Coffee stand plans to open in Oglesby

Business will operate at corner of Walnut Street, Columbia Avenue

Oglesby City Hall

Oglesby is set to get a freestanding coffee business, Bab’s Brews, that will be located on the empty lot at Walnut Street and Columbia Avenue.

On Tuesday, the Oglesby City Council unanimously placed on file recommendations by the zoning board of appeals, plan commission and design review board. An ordinance will be ready for the March 4 meeting.

“It’s an area that’s very visible in the city, and it’s kind of a forgotten spot,” Mayor Jason Curran said.

Curran said the proprietors own the property and are obligated to pay municipal taxes. That makes this project distinct from visiting food trucks. Nevertheless, Curran said he would like for the city code to be updated to recognize that distinction.

Congratulations to state basketball team

Curran and the commissioners congratulated the Oglesby Washington boys basketball team, which finished as the runner-up in the state after a double-overtime thriller.

“Those boys made this city proud,” Commissioner Tony Stefanelli said. “They are a great representation of Oglesby, and I wish them all a great future and more accomplishments.”

Members of the Oglesby Washington 7th grade basketball team exit the school to board a charter bus to attend the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 2A State championship on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024 at Oglesby Washington School. Oglesby plays Effingham for the Class 2A State Title.

In other matters, the council:

  • Approved an engagement letter with Hopkins & Associates to conduct the 2024 audit.
  • Placed on file engineering agreements with Chamlin & Associates for multiple water main projects.
  • Agreed to seek bids for the dry bridge water main relocation. The water line, which serves the entire east end of town, needs to be moved before county construction begins.