Chief Justice Kilbride announces appointment to fill 10th Judicial Circuit vacancy

Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride announced on Friday that the Illinois Supreme Court has appoint-ed Thomas Keith to fill a judicial vacancy for the Stark County Resident Circuit Court Judge in the 10th Judicial Circuit.
Mr. Keith brings an uncommonly rich and diverse background to the judiciary. He began law school when he was in his forties. Prior to law school, he worked as a journeyman electrician and as a grain and livestock farmer on his family’s stead in Stark County. Since 1994, he has served as an assistant U.S. Attorney. Most of his service has been with the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Central District of Illinois in Peoria, but he also served in Washington, D.C. as national coordinator for cybercrime for the Department of Justice.
“Mr. Keith brings to the bench a vast wealth of experiences, not just as a lawyer, but as a farmer, an electrician and an active community volunteer,” said Chief Justice Kilbride who recommended his nomination to the Illinois Supreme Court. “He has a strong legal resume, with extensive federal trial and appellate experience.

County board will wait to make deputy hiring decision

countyThe Stark County Board will wait to make a decision on whether to fill an open full-time position in the police department,
or lessen the blow to the budget and keep the position unfilled.

In the March county board meeting last Tuesday, Sheriff Jimmie Dison said that Bob Taylor recently retired as a deputy,
leaving an open spot. Dison projects his salary budget may be $33,000 or more over with a new hire, but still $3,600 over without.

Dison was asked if he could get along without filling the position and he responded “no”, but added he would do as the board wishes. Dison states problems stem from having to cover calls for Toulon and Bradford when they don’t have town officers on duty. Because of that, Dison prefers to have two deputies on at all times, utilizing a combination of his four part-time officers and four full-time officers. 

Council votes in new water billing policy

toulonThe Toulon City Council voted to approve a new water billing procedure Monday night at their March meeting.
The new policy which passed as an ordinance, states that all bills are sent on or before the 10th day of the month (or next business day, which applies to all these dates), due the last day of the month, and anything past due will be
given seven days notice before tagged and shut off 48 hours later, unless paid in full.

The ordinance also creates a $50 reconnection fee and recoups any costs associated with liens that the city incurs while
attempting to collect on overdue accounts. 

Technically the ordinance goes into effect 10 days after its passage, but changes in the procedure will start with the April

Clean up days scheduled in April for Wyoming

wyomingThe Wyoming City Council voted to move two certificates of deposit that are maturing at the State Bank of Toulon to the State Bank of Speer. The interest rates obtained by the city treasurer from area banks showed that they had the
better interest rate. 

Stark County Economic Development Partnership director Denny Rewerts reminded the council that the Morel Mushroom
Festival will be held over two days this year. He verified that Thomas Park is reserved. The second annual Fast Pitch competition will be held in April. Rewerts explained that registrants with ideas for new businesses or improving existing businesses are eligible to register for the event. A final draft of the Downtown Beautification Incentive Program was approved by the council. The program will reimburse business property owners with the TIF District one half of the cost of projects up to $3000.

Bradford Village board meets again March 9

bradfordThe Bradford Village board held its monthly meeting Monday evening and decided to meet again on Saturday, March 9 at 9 a.m. In addition, there will be a Tax Increment Funding (TIF) committee meeting at 8:30 a.m. prior to Saturday’s meeting.
The TIF committee will discuss a request from Jerry Wilson for $15,000 in TIF funding. Wilson makes the request in conjunction with his plan to purchase the former Kaiserhof building on West Main Street. If Wilson is successful in obtaining the Kaiserhof, he would move his current business, DJs, to that location.
The board is searching for a new Chief of Police for the Village. According to President Adam Wilson, “We are going to take our time doing this.” Wilson also read during the meeting, Dawn Dove’s February 6 email letter of resignation as Bradford’s police chief.