On the money, Aug. 14, 2014

On the money, Aug. 14, 2014

A local look at the cost of doing business

$546,609

Price tag of a new Pierce Enforcer pumper-rescue truck, which will replace a 1978 Ford in the Rantoul Fire Department's fleet. It holds 1,250 gallons of water, pumps 1,500 gallons a minute and "will take the place of two trucks," Fire Chief Ken Waters says, since it also has room for rescue equipment. It will be especially handy during daytime calls, when so many of the department's volunteer firefighters are working in out-of-town jobs and unavailable to rush to the scene, the chief says.

$191,000

Amount budgeted by the Champaign school district for traffic signals around a new Central High School, according to a breakdown superintendent Judy Wiegand shared with The News-Gazette. It's part of $2,083,564 the district has pegged for "off-site improvements" at the Interstate Drive site, which is now 80 acres of undeveloped farmland. Wiegand said negotiations are ongoing with the city about most items in this category, including the cost of extending Neil Street, which now ends at Interstate, north to Olympian Drive.

$36,000 to $42,000

What the next insect collection manager can expect to make in salary at the University of Illinois. With 11 days until classes start on campus, it's one of 60 "academic professional" openings listed on the UI human resource division's online jobs board. There's a type of title for everybody — from team sports dietitian to Illini Union bookstore director to president of the university. Better hustle if you want a crack at Robert Easter's job, though: the close date is Sept. 8.

$1,072 per day

What the city of Urbana has been charging promoters of private, for-profit festivals to obtain temporary liquor licenses. The new fee, following this week's city council vote: $150 for the first day, plus $50 for each additional day. That's more in line with what other Illinois cities charge, officials say, and might help make Urbana a bigger player when organizers of one-day or weekend events go searching for a home.

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