Headlines for Tuesday, June 11th

The Fairfield Park District will not hold its monthly meeting this week. The board had originally intended to meet tomorrow, but it will not have a quorum present. As such, its meeting has been pushed back to a later date. The meeting agenda has been set, though it could be amended if necessary.

Payment on Wayne County mobile home tax bills is due by July 1st, and those who miss the deadline will be subject to a $25 monthly penalty. Payments may be made in person or by mail, and they may also be left in the drop box on the west side of the Wayne County Courthouse.

The Fairfield Water Department says a boil order is still in effect for the city’s southeast side. The order is for residents on East Douglas Street from First to Southeast Sixth, as well as Southeast Sixth from East Center to East Douglas. Those with questions can contact the Water Department at 842-7015.

The IHSA Board of Directors approved a change to the format of boys and girls state basketball tournaments yesterday. The tournaments are currently played over four weekends, two each for boys and girls. The new format will begin in 2021, and it will change to a single weekend for both boys and girls.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tonight at 6 at City Hall. Aldermen are expected to discuss a policy regarding non-city employees riding in city vehicles. Mayor Brent Maguire said a committee has prepared a policy that would allow immediate family members to ride, as allowed by law, in public events.

Mayor Maguire also weighed in on the slow progress being made at the new Casey’s location on West Main Street. He said he is unsure as to the reason for the hold up on the work, but, as far as he knows, the delay has not been caused by any soil contamination from the land’s time as Airtex property.

Former Wayne County Sheriff Sonny McCulley and his wife Janet are circulating a petition to put a referendum question on the county ballot in 2020. The measure aims to detach Chicago from the rest of the state. McCulley said they need 467 signatures from county voters to put the question on the ballot.

In light of a recent spike in overnight burglaries from vehicles, the Fairfield Police Department is urging people to lock their doors and take the keys when leaving their vehicles. Anyone who has information on any of the recent burglaries around the city can contact the department at 842-2151 or Wayne County Crime Stoppers at 842-9777 or 800-222-8477.

Flood-weary state residents are taking the “neighbors helping neighbors” approach when it comes to battling rising rivers, as the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says residents are working to protect more than just their riverside towns. Also, Senator Dick Durbin toured flooded areas over the weekend, and he believes the Army Corps of Engineers needs to lead a campaign of restoring and strengthening levees.

Howard Buffett’s foundation plans to build sober housing apartments as part of a $30 million drug treatment campus he is funding in Decatur. Buffett money for the campus in August, and the apartments were announced Tuesday. They will consist of two 10-unit buildings, and they are estimated to cost $2.8 million.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 16.09 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.83 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 6.02 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).