Benton Street Boardwalk Goes Over Estimate

Benton Street Boardwalk Goes Over Estimate

Final costs for project total $61,000 A city-funded outdoor dining project ended up costing Woodstock over 20 percent more than estimated. Final expenses for the Benton Street Boardwalk totaled $61,115.52, according to Paul Christensen, Woodstock’s finance director....

Distillery to Add Outdoor Service for Tour Groups

A local distillery plans to add outdoor service and tastings to its offerings. Wondertucky Distillery & Bottling Co., 315 E. South St., will be allowed to host outdoor seating and on-site consumption of its products after the City Council modified the distillery’s...
Council Members Differ on Tax Increase

Council Members Differ on Tax Increase

Following a public hearing on the matter, city officials differ on whether or not to implement a home-rule sales tax in Woodstock — and if so, how much the city should charge. The City Council is considering increasing  Woodstock’s sales tax on general merchandise....
Annexation Boundary Shifts for Woodstock, Bull Valley

Annexation Boundary Shifts for Woodstock, Bull Valley

Woodstock could gain acreage and Bull Valley could gain access to city water and sewer services under the terms of a deal approved by both municipalities last month. A 20-year boundary agreement between the city of Woodstock and the village of Bull Valley would allow...
Outdoor Dining Opens on Benton Street

Outdoor Dining Opens on Benton Street

Benton Street Boardwalk was paid for with city TIF funds An outdoor dining project funded by the city of Woodstock has opened just off the Square. The Benton Street Boardwalk, a series of wooden platforms that allows some downtown restaurants to host al fresco dining,...
Council Meetings Could Be Viewed Online

Council Meetings Could Be Viewed Online

Woodstock City Council meetings could soon be accessed online if officials move forward with a plan to record them. At a workshop July 18, council members discussed different ways to broadcast the body’s twice-monthly meetings. Proposals ranged from basic — uploading...
City Cuts Fine for Carrying Small Amounts of Pot

City Cuts Fine for Carrying Small Amounts of Pot

Fines for marijuana possession won’t be as high in Woodstock after the City Council approved a measure to reduce the penalty for people caught carrying small amounts of the drug.  People in possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana will face a civil fine...

City to Hold Hearing on Sales Tax Increase

The City Council will hold a public hearing next month on a proposal to increase the sales tax in Woodstock. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, in the council chambers at Woodstock City Hall, 121 W. Calhoun St. When the proposal first was floated this...

Teachers Union to Cover City’s Cost for Debs Plaque

A local teachers union is covering the city of Woodstock’s expense for a marker recognizing a famous labor leader. McHenry County Federation of Teachers Local 1642 has donated $1,500 to help pay for a plaque from the Illinois State Historical Society commemorating...
Construction Underway on Benton Street Boardwalk

Construction Underway on Benton Street Boardwalk

Part of Benton Street will be closed daily through Friday, July 14, as builders install a series of outdoor dining spaces for the city-owned Benton Street Boardwalk. Woodstock’s Streets Division will close Benton Street north of East Judd Street, as well as the...

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