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updated: 3/8/2018 9:02 AM

Chester council OKs park mowing agreement

The Chester City Council Monday night approved agreements with J & S Services for mowing services at Cole Park and the Cohen Complex .

The contract includes a 1 percent increase, which will allow them to begin earlier as weather permits and continue later if the mowing season is longer.

J & S Services have been performing this task for the past several summers.

The Council also approved hiring Tim Gannon to be the seasonal groundskeeper for the Cohen Complex, effective immediately.

Gannon will be responsible for preparing all of the fields of play for the upcoming Summer Ball programs, which includes preparing the infields and assuring that they are ready for all the teams who will be using them.

In other business, the council approved the Mayor's appointment of Darrell Crum to fill a vacancy on the Zoning Appeals Board.

- Don Berry

Elkville to discuss Dollar Store annex plan

The village of Elkville has scheduled a public hearing for 8 a.m. Thursday, March 8 at the Civic Center. 102 N. Fourth St., in Elkville.

The hearing is being held to consider annexation of the former Funk property, where a new Dollar General store is proposed to be built.

Meeting set for new shelter house

A meeting to show the design and discuss the fundraising needed to replace the shelter house at Ft. Kaskaskia State Park will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, in the 3rd floor lounge at the Randolph County Courthouse in Chester.

Present to lead the meeting will be Dr. Marc Kiehna, Randolph County commissioner, Emily Lyons of the Randolph County Historical Society, Chris Martin, representing the Randolph County Community Foundation, Chester Wingerter, Site Manager for Ft. Kaskaskia and Greg Birchler of FS Construction Services.

The former shelter house was destroyed by fire in the Fall of 2012. The group is hopeful that a new shelter house will be able to be constructed by the Fall of 2018. The public is encouraged to attend.

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