GFPD RESPONDS TO TWO CALLS WEDNESDAY
The Greenville Fire Protection District responded to two calls on Wednesday. The first concerned a carbon monoxide detector sounding at a business on the square. Firefighters checked the building for C-O but the results were negative. Wednesday evening, the department was called to a smoke alarm sounding at the SBC building on north Third Street. Firemen determined that it was a faulty detector.
UNIT 2 MEETS MONDAY NIGHT
The Unit 2 Board of Education meets Monday at 7pm in the Unit office conference room. The board will discuss a resignation, an increase in high school book and supply fees, and review high school parking fees.
DRY JUNE IN ILLINOIS
Preliminary data for Illinois indicates that June’s 3.49 inches of precipitation was 0.59 inches below normal. The driest region between I-70 and I-80 generally had 2.5 to 3.5 inches or even less at some locations. Despite the wet March and April, precipitation was below normal statewide in May and June. The largest deficits in western and central Illinois are up to 3 inches or more below normal. Paris, Illinois reported the heaviest one-day rainfall of 4.27 inches on June 19.
State climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey said conditions in areas that were dry in May and June could worsen rapidly after even a week or two of hot, dry weather.
VILLAGE OF SORENTO GETTING HOUSING REHAB GRANT
The Village of Sorento was recently awarded state Opportunity Returns grant funds to improve housing. It is aimed to help assist low-to-moderate income people. Donna Thacker, Sorento Village Clerk, told WGEL that she and Mayor Brett Kunkel met with a representative from Kolis Consulting out of Springfield and said that the grant will help 11 houses in the north part of Sorento.
She explained to WGEL how areas are picked in towns and villages. She said that representatives from consulting firms pick areas. They come to towns that have applied for the grant and drive around the town and pick areas that are in need.
Thacker said that rehabilitation is needed because several of the homes are low-income families that cannot afford to do repairs to their homes. She said the grant will provide homeowners with siding for their homes, new furnaces, and anything else that is needed to repair homes. The grant is for $328,000, but Thacker explained that the Village will get a leverage amount so the total amount of monies received will be well over $400,000. Thacker said that she and the whole Village is very excited about the grant and is looking forward to improving the way of life for people in Sorento.