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Jacksonville Journal Courier (Newspaper) - August 14, 2015, Jacksonville, Illinois Loll rises to 50 ii blasts sports a is a Ion a a sen inf i or lira re Olin Kolii Ichini his Eon Iii a sir. Iril i i. I Sill breaking news at Friday. August 14.201 Issue 235. Volume 185 5 a 75csilt-choked Marina discussed in Beardstown by Bre Linstromberg Copper co poor Quot Ovita Smedia com members of the . Army corps of engineers met with about 50 Beardstown p dents thursday to discuss issues with sediment buildup at the joining of the Illinois and Sangamon Rivers upstream of the City hut conversation quickly turned to the sediment filled Beardstown Marina. The blocked Marina is a problem that has plagued Beardstown for More than 15 years. A most people go to Meredosia or Browning or elsewhere to int in a boat. That s a darn shame when you live next to a said Bob Walters former Beardstown mayor. A we put up with the headaches and the financial burdens that come with living on tin River hut we can to enjoy the recreational benefits of living next to a the town Hall style meeting thursday served As a follow up with residents alter engineers con filleted a workshop with City and state officials in july. A a fur Hopes were to present what we had Learned and talk about the problems and opportunities that Are acing this Region in regards to sediment Quot said Heather i. Bishop Engineer w Ith the i . Army corps of engineers Hock Island i is Riel. A that Marina is the heart of the people who live Here i understand that. The issues with the Marina Are tied to All the other regional issues Here in regards to sediment. We have a lot of sediment coming Dow n the Sangamon River from some source we done to know exactly where its coming from but its certainly there. All the problems we talked about in our workshop whether it he the log jams the Backwater spilling a lot of these problems Are related to sediment issues and that is what the Marina is hollowing a presentation about the various problems regarding Sedi see Marina i a school Board oks Lincoln renovation by Samantha Mcdaniel Ogletree Mcdanie r civit3smedia com the District i 17 school Hoard has approved a renovation project for one of its elementary schools to Start the second phase of its Long term vision 117 project. After learning the District will receive More Revenue than originally expected from a one cent sales tax that went into effect earlier this year the Board believed it was important to keep projects in the District going to update facilities. In june the Hoard approved issuing $.32 million in Bonds about $8 million More than needed for the renovation of Turner Junior High school. Superintendent Steve Ptacek said a committee decided to use that additional Revenue to renovate one of the districts elementary schools. Ptacek said the committee believed it would he More beneficial to renovate the schools one at a time instead of just fixing problems that would Only be temporary and Cost the District More later. After deciding Lincoln elementary school had the most need for renovation and could have a big Impact on the Conn Lenity the committee recommended the school in the first one to receive an updated estimated Between $4 million and $5 million. Ptacek said the Board seems generally enthusiastic about the project and approved it for no More than $5.5 million. A a in be had a very positive response from the Hoard and the Community a Ptacek said. A there w Ere some people who were upset about the attendance centers hut they understand what Cost that would he to the Ptacek said if the District can get started or expects Lincoln could be completely renovated by fall 2016. A the Board Felt it was time to invest Money in the easternmost part of the Community a Ptacek said. A we have to balance needs across the the Board also made another step in the Turner Junior High project by approving the hiring of Bob roads As the districts owners representative. Previously Ptacek said tin Board was unsure whether it was going to hire an owners representative but Ell it would add an extra layer of Protection for the District. A we still want to have someone who is an actual representative of the District who is familiar with construction issues to serve in the districts interest in the first major construction project in .30 years Quot Ptacek said. A we feel the investment was Worth it and beneficial for tin entire Samantha Mcdaniiel Ogletree can be reached at 217 245 6121. Ext 1233. Or on twitter my news. Samantha a news obituaries 2a police beat 2a local state 3a, 6a commentary 4a lottery results 6a Church directory 7a nation amp world 5a, a 6 4416811111 sports sports 1-3b comics 4b puzzles 5b classifieds 6-7b business 7b Back Page so weather 8b join the conversation whats your take Ort today s news7 go to and visit us on Facebook to share your thoughts. Hoard issues citations for unmaintained properties cleaning up properties in Meredosia was tin main topic for the Meredosia Village Board at its August meeting. Chief of police Curtis Williams told the Hoard that Iii May there were an estimated 50 properties that needed to be cleaned up 20 in july and to so far in August. Williams said citizens were Given to Days to clean these properties and Only four out of the to complied. He requested a motion to issues citations to the property owners not in compliance after he showed tin Board photographs of the properties a a motion which the Hoard approved. The Board had a Long discussion about various other properties that need to be cleaned. John Rentz informed he Board that a representative from area disposal will attend september a Hoard meeting to discuss Village trash pickup. The Hoard is leaning toward combing trash pickup Hills with the water Hills. Rentz suggested that Meredosia have a citywide cleanup in october. Mayor Jim Rausch was against the idea and told the Hoard that it was a waste of Money. He said people save their trash All year and wait for the free cleanup and that people from out of town also bring in t heir garbage. Rentz said that tin mayor should let the Hoard decide if the cleanup will he held. The matter was put on next months Agenda. Board members also discussed whether or not the Village should hire someone to clean Village Hall. Board member Dav id Werries a daughter was hired by the mayor and has been cleaning the Hall hut is Leav ing the position. Cathy Flowers has already requested to fill the position. Rentz said the Village should not pay someone an estimated $1,200 a year to clean Village Hall when the employees can clean it. But mayor Rausch disagreed saying that he would not have t he employees a who Are dressed to meet the Public a clean the building. Werries Miranda see Board 6a its a Jungle out there dreg Olson photos journal courier eleven month old Logan Jensen son of Beverly and Joseph Jensen of Jacksonville helps his mom feed an ice Cream Cone to an african pygmy Goat thursday at the Jungle safari in front of pathway services on West Morton Avenue. Jungle safari based in Trenton Florida partnered with pathway to bring 23 animals including monkeys a Camel and a White Bengal Tiger to Jacksonville. The free zoo is open from to a m. To 9 . Today and saturday and from la a m. To 5 . Sunday. Abu a Capuchin Monkey spots a photographer As Brothers Wyatt Peine left. And Aaron Peine 2. Sons of Kayla and Aaron Peine of Jacksonville look on thursday at Jungle safari. The Mobile educational zoo is in Jacksonville through sunday. This is the third consecutive year Jungle safari has partnered with pathway services to bring the zoo to Jacksonville

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