Toulon’s police chief questions mayor over future of department

toulonToulon’s monthly city council meeting Monday ended on the subject of the police chief’s appointment, future of the police department, and about utilizing social media.
Toulon Police Chief Mark Olszewski questioned Mayor Larry Hollis as to why he was not reappointed to that position at last month’s meeting.
Hollis stated, “I do have a problem with city employees, or whoever, who are speculating as far as what the council is doing or voting on – on social media (Facebook).”
Hollis then asked Olszewski if he had a comment about that. Olszewski answered that he did.

Bradford Village President resigns

bradfordAt an emergency meeting Tuesday night at Bradford’s Village Hall, President Adam Wilson tendered his letter of resignation effective immediately.

The News contacted Wilson for a statement to which he said, “I have no comment at this time.”

The Stark County News and The Star Courier newspapers were notified Tuesday evening by Village Trustee Robin Lindner via telephone that an emergency meeting was about to occur.  Neither reporter from the newspapers was able to attend in time.

The subject of the meeting was simply that it was “Misuse of Funds”.

Wyoming man’s body and truck found in Indian Creek

manincreekFrancis Barnes, 75, of Wyoming, Illinois was discovered by farm workers Monday morning, March 31, in his pickup truck that had been driven into Indian Creek south of Toulon, near the end of a private farm road.

Stark County Ambulance Service, Toulon Fire Department, and Stark County Sheriff’s office were called to the scene at 10:05 a.m.  Rescue workers discovered Barnes’ body inside the pickup truck that had went into Indian Creek.

Stark County Chief Deputy Robert Winn confirmed Barnes’ death at 10:27 a.m. at the scene after the truck had been removed from the creek.

An autopsy was planned at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday April 1, to determine the cause of death related to the incident.

City of Toulon contracts for new water-sewer plant operator

toulonToulon’s city council unanimously voted during a special meeting Thursday evening, April 24 to contract with Don McCauley, of Wyoming, as an independent contractor to become the city’s water and sewer certified plant operator.

 The contract to be signed by both parties hires McCauley for one year, with a 30 day cancellation notice option, at the rate of $1,600 per month.

There is also an additional rate charge of $42 per hour by McCauley should he be called in for any matters beyond the one day per week he will be contracted for to certify paperwork and other related duties.

Toulon charge account purchases analyzed in depth

toulonThe News first reported that several City of Toulon Menard’s charge account purchases have had possible irregularities.
Since that time, The News has thoroughly researched the City of Toulon’s invoices from its account with Menard’s in Kewanee and found a number of significant purchases that appear to be of little use in city operations. The News obtained through the Freedom of Information Act for purchases between January 2012 and October 2013.
Toulon Mayor Larry Hollis has said that he is also researching the invoices to determine what purchases may not be legitimate for city use.
During these 22 months, a total of $28,927.83 was charged on the Menard’s account.