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Water & Sewer rate Hike in Watseka; Taxpayers to pay annual increases >

A 5-2 vote by the Watseka City Council Tuesday has triggered annual water and sewer rate increases for local taxpayers.

Infrastructure break-downs appear to be reasons for new revenue to overcome repair needs.  But the No votes from Tim Mathewson and Mike Marcier finds both aldermen saying “tax hikes will hurt a lot of people,” and some research and a plan seems to be in order before decisions like a rate hike.

The rates will increase May 1 and each year after that thru 2-15.  Calculations spelled out at a February 21 meeting shows water rates jumping from $2.66 per thousand gallons to $3.16 per thousand in 2012; $3.26 per thousand in 2013 , $3.36 per thousand in 2014 and up to $3.46 per thousand in 2015.

Sewer rates will rise from $3.40 to $3.85 per thousand this year in May to $3.97 in 2013, $4.09 in 2014 and $4.21 per thousand in 2015.

Minimum water and sewer rates are currently at $50.54.  Over the next four years, the rate will jump to $58.18 in 2016. 


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Baier Funeral Home in Watseka to operate Crematory; first in Iroquois County >

WATSEKA --- Pending EPA approval, the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka will soon be the first funeral home business in Iroquois County to operate its own on-site crematory.

The Watseka City Council Tuesday night approved a special-use permit allowing the local funeral home to provide a business service that owner Roy Baier says finds growing numbers of families turning to…….

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Construction for the operation is expected to be completed in about two weeks.

Baier said he purchased a refurbished crematory-burner from a Kankakee funeral home.  Baier funeral home’s location at 2nd and Oak Street in Watseka has 7,000 square feet of garage space available, so the crematory business won’t be pressed for space.

Members of the city’s Planning Commission did their homework, investigating such an operation in Kankakee.  They found no problems with the operation.  Baier said at least three other employees in his business will be trained to run the equipment. 


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Weather Rocks WGFA-listening area

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Heavy rain, hail and reports of funnel clouds prompted severe weather Watches & Warnings Friday in the Illiana area.  There were no injuries reported.  Several reports of funnel cloud sitings resulted in emergency weather alert sirens sounding in Iroquois County.

No damage has been reported.  The public reported funnels aloft near Lake Iroquois, near Route 45/52 and near Danforth.

Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee counties were under Severe T-Storm Warnings until about 7 pm.  The National Weather Service also issued Watches / Warnings in parts of Champaign and Vermilion counties.

 Multiple reports indicate that one person is dead and two others injured after a deadly tornado demolished a Southern Illinois home.  The tornado ripped through Opdyke this (fri) afternoon.  State officials say it appears the storm didn't leave too much physical damage.  The situation is being handled on a local level and no state aid has been requested yet. 


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Ameren Customers Affected by Power Outage

A power outage left several Ameren customers in the dark in Iroquois County Friday.  Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris told WGFA News a utility pole burned and the top of the pole fell.  Why the pole burned wasn’t known, but about 1,680 customers were without electrical service for a little over an hour.

The pole, about a half-mile south of Watseka, was replaced later in the day.  The power was out from about 9:15 am until just before 10:30 am.

Ameren customers in parts of Watseka, Sheldon, Iroquois, Donovan, Beaverville and Martinton were affected.


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Kankakee Police Investigate 3 Shootings

Three people were injured in separate shootings in Kankakee.  The city police investigative unit reports a man suffered a leg injury when a shot was fired on S. Rosewood Avenue.  Another person was injured by gunfire in the 600-block of S. Lincoln Avenue.  And more shots reported on Poplar Avenue.

Police are investigating about any connection and motives.