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City buys identifier for water department

Meeting: City Council

When Jan. 18

Key action: Approved the purchase of a $750 magnetic locator/identifier for the water department.

Other action: Approved abated taxes for the issuance of $300,000 in general obligation bonds and approved adding three trash cans to Livingston and Locust streets.


Board OKs estimate for Gov't Center work

Meeting: McLean County Board

When: Jan. 17

Key action: Approved an estimate for $1.6 million in renovations to the Government Center. The cost estimate includes remodeling the third floor for the city's engineering department. The board also approved an amendment that adds $407,000 to its budget to pay for its half of the renovation. The county and city share the building and will split the cost, paying about $814,000 each.

Next meeting: Feb. 21.


Council OKs plat for new Supercenter

Meeting: City council

When Jan. 17

Key action: Approved a final plat for the Wal-Mart Supercenter to be built on Reynolds Street. The plat includes about 38 acres of land where the store will be located and surrounding property.

Other action Discussed speed limits on Howard Street near the downtown area. No action was taken.


City names woman to Ward 1 vacancy

Meetingn;City Council

When: Jan. 17

Key action: Approved Melody Anderson to fill the Ward 1 seat vacated by Patrick Madigan at the end of December.

Other action Named James L. Davis Jr. as the fire chief, replacing Bucky Washam, who retired Dec. 31. Davis will be chief until April 30. He was approved by a vote of 9 to 1; Alderman Buzz Busby voted no.


Olympia OKs pact with hearing clinic

Meeting: Olympia School Board

When: Jan. 17

Key action: Approved a service agreement between Olympia and the Illinois State University speech and hearing clinic for 100 days of service for $32,000.

Other action: Heard Olympia has received an Illinois Rural and Small City High Schools study grant that will allow high school students and faculty members access to an on-line software program offering a wide array of tutorial and instructional opportunities.


Village OKs buying maintenance tools

Meeting: Village board

When: Jan. 16

Key action: Approved a $250 donation to the Show Bus program.

Other action: Authorized up to $500 for the purchase of tools for the maintenance department.


County board OKs zoning for new plant

Meetingn;Logan County Board

When Jan. 17

Key action: Unanimously voted to rezone 220 acres of farmland northwest of Hartsburg. The board rezoned the land from agricultural to manufacturing and will include the land into the Logan County Enterprise Zone. The rezoning will allow Springfield-based Illini Bio Energy to construct a $100 million ethanol plant. Before plans can move forward, the Lincoln City Council must approve the enterprise zone expansion.


Board OKs contract for July 4 fireworks

Meeting: Village board

When: Jan. 16

Key action: Entered a three-year contract with Chicago-based Melrose Pyrotechnics Inc. to produce the village's Fourth of July fireworks show. The village will save $1,000 off the cost of the show each of the three years.

Other action: Voted to spend about $2,600 to remodel the existing restroom facilities at Centennial Park. The restrooms have been closed; the village rented portables in the summer.

Compiled by M.K. Guetersloh, Troy Semple, Karen Walters, Connie Seastedt and Dave Tompkins.


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