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CHARLESTON -- The Coles County Board on Tuesday gave the OK to a bond issue to fund upcoming maintenance and repair projects.

The board authorized issuing bonds of up to $600,000 for what a board member said were priority projects.

According to member Stan Metzger, who's chairman of the board's Finance Committee, the work will include repairs to the courthouse's lower-level elevator, used in conjunction with the building's handicapped accessible entrance.

The other work would address the courthouse's roof and gutters.

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Metzger said county sales tax revenue would be used to repay the bonds, similar to how the county funded other construction projects in the past.

The board's vote on the bond issue was 12-0 and was without discussion.

Other votes Tuesday were also unanimous and included:

  • Awarding a contract with Depew & Owen Builders of Centralia for nearly $279,000 to replace a bridge on County Road 1600N north of Bushton. The work is expected to begin next month and the road will be closed during construction.
  • Authorized an agreement with Cumberland County to replace a bridge on the county line about eight miles southwest of Mattoon.
  • Approved agreements with Paradise, Morgan and North Okaw townships for culvert replacements.
  • Approved an agreement with the cities of Charleston and Mattoon to regulate volunteer assistant at disaster sites.
  • Increased the permit fee for selling fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county from $5 to $100.

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Contact Dave Fopay at (217) 238-6858. Follow him on Twitter: @FopayDave

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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