Wright attends governor’s briefing on domestic preparedness
17, 2001] State
Rep. Jonathan Wright, R-Hartsburg, attended a briefing Monday on the
state of Illinois’ preparedness for a potential terrorist attack.
George Ryan conducted the briefing in the wake of the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania to
update legislators and state and local officials on Illinois’
emergency response plan should a terrorist attack occur in our
state. Rep. Wright said the governor’s main message was, "We
our lives may never be the same following the tragic events of Sept.
11, local families should be reassured that our state emergency and
health officials are on alert and prepared to respond to any
terrorist threat in Illinois," Wright said.
said the governor reported on the progress of the state’s
Terrorism Task Force, created last year to assess the strengths and
weaknesses within our response plan and to coordinate response
efforts at the local level. The task force includes 64 special
response teams, 32 of which are specially trained to respond to a
biological, chemical or nuclear incident. Wright also noted that the
state’s Department of Health has activated its statewide Health
Alert Network so that any indication of biological or chemical
threats can be immediately detected and reported.
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Monday the governor also proposed additional measures to increase
preparedness statewide, including a series of regional training
seminars to be conducted by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency
for local government and residents, and a soon-to-be-announced
emergency spending package to help identify and address security
needs in cities and rural areas.
impossible to be completely prepared for any possible type of attack
a terrorist could devise, I’m confident that the state is doing
everything possible to safeguard the public," Wright concluded.
"And we must remember that the best way we can all help defeat
the terrorist threat is to simply go on with our daily lives."
release from Rep. Jonathan Wright]
budget meeting set for Oct. 25; zoning issue returns to appeals
17, 2001] Facing
a deficit of approximately half a million dollars in its fiscal year
2002 budget, the Logan County Board voted Tuesday night to ask all
officeholders and department heads to review their budgets for
possible cuts. Board members will meet with their auditor at 7 p.m.,
Oct. 25, in the first-floor boardroom to set figures in the
approximately $5 million budget. Final action will be taken at the
November board meeting.
to the proposed budget discussed Tuesday night include a 3.4 percent
increase in the Oasis and CIEDC portions of the senior citizens tax,
$3,000 each for extra part-time help for the board’s secretary and
the county treasurer, $12,000 in additional requests for the Logan
County Health Department and $23,333 for non-union salary increases
of 3.4 percent. Tentative deletions include $15,000 previously
slated for economic development, $147,500 for county offices and
$10,000 for a 4x4 for ESDA.
reviewing these and other changes requested since Thursday’s work
session, Finance Committee Chairman Rod White said, "We’re
still faced with a deficit budget of about $500,000." In the
first year the county is fortunate enough to have a surplus, and no
personnel or programs will be eliminated, he said, but if the
deficit continues for a second year, board members will have to
also pointed out that the tentative budget contains no money for
extra security or for new economic development initiatives. A memo
read at the meeting announced formation of a Homeland Security
Committee consisting of Sheriff Tony Soloman, board Chairman Dick
Logan, Law Enforcement Committee Chairman Doug Dutz and Insurance
Committee Chairman Dale Voyles. The committee is charged with
improving security in the seven county buildings. In addition, Logan
County Economic Development Director Mark Smith announced an
informational meeting at Lincoln College on Oct. 24. The meeting, to
be at 7 p.m. in the McKinstry Library lecture room, will present a
proposal for economic development.
zoning matter, an issue on which a straw vote was taken at Thursday
night’s meeting was returned to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Amending a motion by Planning and Zoning Committee Chairman David
Hepler, the board voted 7-6 to return to the appeals board Carol
Litwiller’s request to rezone 2.1 acres of agricultural land so it
can be divided for building two homes. Voting in favor of the
amendment were Roger Bock, Paul Gleason, Dick Logan, Gloria Luster,
Dale Voyles, Terry Werth and Rod White, while Tom Cash, Doug Dutz,
Jim Griffin, David Hepler and Clifford Sullivan opposed it.
procedure is for the Planning and Zoning Committee to hear a zoning
request first, but Litwiller was unable to attend the scheduled
meeting. The appeals board then considered the case and voted 5-0 to
deny the request. Later it was discovered that the term of one
appeals board member, Wilbur Paulus, had expired in December 2000.
