Collins vows to block park project, despite its approval
- Last Updated on Saturday, 24 November 2012 20:55
- Written by Jason Musselman
In a meeting lasting over three hours, the Toulon City Council had plenty of discussion, but very little action.
The main agenda item was the tabled motion from last month on the TIF budget and how the 2012 funds should be used.
In October, Misty Turnbull made the motion to continue with the city’s previously approved $70,000 for the city park this year and prior commitments (such as Stark County Economic Development) and then use the remaining balance toward a storm sewer project at the public library.
The remaining uncommitted funds would go toward the library storm sewer totaling $5,298.80.
“How you vote is up to you, not me,” said Mayor Rick Collins before a lengthy speech on his position against the park.
“It’s foolish, it’s irresponsible… no purchase orders placed [for the park] will be approved by my administration until all $210,000 is vetted,” threatened Collins prior to a vote.
Meaker fit for trial
- Last Updated on Friday, 23 November 2012 22:10
- Written by John A. Ballentine
Kendra E. Meaker sat in the Stark County courthouse courtroom and listened without displaying any reaction, along with her public defender Robert McBride, as Judge Stuart Borden read the results of her psychological fitness exam. According to a one paragraph statement, psychologist Dr. John R. Day found Meaker “competent to stand trial.”
Meaker has been charged with allegedly obstructing justice/destroying evidence and endangering the life/health of a child, stemming from an incident that occurred on September 27 of this year.
Bradford Schools find savings and receive refunds
- Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 14:37
- Written by Doug Hampton
The October Bradford Board of Education meeting began with recognition to Mrs. Hoffert for the grant received for the 8th graders to attend the Abraham Lincoln Museum in the spring. Dr Lotspeich also commended the Student Council and Mrs. Hoffert for the poster contest on bullying. The posters will be on display at the Bradford Pharmacy.
Emergency Response Discussed
Dr. Lotspeich and Chief Dove are working on a critical response team and have contacted the Princeton Police Chief regarding mutual aid. Chief Dove and Dr. Lotspeich will continue contacting agencies to ensure that assistance is available if needed.
Meaker's hearing continued until Nov. 16
- Last Updated on Friday, 12 October 2012 14:54
- Written by Administrator
Judge Borden granted a motion by Kendra Meaker's attorney Robert McBride to continue the preliminary hearing until Nov. 16 at 9 a.m.
Meaker will be evaluated by a pyschiatrist before that date to examine her ability to stand trial.
County Watch - amendment proposal
- Last Updated on Thursday, 11 October 2012 15:27
- Written by Jim Nowlan
I have been asked to explain the proposal to amend the Illinois Constitution that is on the ballot this fall.
I have to be careful not to advocate a position one way or the other for the following reason: As a new member of the state Executive Ethics Commission, I am advised that by virtue of my appointment I am not to endorse any candidate for office or ballot initiative.
So the following should not be construed to advocate for any position on the issue.
Here is what I know about the proposal:
During the past year, there was a strong push to pass legislation that would reduce pension benefits for state and local government employees. But nothing was passed.
Maybe as a way to provide cover to incumbent legislators facing re-election, legislative leaders proposed the enactment of a constitutional amendment proposal that addressed pensions.