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Archive for June 29th, 2011

Peru alderman wants more accountable with time cards

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2011

Computers have replaced time clocks at many businesses.  An alderman in Peru would like that to be the case for city departments.  Dave Potthoff explained to the city council Wednesday night why he wants to look into installing a computerize time card system.  He says it would make the city more accountable.

Mayor Scott Harl reacted coolly to the suggestion.  He says it sounds like they don’t trust the department heads that have to signoff on all time sheets.  He also wants to know how it would work with city employees who go directly from their homes to the worksites or the firefighters.

City Clerk Dave Bartley says the system they have works and is accountable.

Potthoff says they need to update from the handwritten honor system and he’s asking that they get an estimate of what it would cost to get the computer program.

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No Holiday Camping At Area State Park

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2011

Despite Illini State Park repairs being put on emergency status, the campgrounds won’t be ready for the long holiday weekend.

A contractor has been hired by the state to put in a new pump to solve sewage issues.  The fix should be in soon after July 4th.  Campgrounds at Illini in Marseilles closed in early May due to a problem with the wastewater treatment system.  The DNR first said the campgrounds would open this month but eventually pushed the opening back until mid-July.

The Great Falls Campground, Whitetail Campground and concession stand are all closed at Illini State Park.

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Low Water Fix Is In For Canal Boat

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2011

Low water shouldn’t shut down the canal boat in La Salle this year.

State Representative Frank Mautino says the DNR, city of La Salle and Operating Engineers have rebuilt two damaged water pumps while the state has paid 20 thousand dollars for a backup pump.  Mautino says it’s the least the state can do since they went nearly a decade without performing proper maintenance on the pumps.

The boat was shut down last summer when the I&M Canal water level was low because of little rainfall.  Illinois Cement offered to pump water in from the Little Vermilion but the DNR objected because of contamination concerns.  The city of La Salle then pumped its own water into the canal but the EPA later objected.

With the newly repaired pumps, the canal is back to being filled with water from the Illinois River.

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Vermilion River Close To Reopening

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2011

The two year anniversary will come and go before a stretch of the Vermilion River is back open to kayakers, canoeists and rafters.

State Representative Frank Mautino says a crane is ready to fill in the low-head dam where a person was killed before Buzzi Unicem closed that part of the river in July of 2009.  The Spring Valley democrat says they can’t finish the safety improvements until the river recedes.

Mautino says Oglesby forming a river rescue was a crucial step in getting the river back open.  He says Peru River Rescue was only going to be able to private recovery assistance.

Mautino says there have been plenty of people not wanting to wait around for the Vermilion to reopen. He estimates 50 to 60 cases of trespassing on the river have been prosecuted in the last two years.

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Program compares and contrasts southern Illinois and Egypt

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2011

Find out why Southern Illinois earned the nickname “Little Egypt” during a program for children and adults at the La Salle Public Library.  “From Little Egypt to Big Egypt” will explain the differences and similarities between southern Illinois and the country.  The hour-long program is at 6pm Thursday.  Admission is free.

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Scammers claim to be from La Salle County Sheriff’s Department

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2011

A new scam has had phones ringing in La Salle County.  Someone claiming to be from the La Salle County Sheriff’s Department has been calling people and telling them they owe restitution money.  The caller also warns that a warrant will be issued for your arrest if you don’t call and pay up.

Though caller ID shows the real number for the La Salle County Sheriff’s Department, investigators say the number you’re told to call for leaving your credit card information is in New Jersey.

Investigators say it’s clearly a scam because they don’t call people for restitution.  They say you shouldn’t give out your credit card information.

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Man Pinned Underneath Tractor In Bureau County

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2011

Paramedics and firefighters had to help free a man that was trapped under a tractor in western Bureau County.  A 911 call reporting the man in Mineral trapped under a Cub Cadet came in shortly before 10:30am Wednesday.

69 year old William Doubler was freed and taken by ambulance to Kewanee Hospital.  His condition wasn’t available.

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L-P Stays With More Expensive Training Company

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2011

In times of tight budgets, the L-P School Board is deciding to pay for athletic training instead of taking a free offer.

The board voted 2 to 1 Tuesday night to hire City Center Rehabilitation to provide athletic training for three years, at eight thousand dollars a year.  That dollar amount is three thousand less than the prior contract.

Jim Quesse and Rick Sipovic voted to keep City Center after receiving no complaints about their service.  Coaches at L-P also wanted to keep City Center.

Board member Tony Sparks voted against City Center wanting to try IVCH for free.  Two other board members were absent and two others abstained from voting because they work at IVCH.

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Plank Road Overpass Work Effects Interstate Traffic

Posted by wlpo on June 29, 2011

Crews are planning again to tear apart the Plank Road overpass on Interstate 80.

Tomorrow evening, workers with “D” Construction of Coal City will lift beams in place for the Plank Road bridge over I-80.  When they’re doing this, on and off ramps will be used to detour interstate traffic.

All work at the Plank Road and I-80 interchange is expected to be done by this fall.

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