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Board member Cash charged that the "Zoning Board of Appeals
acted more or less out of order" when it met before the
Planning and Zoning Committee had acted. State’s Attorney Tim
Huyett said that while hearings by both bodies are required, the
reversed order was not necessarily illegal. Voyles made the motion
to send the issue back to the appeals board.
in the meeting board Chairman Dick Logan’s reappointment of Paulus
to the Logan County Zoning Board of Appeals was approved by an 11-2
margin, with Dutz and Griffin opposing. The five-year term was made
retroactive to December 2000. Paulus has served on the appeals board
other appointments were unanimously approved. Judith S. Emrick will
fill L.K. Buckles’s unexpired term on the Housing Authority of
Logan County. Buckles resigned the position. Alderman Dave Armbrust
will serve on the Regional Planning Commission. At the request of
Mayor Beth Davis, Armbrust replaces fellow Alderman Michael Montcalm,
who was unable to attend the meetings.
unanimous vote authorized Airport Chairman Roger Bock to bid on a
tractor and bat-wing mower at an Illinois Department of
Transportation surplus sale Oct. 25.
Director Dan Fulscher said that police are to be trained Wednesday
to collect and seal suspicious mail. Sheriff Tony Soloman and Police
Chief Rich Montcalm will determine case by case whether there is a
credible threat and, if so, send the sample to a lab for testing.
Fulscher echoed Soloman, "Let’s not succumb to panic."
resident Pete Fredericks protested to the board about having to pay
for a second septic system permit when the first system, installed
according to Logan County Health Department dictates, failed in 2½
years. Fredericks said he did not put undue demand on the system.
"There are only two of us and the dog," he said, "and
we make the dog go outdoors." Fredericks was advised to consult
the Health Department board.
Superintendent of Schools George Janet and Logan County Supervisor
of Assessments Rosanne Brosamer have moved into the John A. Logan
County Building, according to board member Terry Werth. He thanked
Soloman for assisting in the move.
Board member Paul Gleason
reported his work on computerizing information contained in county
documents from the 1850s and ’60s. He said he will make copies of
relevant documents for display in county offices.
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to benevolent fund will be dedicated Thursday
17, 2001] A
candlelight service at 7 p.m. Thursday will dedicate money collected
for the benevolent fund for the families of New York City emergency
workers killed in the terrorist attack. Members of the police and
fire departments and Emergency Services Disaster Agency will
participate, and the public is invited to the service, to be in the
third-floor courtroom at the Logan County Courthouse.
rates will go up on Jan. 1
16, 2001] Bowing
to the inevitable, the Lincoln City Council voted unanimously Monday
night to increase sewer rates so it can qualify for a state loan to
upgrade the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
think it is necessary," Alderman Michael Montcalm, chairman of
the ordinance committee, told the council. "This is probably
the most important vote we will have here for quite a while."
resolution mandates that the first tier of rate increases will go
into effect by Jan. 1, 2002. For residents who live inside the city
limits, monthly rates will go from $11 to $14. For those who live
outside the city, rates will go from $12 to $17.52 a month.
based on actual usage will go up for commercial, industrial and
institutional users as well, some of them substantially.
first tier of increases is expected to be in effect for 18 months;
then, if the city does not find any other funding and has to finance
the full $9.8 cost of the upgrade, a second tier of raises will have
to be made.
the final plan, or "worst case scenario," which would take
effect 18 months later, city residents would pay $16.39 monthly, and
out-of-city residents would pay $22.31. Commercial, industrial and
institutional users would also pay more.
more details, see Oct. 10 LDN article: "Two-step
plan suggested for sewer rate increase."]
"worst case scenario," could be lower than predicted if
the city can tap some other sources of funding. Grant Eaton, sewer
plant manager, said he is applying for various funds that could help
defray the cost and is also hoping to get an Illinois FIRST grant.
sewer plant must be upgraded to keep it in compliance with Illinois
Environmental Protection Agency requirements. If the plant violates
state requirements, the IEPA can refuse to permit new hookups and
will stop residential, commercial and industrial growth in the city.
week the Lincoln wastewater plant had its first state violation
because of a large input of ammonia, Eaton said. If the new plant
had already been upgraded as planned, it would have been able to
handle the extra load, but the city now has its first violation on
the books. New standards for ammonia, which went into effect Oct. 1,
will make it even harder for the present plant to comply with state
regulations, he said.
it raises sewer rates, the city will not qualify for the 20-year
loan from the IEPA. It hopes to get the loan sometime in January
2002 and begin work on the plant upgrade in March, but delays are
possible. If red tape keeps the project from being funded in
January, the city will have to wait until October 2002 or even
January 2003 to get the money.
