Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

September 18, 2013

Effingham council appoints Hull, Arndt to foundation board

EFFINGHAM — Effingham City Council Tuesday approved appointing Economic Development Director Todd Hull and City Administrator Jim Arndt to the board of directors for the Effingham County Economic Development Foundation.

According to Mayor Merv Gillenwater, both city officials are good fits for the positions because they are knowledgeable of the financial workings of the city.

The council contributed $25,000 to join the ECEDF, which is an organization that helps bring business into the city of Effingham.

Also Tuesday, the council:

• Approved a recommendation by the Effingham Plan Commission to vacate excessive right-of-way around the old Effingham County courthouse square.

Approximately 30 feet is being vacated from the middle of Jefferson Avenue and Third Street to the grass around what is now the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum. Also, 15 feet will be vacated from Washington Avenue and Fourth Street to the same location.

The vacation was implemented to simplify the permit process for those holding events downtown. The city owns the entire grassy area now, where previously the county and city shared ownership.

• Approved a resolution to allow Evergreen Avenue to be closed from Outer Belt West to 1901 W. Evergreen, at the entrance to Heartland Peterbuilt, to conduct training for the Effingham Fire Department. The street will be closed on Sat., Oct. 12, until approximately 6 p.m. for several fire apparatus vehicles to be parked on the roadway.

• Discussed a manhole rehabilitation project within the Tax Increment Financing Area 1 district, which is south of Fayette Avenue and east of Henrietta Street. Bids are being received on replacing 77 manholes within that area. The project is being funded by the TIF Local Sales Tax Account.

The rehabilitation involves an epoxy spray on the interior area of the manhole. The spray will add structural integrity, protect the manhole from sewer gases and water leakage.

• Approved a Bi-Annual Equal Employment Opportunity Plan for the City of Effingham. The Federal Government requires the plan to be reviewed and updated at least every two years.

• Approved a resolution to purchase replacements for backwash pump No. 2 and high service pump No. 3. The cost of the pumps are $41,719. The cost doesn't include field service or installation.

• Approved a resolution accepting a quote from CK Power in the amount of $118,629 for four generators as alternate emergency power for lift stations.

Text Only
Local News
  • Naam.jpg Opinion: Plight of Christians in the Middle East

    This Saturday and Sunday millions of Christians around the world will go to church to celebrate Easter.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • tony- car collection 1.jpg A passion for wheels leads to a world-class vehicle collection

    Since the late 1970s, Arthur Trost has bought, sold, collected or restored 69 vehicles. He has kept 10 of them, many from the '50s, an era he remembers fondly.

    April 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • BRIANBLOOM-300x200.jpg Opinion: My Easter Prayer

    It was always our most solemn of holidays. Christmas was chaotic, the Christian aspect always front and center yet overshadowed by five boys anxiously awaiting the opening of gifts.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_5943.jpg Cross takes on red glow for Good Friday

    The Cross at the Crossroads hosted a Good Friday prayer service at the Welcome Center.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Investigator wants tougher ethics laws for legislators SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Job recommendations and university application referrals from Illinois lawmakers should be tracked and publicized after clout-related scandals at the University of Illinois and the Metra transit agency, the General Assembly's top

    April 19, 2014

  • Medicaid paid $12M for dead Illinoisans CHICAGO (AP) -- The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo. The memo dated Friday, which The Associated Press o

    April 19, 2014

  • 4-19 cross walk.jpg Church goers carry cross for Good Friday

    For Effingham resident Adrian Guzman, carrying a cross across Effingham is more than symbolism. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two in hospital after chase with St. Elmo police

    Two individuals were sent to the hospital after a chase with a St. Elmo Police officer.

    April 18, 2014

  • tony- sigel 1 Sigel St. Michael breaks ground TONY HUFFMAN Daily News Want to Help? Donations are still being accepted for the addition. Donations may be mailed, dropped off at the parish offices, or placed in collection baskets. A donation wall in the renovated parish center will feature a "Giv

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meth suspect sentenced to 54 months NEWTON -- A man accused of cooking methamphetamine in a vehicle with a child present was sentenced in Jasper County Court Thursday. Charles "Chase" L. Shroyer, 23, was sentenced to 54 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of methamphet

    April 18, 2014

AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.