon Mayor Larry Hollis informed those present at the council meeting.
Hollis continued, “It seems like common sense would say I wouldn’t have to come out here and say that kind of thing, but we have had issues that have come up, obviously, and I’m still working out a couple of details on this with regards to the accounts.”
“There have been some items that have obviously come into question and I’m working on that currently – and have hopefully a final solution,” Hollis stated.
The mayor then said that the finance committee would meet at 5:30 p.m. before the monthly meetings. “That’s something I want to have in place…so we have an understanding of what we spent, why we spent it.”
This policy changes the previous procedure in which the mayor informed the council of total amounts spent without clarification.

Hamilton deals on DUI charges

April L. Hamilton, 35, of Edelstein, entered a partially negotiated agreement in Stark County Tenth Circuit Court this past Friday concerning charges she faced, previously reported by The News.
Hamilton’s public defender, Robert M. McBride, stated, “My client pleads guilty to Count One for the dismissal of counts two through four.”
Count One, a Class 2 felony, is for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol on January 27, 2013. She was arrested in the area of Illinois Route 78 and 575N, Toulon, West Jersey Township.
Hamilton previously violated this law on March 6, 2010 in Marshall County and on March 4, 2012 in Knox County. Her third arrest was the Stark County one.
Circuit Judge Thomas A. Keith asked State’s Attorney James Owens if the 

The Stark County News hosts candidate forum on Feb. 26

The Stark County News is hosting a forum for all county-wide candidates at the News Room Bistro at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26.
All of the contested races are in the Republican Primary which will be held March 18.
All three candidates for resident county judge have accepted the invitation as have most of the candidates for county clerk and recorder, county treasurer and county board in the district that covers the east side of the county.
Each candidate will be given five minutes to present his or her case for election, following which there will be time for questions from the moderator and the audience.
Sharon Deahl of Galva, who has moderated many Henry County League of Women Voters candidate forums, will be the moderator.

Fatal accident on Route 17

photo-14The Stark County's Sheriff's Department released an official press release stating,

On Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:32 a.m. the Stark County Sheriff's Office was advised of a two vehicle traffic accident on Illinois Route 17, about 1/4 mile west of 450E. Involved was an Illinois Department of Transportation Plow Truck and one automobile. This accident is still under investigation.

But sources confirm to The Stark County News that the accident resulted in the death of the IDOT worker.

Witnesses to the accident said the plow driver had stopped on the side of the road to check on the status of a vehicle in the ditch when he was struck by another vehicle on the roadway who had lost control.

Toulon’s energy rate to change in May

toulonToulon’s city council designated Mayor Larry Hollis as the sole representative to renew the city’s energy rate contract with supplier Integrys.
The current contract expires after April’s billing and sits at 4.4¢ per kilowatt hour (kwh). Present high energy costs will increase that rate.
Integrys representative Kevin Ritter spoke with the council Monday evening at the monthly meeting about the new rate. Ritter suggested that a one to three month variable rate 5.3¢/kwh be implemented.
The variable rate contract would get the city’s customers through the higher costs of energy that are driving the market’s price up. Then, when those costs possibly become lower, a longer term contract could be negotiated when the weather is not driving the demand upward and the resultant prices.
Integrys has suggested that a new agreement be implemented before February 25th. Therefore, Hollis will have to decide whether to accept the one to three month variable rate contract, or agree to an unknown fixed rate contract for a longer term.