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Village board approves revised mass transit agreement

SAVOY – The village board voted 5-1 to pass a revised agreement with Champaign-Urbana's mass transit board Wednesday.

The lone "no" vote was cast by Trustee Joan Dykstra, who has opposed the intergovernmental agreement from the start of negotiations a year and a half ago.


Recent weather ideal for growing potholes

Charles Bond has been a busy man lately.

Bond, a public works employee with the city of Urbana, is one of several workers whose job this time of year is filling those bone-jarring potholes that have drivers swerving like racing veterans.


Opinions on Savoy bus service proposal still vary widely

SAVOY – Opinions on a proposed agreement for bus service still vary widely in Savoy, a week before the village board will vote on the issue.

Next Wednesday, village board members will vote on an agreement with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.


Committee selects Berns to take spot on MTD board

URBANA – The next Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District Board member has already served on the board, and as the area's state representative.

The Champaign County Board's Policy Committee unanimously selected Republican Tom Berns on Wednesday as the next member of the MTD board, assuming he wins full county board approval on Feb. 21.


Danville considering free bus fares for seniors

Holiday Hills resident Rachel Priest pays 35 cents to ride the city bus one way to her job at the Hawthorne Inn on Independence Drive.

Because she's older than 65, Priest pays a reduced rate.


Danville transportation plan now available for review

A plan by The Danville Area Transportation Study committee is now under public review.

The committee met in August to develop a plan that better coordinates transportation services provided by local agencies and organizations.


Downtown Champaign parking rates triple on Monday

CHAMPAIGN – Kenny Bonnell is self-employed, and he comes to downtown Champaign regularly to clean Boltini Lounge, 211 N. Neil St.

So he was a little dismayed Wednesday to learn that the increase in most downtown parking meter rates – from 25 cents to 75 cents an hour – will take effect Monday.


MTD board rejects tax rebates for Savoy

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign-Urbana's mass transit board on Wednesday unanimously rejected an annexation agreement with Savoy that would have required rebating tax money to the village.

The issue has been left hanging since November, when Savoy's board voted 5-1 to forward an agreement with MTD that changes its annexation map and stipulates that the MTD must reimburse the village for 10 percent of the Savoy property tax payments for 25 years.


Group forming plans for road improvement jobs

DANVILLE – Members of the Danville Area Transportation Study committee may amend its urbanized area to include a section of road they hope to improve in 2011.

The committee is seeking project proposals for its 2009-2012 transportation improvement program. The proposals are used to secure federal and state funding for road improvement projects.


Gibson City street work to begin May 1

GIBSON CITY – Work is now scheduled to begin May 1 to widen and resurface five blocks of Melvin Street, a project town leaders have wanted to do for more than 40 years.

Melvin Street is considered an arterial street, according to City Superintendent Randy Stauffer. It is used by traffic to the municipal pool, park and ball diamond, Scout cabin, elementary and middle schools and the hospital.