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change approved for mental health facility
council also voted unanimously to approve a zoning change from R-2
to C-2 for property at 2018 N. Kickapoo St. This will permit
Logan-Mason Mental Health to use the facility as a adult day
treatment center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.
zoning change was recommended by the planning commission, and none
of the property owners in the area have objected to the change,
according to City Attorney Bill Bates. The property, formerly a
day-care center, has been vacant for many years. It will be
remodeled at a cost of about $140,000 and will serve 25 to 30
clients with a staff of seven, health center officials said.
Mental Health Director Marcia Stoll thanked the council for their
vote, saying the new facility will be much appreciated by those who
use it. She said that since 1975 the adult day treatment center has
been located in a basement with no windows and with no opportunity
for clients to go outside and walk on the grass.
set for possession of drug paraphernalia
other business, the council approved a new ordinance prohibiting the
possession of drug paraphernalia, with a fine of $750 plus court
costs for any violation. One-half of all fines will go to the Police
Department for the DARE anti-drug program and the other half to the
city, also to be used for the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse
council also approved an ordinance which will allow Bates some
leeway in levying fines when prosecuting minors convicted of drug or
alcohol abuse. By requesting court supervision instead of an
immediate conviction, Bates can set fines higher or lower than the
minimum $400 plus court costs for alcohol consumption.
other business, the council agreed to prohibit parking on the west
side of Union Street north of Woodlawn for about 72 feet. After
hearing complaints that the traffic lights at that intersection were
malfunctioning, Street Superintendent Donnie Osborne discovered that
cars parked too close to the intersection were interfering with the
sensors in the pavement.
council also approved placing a stop sign at the intersection of
Pulaski and LaDue streets, and gave Fire Chief Bucky Washam
permission to sell a 1995 firetruck which is no longer in use, for
County agencies meet to discuss protocol for suspicious mail
16, 2001] "Don’t
get in a big panic. Continue your lives as you normally do! Don’t
let these people get us running scared," says Sheriff Tony
Soloman. He continued, "We have to show them we are better and
stronger than them. We are going to deal with this, and we are going
to overcome this."
Tony Soloman also warns that any kids thinking of playing a joke on
the principal, a teacher or a friend had better not do it. This is a
serious situation, and he has conferred with the state’s attorney
and judges on this. They are together saying that they will
prosecute any copycats or pranksters to the full extent of the law.
County Sheriff’s Department, Lincoln Police Department and Lincoln
Fire Department are prepared to handle any suspicious mail received
in Logan County.
for responsible handling of mail was announced this morning at a
press conference with the sheriff, police and fire departments,
Emergency Services Disaster Agency and the Logan County Health
Department presenting information.
and Logan County have been preparing for terrorism for over a year.
Logan County finished the domestic preparedness class at the end of
August and followed that completion with written requests for aids.
handle suspicious mail
receive mail that is suspicious, if you do not know where or whom it
is from, then use the following procedure:
DO NOT OPEN IF:
Unusual or absent return address; restrictive
Excessive postage; postage and return address
do not match
Suspicious because of how it is addressed: addressed
to title only, incorrect title, or someone who no longer lives or
Oily stains, or discolorations
Wires sticking out
Odd shipping, packaging; excessive tape
If you believe your
mail is suspicious based on the above information, then the
following protocol is in effect in accordance with the FBI advisory:
Double bag the mail in sealable plastic bags
(freezer bags are preferred).
If it is simply bulk mail that you do not feel
comfortable opening, double bag it and throw it away.
If you believe it is something that needs
examination, call 911.
If you just want general information, call
your local police or sheriff’s department.
expect if you call in a suspicious package and it is deemed credible
dispatcher will stay on the line with you until someone comes to
pick up the package. They may come with an apron or mask on. It will
take time for them to get there.
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the package is picked up, an officer will come to the house. Do not
be alarmed. You need to be prepared to answer questions such as: Who
has been in the house with you? Who else was in the room when you
opened it? How did you react when you opened it?
