Politics and Government

Zoning issues discussed at meeting

The Ogden Village Board voted to table an ordinance to rezone property located at the east end of Kyle street from agricultural to residential at a recent meeting.
Before the motion was approved, residents expressed concerned with drainage on the property.
Residents said there was currently water on the property and houses would only make it worse.

New laws taking effect Jan. 1, 2016

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The following is a complete listing of all new laws scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1.

Village buys sewer pump

The Village of Ogden voted to spend $7,800 to replace a failed sewer pump.

In November both sewer pumps outside of town failed, said Trustee Tom Mathis.  

A spare pump was installed until the old pumps could be fixed or replaced.

The new pump will cost $7,000 with $800 shipping, Mayor Jack Reidner said.

Acklin hosts meet and greet

Jim Acklin is in it to win it.

Acklin, who is running for the 102nd House District seat being vacated by state Rep. Adam Brown, R-Champaign, held a meet and greet event in Royal on Nov. 1 to meet his possible constituents.

Subdivision requirements to change

The Village of Ogden is changing its expectations for subdivisions.

The village adopted a subdivision ordinance and zoning ordinance several decades ago. The zoning ordinance was updated recently but the subdivision ordinance was not.

That all changed in September.

St. Joe to look at charging solicitors

The Village of St. Joseph may change how it deals with solicitors.

Currently, solicitors are required to register with the village before going door to door to sell items.

The village currently does not charge solicitors to register.

That may change.

Acklin to run for House seat


There’s a fifth area Republican interested in the 102nd House District seat being vacated by state Rep. Adam Brown, R-Champaign.

But there’s no hesitancy about the race from former St. Joseph-Ogden High School Superintendent Jim Acklin.

Village discusses needed repairs

A total of $275,083 in damage was caused to the Homer Village Hall, it was learned by village board members at a special meeting to open bids and discuss plans for the sewage damaged building.

The village board learned about the insurance coverage claim after the Village Hall was the victim of a sewage back-up on June 25.

Board grants sign variance

The new Jack Flash convenient store in St. Joseph has one of the biggest signs in the village.

The village issued a sign variance to the company totaling 415 square feet.

The village's ordinances allow signs up to 150 square feet.

Board looks to clean up village

The Village of Broadlands is getting serious about cleaning up its town.

Mayor Brian Pondenis told the village board that residents in violation of garbage and weed ordinances could have a lien placed against their property to cover costs with the village cleaning up the property.

The board will discuss this issue further at future meetings.

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