- Written by: Bryan Hunt - Breese Journal Editor
Building and bridge project updates were among the agenda items shared with the Clinton County Board at their regular meeting Monday night in Carlyle.
The Health Building Committee paid contractor Johannes Construction Co. of Centralia $182,286.28 to cover pavement work, finishing rough-in carpentry, a metal roof on the canopy and sheet metal work, among other things, committee chairman Ken Knolhoff said.
He thanked fellow committee member Joe Jansen for making calls and doing a lot of the legwork for some of this and other work related to the health building.
That project is going up on county-owned property at Tenth and Franklin streets in Carlyle.
Knolhoff said their contractor on Monday was installing the internet connection between the courthouse and health building.
He said crews are pouring concrete around the building, including driveways, and putting up drywall inside.
Windows have also been installed and so the project is moving along, Knolhoff said.
In road and bridge news, County Engineer Dan Behrens was hoping to have a joint agreement for the resurfacing of Albers Road with the Illinois Department of Transportation in hand, but that did not happen.
The hope is to do that work next spring, he said.
The agreement will also show the funding breakdown for that project, which will be 80 percent federal and 20 percent local funds.
Behrens said his department is wanting to replace the Prairie Creek bridge north of Hoffman next summer.
Right now the bridge decking has two steel plates which have been covering problem areas for some time.
Plans for that project should be done sometime this winter, Behrens said.
He said the county submitted environmental paperwork on that project in January 2020, but received approval for the work just this past July.
Behrens said the county still has not received word about funding for the replacement of a bridge south of Albers.
Both projects are using Rebuild Illinois funds which have to be allocated by July 1, 2025.
Behrens reminded board members the state has quadrupled their township bridge money.
Now the county has money to build those bridges, something they've lacked the last few years.
Behrens said a meeting with townships was held recently to get their input on prioritizing projects in their respective areas.
The county received the first $500,000 in August and they have four years to spend those funds.
- Written by: Kelly Jo Ross - Breese Journal Reporter
Wally's in Breese was the setting for a bunch of local car enthusiasts as they made their way to Bowling Green, Kentucky, this past weekend for the annual Holley MoParty.
It literally is a party at the Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The three-day gathering — Sept. 15, 16, and 17 — featured a host of events, including drag racing, autocross, show and shine, Australian style, burnout contest, dynamometer challenge and more.
Wally's in Breese was the local group's first stop before they headed to Kentucky as the group ordered an early lunch of cheeseburgers, fries and milkshakes.
While at the eatery, there stood several rows of "wheeled nostalgia" of Mopars of varying ages, styles and colors.
The group was then meeting with two other guys in Mt. Vernon for a gas stop before they trek down to Kentucky.
Those making the trip this time included Marty Bittle, Jay Detmer, John Detmer, Chuck Dannels (president of the House of Mopar local club), Drew Lebro, Jeff Voss, Braden Schrader, Vance Straeter (Clinton County's mullet champion), John Weibler and Brett Weibler.
Bill Weibler and Paul Rice met with the group in Mt. Vernon.
This would be the fourth year the group ventured to Kentucky for the MoParty. They went in 2019 for the inaugural year, and again thereafter.