The $100 million opening of a new rail facility in Rochelle means 90 more jobs for the region. Gov. Pat Quinn attended today during the opening of the Nippon Sharyo Manufacturing LLC facility. The company already has about 400 employees at the site. The federal government is paying for 130 new cars, including 88 going to Illinois
Road Salt Streator
Despite higher demands for road salt this coming winter, Streator is all stocked up and ready to go. Public Works Superintendent David Fussel says despite reports of communities throughout Illinois struggling to get road salt, Streator ordered road salt several months ago. Streator is still in a contract with the state through Central Management Services and it has kept salt prices at the same prices over the past few years, around $100 a ton. Other communities throughout the state that are starting their orders now are reported to pay between $125 and $140 a ton.
Road Salt LaSalle County
Despite higher demands for road salt this coming winter, La Salle County officials say they are already prepared for this coming winter. County Highway Superintendent Larry Kinzer says the salt bins throughout the county are full and ready to go. Kinzer said the county stayed with their contract through Illinois Central Management Services and did not see salt prices go up through their contract. Kinzer said the county used between eight and nine tons of salt during this past winter season.
The Woodland School roof is closer to beginning its repair project. At a special meeting yesterday afternoon, board members voted to approve documents brought forward by Studio GC with plans to repair the roof above the cafeteria, library, kitchen and elementary school gym. Interim Superintendent Hank Boer said that once the projects begin, he wants to make sure it stays on a strict schedule. Students at the school will be moved to other vacant rooms in the building while the roof repair is on-going. Boer said they are looking for repairs to be around $200 to $220 thousand.
In other news, the board unanimously approved the contract of Jordan Sronkoski to be a special education teacher.
Spilled Drink Accident
A spilled drink reportedly helped cause an accident that injured two people yesterday evening. Deputies say the 23 year old Earlville driver said he didn’t see the vehicle in front of him slow down on Route 34 because he was distracted by a spilled drink.. Police say the driver in the car that was struck from the rear, a 23 year woman, and a passenger, were taken to a Sandwich Hospital for treatment.