The Watseka City Council Tuesday night voted 7-0 to raise the water and sewer rates by 5%. The rate hike goes into effect January 1, 2018. The vote follows up on a finance committee recommendation last week to help erase a $136,000 deficit in the city's water & sewer fund.
Finance chairman Rick Elliott said the surplus in mionies will also open up other options for the the city to pursue in the future.
The city is under conctract with ERH Enterprises for water/sewer operations for two more years.
“Joyful Sounds of the Season,” the 2017 Iroquois County Christmas Cantata, will be presented this year by the Iroquois County Cantata Choir. The first rehearsal will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 and then again Tuesday, Oct. 10. Rehearsals for the musical will take place at 1 p.m. every Sunday at First Christian Church, 546 N. Sixth, Watseka. Anyone seventh grade through adult is invited to join this ecumenical county choir. Singers are asked to bring $15 to the first rehearsal, which will cover a portion of the cost of the spiraled notebook, listening CD and supplemental musical which will be used.
This year commemorates the 42nd year of the Iroquois County Christmas Cantata. Each year the cantata committee selects a worthy Iroquois County organization and presents a donation to the group following the cantata performances. This year’s recipent will be the Iroquois County Ramp Builders, who average building 50-60 ramps each year in Iroquois County. Volunteers construct the ramps at no cost and rely completely on donations.
Presentations of “Joyful Sounds of the Season” will be at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17; 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21; and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22. All performances are at First Christian Church.
Tickets are free but must be reserved and information for this will be released at a later date.
Cantata directors and their contact numbers are: Jessica Fehland, 1-618-531-8961; Erik Parmenter, 815-432-4678; and Denise Kosik, 815-383-9702.
Harvest Daze – the weekend fundraising event hosted by the Iroquois County Historical Society – is knocking on the door. Next month’s event at the Old Courthouse Museum in Watseka has all kinds of activities planned. Harvest Daze is the non-profit organization’s major fundraiser of the year with proceeds helping with the upcoming heating bills, along with repairs, routine maintenance and updates to the 150-year-old Old Courthouse Museum.
Volunteers make it happen. If you’re interested in the events or how you can get involved, contact the Old Courthouse.
Kicking off the 38th annual event weekend is a Woodworth-style fish fry slated for 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Carry-outs are available or you can enjoy your meal under the big tent on the grounds. Scarecrows need to be handcrafted and be able to withstand the elements of being outside.
The Iroquois County Genealogical Society will sponsor a pumpkin contest following the theme “It’s a Party.” The theme corresponds to the 50th anniversary of the ICHS and the 150th anniversary of Watseka as the seat of Iroquois County. It is also in recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the ICGS in 2020 and the 2018 Bicentennial of Illinois
An opening ceremony takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, conducted by American Legion Post 23 and VFW Post 7450. Both days, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., ham and beans will be available in the big tent next to the Red Barn. Vendors will be set up throughout the museum grounds Saturday and Sunday.
The 12th annual Cruise-In will take place on the south yard of the courthouse on Saturday. Sunday will feature the 14th Annual Antique Tractor Show.
The grand finale of Harvest Daze 2017 will be the fifth (and final) People’s Choice Talent Competition which takes place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday under the big tent. Entry deadline for this contest is Friday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m.
Iroquois Sexual Assault Services (ISAS) is hosting its first Painting for Prevention fundraiser. It’s a Painting for Prevention wine and canvas painting fundraiser in support of local sexual assault prevention programs. The event is set for Thursday, October 12th at Inside Out (226 N. Central St. Gilman, IL). The event is from 6-7:30 p.m.
Today is National Voter Registration Day and the president of the Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders says voters should use the day to make sure their info is up-to-date.
Even though the next statewide election isn’t until the March primary, County Clerks say events are scheduled throughout the state to register people to vote. Those already registered should make sure they’re info is correct.
Secretary of State Jesse White Press Secretary Dave Druker said their office is proud of their efforts to register people. Druker said White’s offices handle nearly 50 percent of new registrations. That number could increase once automatic voter registration begins in the summer of 2019.