Politics and Government

Commission gives nod to rezoning

Mahomet-Seymour administrators took another step toward the future sale of the Sangamon School property this week, as the village’s Plan and Zoning Commission unanimously voted to recommend rezoning the site from multi-family residential to commercial use.

Connecticut connection for village name?

There are a lot of theories about how Mahomet got its name, but newly discovered evidence may help solve that longstanding mystery.

“I am fairly convinced that there’s a wealth of evidence that this village is indeed named after the Indian sachem Mahomet Weyonomon,” local historian Greg Pasley told Mahomet’s board of trustees on Tuesday night.

Bringing in business

Local officials hosted a roundtable discussion last week in an effort to jump-start commercial development in the area—and to forge connections among those involved.

Water main project moving ahead

Plans to replace a 74-year-old water main in downtown Mahomet are moving ahead.

At Tuesday night’s study session, trustees signaled their approval of hiring Cross Construction to replace the water main along Main Street and on Lincoln Street between Main and Dunbar, which date from 1941.

Board okays animal control contract

Village leaders voted Tuesday night not to renew their contract with Champaign County Animal Control—but opted to continue working with the county for impound services.

New animal control plan on the table

A new proposal before the Board of Trustees would shift responsibility for loose dogs in Mahomet away from Champaign County Animal Control.

The change is in response to increased animal control costs levied on municipalities by the Champaign County Board.

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.


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