CANTON-Canton City Treasurer, Crystal Wilkinson, had some positive news to share with the Canton City Council during their meeting Wednesday, held a day later than usual due to the primary election Tuesday.

CANTON-Canton City Treasurer, Crystal Wilkinson, had some positive news to share with the Canton City Council during their meeting Wednesday, held a day later than usual due to the primary election Tuesday.

 

She said she received news from Illinois River Correctional Center regarding monies owed to the city for their past due water bill. Wilkinson noted $359,000 should be in their accounts any day. They are owed $1.1 million with non-payment going back to June, July and August of last year, “I spoke to a gentleman in Springfield and was told they were waiting on the appropriation to come through.”

 

Wilkinson further explained the first priority is making sure bond payments are paid.

 

Mayor Kent McDowell thanked Wilkinson for doing her due diligence as well as Illinois State Representative, Mike Unes (R) and his assistant, Tiffany, “They worked hard to help us get the money. I appreciate all the help they put in.”

 

In other Council news:

 

•A special use/home occupation permit for Alonzo Gaylen, located at 303 N. 5th Avenue to customize guns/golf clubs/crossbows, etc. was discussed first in a Planning and Zoning Committee meeting. Alderwoman Angie Lingenfelter said she asked numerous questions regarding the request, “He’s basically working on stocks. There are no felons in the house, security measures are covered, there is a safe if something needs to be left overnight and no selling of guns. I’m pretty comfortable making the recommendation,” she said.

 

McDowell added, “He is not a gunsmith. He’s putting decals on stocks. It’s not as if he would have a bunch of ammo.”

 

The motion carried.

 

•A request for a special use/home occupation permit for Sherry McCoy was also presented. McCoy plans on having a pet grooming  business at 165 

 

West Tamarak.

 

Alderwoman Lingenfelter said she asked McCoy during the Planning and Zoning Committee meeting to check with her insurance agent regarding business insurance. McCoy was present at the meeting and said she did as requested.

 

The motion carried.

 

Additionally, Council gave permission for Brew N Cue to hold a special event (Jesse Jam) May 19 from noon to midnight as well as another event May 26. The request also included the closure of two city parking lots between 2nd and 3rd Avenue.

 

The Canton Family YMCA was given the go-ahead to hold their special event, a healthy kids triathlon, May 5 from noon to 2 p.m. This is an annual event with the same route as last year.