National refuge being turned away in Kankakee County
Kankakee County’s long-standing opposition to a wildlife refuge is likely to remain that way. The County Board’s planning, zoning and agriculture committee (Wednesday) voted to continue its opposition to a proposed national refuge site.
The opposition by the committee will be forwarded to the full County Board.
It was the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service which proposed the refuge some 20 years ago. Friends of the Kankakee, a group of wildlife enthusiasts, have brought the matter back to life. But the opposing people still point to agriculture concerns as to why they don’t like it.
The Kankakee and Ford-Iroquois County Farm Bureaus have pointed to an eroding tax base, drainage issues, and effects on wildlife as to why they oppose the refuge. Those opposing also say public services would be affected.
Over 60 colleges and universities from nine states will have representatives on the Danville Area Community College campus Thursday (September 22). The 37th Annual College Day allows visitors to get information about classes offered on their respective campuses. The public can meet the reps from 9 am until 11:am. in the Mary Miller Gymnasium at Danville Area Community College. College and University representatives who will be participating include ones from the following: • University of Illinois at Chicago and Champaign-Urbana • Ball State University • Bradley University • Eastern Illinois University • Illinois State University • Illinois Wesleyan University • Indiana State University • Milliken University • Missouri University of Science and Technology • Olivet Nazarene University • Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Edwardsville • University of Notre Dame • University of South Alabama • Western Illinois University
Watseka aldermen consider water/sewer rate hike of 50%
A new proposal in Watseka calls for a water/sewer rate increase of 50 percent rather than the earlier-proposed 75%, then another 25% next Spring.
The finance committee is now proposing the 50% hike, to lessen the impact on local taxpayers. The newest proposal came Tuesday evening. It calls for the 50% increase beginning November 1. The full Council could consider a vote on the proposal later this month.
Alderman Mike Marcier has concerns for the people out there really struggling. Similar concern comes from Alderman Dennis Cahoe .......
Cahoe and Marcier even talked about a 35% increase to start.
It’s been made clear, a rate increase is a must to make improvements to the system for the future. The city is also still contemplating a sale of the water/sewer system. Aqua Illinois has offered to buy the system for $10.5 million. The city could also continue having ERH Enterprises manage the system under contract or taking the system back and operating it with its own city employees.
Whatever decision is yet to come, the rate increases have to happen, according to Mayor Harwood.