Benton Evening News - Benton, IL
  • Benton trick-or-treat hours set, Habitat house transfer discussed

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  • Benton’s Halloween hours were set on a motion by Public Health & Safety Commissioner Mike Hoffman during Monday night’s meeting.
    Halloween will be celebrated with trick-or-treat hours from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.
    In other business, Benton City Council members tabled bids for a new dump truck until a review of the finances has been conducted by the finance commissioner and city treasurer.
    Members agreed to purchase two video cameras for Benton Police Department squad cars. Hoffman said they are the final two squad cars to be fitted with video cameras adding all other squad cars already have the camera equipment.
    City attorney Tom Malkovich reported interest in a vacant lot on Ward Street from Habitat of Humanity of Franklin County. Members said they are interested in donating the property to Habitat for the construction of a new home.
    Mayor Gary Kraft said he would welcome the donation to see the property being used and back on the county tax rolls. He said two attempts to sell the lot had resulted in no takers.
    Members approved a motion for Malkovich to meet with Habitat for Humanity representatives to make the land transfer.
    Kraft also signed three proclamations for the month of October. He said Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week is Oct. 1 to 5, while the Illinois Arts and Humanities month is being celebrated throughout the month of October, as is National Long Term Care Residents Rights Month.
    Kraft also encouraged residents to attend the public forum being held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Benton City Hall.
    He said the purpose of the forum is to provide residents and businesses an opportunity to discuss current and future needs of the city. The forum is part of a continuing process to formulate a new Comprehensive Plan for Benton.
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