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Watseka awards Sewer Separation Project bid to Iroquois Paving Corp.

A $1.632, 616 up-town sewer separation project is moving forward in Watseka.

The City Council (Tuesday) approved the much-talked about project, awarding the underground and paving portion of the planned work to Iroquois Paving Corporation.
Although financing for the project has been questioned, the council agreed it's time to get the work done.

The Council had reviewed the original bids after the engineer's estimate for the work was listed at $1.2 million. Earlier in the month, bids for the work came in at $1.7 and $1.9 million. Both bids were rejected with the Council choosing to separate the planned work detail; one for underground work and the other for paving. A re-bid process resulted in Iroquois Paving Corporation being awarded the project.

Mayor Bob Harwood says the mid-town portion of this project will have to be re-evaluated.

The hope is, the Council will have a better idea for funding for the mid-town portion of the project by the Spring of 2014.

The Mayor adds, this work is a must to avoid big-time future problems.

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Sales Tax Agreement in Watseka moves Ford Dealership forward

An earlier approved sales tax agreement between the City of Watseka and Bell Holdings Group was agreed on Tuesday evening. And that puts the proposed new Ford dealership for the city's east side back on track.

The project cost for a new road across from the Wal-Mart layout threw a wrench into earlier plans between the city and Bell Holdings. The City Council had decided the city would do no more than $250,000 for the price of a road for the dealership project.

A suggestion now agreed on gives the city less money for the first 10 years than what was in place with the original agreement. But the agreed ordinance now gives Bell Holdings the additional funds needed to borrow the $250,000 needed to get the road built.

Annexation proceedings will soon be underway to accept the east side property for the proposed dealership. Building permits would then be the next step.

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IDOT announces road closure in Iroquois County >

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that beginning today (July 22, 2013), US 45 between 1900 N. Road and 2000 N. Road in Gilman will be closed temporarily in order to make repairs to a box culvert. This box culvert is located 1.5 miles north of US 24.

The northbound detour route will be US 24 west to I-57 north to IL 116 east to US 45. The southbound detour route will be IL 116 west to I-57 south to US 24 east to US 45.
The Department regrets any inconvenience this will cause and asks that motorists proceed with caution through this area.

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Iroquois County Bird Tests Positive for West Nile

Local public health officials received verification of laboratory tests today on a bird collected in Iroquois County.

According to Doug Corbett, Public Health Administrator, a crow was found in Gilman on July 16th and submitted to the health department for testing. Corbett stated that laboratory tests received today confirmed that the bird was positive for the West Nile virus.

Corbett said the season for West Nile virus will not be over until the weather is much cooler and mosquito larvae are not capable of development. He said if we have rain in the next few weeks and the temperatures stay elevated, we still have the potential for further mosquito crop development.

The health department, again, offers advice to residents to protect themselves against the West Nile virus. Get rid of any water-holding containers such as tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles and old tires. Fill in low places where water can stand in your yard. Keep gutters free of leaves and debris. Keep drains, ditches, and culverts free of weeds and trash so water will drain properly.

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Retired high school coach killed, hit by car while riding bike

A retired high school swimming coach is dead after being hit by a car while riding his bike in Fountain County, IN.

55-year-old Duane Swisher was riding his bike when he was hit by a Jeep.

The Fountain County Sheriff's Office says it happened Saturday morning on U.S. 341, about one mile south of U.S. 32.

Swisher was a former swimming coach for Western Boone Junior Senior High School. The accident remains under investigation.

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