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Iroquois ETSB Discusses Dubble’s Contract

The Iroquois County Emergency Telephone System Board met Friday to discuss the employment situation/contract of longtime 9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble.

During the public comment section, Edgar County Watchdogs website owners Kirk Allen and John Kraft were in attendance to voice their concerns again about the validity of the contract. Several others in attendance would then question the Watchdogs' involvement and voice support for Dubble. The board would then go into executive session.

After a brief executive session, Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine said there was not sufficient wording on the March 25, 2014 agenda when the board originally passed the contract. Devine determined the contract was null and void and was never valid in the first place. Devine said Dubble will now be considered an at-will employee and will continue her job at the same pay until she decides to leave or the board decides otherwise. Devine added that the board could give her a new contract but it would be for one year at a time. The meeting adjourned with no further action being taken.

Dubble has served as coordinator for over 20 years.

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Iroquois County Board Approves Bid for County Farm

The Iroquois County Board held a special session Friday to make a decision on the lease contract for the county farm.

The board unanimously approved the bid of Zach Borchers of Gilman for $347 an acre. The contract is for 1 year as of now due to the short time frame for approval. The Management Services Committee will have to decide if they want to extend it to 2 or 3 years.

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ETSB To Discuss Dubble's Contract Today

The Iroquois County Emergency Telephone System Board is meeting today at 4pm to discuss the contract and employment situation of longtime 9-1-1 coordinator Nita Dubble.

The issue was brought up by the Edgar County Watchdogs website owners Kirk Allen and John Kraft. They claim that Dubble’s contract is invalid because the board had no power to enter into a employment contract yet alone a multiyear one and there is no proper vote on record anyways approving the contract.

According to the board’s agenda, the topic will be discussed in an executive session.

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Watseka Mayoral Candidates Speak at Luncheon

The four Watseka mayoral candidates addressed a crowd at the Iroquois County Women’s Republican Club’s Spring Luncheon Thursday.

John Allhands, John Burch, Mike Marcier, and Carol Nutter (who spoke on behalf of her husband Bill) each got a chance to speak about their platforms for mayor. The topics briefly discussed included improving downtown Watseka, economic development, water rates, flood control, and an open and transparent government.

The four candidates will gather again Monday night for a forum hosted by the Watseka Chamber of Commerce at the Unit 9 building in Watseka. Doors open at 6:30pm with the forum beginning at 7:00pm.

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Hoopeston Woman Allegedly Hits Man with Car

Hoopeston Police Department reports the arrest of 38-year-old Monica L. Zamora of Hoopeston for aggravated domestic battery with great bodily harm and aggravated battery with great bodily harm.

Police responded to a call in the 800 block for a male lying in the street with injuries. At the same time, police reportedly received calls from Zamora stating she hit him with her car due to a domestic issue going on. The man was taken directly to Carle Hospital in Urbana for treatment of injuries sustained in the incident.

Zamora was taken to Hoopeston Carle Hospital where she was treated and released to custody of the police.