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After an hour’s worth of discussion, the Williamsville School Board voted 5-2 to alter its Return to School plan at Tuesday’s meeting.

Sherman Mayor Trevor Clatfelter is confident that the village will be able to withstand significant loss of revenues brought on by the pandemic, as the village board passed a balanced budget at a Tuesday meeting.

The Williamsville School Board spent almost two hours Monday night in open session, with an hour hearing from BLDD Architects and O’Shea Builders about the upcoming construction projects and the balance of the remaining time on reopening school.

Looking to recoup some of its costs, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Village of Sherman is looking to impose usage fees on various village properties, but there was some vocal pushback on ball diamonds and some of the other park fees during a 75-minute meeting Tuesday night.

Williamsville Superintendent Tip Reedy said Monday at the school board meeting that he hopes school will begin on time and in person in August, though he knows a lot of things must happen before a final decision is made.

With state revenues taking a huge hit and Sangamon County delaying property tax payments because of the coronavirus pandemic, it is quite likely that school funding could be severely impacted, Superintendent Tip Reedy cautioned the school board at Monday’s meeting.

Williamsville children will soon have new playground equipment in the city park. The Village Board approved buying new equipment from Al Pro Recreation for $128,812 at Monday’s meeting. 

After a request from Sherman MOVE for assistance in their beautification efforts, the Village of Sherman agreed to hire Dave Thurber to a part-time Public Works position at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

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The three members of the Williamsville Police Department have petitioned to join the Fraternal Order of Police. Their petition will be conducted in accordance with the Illinois Labor Relations Act, village trustee John Brennan said at Monday’s village board meeting.

The police squad car that Chief Richard Edwards drives needs lots of repairs, including needing new tires, and so the Williamsville Village Board agreed that Public Safety chairman John Brennan can order a replacement.

The long-awaited presentation of the Village of Sherman audit will be delayed a bit longer, the Sherman Village Board was informed Tuesday night.

The Williamsville School District has received another positive audit, Superintendent Tip Reedy informed the school board at Monday’s regular meeting.

Like other municipalities are doing, Williamsville will impose a 3 percent cannabis retailer’s occupation tax on any marijuana sales in the village when the drug is approved for recreational use. The village board took action Monday on that measure.

Expanding video gaming, as permitted by state law, will be written into an ordinance for the Williamsville Village Board to consider, the board decided Monday at its regular meeting. Mayor Tom Yokley asked for the board to give the measure tentative approval, leading to the writing of an ordinance.

Village engineers Mike Trello and John Sestak of Kuhn and Trello Consulting Engineers explained to Williamsville Village Board members Monday that the railroad overpass project is running behind schedule because of so much rain.