New Stark County School Board members seated

The Stark County School District has three new faces on the school board following the recent election.  During the April meeting, board president Brian Rewerts swore in newcomers Matt Nagode, David Steward and Bruce West.  They will replace Skip Turnbull and Keith Knobloch who did not seek reelection and Robin Nowlan who was appointed to finish out the term of Dave Turner.  Nowlan had said when appointed that he did not plan on running for the seat.  Turnbull and Knobloch had both served 12 years on the board.
After the new board was seated, the board voted to elect Rewerts as president, Rob Groter as vice president and Elizabeth Rumbold as secretary.  Barb Loane will continue as the recording secretary for the board.

Bradford School awards bids


The Bradford School board awarded two bids for work to be done in the district at their April meeting.  A contract water pipe replacement at the grade school was awarded to Dooley Brothers of Kewanee.  The total bid was for $105,000 of which $50,000 will be covered by a grant.  Two bids for a fire alarm upgrade were received with the board awarding the contract to Ruyle Mechanical Services, Inc of Peoria at a price of $60,700.
The board discussed new math curriculum and felt that a program called GO Math would be the best fit for the district.  Samples of the curriculum will be on display in the Junior High School office for the public to look over.

Highway Dept. secures funds for drainage improvements

The Stark County Highway Department has secured $1.2 million for drainage improvements on Snareville Road.  The funds will be used to replace two culverts damaged during the floods of April 2013.  The Stark County Board approved a resolution on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 to enter into a funding agreement for each of the two projects.  
In a meeting held February 19, 2015, Stark County Engineer, Mark Otten, presented the justification for upgrading the projects from repairs to replacements to representatives of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  Mr. Otten substantiated the fact that the two culverts required replacement - rather than the previously approved repairs – to ensure the safety of the motoring public in Stark County.  The continued degradation of the two culverts since the flood event was shown to be a result of the initial damage caused by the floodwaters.  Until the culverts are replaced, the Stark County Highway Department continues to monitor both culverts and will take the necessary steps to protect the safety of the travelling public at all times.

Travis King arraigned on felony weapons charge

Travis L. King, 23, of Wyoming, was arraigned in Stark County Circuit Court Friday on a Class 3 felony charge of unlawful possession of weapons by a felon.
Court documentation states King on April 2, to be “a person who has been convicted of a felony under the law of Illinois, knowingly possessed firearm ammunition, to wit, .22 caliber firearm ammunition.”

Wyoming seats new council members

Two alderman were appointed to the Wyoming City Council at the April meeting.  Aldermen Jeff Rumbold, Joe Gray and John Carroll did not seek reelection and no candidates filed to run during the recent election.  The council voted to approve Mayor Pat Maher's appointments of Steve Hansard to the vacant third ward position and Kathy Hardy to the vacant first ward position.  Both had previously served on the council.  The vacancy for the second ward is yet to be filled.
During the meeting, the council approved a program that had been presented by the Better Banks at a previous meeting to enter into a "cash sweep" program.  This will allow the city to keep all accounts within FDIC insured limits.