Monday, April 20, 2015

Grass Fertilizer Notice

Notice to Village of Hennepin Residents

Please be advised that Spring Green will be fertilizing in town the week of April 20, 2015 at the following locations:

  • WDB Park
  • Ernest Bassi Park
  • Baseball Diamonds
Please keep off the grass for 24 hours after application.

Thank you,
Hennepin Village Board


Grass Clippings Notice

Notice to Village of Hennepin Residents

Please do NOT blow grass clippings onto the curbed streets! Grass clippings clog the storm drainage system. This can be expensive to repair!

Thank you for your cooperation,
Hennepin Village Board


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Early Garbage Pick Up on April 24

Early Garbage Pick Up Due to Garage Sales

Garbage will be picked up EARLY on Friday, April 24, 2015, as early as 6:00 AM.

Please put your garbage out the night before, Thursday, April 23 to avoid being missed on the pick up. Illinois Valley Waste Services will NOT make any return trips!

Thank you,
Hennepin Village Board


Clean Up Day to be Held May 8

Notice to Village of Hennepin Residents

Our annual Clean Up Day will be held May 8, 2015. Please have your items ready for pick up by 6:00 AM.

Review the guidelines below.

Clean Up Day Guidelines

Thank you!


Friday, April 17, 2015

K-9 Roxy Ready for Action

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The Putnam County Sherriff’s Office K-9 Roxy will be receiving a ballistic vest thanks to a nationwide Groupon Event that raised more than $335,000.

“K-9 Roxy and I appreciate the donations people made to be able to receive these important vests. This vest will provide safety for K-9 Roxy while she tracks suspects,” said Putnam County Deputy Jacob Frund, K-9 Roxy’s handler.

The “Occasions “ campaign for Groupon Grassroots, partnered with Vested Interest in K-9s, to outfit police K-9s with bullet and stab protective vests ran Feb. 15 through March 5.

The online $10 donation suggested interested persons purchase a Groupon — a tax deductible donation — through the secure website where all funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests for four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for the community and their partner.

Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc., a nationwide non-profit organization and charity, will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K-9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014. All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment: “In Memory of K-9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.”

New K-9 graduates as well as K9’s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are U.S. employed, certified and at leas.t 19 months of age. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a five-year warranty.

Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. provided more than 1,349 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of more than $1.2 million.

The organization orders the U.S.-made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, Mass. Regency Police Supply also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.

In 2013, Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc., whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the U.S., also partnered with Groupon in past years, and was named as one of “The Best of 2013” campaigns.

The nonprofit organization raised $537.33 in just one week to provide ballistic vests for 163 law enforcement dogs in 30 states.

There are an estimated 30,000 police dogs throughout the United States.

Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. also announced their 7” plush stuffed German Shepherd K-9 Hero, “Cesar”, and company ambassador of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. now for sale online for $15.00 at Proceeds will go toward the vest program.

Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc a 501c (3) organization, located in East Taunton, Mass., is still accepting donations through their website: and via mail P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K-9 Officers.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call (508) 824-6978, or visit the above website.

Source: News Tribune


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Deck Scholarship Winners Announced

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The Village of Hennepin awarded the 2015 Adam and Ida Deck College Scholarships on Wednesday night.

During the village board meeting, Lauren Colby, daughter of Julie and Dane Colby, received the first-place, $1,200-per-year scholarship. Second place went to Kristen Pinn, daughter of Linda and Michael Pinn. She will receive $1,000 per year. The scholarship is for four years.

Colby and Pinn are the 89th and 90th students to receive the scholarship since its inception in 1974.

“How we score these, you kids were only a little bit apart, you should be very proud of yourselves and your accomplishments,” Mayor Kevin Coleman told the parents.

Congratulations to Lauren and Kristen!

Source: News Tribune


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Historic Courthouse's Makeover Under Budget

The facelift on the state’s oldest courthouse in use will continue ahead of schedule and under budget.

Sheriff Kevin Doyle told the Putnam County board Monday that the construction estimates for what would have been Phase 3 of the restoration project would come in around $57,000 under what was initially projected.

Kurt Rimmele of Basaley, Carey, and Alstadt Architects explained the much lower number to the board.

Rimmele said after further inspection, many of the bricks and concrete first thought to need replacement would only need repair. Rimmele also said by speeding up the project, originally projected to take four years, many costs would be considerably less.

