The American Red Cross says blood donations dropped significantly in recent weeks, leading to a severe shortage. The organization is issuing an emergency call for people to donate blood and platelets. Blood drives are scheduled across northern Illinois. Check the Red Cross website www.redcrossblood.org.
A local opportunity to donate is Thursday, January 12th at the Danforth Community Center. The hours are 12 Noon to 6 pm.
A proposal to issue Watseka water bills to residents on a monthly basis will go the full City Council later this month. The Public Works committee voted (Tuesday) to read meters and issue monthly statements to make it easier for residents to manage the 50% fee increase that started in November.
Alderman Dennis Cahoe suggested the monthly routine would be better for people, to help them manage their finances. The city has been working with ERH Enterprises to issue billing statements every two months.
The 2017 Women’s Choice Awards is listing Gibson Area Hospital as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Ostetrics. The award signifies that Gibson Area Hospital is in the top 17% of 2,815 U.S. hospitals offering obstetrics.
GAHHS CEO Rob Schmitt said the award “is a true testament to our wonderful physicians, staff and volunteers that make every patient experience an exceptional one.” He said the national recognition proves to us “GAHHS is living its Vision to be TZHE Model of Excellence in Rural Healthcare.”
The Iroquois County Board voted 18-2 Tuesday morning to approve the resolution authorizing the public safety tax approved by voters in November.
The lone two dissenting votes came from Lyle Behrens and Russell Bills.
The vote happened following last week’s Judicial and Public Safety committee meeting when Chad McGinnis made the motion to present the public safety tax ordinance to the county board. Jed Whitlow seconded the motion and a voice vote showed support.
State’s Attorney Jim Devine had the ordinance prepared last month.
Board Chairman John Shure said he’s already signed the ordinance and it’ll be sent to the Department of Revenue. It’s expected to be in effect by July 1.
The tax is expected to generate up to $400,000 per year to benefit public safety.
The Gilman City Council is balking about paying a $3840 annual fee for communication service through the 9-1-1 Center.
Municipalities, fire districts, and ambulance operations in the county have paid their fees for handling and routing calls to respective emergency agencies. All 9-1-1 calls are answered, by way of required protocol, but then the exchange of information comes into play.
When calls for 9-1-1 and non-emergency service is received the Communication Center, the responsibility is to deliver the call to the appropriate agency.
The Gilman Council has refused to sign a contract... a communication agreement... with Iroquois County. Gilman’s argument is that it claims answering such 9-1-1 calls is mandatory.
The 9-1-1 surcharge paid on all wireless devices is money used for the purchase and maintenance of equipment and the network cost.
The communication agreement provides funds to support dispatch and salary and benefits for tele-communicators, over and above the 9-1-1 surcharge. It’s for non-emergency support.
The Village of Onarga (Monday night) agreed to, pay its $2,220 per year fee. Most other agencies in the county...police, fire and ambulance have also paid.
Watseka’s fee is $163, 382, the County paus the same $163,382. The total budget is $435, 864. That’s the contract for the Joint Dispatch budget, which includes Tele-Communicators salaries and benefits.