Politics and Government

Village to celebrate 125 years

The Village of Broadlands will be holding a 125th anniversary event on Aug. 15 and 16.

The village will host the Crazy Johnny from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 15.

On Aug. 16 the music will continue as Nickles and Dimes will perform from noon to 3 p.m. followed by Pet Box from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.


Ogden under boil order

The Village of Ogden is under a boil order until further notice.


Soda Festival date set for 2015

The Village of Homer is pleased with the Homer Soda Festival but feels there is always room for improvement.

The village board praised festival director Kate Boyer during their June meeting.

"It is great for the village," Mayor Ray Cunningham said.


Water tower issues still being addressed

The Village of Ogden is still dealing with issues from a project that started in 2012.
In April of 2012, TeCorp bid $238,000 to paint the Ogden water tower.


Electricity to be provided by Ameren

Changes will be coming to St. Joseph's electric bills.

Residents recently received letters from Ameren which concerned several residents, Mayor B.J. Hackler said.


Ball Diamond project moving forward

The village of Homer has reached an agreement with the Homer Youth League regarding use of the land behind the village hall, it was announced at the May meeting.

The village has agreed to a plan called "Plan C".

The plan calls for two ball diamonds "A" and "B".

Both diamonds would be 240 feet down the lines from home plate to the center field fence.


Boil order issued

A boil order has been issued for St. Joseph.


On June 3, a contractor working in the St. Joseph area struck an Illinois American Water main resulting in the loss of water pressure to customers.


Board discusses new protocols

The Ogden Village Board will be changing how it does business.

During the April 3 board meeting, Trustee Sonja Vickers brought up concerns regarding how checks are signed for village business.

Vickers said currently Mayor Jack Reidner and his wife Rosanne Reidner, the village clerk, are the only two people designated to sign checks.


Village to take control of property in downtown

The village of Homer is gaining some property.
At the March meeting the village agreed to take control of property located at 102 and 104 Main street.
Pat Pruitt, the owner of the property, asked the village to take control of the lot, said Trustee Mike Johnson.


Referendum fails in Prairieview-Ogden school district


A proposal to increase the district’s tax rate from $1.92 per $100 of assessed valuation to $2.32 failed by a 319-181 vote on March 18.
Superintendent Victor White said now the district could be forced to eliminate two teaching positions in the upcoming fiscal year.


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