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The Watseka swimming pool will open this season. After a lot of discussion, the City Council decided Saturday the Legion Park pool will open.
It’s hoped the pool will be available for the Memorial Day Weekend, but no exact timetable was announced following the Council’s Saturday meeting.
Public Works Director Marvin DeLahr had told the city leaders (last week) clean-up of the pool and equipment will be completed. DeLahr also said a local resident has expressed interest in managing the pool’s operations.
The pool has been a victim of past flooding. And the recent flood created yet another mess – enough to raise questions about the feasibility of pool operations.
The city budget constraints leave reason for some wondering if the pool is worth the effort, but council-members and others also say the pool is part of the city’s identity. Management details and hours of operation are yet to be worked out.
The city budget shows $60,000 in a line item for the pool’s operation. Revenues amount to about $12,500 from users of the pool. Local taxes for the pool are listed at about $45,000.
Clifton pool season is ‘all go’......
The Village of Clifton is gearing up for the 2018 swimming season. Several landscaping projects will be underway in early May to get the season prepped.
The pool’s deck will see about $18,000 of work completed, along with landscaping and fencing.
The Village Board hired pool manager Jane Miller ($5500).
A guy who quietly serves his community in the background is getting his due. John Banks is the Village of Onarga’s Citizen-of-the-Year !
John Banks, and his wife, Kathy, are long time citizens of Onarga. And most will say, they’ve blessed the community in so many ways.
Friday evening, John Banks was patted on the back with a huge honor – named by the Onarga Chamber of Commerce as its top citizen........
"I think it's a great honor." Banks tells WGFA News. "For somone who's spent 50 years of their life in Onarga and watched change in town and downtown, it's great. I'm humbled with this honor."
John Banks does most everything quietly, without much fan-fare. The Chamber of Commerce officials say “when you hear someone call him “Mr John,” you know in some way he’s helped that person and his family attain a better life in Onarga.”
Banks served 23 years on the Onarga Fire Department. He served over 20 years on the Onarga Townshiop Library Board, even helping bring computers into the library so the community had access to ‘the world’ outside the town. His financial help also with renovations of the library.
John & Kathy Banks continue as outstanding citizens for all of Onarga and the area.
Governor Rauner requests federal assistance to help people recover from February floods
Request includes Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion Counties
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner (Thursday) asked President Donald Trump to approve federal assistance to help people in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties recover from severe storms and flooding in February.
“Many people affected by this flood event face a difficult road to recovery,” Rauner said. “Federal assistance is needed to help them repair their homes and replace personal property that was destroyed.”
Rauner noted that for many residents of Watseka, the February flood marked the third significant flood event they’ve experienced in the last three years, and the fourth in the past 10 years.
Joint assessment teams from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reviewed damage in the three counties in March. Nearly 1,100 residences were impacted during this event, including 157 homes found to have sustained major damage and one home that was destroyed.
If Governor Rauner’s request for Individual Assistance is approved, people in the approved counties would be eligible to apply for grants and low-interest SBA loans. In addition, affected businesses would be able to apply for low-interest SBA loans.
LUDLOW — Work continues on a Champaign County zoning ordinance by the Zoning Board of Appeals that would regulate solar farms.
A rural Ludlow Township site is one of two that a Washington, D.C-based company hopes to turn into a community solar farm. Located about 4 miles southwest of Ludlow, the solar farm would be located at the southeast edge of the corner of County Roads 3300N and 1300E.
Champaign County Department of Planning and Zoning officials continue working on amending their ordinance to allow for solar farm development.
The ZBA has received no comments from residents of the area near the proposed rural Ludlow solar farm. Neighbors of that site will be notified when the county takes up the application process for the proposed farm.