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Construction is well underway at the site that will be Tonica’s new Dollar General store, and the crew has been working hard. There’s still interior work to finish, and the crew is also preparing the outside parking lot area.

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Board considering more road repairs BY ZACHARY J. PRATT news@tonicanews.com TONICA — Last year, the Tonica Village Board allocated funds to fix up some roads in town, and board members want to do the same this year. “We want to continue on doing improvements to roads,” Village President Kevin Sluder said at Monday night’s village board meeting. Some options, such as Wauponis, were mentioned immediately. Another suggestion was in the subdivision, but that selection entailed more than just fixing the road; preventing its continuous deterioration

is an issue as well. For some of these roads, residents dumping water on the street h a s wo r s e n e d t h e road’s condition. Sluder considered whether the village could Kevin install a storm sewer Sluder Tonica village and mandate these president residences to tie their sump pumps into it. Selections have not yet been made, as the board is considering what streets are most in need and how much the village can allocate toward the project. In other discussion, village engi-

neer Jack Kusek provided an update on the construction projects in town. While the weather might have slowed things down, both Dollar General and Casey’s General Store are coming along, he said. The board considered whether to donate a bit extra to help Republic Services in the recycling business and opted not to do so. Concerns involved an uncertainty regarding the effectiveness of the program, the cost of the wear on town roads, and the reality of paying more than stipulated in the contract. Republic will continue to collect recycling as per the contract.

Labor Day. A fishing permit from the Wetlands Initiative is required, in addition to a state of Illinois Sport Fishing License. Wetlands Initiative permit applications will be available starting May 15 at the

kiosk by the Dixon Refuge boat launch. For more information on fishing at the refuge, including specific rules and restrictions, visit the Wetlands Initiative’s website at www.wetlands-initiative.org.

IN BRIEF Applications available May 15 for fishing at Hennepin, Hopper HENNEPIN — The 2019 fishing season at Hennepin and Hopper Lakes begins Wednesday, May 15, and goes through

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