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Normal

Unit 5 board OKs construction projects

Meeting: Unit 5 school board

When Wednesday

Key action: Approved a 10-year life-safety survey for Normal Community West High School. The board also approved spending $279,740 on a variety of fire prevention and life-safety work at that school and a $288,712 bid from Union Roofing Co. of Chenoa to replace the Kingsley Junior High School roof.

Other action: The board also re-elected Scott Lay board president and elected Jay Reece vice president and Meta Mickens-Baker secretary; canceled the June 28 and July 26 school board meetings; set work sessions from 9 a.m. to noon, June 3 and June 10; and adopted May as Unit 5 staff appreciation month.

Next meeting 7 p.m. April 26, district office, 1809 W. Hovey Ave., Normal.

Normal OKs contract for city manager

What: Normal City Council

When: April 3

Key action: Approved a one-year contract extension and salary increase for City Manager Mark Peterson. Peterson's contract will be extended to March 31, 2009. His salary will increase from $116,730 to $121,000 and the contribution to his annual retirement program from $11,000 to $13,000.

Other action Terminated the contract with Mad Bomber Fireworks after experiencing problems with the 2005 Fourth of July fireworks display. The council approved a new $20,000 contract with S&N Fireworks Production of Lincoln to provide the 2006 fireworks show. The Bloomington City Council recently approved a similar contract with S&N. State Farm Insurance Cos. contributes $8,000 to each community to help offset the cost.

Lincoln

Lincoln takes steps for commercial park

Meeting Lincoln City Council

When: April 3

Key action: Unanimously approved annexation, zoning change and a final plat for an Interstate 55 commercial park. The property zoning will change from agricultural to light industrial. The property is bounded by I-55 on the west, Illinois 10 on the north, Holiday Inn on the east and Olson Drive and FedEx on the south.

Other action Approved new sewer and tap fees, which represent the first increase since 1979. Starting on May 1, single-family services of $850 will go up $50 each year, topping in 2010 at $1,050.

The council also voted to hire Jack Teplitz, a Peoria attorney, to help create a tax increment financing district for a new 130-home residential subdivision west of Lincoln.

LeRoy

LeRoy police to get Taser stun device

What: LeRoy City Council

When: April 3

Key action: Approved the purchase of a Taser stun device for the LeRoy Police Department. Members of the police department demonstrated the weapon for the council at the March 20 meeting. The cost of the Taser, hardware, software, cables, holster and cartridge is not to exceed $1,000.

Other action Approved a balanced budget of $3,225,100 for the next fiscal year.

TREMONT

School board works on wind farm study

Meeting Tremont school board

When: Monday

Key Action: The board discussed continuing to work on the wind power project despite being denied a grant with the Illinois Clean Energency Community Foundation for an initial study because the district did not have a site identified or other funding in place for the project. Superintendent Don Beard said they are going to continue to work with other private corporations and possibly Illinois Central College to get matching funds for the project so a grant could be feasible. A dollar amount for the wind power project has not yet been determined as the board is still in the preliminary stages.

Other Action The board made specific guidelines to their Web page policies so that the Web site, including the personal teachers' sites in conjunction with the district all fall under the same guideline policies.

FAIRBURY

Chamber to block street for sales

What City Council

When April 5

Key action: Approved allowing the Chamber of Commerce to block Locust Street on April 22 for the annual community sale.

CHATSWORTH

Surveyor payment approved by board

What: Town Board

When: April 4

Key action Approved paying for a surveyor to plot a tax increment financing district for the sewer plant.

Other action Approved paying up to 50 percent - up to a maximum of $400 - of home sewer repairs where it is determined that sewer problems were caused by a city sewer line.

Compiled by Mary Ann Ford, Michele Steinbacher, Connie Seastedt, Sue Bratcher and Dave Tompkins

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