Paxton City Council

Paxton’s mayor: Vandalism at Pells Park ‘disgusting,’ ‘disheartening’

PAXTON — To the people vandalizing Pells Park, Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold has some not-too-pleasant words to say. Paxton police may have handcuffs ready for them, too. The ongoing issues with vandalism at the park on the city’s east side were brought to the attention of both Police Chief Coy Cornett and the Paxton City Council during the council’s May […]

Paxton aldermen, including those leaving council, thanked for their service

PAXTON — At the April 11 meeting of the Paxton City Council, resident Wendy Graham thanked the city’s aldermen for all they do for the community. “I just wanted to take a few moments to thank all of you for everything you do, because, I know, it is a thankless job, and sometimes there’s persecution and there’s not a lot […]

License-plate-reading cameras coming soon to Paxton

PAXTON — Paxton Police Chief Coy Cornett told the city council last week that the installation process was under way for license-plate-reading cameras in Paxton. In January, the council approved spending $22,600 under an initial two-year contract with Atlanta-based Flock Safety for the installation and maintenance of four such cameras, the first of which is being installed at the intersection […]

Paxton’s newest patrol officer introduced to city council

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department’s newest full-time patrol officer, Brandon Fayne, was introduced to the city council last week. The 24-year-old Fayne, who began his employment in Paxton on March 9 and works the night shift, was in attendance at the start of the council’s monthly meeting alongside Capt. Robert Yates. A resident of Champaign and 2016 graduate of […]

Road repairs in Paxton to be discussed further next week

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council last week tabled its approval of proposed road-repair projects for fiscal year 2024 to be funded using motor-fuel taxes. The council made plans to discuss the projects further during an adjourned meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, plus the possibility of trying to do more with its available funds by using oil-and-chip […]

Paxton City Council eyes study on storm sewers

PAXTON — A late-winter storm that dumped more than 4 inches of rain on Paxton was still being talked about nearly seven weeks later. It was not the severity of the Feb. 23 storm that stood out to members of the Paxton City Council who referenced it during their monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 11, but rather the failure of […]

Newcomers Larson, Reinhart unseat pair of Paxton aldermen

PAXTON — Two newcomers prevailed on Election Day to claim seats on the Paxton City Council and unseat a pair of aldermen vying for another term. “I’d like to thank the people for putting their trust in me and voting for me,” said a victorious Joe Reinhart, whose 61-31 vote margin over Alderman Paul Crutcher won him a two-year term […]

Street signs memorialize former Paxton mayor Jim Kingston

PAXTON — If Jim Kingston were alive to see it, the longtime former mayor of Paxton would have been pleased with the recognition he is receiving today for his decades of service to the community. In late March, street signs were installed designating the downtown portion of Market Street as “Honorary James Kingston Way,” paying homage to a man who […]

Rezoning of 13 properties in Paxton recommended for approval

PAXTON — The Paxton Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend the city council approve the rezoning of 13 properties in the city following a public hearing Thursday night at City Hall. Mayor Bill Ingold said the rezoning of the properties — located on Holmes, Ottawa, State, Union and Vermilion streets — will be up for the city council’s […]

Funding for roof replacement available to qualified Paxton homeowners

PAXTON — The initial $35,000 donation that the city of Paxton made to the Central Illinois Land Bank Authority (CILBA) upon joining the intergovernmental agency last year is already starting to pay off. The CILBA’s executive director, Mike Davis, announced recently that his agency has been awarded a $300,000 grant through the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s Home Repair and Accessibility […]

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