Thursday, August 7, 2014

Canoe, Kayak Jaunt is August 17 on Illinois River

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Council OKs $12.2 million appropriation

  CHILLICOTHE (IL) A $12.2 million appropriation ordinance was unanimously approved Monday, June 23, by the Chillicothe City Council. The appropriation is down $2.5 million from 2013 which was $14.7 million.
  Alderman Jim Thornton, chair of the Finance & Development Committee, presented the City Council with its annual appropriations ordinance. The ordinance outlines spending for from the city’s major funds including its general, road and bridge and water.
  The Administration Fund was the largest fund to increase, up $448,000 to $1.75 million, accounting for building improvements as well as the annual $100,000 payment to secure AMT as the city's ambulance provider.
   Road and Bridge saw the second largest decrease over 2013, falling $670,000 from $2.1 million in 2013 to $1.4 million this year. Allocation for the TIF Business District led the largest drop, falling $810,000 from nearly $2 million in 2013 to $1.2 million for 2014.
  A public hearing on the appropriations ordinance was held 15 minutes prior to the 7 p.m. start of the regular Monday meeting. No one appeared at the hearing to address the council.
  The ordinance provides the legal authority under which a municipality allocates money to specific spending activities. In addition, it establishes the municipality's legal spending limit for the fiscal year, and serves as the basis for the property tax levy filed in December.
   The appropriation ordinance runs from May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015.
  In other business, the council:
  - hired Zack Isreal as a new part-time employee in the Public Works Department, at a hourly rate of $10.50.
  - approved an expenditure not to exceed $8,500 payable to Advanced Asphalt for paving of the alley from Elm Street to Walnut Street between First and Front streets payable from the Central Business TIF.
   - approved two applications in the Sidewalk Program for Mike Reno, 607 W. Pine St. for $1,000, and Les Tiller, 804 Sixth St. for $1,220.40. That leaves $18,991.60 as the remaining balance for the program.
   - approved $1,883.50 payable to Engbrecht Concrete for repair of various sidewalk areas where the Public Works Department did work over the last year, payable from the water and sewer fund.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Joanne Miller celebrates 80th birthday

Look Who's 80! Happy Birthday, Joanne Miller!
Joanne Miller celebrated her 80th birthday at the VFW Hall in North Chillicothe Sunday afternoon. Her daughter, Laurie, and two sons, Mitch and Marty hosted the Open House to mark their mother's birthday.
Joanne Miller, left, hugs here sister-in-law Jackie Miller Sunday afternoon at her 80th birthday open house at the VFW, hosted by her children.
Paul Rushin, left, visits with longtime frienand golfing buddy Bob Petrich of Lacon during a reception for Joanne Miller's 80th birthday open house at the VFW Hall

 in north Chillicothe on Sunday afternoon.
Lynn Black, center, and her husband Dave, made military flag holders in honor of Joanne Miller's late son Monty Miller and late husband Bill Miller for her 80th birthday.

Callie and George enjoyed Joanne's 80th birthday open house on Sunday.