If you have your mail
You will not get the mail back.
Your mail will not be read to you; it is gone.
The lab results will not be available for some
time. The labs will be very busy.
Lincoln Fire Department is the lead agency in Logan County in
responding to hazardous materials. They have a trained hazmat rescue
team that knows what to do and can respond to any situation. The
team has equipment that includes sealed, self-contained suits with
breathing apparatus. They also have decontamination equipment.
should open something that has suspicious contents:
calm. The only serious threat from the anthrax microbe is when it is
airborne and it is inhaled. So remain calm if you should encounter a
powdery substance. Do not disturb it. Wash your hands with soap and
water; then call 911.
Evans, administrator of the Logan County Health Department, said
that the chance of contracting inhaled anthrax is slim. The anthrax
must be airborne and must be inhaled to contract disease. Anthrax is
a poor choice of a contaminating agent. It settles down very
quickly. Exposure does not ensure contraction of the disease.
will be monitoring the physical condition of people who have a
credible exposure," said Evans. "Lab testing and early
detection, and a course of antibiotic treatment will be given to
those who have a credible exposure."
health industry is facing a concern for excessive use and rush on
antibiotics. We are in the flu season, and if you are having flulike
symptoms, that is probably what you have: the flu. Do not insist on
having antibiotics if you are told you have the flu.
While this protocol may
change, and it already has since yesterday’s state meeting in
Springfield, Dan Fulscher of ESDA says he will notify Lincoln
Daily News, and he will keep all the media current.
FBI advisory below]
Department phone #: 732-4159
Department phone #: 732-2141
to vote on proposed
$5 million county budget
15, 2001] As
the Finance Committee continues to review the proposal for a new
county budget, brought forth to the board Thursday night, the
question of necessity takes center stage. Although it has been
almost nine years since Logan County has actually experienced a
deficit in the budget, board members all agreed that, realistically,
it appears that revenues are in the beginning stages of a serious
decline. At a time when, on the federal level, earnings are doing
the same, the board is looking to not only maintain an even
financial state and avoid a coming reduction, but also to give Logan
County a positive future fiscally. So a proposal of $5 million it
structured, spend-money-to-make-money standpoint, a deficit of
$583,105 for the year ending 2002 could not be avoided as a part of
the proposed budget increase. The highly publicized statue of
Abraham Lincoln, along with a nine-hole golf course to be located
within the limits of the Logan County Airport, were given a cursory
reference in regard to bringing in revenue through this particular
member and Finance Chairman Rod White presented the board with the
budget address, which also included the matter of salary increases
for the offices of probation, public defense and for the state’s
attorney, who was on hand, often fielding questions and providing
input upon request. The proposed budget will be re-examined in final
discourse among the board members and will then be voted on Tuesday
night at 7, with final adoption in 30 days. The new fiscal year
begins Dec. 1.
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exchange on another issue, which brought on an impromptu straw vote,
was the rezoning of a local 7-acre agricultural property. The vote
went through on a tight 6-5 passage, splitting the board, but in
doing so, allowing two separate country homes to be built on rural
issue had already seen a recent rejection in an earlier vote, due to
incompatibilities within the county’s ordinance in regard to rural
homes. But the board’s Planning and Zoning Committee, led by David
Hepler, claims the request to rezone does in fact comply with the
statutory requirements of the ordinance, citing that those
requirements were established in the first place so that smaller
lots could be used for residential properties.
motion from board member Dale Voyles, declaring that by denying the
request, the Zoning Board of Appeals Committee was out of order,
helped the proposal to pass this time around.
property under dispute is located on Old Illinois 121 and is owned
by Carol Litwiller, who reverentially presented his case to the
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on funding for nursing homes
Wright hears testimony from state officials, local providers
15, 2001] The
House Republican Long-Term Care Funding Task Force held its first
two public hearings Oct. 3, taking testimony in Springfield and
Bloomington. State Rep. Jonathan Wright, R-Hartsburg, said he was
pleased with the input task force members received today from state
agency officials as well as a number of local long-term care
are currently about 85,000 seniors and disabled people living in
Illinois nursing homes. The majority of those, 64 percent, rely on
public assistance to help pay for their nursing home stays. But in
many cases, Illinois has failed to provide adequate reimbursement
for Medicaid residents. Today, we heard firsthand from the care
providers in our area the extent of the financial hardship this
state funding shortfall has created for them," Wright said.
to Wright, the mission of the task force is to research possible
solutions to a looming funding crisis in the state’s long-term
care industry. He said testimony Oct. 3 included presentations from
representatives of the Jackson Heights facility in Farmer City, the
Apostolic Christian Timber Ridge facility in Morton and LeRoy Manor
providers’ comments are invaluable to helping us find a solution,
and every member of the task force took them to heart,"' Wright
said. "I’m looking forward to hearing directly from other
providers throughout the state as we continue our hearings."
