Politics and Government

Video gambling issue reignites

An effort to legalize video gambling in Mahomet failed to gain traction this week, nearly a year to the day after the issue first ignited debate.

A standing-room-only crowd turned out to protest the measure, which foundered after a vote to move the issue to next week’s agenda for further discussion failed.

Melchi, Park re-elected

Voters in the Mahomet-Seymour school district opted to return a slate of incumbent candidates to the board on Tuesday.

Three candidates were in the running for two seats representing townships in the district other than Mahomet Township.

School board candidates weigh in

The crowd was sparse but there were still plenty of questions for office-seekers at the Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce's Candidate Forum on Thursday night.

Water rates to see 2-cent increase

Water rates will be going up in Mahomet, following a vote by the board of trustees on Tuesday night.

The board looks at those rates annually. In February, they first saw a proposal to increase water rates by two cents to 38 cents per 100 gallons of usage.

In recent years, water rates have gone up about one cent per year in order to keep up with inflation.

Food trucks in Mahomet?

If a pilot program proposed by village leaders moves ahead, food trucks could soon be seen around Mahomet.

On Tuesday night, Village Planner Kelly Pfeifer told the board of trustees that staff have been approached by a business owner interested in operating a food truck.

Mayor resigns; appointed administrator

Mahomet Village President Patrick Brown resigned on Tuesday night—only to be appointed to the vacant post of village administrator less than an hour later.

The appointment was made by trustee Sean Widener, who stepped into the role of acting village president after Brown's resignation, and confirmed by the board.

Brown declares intent to resign

At a special meeting of the village board on Tuesday night, Village President Patrick Brown declared his intention to resign—and set in motion the process to find his successor.

SVPWD breaks ground

Staff and board members from the Sangamon Valley Public Water District gathered with representatives from engineering firm Fehr Graham and Curry Construction to celebrate groundbreaking for the district’s new water treatment plant.

Candidate forum canceled

The Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce has canceled its candidate forum set for Oct. 23.

Chamber Director Theresa Berry said that only one of the candidates who was invited would have been able to appear at the event that evening, as the rest had made prior commitments.

The Chamber invites local and statewide candidates to its forums, which include a Q&A session for voters.

Renovation, demolition proposed on village property

In December, the Village of Mahomet bought the former R&S Sales and Service building on Lake of the Woods Road to house its transportation and public works equipment and staff offices.

Now, as their first year in the building winds down, officials are looking to make some improvements—and address issues at the old facility on Center Street.


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