Douglas Toole

Douglas Toole

Georgetown approves liquor license for video-gambling parlor

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown officials voted 5-3 to approve a liquor license for Lacey's Place, a video-gambling establishment that will serve liquor and food.

The new establishment will be located at 201 N. Main St., in the strip mall on the northeast corner of Georgetown's city square. Lacey's Place will be owned by Highland Management Group LLC of Champaign.

Westville mayor says sanitary-sewer upgrade likely in 2016

WESTVILLE — Mayor Mike Weese says upgrades to the sanitary sewer system on Westville's southeast side are likely to occur in 2016.

"We have to do something," Weese said.

The two pumps in the 30-year-old Michigan Street lift station are increasingly needing servicing as they pump wastewater north to the Madison Street station.

Georgetown chipping in on costs of lawsuit settlement

GEORGETOWN — City officials voted unanimously to reimburse their insurance provider a portion of the costs needed to settle a 2014 lawsuit brought by two former employees.

Shelly F. Nale and Melissa J. Bowles filed suit in U.S. Federal Court in Urbana in April 2014 against the city of Georgetown, since-deceased Mayor Kay Sanders and the seven aldermen at the time of their termination.

Georgetown raises liquor license fees

GEORGETOWN — The city council voted to increase liquor license fees from $450 to $500. Mayor Pro-Tem Darin Readnour said the fee was last increased in 1976.

The fee hike affects eight Georgetown establishments.

Georgetown regulates outdoor furnaces

GEORGETOWN — Officials adopted an ordinance to regulate outdoor wood-burning furnaces in the city, and may add regulations soon.

Westville IDs street needing storm sewer work

WESTVILLE — Mayor Mike Weese said the village has identified a 68-foot section of storm sewer along the 200 block of Kentucky Street that is collapsing and is full of tree roots.

He said he was not yet sure of the price of the repair work, but that it would likely involve both village workers and a private contractor.

Georgetown considers unpaid water bills

GEORGETOWN — City officials want to make changes to the ways that unpaid water bills are repaid, but they couldn't agree on the steps to take.

Westville school board OKs budget

WESTVILLE — School officials approved a $10.8 million spending plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year that includes a $2,650 deficit.

Superintendent Seth Miller said the school board wanted to meet students' needs while remaining fiscally responsible to taxpayers.

G-RF enrollment on the rise

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown-Ridge Farm school board members learned that student enrollment in the district is increasing.

Principal Kerry Smith said there are 500 students in Pine Crest Elementary School this year, an increase of more than 50 students from this time last year.

Cutting it close, textbooks arrive at G-RF

GEORGETOWN — About 25,000 new math and reading textbooks, workbooks and teaching materials are now in the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district's hands, although officials said that their last-minute arrival caused some logistical challenges.