“We originally looked at attacking the project over four years, but by doing it more quickly we took out the price escalation in my estimate,” said Rimmele. “As an overall savings on the construction end of it, from our original construction estimate, it would be $57,881 to date.” Architectural fees will also be $15,000 less than originally estimated.

“We thought this would be a good time to bring this to the board and take advantage of the cost savings,” said Rimmele.

Board member Willie Holmes was the vote against continuing the project. Rimmele believed the project should be finished by May 29.

County zoning officer Jim Burger told the board he would be splitting the demolition zoning changes in to multiple categories and would bring the changes as well as the application to the board at a later date to vote on as a package.

Economic development
Jeff Clawson, Princeton city manager, and Kevin Coleman, Hennepin mayor, gave a presentation to the board about the Economic Development Corp. of North Central Illinois. The board will be receiving an official letter asking them to join in the near future, according to Clawson. 

Cost is about $5,000 annually.

Source: News Tribune


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Low Voter Turnout on Tuesday

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County clerks in the Illinois Valley all were disappointed with Tuesday’s voter turnout, with some reporting their worst totals in years.

Putnam County voters can usually be counted on to fill the ballot boxes, but this year turnout didn’t quite reach 15 percent. That’s less than half Putnam County’s average turnout.

“It was pretty bleak,” Putnam County clerk Dan Kuhn said. “All precincts were slow.

“Since I’ve been in office, this is the lowest turnout I’ve ever had.”

Kuhn attributed the low participation to a lack of contested races, save for Granville. The village’s precinct 2 posted a respectable 23 percent turnout, but otherwise voter choices and enthusiasm were lacking. Hennepin is usually one of Kuhn’s most reliable precincts but this year drew just 15.3 percent to the polls. Magnolia drew 17.5 percent for what turned out to be a contest of write-ins.

Tuesday’s dismal total might well be a record low. Kuhn said he researched odd-year elections dating back to 1995 and the previous low mark was 22 percent.

In Bureau County, clerk Kami Hieronymus said the voter turnout was less than she, too, had expected.

“I was expecting 25 percent and we only had about 19 percent,” Hieronymus said. 

While Bureau County had no issues with actual voting, they were short-staffed in some precincts when it came to election judges. 

“We had a few judges get sick and drop out throughout the weekend, maybe five to six,” said Hieronymus. They had to do last minute fill-ins, which she said was not ideal when they were minimally staffed to begin with.

“I would just like to get it out there that we are looking for more people willing to serve, even on the slow days,” she said.

Both counties typically outdraw La Salle County in voter turnout. That wasn’t the case this election, but nobody in Ottawa is uncorking champagne in celebration.

About one in five La Salle County residents went to the polls Tuesday — a total that fell short of the county clerk’s meager expectations.

La Salle County reported 21 percent voter turnout, though a closer inspection showed wildly uneven participation.

Voters in Utica and Oglesby stormed the polls to settle mayoral contests, posting respective turnout of 44 percent and 34 percent, respectively.

But those hotspots were offset by dismal returns throughout La Salle County. La Salle, in particular, had one of its worst showings in years. With only one contested aldermanic race (in Ward 2), La Salle voters largely stayed home and failed to crack 8 percent turnout.

“Doesn’t that stink?” Carretto said. “I was shooting for between 22 percent and 25 percent, so I missed.”

Carretto said she was particularly disappointed in totals recorded in Streator, which had a big school referendum, and in Marseilles, which settled a three-way race for mayor.

“When you have a contested mayoral race, I honestly thought there’d be bigger turnout,” she lamented. As for Streator, “If it’s going to affect my pocketbook, I’m going to vote.”

Other notable results:
- Peru turnout came to 26 percent. An analysis of precinct totals suggested the Ward 2 race between Tom Payton and Rodney Perez drew the most participation.

- Waltham Elementary failed to pass a $7 million bond issue to consolidate its two campuses, but the issue was a big draw both in Utica’s two precincts and in Waltham’s, where turnout was 47.6 percent, best in La Salle County.

- Ottawa turnout was nearly 30 percent. A six-way race for city council helped lure voters, but the big draw appeared to be the hotly-contested race for Ottawa Township High School’s board of education.

- Only one precinct outside Oglesby and Utica-Waltham posted turnout of 40 percent or higher. The stray hotspot was Naplate, which had a three-way race for two village board seats.

- One in four precincts posted turnout in the single digits. La Salle’s nine precincts were among the least-attended; only one (located at the high-rise) cracked 10 percent turnout.

Source: News Tribune