Locations for future
scheduled hearings of the task force include Carbondale, Chicago,
Decatur, Mattoon, Danville, Carol Stream and Palos Hills.
won’t lower fines for alcohol use
11, 2001] Even
though many aren’t paying them, the ordinance committee of the
Lincoln City Council doesn’t plan to recommend lowering the fines
for minors caught consuming alcohol.
present ordinance calls for a minimum fine of $400 plus court costs,
about $135, for a first offense, with a maximum fine of $750
possible. City Attorney Bill Bates said he thought the total $535
minimum fine was so far out of reach of most young people that they
continue to put off paying it, reappearing in court time after time
to tell the judge they don’t have the money.
suggested a minimum fine of $200 plus costs, which would be somewhat
less than $135, with a $300 fine for a second offense and a $400 to
$750 fine for further offenses. He said he thought the city would be
able to collect these fines more effectively than the present ones.
tendency is if they can’t pay it all, they won’t pay any,"
he said. "If they look at something achievable, they will make
more effort to pay it." Lowering the fines would also lessen
the congestion of the court system, he noted.
for the same offense in the rest of Logan County are only $200, the
amount set by state law, he told the council.
a little tough when you’ve got the $200 fine every place but the
city," he said.
city has no recourse against those who don’t pay, because once the
fine is imposed it is in the hands of the judiciary. After a number
of returns to court, a judge may order an offender to pay the fine
in installments. The offender can’t be sent to jail for not
paying, Bates said, only for violating a court order. If the judge
orders the offender to pay and he or she does not, then that person
may be sent to jail.
Steve Fuhrer said he was opposed to lowering the fine because it is
"sending the wrong message."
David Armbrust, however, said he thought it might be easier for a
young person to pay the $200 fine than to keep going to court to put
said the city ordinance has a pr ovision for a public service
alternative to the fine but has no public service officer. Any such
work would have to be supervised, and that would be an additional
cost to the city.
the committee will not recommend changing the ordinance to lower the
fine, they plan to give Bates some leeway. The fines are imposed
upon conviction, and Bates may ask that an offender be given court
supervision for 60 to 90 days, which is not a conviction, and he can
then impose a lower fine. He can also impose a higher fine if he
believes it is warranted.
policy will be reviewed in six months to see if lower fines result
in more payments.
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Proposal on drug fines
"stay tough" policy for underage drinking became "get
even tougher" in a proposed new ordinance for possession of
ordinance originally called for fines of $200 plus court costs for a
first offense, $300 for a second and a minimum of $400 to $750 for
further offenses, the same level of fines proposed for underage
drinking. On learning that the city’s ordinance was less
restrictive than the state law, Michael Montcalm suggested that the
city ordinance follow state law, which requires a fine of $750 plus
costs for any possession of drug paraphernalia.
other council members agreed. "What message are we sending if
our drug fines are lower than our alcohol fines?" Glenn Shelton
new ordinance on drug paraphernalia, with a fine of $750 for the
first offense, will be on the agenda at the next voting session of
the council, on Oct. 15.
Rezoning at 2018 N. Kickapoo
on the agenda Oct. 15 will be a recommendation from the Lincoln
Planning Commission to rezone property at 2018 N. Kickapoo from R-2
to C-2. The rezoning, requested by the Mental Health Center of
Illinois, will allow Logan-Mason Mental Health to operate an adult
day treatment center at the facility from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. five days
adult treatment program has been in the community for the past 25
years, according to Logan-Mason Director Marcia Stoll. "The
people who use the facility already live in our community, shop in
our community, and some even work in our community," she said.
reported that the commission recommended approval of the change 7-0
and that no home or property owners in the neighborhood objected to
Covers of videos
subject of a possible obscenity ordinance that would restrict
suggestive pictures on covers of videos, Bates said if the council’s
goal was to take boxes containing R-rated movies off the wall, that
would be called censorship and would be a touchy subject.
