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NORMAL

Council OKs grant to local food bank

Meeting City Council

When Jan. 17

Key action Approved a $100,000 grant to Midwest Food Bank to help with the purchase of a distribution center at the former A.Y. MacDonald site, 1703 S. Veterans Parkway, Bloomington. The money will come from Community Block grant funds. Councilwoman Cheryl Gaines voted against the grant urging the town to give money to dental and mental health programs for the needy who live in Normal.

Other action: Approved purchasing Pet Supply Center, 207 S. Linden St. from owner Stan Woelfle. Woelfle can lease the building from the town for $1 per month until March 31. The town will likely use the building for temporary storage and workshop area before eventually razing it for a City Hall expansion or parking lot.

Normal

Town OKs change for RC racetracks

Meeting: City Council

When Jan. 17

Key action Approved a zoning code amendment allowing remote-controlled racetracks as a special use in business and manufacturing zoning districts, except the town's primary commercial corridors on Main Street, College Avenue and Veterans Parkway.

Other action Amended a preannexation agreement with Calvary Methodist Church to add 63.5 acres to the existing site at the northeast corner of Raab Road and Towanda Avenue. The council also appointed Carl Teichman, 1103 Kingsmill, to the McLean County Regional Planning Commission

EL PASO

EPG board talks about bargaining

Meeting: El Paso-Gridley school board

When: Jan. 26

Key action: Met with Kim McCormick of the Peoria IEA office to discuss interest-based bargaining, a nontraditional method for collective bargaining that allows labor representatives and management to interact more during the negotiation process and stresses collaborative efforts to resolve issues. The board and El Paso-Gridley Education Association are considering using this method during contract negotiations this year

Other action Agreed to a special meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Centennial Library and approved returning four sets of executive session meeting minutes to closed status because of the confidential nature of the information.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium to present an expenditure reduction plan for the 2006-2007 school year. A question and answer period will follow.

Compiled by Mary Ann Ford and Dave Tompkins.

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