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Taylorville City Council Holds Second September Meeting

The Taylorville City Council met on Monday evening, approving minutes, reviewing ordinances, and going over new and old business. The board approved an ordinance adding no parking on the Southside of West Park Avenue.  The board also made revisions to evaluations of city officers and employees but this wouldn’t affect the Police or Fire Departments. 

 

A presentation of the new rescue squad truck to the city of Taylorville Fire Department was postponed. The board approved a five-year lease extension for the farm lease between Taylorville and Ed Miller.  The Taylorville Band Boosters received approval for October 9th from 9 until 3 PM. 

 

Under city attorney updates, Rocci (ROCKY) Romano announced that the city was facing two more additional lawsuits. 

 

 

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry gave an update on what was happening in the city.

 

 

Under lake and airport, the board will prepare an ordinance to modify the city code to change the overnight camping rates to $30 per night and $35 per holiday starting in 2022. The board also recommended the city council allow HBO Andy Goodall to purchase a portable radio. The next city council meeting is set for October 4th. 


The Miller Media Group of Radio Stations and the Taylorville Kiwanis Club held another drive through food drive to benefit the Taylorville Food Pantry on Saturday. 

 

Kiwanis Members Duane Stock and Dick Wamsley manned the tent in front of the studios at 918 East Park street accepting both non perishable food items and money.  Stock says that helping the food pantry is in-step with the mission of Kiwanis which is to help youth in the area.

 

 

The Miller Media Group and Kiwianis will hold their final September food drive this Saturday, September 25 from 9am-1pm.


Salvation Army Shelby County Looking For Volunteers

You can help the Salvation Army of Shelby County. 

 

Don Jefferies is heavily involved with the Salvation Army and he says they are always looking for volunteers. 

Jefferies also says that you can do more than volunteer. 

He says that the goal of the Shelby County chapter of the Salvation Army is to help others find the help that they need. 

Of course, Salvation Army has help for more than just adults. 

You can learn more about the Shelbyville chapter of the Salvation Army on the Shelby County Salvation Army Facebook. 

 

Jefferies appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in Shelbyville. 


Road Work To Begin On US51

The Illinois Department of Transportation will be starting construction on US 51 from Cold Springs Road in Pana to the Shelby County line today. IDOT Spokesperson Paul Wappel says the project is set to go. 

 

 

The project is going to be done to resurface the road and is expected to be finished by November.

 

 

Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 3,500 miles of highway and 9 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program.  

 

 

Motorists should expect delays and allow extra time for trips through the area.  People are asked to avoid the work area and to use alternate routes if they can. Pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, and refrain from using mobile devices.

 

The work is expected to reduce US-51 to one lane at times and will have message signs, flaggers, and barricades. 

 

For IDOT District 6 updates check out Twitter at @idotDistrict6 or visit www.gettingaroundillinois.com.


Villas of Hollybrook Offers All Inclusive Assisted Living

Assisted living in Shelbyville is readily available. 

 

Erica Linn is the director of Villas of Hollybrook and she says that the living spaces are available and ready to look at in person.

Linn says that the Villas of Hollybrook is all inclusive. 

Villas of Hollybrook offer apartments, so if you lived there you’d have plenty of space to yourself along with a sense of community. 

Linn also says that the Villas of Hollybrook have specialized staff to take care of your health needs. 

You can learn more at villasofhollybrook.com.

 

Linn appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show from studios in Shelbyville. 


Memorial Health System Increasing Minimum Wage

Memorial Health System announced that they will be raising their minimum wage. Starting Thursday, Memorial raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour for jobs at its five hospitals and dozens of other health care locations in central Illinois.

 

The rates won’t go into effect until this fall and employees whose pay will be affected will receive a letter mailed to them with full details.  The letter will be sent no later than October 15th. Nearly 1,200 employees or 14% of the staff will see their pay go up to or slightly above $15 an hour.  More than 3100 employees or 37% of the health system’s staff will receive larger checks as roles are compensated and adjusted.

 

President and CEO of Memorial Health System Ed Curtis says that raising wages is one small way the hospital can express its gratitude for workers' dedication. Currently, the minimum wage in Illinois is set at $11 but it will go up until it reaches $15 in 2025. This increase will mostly impact entry-level positions including support staff, housekeeping, customer service, and food & nutrition.

 

Memorial Health System includes five hospitals including Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln. 
 


Illinois State Rep. Halbrook Talks Energy

The Illinois General Assembly passed the Energy Bill last week. 

The bill requires the state to have 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. Gov. JB Pritzker says that the bill will more than double the state’s investment in clean energy. 

 

Illinois Rep. Brad Halbrook represents the 102nd district talked a little about the other details of the bill. 

Rep. Halbrook says that there’s a lot of uncertainty with this new law. 

Rep. Halbrook also talked about the immediate impacts you will see with your energy bill. 

He says that you can always contact him yourself if you have any questions or concerns, especially if you are in the 102nd district. 

Rep. Halbrook appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning show from studios in Shelbyville. 
 


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