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Tour highlights county highway projects to board

The Stark County board toured the roads of the county this past Saturday and saw firsthand the triumphs and struggles of the highway department and county engineer Mark Otten.
Otten reported to the county board in their regular meeting that the roads have stayed extremely soft this spring, causing numerous pot holes and road condition problems. He stated he has driven all of the county roads and prioritized them for patches and repairs. He asked the board to pass along the word that they will eventually get to all of the pot holes, but it may take some time.

County stays in the black, no loan needed

The Stark County Board welcomed a familiar face last Tuesday night. Mike Bigger, former chairman of the board, spoke to his previous colleagues about his role as a member of the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force.
Bigger was appointed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to the task force and has played a key role in the group’s effort. Bigger says the goal of the group is to determine how to improve Illinois and save money, while at the same time discover ways to allow local governments to determine how they are run.

Amendment proposed for Toulon’s TIF

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The Toulon City Council is proposing a second amendment to their tax increment financing district, or TIF district. But in order to do so, a series of public meetings must be first held in order to gain public comment and opinion. Monday night was the first of those meetings.
The amendment would add a portion of land previously thought to be a separate parcel near the sewer treatment facility on the southeast side of town.

Business picking up in Wyoming

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Stark County Economic Development Partnership director Denny Rewerts reported to the Wyoming City Council that Beans & Boggles will be opening in July in the storefront next to the newly opened One-Eleven Coffee.  He said that Chad Patel, owner of the Wyoming Super Valu, is also planning on opening up a pizza shop in July in the building attached on the north end of the grocery store.  The Wyoming History and Arts Association will be serving breakfast and other food throughout the day during the Wyoming Tractor Pull on July 4. 

Circuit Judge McCuskey recuses self from sex abuse case

Last Friday, June 5, Circuit Court Judge Michael P. McCuskey recused himself from the sexual abuse case of Dale T. Radke for a comment he made on May 15, 2015 while in conference in the judge’s chambers with defense counsel and State’s Attorney James D. Owens.