Politics and Government

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.


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.


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