Friday, November 9, 2018

November Board Meeting Date Change

Attention: The monthly Village Board meeting has been changed to Tuesday, November 27 at 5:30PM.

Thank you!
Hennepin Village Board


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Hennepin Proceeds With Plan for Security Camera Installations

During the Oct. 17 Hennepin Village Board meeting, members were in agreement in continuing their exploration of possibly installing security cameras near the village’s few exits and entrances.

“If a child were abducted, God forbid — you can’t put a price on that,” member Lynn Haage said in regards to residents concerned with the cost of such a project.

The board was in consensus to first buy a single camera in order to allow Rocket Communications to determine the potential system’s bandwidth and configuration requirements.

According to member Quentin Buffington, the 12-megapixel camera will have high resolution, a 160-foot range, infrared capabilities, and a cost of approximately $1,000 to $1,500.

The system would feed into the sheriff’s office and would be monitored only if needed. Powering the system individually proved cost-inhibitive, so the village will be seeking ways to piggyback onto existing locations with power where they can and then entering into agreements to pay the cost differences.

Source: Putnam County Record


Complete Forms Soon to Get Christmas Baskets

The Putnam County Food Pantry, in cooperation with local schools, organizations and churches, will again be preparing Christmas baskets for Putnam County families in need.

The baskets will contain the makings of a Christmas breakfast and dinner, toys and clothes for the children, and gifts for senior citizens.

The baskets will be ready for pickup between 8 and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 in Bonucchi Hall at the Granville United Church of Christ, upstairs from the food pantry.

All families wishing to receive a basket must complete and return the request form or call Gayle Reno at 815-866-6484 by Sunday, Nov. 11.

Participants are asked to please include a specific wish list for your children, including what type and names of books, music, activities, toys, or jewelry they like, and specify if their ears are pierced or not.

Forms are also available at the food pantry for clients who receive food on Saturday mornings. Please don’t fill out duplicate forms.

Regular clients of the pantry won’t receive a basket unless a form is completed.

Baskets will be delivered only to those who are shut-in or have no access to transportation. Deliveries will be made the morning of Dec. 15.

Source: Putnam County Record


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Hennepin Moving Forward With Drainage Issue on Sixth Street

The Village of Hennepin is able to proceed with a drainage issue it’s been trying to resolve for a couple years. The village needed, and obtained, an easement to fix the drainage issue on Sixth Street between Locust and Vine streets, said village engineer Bill Shafer.

The drainage comes from agricultural fields northeast of Hennepin and is only a problem when the ground is frozen, he said.

The project was approved years ago by the village but needed the easement from the property owner, who’s in California, before proceeding with the work, he said.

It’s a fairly small project that he doesn’t think will cost much. He hopes to get the earthwork and basic grading done this fall.

Source: News Tribune


Thursday, October 18, 2018

IPS Steel Working to Get Rid of Asbestos at Former Hennepin Mill

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Demolition has begun at the former Hennepin steel mill, an attorney confirmed this week.

IPS Steel of Michigan, former owner of the mill, has the goal of demolishing and salvaging the entirety of the property as quickly as possible to ensure it’s free of asbestos, said IPS Steel attorney Andrew Bossory.

On Sept. 27, a judge granted a motion allowing IPS Steel of Michigan to enter into a demolition contract with Alessio and Sons Co. of Illinois, according to online court records.

IPS Steel is the mortgagee in possession of the mill, but Hennepin Industrial Development is still the owner.

The steel mill opened in the late 1960s as Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. It closed in 2009 and the property is now owned by Hennepin Industrial Development LLC. It previously operated under various names including ArcelorMittal and LTV Steel.

In May, a judge ordered IPS Steel could take possession of the former Hennepin steel mill site and collect profits from it.

“This ruling is based on the filing of numerous liens against the property and not based on any other alleged defaults,” the May order said.

On Monday, when asked if IPS Steel wants ownership of the mill, Bossory said he couldn’t share a firm answer at this time.

Hennepin Industrial Development will continue trying to get back possession, said William Marino with Hennepin Industrial last week.

Source: News Tribune


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Learning Skills for a Lifetime

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Students at Putnam County Elementary School in Hennepin are getting some firsthand gardening experience by planting, maintaining and harvesting small gardens at the school.

The U. of I. Extension offers the class so students learn how to garden and hopefully carry the knowledge to their adult life, said Master Gardener Sharon Gallup.

One of the sections involves letting the students taste fruits and vegetables, and gardeners are surprised by how many kids have never had some of the foods, like a blueberry, she said. The gardeners are happy the kids enjoy the foods. The gardeners have gone to other schools as well, like Spring Valley, Toluca, Fieldcrest and others. If interested in having the program at your school, contact the Extension office at (815) 433-0707.

Source: News Tribune


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Zoning Officer: Demolition of Hennepin Steel Mill Starting Again

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Demolition will begin at the former Hennepin steel mill, a county official said.

Monday night, zoning officer Jim Burger updated the Putnam County Board about the steel mill’s situation.

IPS Steel of Michigan, a former owner of the steel mill who sold the property to Hennepin Industrial last year, was given the ability to demolish the plant from a judge, Burger said.

In October 2017, William Marino with Hennepin Industrial Development announced demolition at the site was halted.

In October 2017, Marino said Hennepin Industrial and IPS Steel came to a mutual agreement that demolition would be halted until further notice, as Hennepin Industrial was in the process of refinancing so it could close the loan of what was owed to IPS — approximately $14 million at the time.

On Sept. 27, a motion was granted allowing IPS Steel to enter into a demolition contract with Alessio and Sons Co. of Illinois, according to online court records.

After the meeting, Burger said he and members of IPS Steel talked in a meeting last week about the situation. He also attended recent hearings involving litigation with the mill.

Source: News Tribune


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Putnam County FFA Plans Fall Food Drive

On Oct. 19 and 21 the Putnam County FFA members will be collecting food from their hometown neighbors to donate to the Putnam County Food Pantry.

Donations will be collected in Mark and Granville from 3 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 19.

McNabb, Standard, Hennepin and Magnolia donations will be collected from 3 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 21.

If you won’t be home during the collection times, please leave your non-perishable donations on the porch or near the front door. Donations can also be dropped off Friday through Sunday behind the Ag shop at Putnam County High School.

The Putnam County FFA’s goal this year is to fill two trucks with food for local residents, and the public’s help is greatly appreciated.

Source: Putnam County Record