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Watseka pool committee recommends improvements, pool closed for season

A special committee appointed by the Watseka City Council is suggesting the Legion Park swimming pool remain where it is and improvements be made for future use.

The pool is closed for the season. The flood and recent rains have ruined the summer swimming season. The pool will have to be cleaned and sanitized. The special committee is studying ways to make improvements.

This year's flood and others have made it difficult for the pool to operate. The flooding of Sugar Creek has not been a friend to the pool. The pool's location leaves it vulnerable to the flooding.

The special committee met several times to discuss the pool's location and ways to combat the problems. Committee member Craig Gocken told the City Council 'money is a problem...relocating the pool would be costly. The committee is suggesting more effort in finding ways to improve the overall situation.

Fundraising may be the next step.

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Riverside Hospital among the best

U.S. News & World Report has published its report on the best hospitals in Illinois. Riverside Medical Center is ranked at #11 among 220 hospitals in the state.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago was ranked number one in the state.

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Federal grant to benefit Manteno Fire Department

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding the Manteno Fire Department a federal grant. The Manteno Fire Protection District has been named a recipient of a $425,000 multi-year grant.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly provided information about the grant.

The salaries. benefits and pensions of three firefighters will be paid over three years. The new hires brings the department up to 23 full-time personnel.

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Loda village board says ‘No’ to share program for police protection

The Iroquois County towns of Buckley and Loda will not be sharing Buckley police officer Chris White. The Loda village boared recently voted down an offer from Bucley officials to share White's services.

Money was the issue. Loda trustees, on a 3-2 vote, felt there were more pressing matters to deal with in the community.

Earlier discussions would have had White gaining more work hours to be split between patrol time in the two towns. Questions about insurance and retirement benefits may have gotten in the way.

Loda officials may have another option to pursue; maybe finding a way to get the lake associations, Bayles Lake and Lake Iroquois, to share the costs of local police help.

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Amazon Wind Farm to create revenue in Benton County

Benton County, Indiana has another wind farm under construction. The Amazon Wind Farm is being built.

After two years of development, farmland will be occupied by 65 turbines west of Fowler, just off State Road 18.

The Amazon Wind Farm entered into a 13-year power purchase agreement to supply electricity for its web services.

150 megawatts is the listed power, which is the equivalent of enough energy for 50,000 households.
The construction phase is set to be completed by the end of the year.

Pattern Energy Engineering manager Brad Hillman said that he cannot comment on the financial agreements they reached with area farmers, but he says the overall boost to the economy is substantial.

Taxes and onsite staff that will work on the site is estimated to generate around $40 million over the next 25 years.

Hillman said farmers benefit from leasing their land for the use of these turbines as well, especially during a rain-filled summer like this year.

Hillman said "It's a great way to create a stable revenue source for farmers who are in a position to have a wind turbine on their land, which is really good for this year because of all the rain we have gotten."

Hillman said it's all about creating a better tomorrow, "to create that environmentally power-friendly generation."

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