Visitors are welcome today at a public meeting in Kankakee. The Kankakee Economic Alliance meets at 5:30 pm at Presence St. Mary's Hospital. Input is welcome about the county's economic development plan. The meeting is at the Franco Conference Center at the hospital.
State Rep. Josh Harms, R-106th, has opened an office in Pontiac in addition to office in Watseka.
The Pontiac office is at 311 N. Mill, where an open house will be 2 to 4 p.m. July 31.
Hunter Weber's Iroquois County born and raised 4-H steer, Olivia Claire's Champion Premiere Steer, Tyler Fanning's Champion Hampshire Barrow, Andrew Rice's Champion Spot Barrow, Jordan Scjhippert's Grand Champion Overall Barrow .... all contributed substantially in raising the overall Livestock Sale total to $117,075.40 at Monday's Sale of Champions to close out the 2013 Iroquois County Fair.
The buyers were out in force to show support for the 4-H and FFA projects.
The total net proceeds were down slightly from last year's $120, 354 and very nearly matched the total amount from the 2009 fair.
Hunter Weber's 4-H steer fetched $5576. It brought $4.10 a pound and weighed in at 1360 pounds. (Hunter is with the Prairie Champions 4-H club).
Maria Wilkening's Grand Champ FFA Steer earned $5005 dollars. She's with the Fountain Creek Stitch 'N Do and Cissna Park FFA.
Olivia Claire with the Watseka Wild Clovers saw her Champion Premier Steer bring $5500 dollars.
In the Swine division...Jordan scippert's Born & Raised Grand Champion Overall barrow earned $2940. Jordan is with the Woodworth Kountry Klovers and Milford FFA. The champion weighed in at 280 pounds and fetched $10.50 per pound.
Seth Bishop of the Donovan Ag had the Poland Barrow. It earned $1470 dollars.
Edward Hanson IV saw his Champion 4-H weather bring $1550 dollars. Edward is a member of the Milks Grove Challengers.
The Champion FFA Meat Pen was worth $1500 for Andrew Lottinviolle of the martinton Dawnbusters & River Valley FFA.
Trenton Miller's 4-H Meat Pen earned $1000. His rabbits bring recognition to the Danforth Blue Ribbon & Iroquois West FFA.
In the Dairy category...the Aahkum Chargers Adam Wolfe's Champion Milk Pail sold for $700 dollars.
Watseka awards Sewer Separation Project bid to Iroquois Paving Corp.
A $1.632, 616 up-town sewer separation project is moving forward in Watseka.
The City Council (Tuesday) approved the much-talked about project, awarding the underground and paving portion of the planned work to Iroquois Paving Corporation. Although financing for the project has been questioned, the council agreed it's time to get the work done.
The Council had reviewed the original bids after the engineer's estimate for the work was listed at $1.2 million. Earlier in the month, bids for the work came in at $1.7 and $1.9 million. Both bids were rejected with the Council choosing to separate the planned work detail; one for underground work and the other for paving. A re-bid process resulted in Iroquois Paving Corporation being awarded the project.
Mayor Bob Harwood says the mid-town portion of this project will have to be re-evaluated.
The hope is, the Council will have a better idea for funding for the mid-town portion of the project by the Spring of 2014.
The Mayor adds, this work is a must to avoid big-time future problems.
Sales Tax Agreement in Watseka moves Ford Dealership forward
An earlier approved sales tax agreement between the City of Watseka and Bell Holdings Group was agreed on Tuesday evening. And that puts the proposed new Ford dealership for the city's east side back on track.
The project cost for a new road across from the Wal-Mart layout threw a wrench into earlier plans between the city and Bell Holdings. The City Council had decided the city would do no more than $250,000 for the price of a road for the dealership project.
A suggestion now agreed on gives the city less money for the first 10 years than what was in place with the original agreement. But the agreed ordinance now gives Bell Holdings the additional funds needed to borrow the $250,000 needed to get the road built.
Annexation proceedings will soon be underway to accept the east side property for the proposed dealership. Building permits would then be the next step.