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August targeted for railroad overpass bid letting

Williamsville officials are hoping for an August bid letting on construction of the railroad overpass. 

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Monday 06/11/2018
School board passes county sales tax resolution
Posted: June 11, 2018

At a special meeting Tuesday morning, the Williamsville School Board approved a resolution directing the Regional Superintendent to place the County Facility Sales Tax on the November ballot.

Monday 06/04/2018
Old railroad station bid received by Williamsville board
Posted: June 04, 2018

Williamsville officials would like to see the old railroad station renovated to the point that it could be useful for community events, but they say the village does not have the money. 

Monday 05/28/2018
School board approves lease for security platform
Posted: May 28, 2018

After a 40-minute presentation and then considerable discussion, the Williamsville School Board voted unanimously to enter into a five-year lease agreement with Senergy Electric for an upgraded school security platform.

Monday 05/21/2018
Solar farm property owners request annexation
Updated: May 21, 2018 - 3:42 pm

The owners of property that developers have chosen to build a solar farm on has asked for that property to be annexed into the village of Williamsville, trustee and chairman of the Economic Development Committee Heather Hofferkamp told the village board Monday. The request will first go to the Planning Commission.

SES fourth graders ask for plastic bag ban in Sherman
Posted: May 21, 2018

Four Sherman Elementary School students made an impassioned plea before the Sherman Village Board Tuesday night to ban plastic bags in the village, citing their environmental affects and waste of resources.

Monday 05/07/2018
Sherman board approves purchase of motion sensors for Meredith Drive/Sherman Boulevard intersection
Posted: May 07, 2018

The Sherman Village Board approved replacement of four motion sensors for the Sherman Boulevard/Meredith Drive intersection as part of Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Sherman, Williamsville libraries receive state grants
Updated: May 07, 2018 - 3:36 pm

Two local libraries recently received grant funding to expand their collections through the “Back to Books” grant.  Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of the Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).  

Monday 04/30/2018
Solar farm proponents working with Williamsville board
Posted: April 30, 2018

People interested in establishing a solar farm east of Williamsville have begun working with the village board’s Economic Development Committee, its chairman Heather Hofferkamp told village board members during their meeting Monday. 

Sherman board passes budget, new Public Works building funding included
Posted: April 30, 2018

The Sherman Village Board passed the FY19 budget at last week’s regular meeting.

Monday 04/23/2018
Ibbotson named new SES Principal
Posted: April 23, 2018

The Williamsville School District did not have to look far for its new elementary principal.

School board hears solar panel presentation
Posted: April 23, 2018

The Williamsville School District heard a proposal from Springfield Electric about the installation of solar panels on one of the practice fields at Monday’s regular board meeting.

Monday 04/16/2018
Williamsville board looking to drum up interest in old train depot
Posted: April 16, 2018

Williamsville trustees are trying to generate interest in saving the old train depot. 

Monday 04/02/2018
Williamsville board continues discussion on duplex lots
Posted: April 02, 2018

Williamsville trustees looked at the timeline for getting six duplex lots sold, as well as how much those lots might bring, during their meeting Monday. 

Friday 03/30/2018
Sherman MOVE offering plan to buy trees for new park
Posted: March 30, 2018

In an ongoing effort to beautify and enhance the community of Sherman, Sherman MOVE has been in the process of fulfilling part of the village’s long-term plans for its new park. 

Monday 03/26/2018
School board preparing for county sales tax to go on ballot
Posted: March 26, 2018

The Williamsville School District must be prepared if a county-wide facilities sales tax is put on the ballot in the near future, Superintendent Tip Reedy told the school board Monday night.

Monday 03/19/2018
Properties behind Williamsville Public Library to be sold, village plans to develop
Posted: March 19, 2018

Six properties located behind the Public Library and Museum could bring in a little money to the village of Williamsville. 

Monday 03/12/2018
Slight change to FOP contract approved by Sherman board
Posted: March 12, 2018

The Sherman Village Board needed a bit more time to conduct its business than the previous meeting, but Tuesday’s meeting was still a brisk 18 minutes.

