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PAXTON - Ford County is at the halfway point in its fiscal year and Treasurer Nancy Krumwiede said revenue is lagging although expenses are hitting the mark.

Krumwiede told the County Board last week that revenue should be improving because the first installment of property taxes is due June 22. The county also just received a $130,000 payment from the U.S. Marshal's Office for its prisoner boarding.

Sheriff's committee meeting minutes approved by the board showed the committee did not support a request from Sheriff Mark Doran to use the Securitas Security Co. to handle courthouse security for a fee of $64,000.

A cost comparison revealed using the company "would be double compared to doing it ourselves," according to the minutes. At the committee meeting, board chairman Deb Smith told members there was not enough money in the current budget.

Doran said he'd learned of the company at a recent convention and wanted to consider using its services because the firm would handle hiring, testing, training and scheduling courthouse security workers.

However, Doran said he has received plenty of applications for the $8.75 per hour positions and will begin interviewing candidates next week, according to his original plan.

Final plat - Gibson City council members approved the final plat of Pinehurst Development Inc. as recommended by the Planning Commission. The council voted 5-2, with aldermen John Carlson and Barb Yergler casting the "no" votes.

Bill Sheridan, the developer's engineer with HDC Engineering of Champaign, said the first phase will offer up to 16 lots for single-family homes to be built on both sides of the new Railside Drive.

The first phase will be along Railside Golf Club on the southern end of the property.

Money needed - The Gibson City Emergency Response Team will begin efforts to raise $25,000 to purchase needed emergency equipment for the community, including hazmat equipment for firefighters, purchase of the Code Red system for the city, assist Red Cross with its office in Gibson City and purchase of an electric switch hookup to be installed at the city's evacuation centers.

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