BY CAROL HICKS
City council members unanimously approved a 15 percent raise in cemetery fees at Tuesday’s meeting effective immediately.
Lot prices are now: one grave, $350; two, $600; three, $850; four, $1,100; five, $1,350; six, $1,600; seven, $1,850; and eight, $2,100. Additional graves of more than eight will be $250. Baby graves in designated areas are now $175.
Labor charges for grave openings on weekdays are: adult, $450; ashes and baby graves, $230; Saturday adult graves, $675; ashes and baby graves, $345; and Sundays, holiday and emergencies with cemetery approval, adult graves, $1,125; and ashes and baby graves, $575.
Disinterments fees or removal of a body from the cemetery will be adult graves $1,350; and ashes and baby graves $690.
In other business, council members:
Approved the facade improvement grants program and facade committee. Committee members are alderman Larry Baughn as Chairman; city employee Marta Pierce, Chamber of Commerce representative Valarie Paulson; Historical Society representative Carol Hicks; and two business owners, Gail Lane and Sue Comstock. Applications can be picked up the Hoopeston Municipal Building in the water department office, 301 W. Main St.
Learned the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency confirmed the findings of its preliminary environmental impacts determination for the water treatment and storage improvements project plan and approved the project plan.
"The next step is for the project to go out for bids in one week at 2 p.m.," said Michael Strepp of Foth Infrastructure & Environmental, LLC. He added they were about a month behind schedule but were still in good shape.
Learned the status of the new city web site. Alderman Randy Carter said it was close to going live. According to information from Curt Ellis that Carter received, it would go live on this weekend or next weekend, but would take close to 72 hours to update all the information. The web site would be down completely for those 72 hours, said Mayor Bill Crusinberry.
Hoopeston City Council members will meet at 7 p.m. June 18 in City Hall, 301 W. Main St.