Monday 03/05/2018
Williamsville board still looking for answers on proposed new water co-op
Posted: March 05, 2018

Williamsville Mayor Tom Yokley told board members Monday that the board will have to get answers to a lot of issues before it makes any decision about joining the proposed Regional Water Co-op.

Monday 02/26/2018
School district finances stable, if funding continues to come in
Posted: February 26, 2018

The financial situation for the Williamsville School District is fairly stable, as long as promised state funding flows in, Superintendent Tip Reedy said at Monday’s school board meeting.

Monday 02/19/2018
WSBT awarded railroad overpass construction loan
Posted: February 19, 2018

Williamsville State Bank and Trust was awarded the construction loan for the railroad overpass Monday by the Williamsville Village Board.  The local bank proposed the lowest rate of the five banks that submitted a proposal, village Mayor Tom Yokley said.    

Monday 01/29/2018
RFPs to be sent out to banks for RR overpass funding
Posted: January 29, 2018

Multiple banks will be invited to set up a revolving fund to pay bills associated with building the railroad overpass in Williamsville. 

Monday 01/22/2018
Reedy: GSA payments arriving on time
Posted: January 22, 2018

General State Aid payments are arriving on time, Superintendent Tip Reedy informed the Williamsville School Board Tuesday night, but that cannot be said for other expected state funding.

Monday 01/15/2018
Williamsville battling loss of revenue over online shopping, state funding cut
Posted: January 15, 2018

Illinois is losing millions of dollars due to people shopping online, Williamsville village board members said during their regular meeting Monday. 

Campbell, Weiss among locals nominated for service academies
Posted: January 15, 2018

Congressman Darin LaHood announced on Friday the names of 23 remarkable young men and women he has nominated to be considered for admittance into the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy or U.S. Air Force Academy. 

Monday 12/25/2017
School board passes tax levy
Posted: December 25, 2017

The Williamsville School Board officially passed the tax levy for the next fiscal year at Monday’s regular meeting.

Monday 12/18/2017
Williamsville board discusses incentives to lure Speedway to town
Posted: December 18, 2017

Along with finally approving sewer and water rates, the Williamsville Board on Monday looked at an incentive to Speedway’s efforts to locate in Williamsville, across from Love’s. The village would offer to return, for 5 1/2 years, two cents of every three cents of the municipal gas tax up to a maximum of $600,000, whichever comes first. The money would be paid after the village receives the funds. Speedway proposes truck parking and a restaurant. 

Monday 12/11/2017
Favorable audit presented to Sherman board
Posted: December 11, 2017

The Sherman Village board was informed about a favorable audit at Tuesday’s regular meeting. 

Monday 12/04/2017
Water rate increase one step closer in Williamsville
Posted: December 04, 2017

The Williamsville Village Board took another step toward raising water and sewer rates at Monday’s regular board meeting.

Monday 11/27/2017
Test scores discussion leads school board meeting
Posted: November 27, 2017

With a few minor exceptions, students in the Williamsville School District continue to perform well above state standards in various testing areas, the school board was told Monday at its regular meeting.

Monday 11/20/2017
Williamsville board proposes sewer, water rate increases
Posted: November 20, 2017

Sewer and water rate increases loom in the future for Williamsville residents. 

Monday 11/13/2017
Sherman board approves new police contract
Posted: November 13, 2017

Meeting for the first time of five weeks, the Sherman Village Board on Tuesday night approved a new contract with the Fraternal Order of Police.

Monday 10/30/2017
Williamsville board approves parking restrictions/fines for Ann Rutledge Drive
Posted: October 30, 2017

Final approval was given Monday by the Williamsville Village board to two measures that toughen parking restrictions on Ann Rutledge Drive near Love’s.  

Monday 10/23/2017
School finances improving, but challenges remain
Posted: October 23, 2017

Now that state funding appears to have some stability, the Williamsville School District’s financial situation is getting better, Superintendent Tip Reedy told the school board at Monday’s regular meeting.

