Heavy trash date set for Bradford

bradfordIn an abbreviated April 1 monthly village board meeting, the trustees approved the heavy trash pick-up days this year for April 22-26. Contact Village Hall 309-897-2071 for items not allowed to be placed out for pick-up on those days.
Supervisor of Maintenance James Chadwick requested of the board to change the maintenance department’s work hours to 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. and includes a 20 minute paid lunch break. Presently, the department works 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one hour lunch break. The request was granted on a one month trial basis.
The board approved a liquor license for the June 1st Rescue Squad hog roast this year to be held at the same location as last year.
Also, liquor license renewals for Casey’s, Jd’z, My Place, and Rescue Squad were discussed. President Adam Wilson, who is the liquor commissioner, requested that these establishments provide a copy of their State license and dram shop insurance policy.

New trash hauler begins in LaFayette

lafayetteBouchez Trash Hauling, of Victoria, began April 2 in the Village of LaFayette, replacing Murphy’s for weekly trash pick-up. The decision of the village board months ago to change companies was made as a cost saving measure.
As part of the new contract with Bouchez, there will now be a free spring clean-up. The board chose May 17 as this year’s date. Check with village officials for items that cannot be accepted for pick-up.
The board will be publishing an ad for mowing bids of village property in local newspapers, soon. Specifics will be within the published ad description.
The village board members would encourage everyone registered to vote to do so this Tuesday, April 9th. There are a number of village board positions on the ballot, such as president and trustees, plus the library. 

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. 

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.

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.