Environment

Environment

Frost advisory issued for Friday morning

     The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for the following counties, in effect from 1 a.m. until 8 a.m. Friday:  McLean, DeWitt, Piatt, Macon, Moultrie, and Shelby.

Urbana school board votes 4-3 to stop talks on cell tower

URBANA — School board members voted 4-3 Tuesday to end negotiations on a proposed 150-foot-tall cell tower between the indoor aquatic center and Urbana Middle School, after overwhelmingly negative comments from audience members.

The issue had been debated about eight months.

Natural gas bills should hold steady this winter

CHAMPAIGN — If you heat with natural gas and live in the Midwest, there's a fair chance your heating bills this winter will run about the same as last year's, energy experts say.

Of course, the size of your bills depends on how cold the winter is.

Cutting energy use a priority for Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Think your home energy bills are rough? Try powering an entire city.

Taxpayers in Champaign spend tens of thousands of dollars every month to keep the city running. There are the obvious costs, like heating, cooling and lighting at the police department, fire stations and City Building. On Oct. 6, the city paid a $5,834.41 power bill for the library.

$1 bump OK'd for trash fee in Danville

DANVILLE — Aldermen decided Tuesday night to lessen, at least for next year, the proposed increase in the city's monthly garbage rate, approving a $1 bump rather than $2.

UI plans clean-energy workshop Oct. 13

URBANA — The University of Illinois will hold a clean-energy education workshop Oct. 13.

Zoning board learns 2 agreements reached on wind farm

URBANA — Approval of a planned 30-turbine wind farm in northeastern Champaign County inched forward Thursday with the submission of a county road agreement and a revised reclamation agreement from the wind farm developer.

But the Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals decided to continue the case to next Thursday.

Wind farm zoning issue could last beyond Thursday hearing

URBANA — A zoning board case regarding a proposed 30-turbine wind farm in northeastern Champaign County — now more than a month old — could conclude Thursday night.

Or it could remain before the county zoning board of appeals.

Paxton wind farm to be showcased

PAXTON — E.On Climate & Renewables has scheduled an Oct. 20 open house for the public to see its Pioneer Trail Wind Farm being built east and northeast of Paxton.

The open house is set for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20, at a wind turbine site on the south side of Illinois 9 between Ford County roads 2100 E and 2300 E, about 3 miles east of Paxton.

Two more cats test positive for Tularemia

     The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District says two more cats have tested positive for the Tularemia disease.
    
     One of those cats is in Champaign.  The other is in Urbana.