Two new alderman were seated Tuesday in Watseka. Brandon Barragree and Rob Hoffman took their oaths of office.
Alder-woman Bev Foster was absent. She too, was a winner in the April election.
Barragree is a veteran businessman. He’s been in the printing business for 23 years. He said “it was time” for him to get involved. And he’s looking forward to the challenge.
Hoffman was appointed to fill Allhands seat in ward 4. The Manager of River Valley Metro in Bourbonnais, Hoffman he’s been a Watseka resident long enough to appreciate what the town offers and wants to learn and get involved.
Amanda Hibbs is Director of the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce. She was un-contested for City Clerk. Sean Deneau did not seek re-election to the clerk’s position. Long-time Treasurer Carolyn DeLahr was also sworn-in to another term.
John Allhands was sworn-in (Tuesday) as Watseka’s new mayor. He succeeds Bob Harwood, who served two terms. Harwood did not seek re-election.
Allhands was a winner in a four-person contest April 4th. He served as Ward 4 alderman and says he’s ready to step it up and keep the city moving forward.
“A little more landscaping, green it up a bit,” is what Allhands would like to see downtown. “The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce has done a nice job in recent years keeping the business-front looking good. Maybe a little more grooming would improve the downtown appearance.”
The mayor plans to meet with a landscape architect next month to get some ideas.
Allhands said it’s all about “generating some new energy,” he adds, all the council members have some good ideas and he’s looking forward to getting input from citizens too.
Mayor Allhands was sworn-in by Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher. The mayor also praised outgoing mayor Bob Harwood and city officials for their dedication to the city’s well-being.
Two employees of CSL Behring were taken to the emergency room following what the company described as a "small chemical spill" Wednesday morning. The employees were checked out “as a precaution,” according to a company spokesperson.
Bourbonnais Township Fire personnel were dispatched to the Route 50 location for what was reported as a small chemical spill in a warehouse.
The spill was first reported at 10 am. Several emergency vehicles arrived at the facility.
A single-vehicle traffic accident in Newton County, Indiana killed a Sheldon man Tuesday night. 64-year-old Jack Kiifner (Keef-ner) was driving eastbound on Route 24 when his vehicle hit a utility pole. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.