The Iroquois County Unit 9 Board of Education invites the community to hear its 2018 State of the District report.
Registration is required for the 5:30 pm meeting Friday, March 16. The event is at the Watseka High School. Call the Unit 9 office to register at 815-432-4931. Deadline to register is Friday, March 9.
A meal will be provided at the start of the evening followed by informational sessions. Breakout session topics include instructional technology, district finances, partnering with other districts: coops and options for reorganization, facilities, elementary curriculum, and information on school board elections.
Board members and school staff will be on hand to answer questions. The community is invited to learn about what is happening at Unit 9 schools along with what the future holds for the district.
Debris pick-up, damage assessments continue in Watseka
Iroquois County residents busy with flood clean-up are reminded to do business with reputable people you’re familiar with; inspections by professionals are required. Damage assessment teams were busy over the weekend and efforts will continue this week.
Questions can be directed to the Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) 815-432-6997.
Flood victims. despite any urgency to clean-up and make repairs, are reminded about how important it is to follow protocol. The damage assessments become ever so important in gathering accurate information in any attempt to apply for federal aid.
Professional and volunteer groups are assisting with clean-up.
Watseka Mayor John Allhands insists that residents be aware of FEMA regulations. It can be an involved-process ---reason why the damage assessments are critical before repairs are made.
A pink-colored notice was posted over the weekend at any residence within the flood zone where officials did not find a anyone home. Mayor Allhands says “this does not mean the site is condemned.” He explains, ‘because the building is in a floodplain and was damaged by flooding, a damage assessment must be conducted by the City of Watseka.’
‘Before occupying the building or making any repairs, the City of Watseka’s Zoning Department must be contacted to schedule an inspection.’ Call City Hall at 815-432-2711. The pink notice states, ‘failure to obtain a re-construction approval form from the city may result in a penalty.’
The pink notice DOES NOT MEAN THE PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED.
Four damage assessment teams are in town including the City of Watseka, Illinois EMA, Red Cross. A Rapid Response Team, through FEMA, made its way thru the city to conduct inspections. The team is qualified and has credentials.
Watseka Public Works personnel are working with Iroquois County officials and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) removing debris. Additional dumpsters will be made available.
Iroquois County EMA reports Lutheran Church Ministries and Team Rubicon performed muck-out operations Saturday. The effort assists flood victims in Cissna Park, Milford and Woodland and those in rural locations too. Contact the Emergency Operations Center 815-432-6997 for help.
Any homeowners not reached over the weekend will be contacted soon. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief will begin assessments this week.
A 29-year-old man was killed and two others injured in a crash in northwest Champaign County Thursday night. The victim is identified as Joshua Hohulin of Fisher. He suffered fatal inuries when another driver tried to pass at an intersection.
Ford County Coroner Rick Flessner said Hohulin was pronounced dead at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City at 9:46 p.m.
Illinois State Police reported the victim’s car struck at the intersection of Illinois 47 and County Road 3200 N. about 8 pm.
Police reported Hohulin was driving south on 47 and was slowing to turn east on 3200 N when another southbound car that was trying to pass a third southbound vehicle collided with him in the intersection.
The 22-year-old woman from Bolingbrook who was passing and her passenger were also taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
She was issued tickets for improper passing in an intersection, disobeying a no-passing zone and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Illinois' tornado season is typically months away, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get ready now. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency yesterday put out its annual warning about severe weather preparedness.
IEMA says in addition to a plan, every family and business should have a supply of food, water, medicine, and some emergency supplies. IEMA is also suggesting a weather alert radio to help track storms that may hit the state this spring.
The flood mess in Iroquois County and surrounding area is far from over. And weekend projects will find several volunteer groups stepping up to assist in clean-up efforts. The Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency is coordinatring the many volunteer efforts. Info is available in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 815-432-6997.
The Flood Resource Center is open today (Friday) in the former Big R building on W. Walnut Street in Watseka. Several groups and service organizations are available with cleaning materials and cean-up suggestions for homeowners and businesses. The center is open 9 am 'til 9 pm.
The Lutheran Ministries group has muck-out teams available to assist with clean-up. Contact the EOC is register for help.
The Long-Term Recovery Committee is also accepting monetary donations thru the First Trust & Savings Bank in Watseka. A reorganization meeting is planned for Wednesday, March 7 in the bank's conference cenrter at 10 am.
Voluneers are also needed to work with a professional cleaning company to clean uip the Nette Davis School in Watseka. Contact tghe Unit Nine office to get details.... 815-432-4931.
Damage assessments are critical. Homeowners should contact the EOC with questions.