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Watseka aldermen concerned water & sewer rate proposal too high

A proposal to hike the Watseka sewer and water rates by 100% over the next eight-months isn’t setting well with some aldermen.

The City Council (Tuesday) took no action on a proposal to raise the rates 75% by October 1, then another 25% next May. A decision is likely next month.

The city leaders all realize a rate hike is a must, but “too much, too soon” seems to be the objection.

A formal vote was tabled (Tuesday) when City attorney Frank Simutis informed the council the matter had to be presented as an Ordinance, which wasn’t prepared for this meeting.

It’s clear, the rates will have to increase to meet demands on the water & sewer system for the future. In fact, Mayor Bob Harwood said the system’s taking a $200,000 hit this fiscal year.

The City Council is yet to decide whether the system, now operated and managed by ERH Enterprises, will continue as is, be sold, or the city take over the operation.

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Chatsworth crash kills Wisconsin motorcyclist

A Wisconsin man died Monday after his motorcycle crashed into a van in Chatsworth.

The Livingston County Coroner’s office identified the victim as 51-year-old Richard Gasman of Hortonville, Wis. He was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after the crash.
The accident happened at 5:45 pm at Fourth Street and U.S. Route 24.

Illinois State Police and the Coroner’s office are investigating. Chatsworth Fire and EMS answered the call.

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River rescue, 4 youths pulled from Vermilion River

Four juveniles, wading in the Vermilion River near the Forest Glen Preserve over the weekend, were swept off their feet by the swift current. All four were rescued after a three-hour episode.

The Vermilion County Sheriff’s department responded. Reports indicated the youths were in the river clinging to tree roots.

Officers from the Sheriff’s Department, the Dive Team/Swift Water Rescue Unit, All-Terrain Search and Rescue Unit, and Conservation officers were all dispatched. Three of the juveniles managed to safely get to the other side of the river.

A fourth juvenile was discovered a mile and a half downstream, still in the water clinging to a tree. All four of the juveniles were recovered safely, and suffered only minor scrapes and bruises.

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Indiana Governor candidates to speak at forum

The Indiana Farm Bureau is sponsoring a gubernatorial forum for the candidates looking to become the next Indiana governor. Agricultural issues will be up for discussion during the forum next Tuesday, August 30, in Brownsburg (IN).

Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Democratic candidate John Gregg and Libertarian Rex Bell are all scheduled to participate. It’s at a farm near Indianapolis.
The event find the three candidates taking questions separately for a half hour each.

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LIHEAP assistance for seniors, disabled

September 1 is the start-up enrollment period for the program offering area senior citizens and the disabled some help in paying their winter heating bills.

The LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance) Program and PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) are funded as part of the stopgap funding plan signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner.

LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program in which heating bill payments are made on behalf of households that qualify.

The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency on North Vermilion Street in Danville is one of the locations where applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis starting September 1st, 2016. There’s also a local office in Gilman to serve Iroquois County.

The offices have information about the income requirements that have to be met.

• Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30 days leading up to applying;
• A copy of their current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for their energy directly);
• A copy of their rental agreement if they are renting, showing that utilities are included;
• Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members;
• Proof that their household received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled, or other benefits such as Medical Eligibility or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

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