Today in Washington - March 30, 2009

Donelle Pardee Whiting
Cherry blossoms in bloom in Washington, Ill.

Six candidates for Washington Community High School Board of Education will gather tonight at 7 p.m. in the WCHS commons to introduce themselves and talk about what they have to say on various education issues.

Among them, I expect, will be the renovation resolution which is receiving a lot of talk around town.

All but one candidate is for the renovation.

In addition to our very own Nick Stroman’s coverage of the Meet the Candidate Night, we will print a brief candidate profile of each of the candidates.

We will also have the candidates who are running for the four available seats in the District 52 Board of Education race.

Other than those two boards, all other candidates are running unopposed for their respective seats.

See Wednesday’s Washington Times-Reporter for a complete list of all races and referendums Washington residents will see on the April 7 ballot.

And remember, do your homework before voting.

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Prior to tonight’s Meet the Candidate Night, hosted by the Washington Education Association, the WCHS administration will conduct one last tour through the school at 5:30 p.m.

Those of you who have not been yet, I highly recommend it regardless of which way you think you plan to vote.

Be an informed voter and see it with your own eyes.

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City of Washington staff determined that it is more cost effective to have public works personnel continue handling mowing city property.

Council members are expected to vote to reject all bids for contract mowing services received and opened March 9.

The lowest bid for contract mowing services was $51,475. The estimated cost of performing mowing services, in-house, is $41,107.

City officials will also be expected to approve the tentative budget for FY 2009-10.

Other items on tonight’s agenda include awarding four construction bids, and approving a pay request for the School Street sanitary sewer improvement.

City leaders are also expected to either discuss, or take action on:

• a resolution to accept a water main easement from Janet R. Czech

• a resolution  to approve an IEPA resolution authorizing a representative to sign loan documents

• a resolution approving a IEPA resolution of intent regarding national flood insurance

• a resolution approving IEPA certification regarding project performance standards

• an ordinance authorizing entering into intergovernmental agreement with the Peoria Area Convention Visitors Bureau

• an ordinance in regards to first time homebuyers

• an ordinance approving official map of zoning districts

• an ordinance authorizing entering into TIF No. 2 redevelopment agreement with Tom and Judy Gross and

• an ordinance amending the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Thoroughfare Plan.

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