Recycling, county consultant in the news

We continue with our look back at 2017 in this issue.
JUNE
FAYCO Enterprises set up an online survey to hear from the residents of Vandalia whether they currently uses recycling services offered locally and whether they would be willing to pay a $1.25 monthly surcharge to keep those services available. Later in the month, the city received the results of that survey, which showed that 54.5 percent of city residents were willing to pay a surcharge.
Kevin Jenne, the county’s E911 emergency phone service, announced that the work to verify addresses of county residents was continuing. The verification work is done to ensure that accurate information is being stored in the county’s 911 database.
The Holiday Inn Express in Vandalia received that InterContinential Hotels Group’s Torchbearer Award, the company’s most prestigious award.
Vandalia’s Curtis Gordon placed second in the pole vault at the state track meet, and teammate Zane Steele placed eighth in that competition.
The Greater Gateway Association of Realtors gave the city a $15,000 check to help pay for the city’s preparation of a new comprehensive plan.
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced that it had closed Fayette County Bank, and that United Fidelity Bank had purchased the bank’s assets.
Vandalia’s Richie Well as named to the Class A All-State Baseball Team as a pitcher and shortstop.
After initially voting down a transfer of $400,000 from the county’s capital improvement fund to its general fund, to cover payroll and other expenses, the Fayette County Board approved a transfer after County Treasurer Rose Hoover told board members that the general fund was in the red by $210,879.02 and that employees would not be paid without a transfer.
William Frakes of Vandalia was sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted on child pornography charges, and Christopher Scholes of Nokomis was given a 12-year sentence for home invasion. Later in the month, Larry Sapp of Farina was sentenced to 11 ½ years in prison for predatory criminal sexual assault.
The Grande Levée, a popular period celebration at the Vandalia Statehouse that had been put on hiatus due to state budget issues, made its return on Father’s Day weekend.
The city of Vandalia held an informational meeting to hear from residents of the lake area on whether they would be interested in either coming into the city limits or buying the leased land on which their homes sit.
The Vandalia Mural Committee held a ceremony to mark the completion of the city’s first professionally painted mural.
JULY
At its first meeting in July, the Vandalia City Council voted 5-3 to add a $1.25 surcharge to the monthly bills of city water users. Later in the month, city officials confirmed that residents who chose not to include payment of the surcharge with the water bills faced disconnection of water service.
The Fayette County Farm Bureau, upon learning that the land formerly used as a University of Illinois Research Center was to be returned to the organization if research was discontinued, did, in fact, regain ownership of that land south of Brownstown. The Farm Bureau began working with Kaskaskia College to use the land for research.
Acting on a recommendation from Bloomington-based Bellwether, a firm hired as an operations consultant, the Fayette County Board voted to increase a number of county fees. The board voted to hire Bellwether at that same meeting.
Elizabeth Miller of Vandalia was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair, Jadalyn Whitehead of St. Peter was crowned Junior Miss Fayette County, and Ryker Burns of Vandalia was named the new Little Miss Fayette County.
Brian Donley and Bryan Radliff were named as the 2017 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award given by the Vandalia Alumni and Friends Foundation.
AUGUST
The Okaw Area Vocational Center, which provides vocational classes to students in 12 area school districts, celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Alexander Beccue, 24, of St. Peter, was charged with murder for allegedly fatally shooting a Ramsey man, 29-year-old Joshua K. Smith.
Second Chance Animal Rescue teamed up with Vandalia Correctional Center for TAILS, a new program through which two-man inmate teams train young dogs.
Thomas J. McCall decided not to be present for his trial on methamphetamine charges, and a Fayette County jury found him guilty after deliberating for less than an hour.
 

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