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Update given on Route 66 Corridor projects

Last year's race held during the Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor in May.

During Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Chenoa City Council, Sarah Michaels gave an update on various Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor-related projects.

She reported the Red Carpet Corridor route had been expanded to include Bloomington-Normal. This addition makes the length of the corridor 100 miles. Including Bloomington-Normal in the event is expected to increase the number of people visiting Chenoa to exceed 1,000 people.

Michaels requested the city provide $1,000 to help fund Red Carpet Corridor projects. Mayor Chris Wilder said this request would be considered as soon as the new budget is approved in April. The Mayor reported that no funds were allocated to this project in the current budget.

The Depot will be a new event center in Chenoa for weddings and parties. The Depot applied for a liquor license, and the City Council approved this request.

Chenoa Library officials requested the city install a parking curb purchased by the Library. The City Council agreed to have city workers install the curb by the Library.

Plenty of discussion time was spent on the various projects related to Silliman Lake, next to I-55 in Chenoa. A proper overflow needs to be installed, and docks need to be replaced. The city received one preliminary estimate of $85,000. Some of the work involved exceeds the capabilities of the Chenoa city crew. The group voted and approved sending this project out for competitive bids.

The City of Lexington has hired a new police officer but needs someone to provide the legally required training to the new officer. Lexington officials approached Chenoa officials and requested the Chenoa Police Department help train their new officer.

Lexington would cover the payroll cost of their officer and the Chenoa training officer. Lexington and Chenoa already cooperate on various projects, including mutual aid. The Chenoa City Council voted to approve this request.

During the meeting, a high-level review of the recently completed audit of the Chenoa city finances was done. The audit report found the city's finances were fine. The City Council voted to approve the audit.

Mayor Wilder reported the city had been notified that the credit rating for Chenoa has recently been improved to an A rating. This rating was enhanced because the town has appropriately repaid current bonds, and the city's financial condition is good.

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