Alderman Pat Madigan
reported that the city’s two video stores had done a "pretty
good job" of self-policing, and the more suggestive video
covers were now partly concealed.
can do something
support letters urged
11, 2001] In
light of the recently revealed difficulties at the Lincoln
Developmental Center, many members of the community are concerned
about the impact that would be deeply felt if the facility should be
closed. LDC is at risk of losing its federal certification.
George Ryan declared on Friday that they have 30 days to move 90
residents to other facilities and make patient care reforms. Gov.
Ryan is quoted as saying, "Any decisions we make about the
future direction of the facility will be made with the best
interests of the residents in mind."
only would the closing of LDC be a devastating economic loss, but
also, having been here a hundred years, this facility has been a
significant part of our history.
you would like to respond to this situation, you are urged to write
a simple support letter to the governor and state representatives.
You should state that as a member of this community you believe in
keeping this important facility in operation here.
can send your signed letters to:
George H. Ryan
N. Chicago St.
Rep. Ray LaHood
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am writing in reference to the recent difficulties at Lincoln
Developmental Center. As a member of the community I would like to
express my great concern for keeping the facility operating in
am not only concerned for the residents, but for the economic impact
and potential loss of a historically valued institution.
am in favor of remedying the patient care problems at the LDC
facility, preserving the existing facility and jobs for Lincoln and
make your decisions to make this a win-win situation for everyone
concerned: the patients and the people of Logan County.
rates going down
11, 2001] At
their Sept. 28 meeting, the board of directors of Corn Belt Energy
Corporation approved new rate schedules for central region members.
Corn Belt’s new rate structure has been calculated following an
extensive cost-of-service study. Each rate class was reviewed and
evaluated as it relates to the cost to provide electric service. The
last adjustment to Corn Belt’s central region rates was on Jan. 1,
members on Rate 1 with average monthly usage of 784 kilowatt hours
would experience an average annual savings of 19 percent.
Approximately 19,000 Rate 1 members will be affected by this rate
popular residential program is Rate 11. This special rate is
interruptible during peak use periods in the summer. Rate 11 members
will continue to have a 12.5 percent advantage over Rate 1. In fact,
Rate 11 has a 21 percent advantage for the average customer during
the summer billing periods. Rate 11 continues to be the lowest
residential rate, because it allows the cooperative to interrupt
members’ electric service during peak summer periods. Corn Belt
Energy Corporation has 3,300 members on Rate 11.
1 and 11 savings will depend on a number of factors, primarily the
usage by the member as dictated by the weather. Farms and businesses
also will see a rate reduction for those on Rates 2, 3, 5 and 6. The
large commercial members, Rates 5 and 6, will have an average 14
percent reduction, depending upon use and power factor.
one commercial rate will not decline. Rate 9 members will have a
slight increase. There are only four customers on this interruptible
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Belt President-CEO Jeff Reeves said, "The cooperative is very
fortunate at this time to provide lower rates, due to obtaining
lower-cost wholesale power contracts. The cooperative currently has
an all-requirements contract for fixed power prices for four more
residential members will notice rate reductions for their October
usage that is billed in November, and business accounts will see a
change on their December billing statement.
region members are scheduled for a rate change Jan. 1, 2003, barring
any unforeseen expenses such as a major storm.
Corn Belt Energy is a
26,000-member cooperative, which has provided electricity for over
60 years. The cooperative also supplies natural gas and propane to
specific service areas.
promised, the United States led an attack on Afghanistan. The attack
began Sunday, Oct. 7. American and British military forces made 30 hits on
air defenses, military airfields and terrorist training camps,
destroying aircraft and radar systems. The strike was made targeting
than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East have
pledged their cooperation and support the U.S. initiative.
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(serving the U.S.
to be open seven days a week for leaf and brush disposal
12, 2001] The
city landfill on Broadwell Drive will be open seven days a week from
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for leaf and brush disposal, beginning on Oct. 15,
according to Donnie Osborne, street superintendent. Plans are to
keep the new schedule in place until Dec. 15, he said.
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