Carthage residents will soon get a call from city hall. A new phone message system is being set up by city employees.
Second-ward Alderman Gary Smith says the system has been very easy to set up. He says the contact numbers for water service customers are being used for the initial test.
He says, “If we have a number that isn't one that they want called they can let us know. We're going to let residents use up to three numbers that they can have called. So a cell phone or home phone or whatever they want.”
Carthage's route to high-speed Internet service might run underground. The city has been approached by multi-national company I3 America. It says patented technology allows it to place fiber-optic cable in sewer lines.
The city and the company have agreed on a study by the company to be completed September 12th. Second-ward Alderman Gary Smith says the company has taken an initial look at the city's sewer system.
He says, “They're very interested. I think that they'll progress-that things will progress.”
Beardstown and its police union agree the department needs a second-shift supervisor. However, they disagree on the standing of the position. The union wants to see the position covered under its union contract with the city.
Mayor Bob Walters disagrees.
He says, “If it's filled, that person would not be allowed to patrol like a regular patrolman. I personally feel that it's a management position and not a union position.”
This week the city's police, fire and ambulance committees met together in an effort to find a solution. Instead they tabled the issue.
The six-inch water main that supplies residents in a subdivision north of Colchester and others near Lake Argyle is in need of repair. It lays across the supporting structure under a bridge on North Coal Street. The line is sagging 14 inches at two different joints, one of which is leaking.
The city will pay $7,000 for a short-term fix. Tharp Brothers of Oquawka will shore up the line within the next 10 days.
The city won't know the condition of the line until that work is completed. The location makes inspection difficult. The pipe is also covered in insulation.
The Brickhouse Restaurant in Bushnell burned down in March of 2011.
Nothing has been done to the Main Street site since the fire. Debris remains in the alley behind it.
Mayor Steve Russell says the building is an eyesore and a safety hazard.
He says, “A lot of people say, 'You know, how much longer do we have to look at this mess? Can't we get it cleaned up? And, of course, if we condemn the property and the city goes in and does it it's going to cost several thousands of dollars.”
The Illinois Department of Agriculture has approved the permit for South Morgan Acres to be built in the northwest part of McDonough County.
The farm will be the home for up to 18,000 hogs. About 6,000 would be adults. The rest would be suckling pigs, many weighing less than 15 pounds.
Barbara Adams and her husband live less than 3,000 feet from the site. She says they already have one large hog farm about a mile away. She opposed construction of South Morgan Acres. The news the permit was approved made her “sick to her stomach.”
The World of Wonder Park has provided outdoor fun for children in Carthage for nearly 20 years. It's started to show its age. The board for the private park wants to give it a facelift.
Board Chair Natalie Cole says the park's wooden structures require a lot of maintenance and a lot of volunteers to provide it. There aren't enough people to do the work to keep up the park's appearance.