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Iroquois County Board seeks to ‘curb’ public comment at meetings

The public comment segment of Iroquois County Board meetings may have some new guidelines in place, if approved by the full county board.

The Board is trying to address what has become, at times, lengthy public comment sessions. A proposed policy put together and discussed by the Policy & Procedure committee ensures citizens an opportunity to address the board and present views that concern Iroquois County, while also helping to move meetings along efficiently.

Limiting comments to 5 minutes is suggested, but the chairman is allowed to offer more time if necessary. The proposal calls for a 30-minute time limit for the public comment segment of the agenda. But again, the chairman may allow more time if warranted.

The Board encourages the comments to focus on topics related to the board meeting agenda.

Citizens having already addressed the board on a specific issue within the prior two months may be denied to make public comment on that issue again.

State's Attorney Jim Devine, earlier criticized what appeared to limit the public from involvement. Not all issues are matters the board wants to talk/hear about, he said, but that doesn't mean the public should be denied from commenting or presenting views.

Board members are not obligated to respond to any public comments or questions.

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Watseka pool committee recommends improvements, pool closed for season

A special committee appointed by the Watseka City Council is suggesting the Legion Park swimming pool remain where it is and improvements be made for future use.

The pool is closed for the season. The flood and recent rains have ruined the summer swimming season. The pool will have to be cleaned and sanitized. The special committee is studying ways to make improvements.

This year's flood and others have made it difficult for the pool to operate. The flooding of Sugar Creek has not been a friend to the pool. The pool's location leaves it vulnerable to the flooding.

The special committee met several times to discuss the pool's location and ways to combat the problems. Committee member Craig Gocken told the City Council 'money is a problem...relocating the pool would be costly. The committee is suggesting more effort in finding ways to improve the overall situation.

Fundraising may be the next step.

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Riverside Hospital among the best

U.S. News & World Report has published its report on the best hospitals in Illinois. Riverside Medical Center is ranked at #11 among 220 hospitals in the state.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago was ranked number one in the state.

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Federal grant to benefit Manteno Fire Department

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding the Manteno Fire Department a federal grant. The Manteno Fire Protection District has been named a recipient of a $425,000 multi-year grant.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly provided information about the grant.

The salaries. benefits and pensions of three firefighters will be paid over three years. The new hires brings the department up to 23 full-time personnel.

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Loda village board says ‘No’ to share program for police protection

The Iroquois County towns of Buckley and Loda will not be sharing Buckley police officer Chris White. The Loda village boared recently voted down an offer from Bucley officials to share White's services.

Money was the issue. Loda trustees, on a 3-2 vote, felt there were more pressing matters to deal with in the community.

Earlier discussions would have had White gaining more work hours to be split between patrol time in the two towns. Questions about insurance and retirement benefits may have gotten in the way.

Loda officials may have another option to pursue; maybe finding a way to get the lake associations, Bayles Lake and Lake Iroquois, to share the costs of local police help.

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