Garbage Collection Contract Issue a Wrap for Council

Advanced Disposal cancels attendance at city council meeting

by Joash Tiarks
Reporting in Sullivan

After passing an ordinance last month limiting garbage contracts to no more than one year, the Sullivan city council was told that a representative from Advanced Disposal–an area garbage collection service provider–would attend last week’s meeting.

But a local residential representative with Advanced Disposal, instead, called the city prior to last week’s meeting inquiring about the ordinance.

According to the council, Ed Worker, the representative, was read the ordinance over the phone by city clerk Monte Johnson, after which Worker explained that there would no longer be a need for someone to attend on behalf of AD. Worker assured Johnson that the call meant nothing more than their desire “to be legal.” Read More

Check Donation

Photo by Keith Stewart Check Donation Sullivan girls’ basketball coach Sheri McCain was presented with a $120 check by Roger Bragg of E.K. Petroleum at last Thursday’s awards banquet. During the season, the company pledged $1 for every three pointer the team made. McCain was also recently named the IBCA Coach of the Year for the region and will be presented with her award in April.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Check
Donation
Sullivan girls’ basketball coach Sheri McCain was presented with a $360 check by Roger Bragg of E.K. Petroleum at last Thursday’s awards banquet. During the season, the company pledged $3 for every three pointer the team made. McCain was also recently named the IBCA Coach of the Year for the region and will be presented with her award in April.

Legion in Need of Funds for Fourth of July Fireworks

Fireworks fundraiser underway

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

When Mike Keown and his family moved to Sullivan in 1958, the only thing more memorable than Richard Nixon’s visit to Wyman Park was the fireworks display that the local American Legion had routinely sponsored.

“They were spectacular,” said Keown. “The night sky was just lit up. Even though we lived right by the park, we all took a blanket and went to Wyman Lake.”

But now, the certainty as to whether Sullivan will continue to have its annual display is up in the air, or perhaps, not quite yet.

“The Legion has always paid the cost of the fireworks as long as I can remember,” said Keown. “But right now, we can’t do that. We don’t have the money to pay it.” Read More

Eagle Creek Contract Terminated by BMDD

Photo by Keith Stewart Eagle Creek Resort’s fate is once again up in the air after BMDD Resorts, the vendor who was awarded the bid to renovate the resort in 2010, officially packed up earlier this week and walked away from the project after what they cite as a frustrating relationship with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Eagle Creek Resort’s fate is once again up in the air after BMDD Resorts, the vendor who was awarded the bid to renovate the resort in 2010, officially packed up earlier this week and walked away from the project after what they cite as a frustrating relationship with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Agreement to effectively dissolve March 15

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The vendor that IDNR chose in 2010 to renovate and ultimately reopen Eagle Creek Resort has issued the state agency a notice of termination effective later this week.

The contract that BMDD Resorts and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources entered into in July 2010 will be terminated effective March 15, according to Dennis Ballinger, CEO of BMDD Resorts out of Decatur.

“We’ve tried not to make this a public issue, but finally, it had to,” said Ballinger in a phone interview Tuesday evening. Read More

Visiting Booth

Submitted Visiting Booth Students from Sullivan High School visited Booth Library on the campus of Eastern Illinois University recently. The students who were conducting research for argumentative papers on social issues took a tour of the library and were given a demonstration on finding resources both on the bookshelves and through the library’s online database. Pictured, front row from left to right: Noah Workman, Walker Byers, and Travis Hanson. Second row: Adam Davis, Macy Cornwell, and Hailey Moyer. Third row: Liz Inman and Alex Love. Fourth row: Baylee Cohan, Tori Floyd, and Kathy Albin. Fifth row: Christina Brown, Gaby Uphoff, and Rachel Stutzman. Back row: Patrick Hogan, Jesse Parra, and Alex Davison

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Visiting Booth
Students from Sullivan High School visited Booth Library on the campus of Eastern Illinois University recently.
The students who were conducting research for argumentative papers on social issues took a tour of the library and were given a demonstration on finding resources both on the bookshelves and through the library’s online database.
Pictured, front row from left to right: Noah Workman, Walker Byers, and Travis Hanson. Second row: Adam Davis, Macy Cornwell, and Hailey Moyer. Third row: Liz Inman and Alex Love. Fourth row: Baylee Cohan, Tori Floyd, and Kathy Albin. Fifth row: Christina Brown, Gaby Uphoff, and Rachel Stutzman. Back row: Patrick Hogan, Jesse Parra, and Alex Davison

This Winter, Fourth Coldest in Ill.

The average statewide temperature for the three core winter months of December, January, and February was 20.8 degrees. It was 8.2 degrees below avg. and the fourth coldest December-February period on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois. Read More

Sullivan Restricts Garbage Contracts to One Year Max

Photo by Keith Stewart An Advanced Disposal garbage truck is seen in the parking lot of McDonald’s Tuesday afternoon in Sullivan.

Photo by Keith Stewart
An Advanced Disposal garbage truck is seen in the parking lot of McDonald’s Tuesday afternoon in Sullivan.

Ties contract term to license term

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

At their second meeting last month, the Sullivan city council approved an ordinance, amending a section on garbage regulations meant to curb the length of contracts with which collectors could provide customers.

Ordinance 14-4, which passed unanimously at the February 24 meeting, simply ties the length of any contract garbage collectors issue customers with the term of their license they receive from the city. Since garbage collection licenses enjoy a one year shelf-life before expiring each May, contracts with customers are now stipulated to the same one year time-frame. Read More

Liquor Ordinance Amendment Formally Passed Monday

Special meeting sees both support and opposition to longer hours

by Joash Tiarks
Bethany Reporter

The Bethany village board formally approved the wording to one of last month’s proposed amendments to the liquor ordinance Monday in a special board meeting.

Last month a motion was passed, in the absence of trustee Steve Ozee, to amend the village liquor ordinance to allow for longer serving hours and to remove the prohibition of gambling devices within the village. At that time there were several members of the community present to voice their support of any actions the board could take to benefit local businesses, in particular Hired Hand Winery and Saloon. That motion, however, was to go before the village’s attorney to be proofread and refined for language before being formally accepted. Read More

Students in Arthur-Lovington, Atwood-Hammond Select New School Name

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A new school name has been chosen for next year’s annexation of Arthur-Lovington and Atwood-Hammond school districts, and the victor isn’t much of a stretch.

According to Arthur-Lovington superintendent Travis Wilson, students voted last week on four possible school names, including Grand Prairie High School, Heartland High School, John A. Timm High School, and, the eventual winner, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond. Read More

Moved Back Into Moultrie

MAPTestHigh-voltage transmission line approved to run through county

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The future location of a high-voltage transmission line has been moved back into Moultrie County after a hearing last Thursday.

Known as the Illinois Rivers Transmission Project, the $1.1 billion, 375 mile long, 345 kV transmission line, Ameren’s largest-ever transmission project, will span from near Quincy, Ill. and the Mississippi River all the way across the middle of the state to the Indiana border near Terre Haute. The project, which is the longest single transmission line project in state history, also represents four of six multi-value project here in Illinois that will allegedly strengthen the reliability of the power-grid within the Midcontinent Independent System Operation’s north and central regions, which is a regional transmission organization that serves all or parts of 11 states. Read More