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DeWitt County Board Approves Two ZBA Recommendations, Rejects Tower Height Recommendation

It is rare the DeWitt County Board goes against the Zoning Board of Appeals but that is what happened with one wind energy ordinance Thursday night at the DeWitt County Board meeting. 
A recommendation passed for wind farms near corporate villages or municipalities within one and a half miles must get approval from that village or municipality before being erected. 
A setback distance of 2000 feet also passed as did a decommissioning plan that includes an agreement between the landowner and the County that appropriate funds will be available in an escrow account and be reviewed every three years. 
The Board rejected the recommendation to limit the tower height to 499 feet. Terry Ferguson called out Tradewind Energy for not giving reasons for why they opposed the limitation. He felt the RPC and ZBA did their due diligence as to why the came up with their recommendation.
Melonie Tilley also believes the RPC and the ZBA did what the Board asked and also called for the support of their recommendation.
The recommendation needed seven votes to pass and anything short would fail. Here's how the vote played out Thursday night:
Board member Cole Ritter had recused himself from the action items. 

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Clinton Fire Erecting Training Facility On East Side of Town

Near the former animal shelter in Clinton, you'll notice some small construction taking place.
Clinton Commissioner of Public Safety, Dan Ballenger indicates the fire department is putting up a structure they'll be able to train in throughout the year.
Ballenger says if you're curious what training looks like for a firefighter, they do those exercises on Wednesday nights.

DeWitt County Board Approves Re-Paving of County Building Parking Lot

The DeWitt County Board Thursday night approved a resurfacing project of the County Building parking lot.
Board Chair David Newberg says it is something that has been needed for some time and points out bids came in a little over their budget price but it considers unforeseen expenses.
The whole parking lot is going to be completely stripped down and resurfaced and Newberg hopes things come in under budget.
Newberg indicates the weather will be the biggest determining factor in how quickly things get started and finished. He notes the work will be done in two segments so the whole lot does not go out of service. 

Peterson Insurance Receives More Awards

A good 2017 has led to more awards for a Clinton insurance agency.
Peterson Insurance raked in more awards in 2017 through Pekin Insurance. Owner Jay Peterson says they are fortunate to have great community support behind them.
Peterson says they have good customers and good clients. He also calls their family fortunate to have 52 years in Clinton and a good company to partner with along with a great staff in Clinton.

Congressman Davis Talks Partisan Politics of Farm Bill Proposal

Democrats involved in the Farm Bill process have been blasting Republicans for excluding them from the process of crafting the next farm bill and a central Illinois Congressman discussed their recent discussions.
Congressman Rodney Davis says Democrats were opposed to what he calls, the common sense reforms they want to see aimed at families on benefit programs in the country.
Congressman Davis called out Democrats he's worked with in the past for not participating when given the opportunity.
Congressman Davis says crop insurance is being protected in the upcoming farm bill and they are implementing CSB programs in the EQIP program. 

Clinton Fire Responds To Early Friday Vacant Structure Fire

Just before 5 am Friday morning, Clinton Fire crews along with officers were dispatched for smoke in the area of Dollar General on Van Buren. 
Officers arrived in the area first and a deputy located a house in the 500 block of West south on fire. Crews arrived at the scene of a one-story house with smoke coming from the roof and windows on the first floor and fire from a basement window. 
Crews were advised that the house should be vacant. 
Crews began an outside attack on the fire through the basement window to know the fire down while another crew made entry and performed a primary search on the first floor.
 Due to conditions crews could not search the basement. 
Ventilation was performed to give interior crews better visibility and complete the primary search in the basement and finish knocking down the fire primary search was negative. 
Another crew then performed a secondary search that was negative. 
Crews remained on scene to extinguish hot spots and assist the state fire Marshall in the investigation. 
No injuries to citizens or fire personnel. 
Crews on scene were Clinton police, DeWitt County Sheriff's deputies, Kenney fire, Wapella fire, Maroa fire, and Red Cross officials and DeWitt County EMS were on the scene. 
Waynesville provided station coverage during the incident. 

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