Monday 10/16/2017
Ordinance on Ann Rutledge Road parking restrictions introduced at Williamsville board meeting
Posted: October 16, 2017

Two ordinances regarding traffic were introduced at Tuesday’s Williamsville Village Board meeting, and Joe and Rebecca Dombrowski were back repeating a request.

Monday 10/09/2017
Butlers honored at Sherman board meeting
Posted: October 09, 2017

The Sherman Village Board breezed through another quick meeting Tuesday night, with the main topics for the agenda being congratulations and thanks for contributions for the village.

Monday 10/02/2017
Williamsville board officially passes sales, gas tax increases
Posted: October 02, 2017

Sales taxes and motor fuel taxes collected in Williamsville will both increase January 1, 2018, according to final action taken Monday by the village board. 

Monday 09/25/2017
Budget situation improves for school district
Posted: September 25, 2017

The recent passage of an education funding bill will help the Williamsville School District, according to Superintendent Tip Reedy, as long as the state actually fully provides those funds.

Monday 09/18/2017
Williamsville looking to fill old train depot
Posted: September 18, 2017

The village of Williamsville is looking to have the old train depot, which formerly housed the library, occupied. 

Monday 09/11/2017
Sherman board authorizes purchase of new street lights
Posted: September 11, 2017

The Sherman Village Board approved the purchase of two new matching street lights for Crossing Road near Casey’s at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Monday 09/04/2017
Williamsville board takes next step toward sales, gas tax increase
Posted: September 04, 2017

Sales and gas taxes in Williamsville will increase January 1 if ordinances allowing those increases pass at the next Williamsville Village Board meeting. 

Monday 08/28/2017
Roof repair estimates come in for school district
Posted: August 28, 2017

The positive vibes associated with the start of a new school year were palpable at the Williamsville School Board Monday night, but the specter of continued uncertain state funding and now a price tag for roof repairs tamped down that excitement.

Sherman board updated on multi-use trail
Posted: August 28, 2017

Mike Trello updated the Sherman Village Board Tuesday night on the Williamsville-Sherman Multi-Use Trail, now known as Heritage Route 66 Trail.

Monday 08/21/2017
Williamsville board to discuss sales, gas tax increase
Posted: August 21, 2017

Mayor Tom Yokley asked the Finance Committee to meet and determine if the village should raise its sales and gas taxes in light of recent legislative action. The request came during the Williamsville Village Board meeting Monday. 

Monday 08/14/2017
Reedy: “Bipartisan game” in Springfield hurting kids, schools
Posted: August 14, 2017

The Williamsville School District is in the same predicament as every other school district in the state of Illinois right now, and the outlook remains mostly bleak because of state funding uncertainty, Superintendent Tip Reedy reported at Monday’s regular board meeting.

Monday 08/07/2017
Sherman board authorizes Public Works to purchase needed items at auction
Posted: August 07, 2017

Building on discussion from last week’s meeting, the Sherman Village Board authorized the Public Works Department to attend a surplus auction and acquire various items for the department at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Monday 07/31/2017
Sherman board approves budget
Posted: July 31, 2017

Though the Village of Sherman will take a hit from the state on its income tax distribution, growing sales tax revenue will more than cover that drop as the village’s general fund remains very healthy, Treasurer Jeremy Stuenkel and Mayor Trevor Clatfelter said at Tuesday’s budget hearing.

Williamsville board purchases property for railroad overpass
Posted: July 31, 2017

Agreement to purchase the McGrath property for $256,200 made at Monday’s meeting of the Williamsville Village Board means that construction of the railroad overpass can resume once the Interstate Commerce Commission releases the funds. 

Monday 07/24/2017
Projected FY17-18 school deficit lower than last year
Posted: July 24, 2017

Next year’s budget deficit is smaller than the year that just passed, and new Williamsville Superintendent Tip Reedy hopes that is the start of a positive trend.

Monday 07/17/2017
Sherman board approves concrete pad work for new park, village ends fiscal year with almost $937K in general fund
Posted: July 17, 2017

After not meeting for five weeks because of a cancelled meeting and then the July 4 holiday, the Sherman Village Board made it up for lost time Tuesday during a 70-minute meeting.