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Town wants grant for water meters

Meeting: Town Council

When: Dec. 20

Key action: Approved having the Farnsworth Group administer and submit a state grant for water meter replacement. The maximum amount of the grant has been reduced from $400,000 to $350,000, and the project will cost about $585,737.

Other action: Approved installing a spotlight for a flag pole at the corner of Fourth and Maple.


Council OKs levy, buys security system

Meeting: City Council

When: Dec. 21

Key action: Approved a $679,452 property tax levy.

Other action: Approved a $6,386.91 bid for purchase of a City Hall security system and approved policies outlining the personnel chain of command for problem resolution.


Board OKs increase for full-time workers

Meeting: Village Board

When: Dec. 20

Key action: Approved a 2 percent increase for all full-time employees.


Board changes name of emergency agency

Meeting: McLean County Board

When: Dec. 20

Key action: Changed the name of McLean County Emergency Services Disaster Agency to McLean County Emergency Management Agency in accordance with a recommendation from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The board also agreed to integrate the McLean County Rescue Squad into the McLean County EMA program.


New rules prompt sewer agreement

Meeting: City Council

When: Dec. 19

Key action: Approved an agreement with Donahue and Associates of Champaign to help the city come up with a long-term control plan for their combined sewer system. Cost of the study is not to exceed $37,000. City Manager Jeff Clawson said the move was prompted by new regulations and not any deficiency in the local system.

Board OKs levy, hires new coach

Meeting: School board

When: Dec. 19

Key action: Approved a tax levy of $3,629,444, which is 4.4 percent higher than the 2004 levy. Although the levy is higher due to increasing land values, school officials estimate the tax rate will drop from $5.20 to $5.15 per $100 EAV.

Other action: Hired Sandra Kelley as junior high school volleyball coach.


Tri-Valley names middle school chief

Meeting: Tri-Valley school board

When: Dec. 19

Key action: Offered a contract to Jill Lanier to serve as middle school principal for the 2006-07 school year. Lanier has been interim principal. The board is also narrowing the field of candidates for high school principal to replace Paul Colba, who is retiring.

Other action: Approved a tax levy with an estimated rate of $5.299 per $100 equalized assessed valuation. If that estimate holds true, it will be an 8-cent decrease from last year's levy.


Board OKs rate that's a cent less

Meeting: High school board

When: Dec. 20

Key action: Approved a tax rate that is slightly lower than last year. The $2.90 fee is a penny less than last year. The owner of a $150,000 home will pay $1,451 for the year.

Next meeting: 6 p.m. Jan 17.

City OKs offices for new TIF area

Meeting: City Council

When: Dec. 21

Key action: Approved First National Bank and Indra Pal's medical office for the proposed downtown Tax Increment Finance district. The council could approve a TIF district as early as May, the first TIF district to include more than one business.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Jan. 18.

Compiled by Dave Tompkins, Greg Stanmar, Mary Ann Ford and Sue Bratcher.


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