OV, AL Schools Weigh-In on Sales Tax Measure

Each to vote on own resolution this month

by Derek Pope
& Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Sullivan Schools may have passed a resolution Monday evening to place a school facility sales tax on the November ballot, but they aren’t the only district to serve the county desiring the extra revenue.

Both Okaw Valley and Arthur-Lovington school districts are expected to pass their own resolutions this month, with OV meeting on the 22nd and AL meeting on the 14th, though even without them, the referendum would still go before Moultrie County voters in November. Read More

Lovington Liquor Change Tabled Till June

Board wishes to get public input before a vote

by Florence Hallford
Lovington Reporter

Last week, the Lovington Village Board discussed amending the Sunday Liquor Ordinance to allow class B alcohol sales on Sundays. This would mean that businesses such as  Casey’s would be able to sell packaged liquor from noon Sunday until 1 a.m. Monday, allowing extra revenue.  Read More

Sandwich Boards Approved by Council

New ordinance will allow for sidewalk signs, merchandise

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

In last month’s first meeting, the Sullivan city council gave the go-ahead allowing for sandwich boards and the selling of merchandise on sidewalks.

Previously, the city code book barred the placement of signs and merchandise on sidewalks in Sullivan without specific approval by the council. Last August the issue was raised, briefly, whether or not to allow the signage, but when little support for overturning the ordinances appeared, the council dismissed it.  Read More

Lovington to Decide on Sunday Liquor Sales

Board in favor, but will have to wait for vote

by Florence Hallford
Lovington Reporter

The last bastion of prohibited liquor sales on Sunday in Moultrie County may fall as indicated by the Lovington Village Board meeting Monday night.

The current ordinance on alcohol sales in Lovington restricts all sales of alcohol on Sundays, but at this week’s monthly meeting, Casey’s store manager Debbie Howell and regional district manager Colleen Leischner requested an amendment to the ordinance to allow sales from noon to close on Sundays, citing a loss of potential revenue due to boaters who filled their tanks and sought to buy alcohol.  Read More

Sullivan City Council Cont’d. April 2014

Other Matters From Last Month’s Sullivan City Council Meetings Include:

• Approved a two year lease with Darin Burdick for the 10 acres across from the city sewer plant. It will result in a fee of $1,000 a year to the city. The plot has just over six acres of tillable soil. Read More

Celebration Seeking Miss Bethany and Talent Contest Entrants

The Bethany Celebration Committee is requesting entries for both the upcoming talent and Miss Bethany contests.

The talent show will take place the evening of Friday, June 20. Contestants or at least half of all groups must hail from Bethany or be students in the Okaw Valley School district. There will be two categories,  solos and groups, as well as two age divisions, 4-14 and 15-adult. Read More

Council Votes Down Square Repavement Project Amid Concern

Frustrations flare up in special meeting

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Sullivan City Council effectively postponed plans to repave the square and nearby side streets a week ago Monday amid concerns over the project’s bid specs.

After raising questions in their March 24 regular meeting, from which Streets and Public Improvements commissioner Monty LeCrone was absent, a special meeting was then held on April 4, so as to have LeCrone clear up the supposed deficiencies in his bid proposal.  Read More

Okaw Valley FFA Alumni Association in the Works

Organizational meeting held two weeks ago, Wednesday

by Joash Tiarks
Bethany Reporter

Two weeks ago Wednesday, a small group of parents, staff, and students gathered in the Okaw Valley High School Ag classroom to initiate the process of forming an FFA Alumni Association.

Aspen Cassady, now in her second year as the ag instructor at the high school, had planned this meeting since her first day on the job. The National FFA Organization and the National FFA Alumni Association have played a pivotal role in her own career development in the agricultural field, and Cassady says she wanted to see the same opportunities made available to as many students as possible in the community.  Read More

Central Illinois Public Transit Services to Go Unchanged Despite Decrease in Budget

Funding from area counties to remain the same

by Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

At the monthly Moultrie County Board meeting Central Illinois Public Transit Program (CIPT) Director Dennis Shiley, spoke to the board regarding the intergovernmental agency agreement and annual ordinance to fund CIPT in Moultrie County.

“Our budget is down by $75,000 from last year,” noted Shiley. “Unfortunately the state and federal government did not give us (CIPT) any increase, but the funding from each of the six counties in the Shelby grantee area will remain the same and there will be no changes in service.”  Read More

Central Illinois Public Transit Services to Go Unchanged Despite Decrease in Budget

Funding from area counties to remain the same

by Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

At the monthly Moultrie County Board meeting Central Illinois Public Transit Program (CIPT) Director Dennis Shiley, spoke to the board regarding the intergovernmental agency agreement and annual ordinance to fund CIPT in Moultrie County.

“Our budget is down by $75,000 from last year,” noted Shiley. “Unfortunately the state and federal government did not give us (CIPT) any increase, but the funding from each of the six counties in the Shelby grantee area will remain the same and there will be no changes in service.”  Read More