Thursday, November 26, 2015

Boughs of Hennepin Holly

Village Board of Trustees Prepare for the Holiday Season

The Hennepin Village Board met Wednesday, Nov. 18, and discussed matters pertinent to the village and how to properly decorate the community with the spirit of Christmas.

Village President Kevin Coleman said he has been doing a lot of walking the last few weeks and has noticed some of the sidewalks in town are in rough shape, so he voiced his plan to speak with the street department about possible improvement to areas with the greatest damage.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Randall discussed leaf burning in his property maintenance report, citing complaints from residents about people burning later than they should. He noted that’s obviously going to happen this time of the year, and it’s more of an education opportunity through conversation than people blatantly irritating their neighbors.

Coleman said a tax levy is coming up on the community sewer project, and a finance committee meeting was schedule for Monday, Nov. 23, to look at the cost of a new commercial truck among other things. Trustee Quentin Buffington said replacing a large truck could cost close to $200,000, but Coleman is hopeful a quality used truck can be found on the market much cheaper.

Coleman spoke of an agreement with Dimond Brothers for community insurance, with an overall rate increase of 5.6 percent, which he commented was actually not too drastic. Adjusters came out to reevaluate everything and provide updated values on different properties.

Trustee Matt Dean said an appreciation dinner will likely take place at Chapel Hill Golf Course in the near future, with guests encouraged to bring a donation for the food pantry if they are planning on attending.

Buffington indicated a concession stand at the Hennepin baseball diamond is in the works and will be a turn key metal building with multiple roll up doors. He indicated the cost of the building will be $8,835, and it will be “about as maintenance free as we can get.”

Buffington said on Saturday, Nov. 28, man lifts are being brought into town to assist with adorning large trees in town with technicolor sparkle, and added volunteers willing to help will be welcomed.

He said the Christmas decorations in town are starting to get very old, as he recently experienced crumbling tinsel while examining decorations to the park entrance. They are looking into a Christmas committee where a five-year plan could be organized on how to viably brighten and update the decorations.

Source: Putnam County Record


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hennepin Christmas Event Planned for December 5

Sleigh Bells are Ringing

Village president Kevin Coleman indicated Christmas will be coming to Hennepin a little early, with a celebration schedule for Saturday, Dec. 5.

The festivities will begin with movies — Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer — and crafts at the Hennepin Park District community room. Santa just might come down the chimney, with a little help from a fire engine, to visit the kids.

Lights are being put up for the event, which is set to begin between 1 and 2 p.m., and the fire department will be accompanying Santa and Mrs. Claus to Walter Durley Boyle Park, where everyone can gather for the lighting of the Christmas lights at dusk. The Hennepin United Methodist Church choir will be filling the air with merry tunes, and snacks could possibly be provided after the colorful bulbs come to life.

Village Clerk Diana Brandstatter said the Hennepin United Methodist Church will be having its cookie walk beginning at 8 a.m. Dec. 5. A sweet tooth's dream, women of the church will be baking countless Christmas cookies that can be purchased by the pound.

Source: Putnam County Record


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ambulance Director Seeks Help in Identifying Homes

During a medical emergency time is of the utmost importance. 911 calls are quickly routed to the appropriate people, and those who respond are on the road as fast as possible. But before arriving at your door, those responding to the call for help need to be able to tell which door is yours. Without a well-marked and visible house number responders can be delayed by a time consuming search for the address needing assistance.

At the Putnam County Board meeting on Monday, Nov. 9, ambulance Director Andy Jackson sought guidance in how the problem can be best addressed.

“Some homes are marked, but not easily seen, and some aren’t marked at all. Some homes have their house numbers marked on the curb, which can work, but those can’t be easily seen during bad weather,” said Jackson.

Jackson also stated he’d been contacted by the principal from the elementary school about the possibility of holding a bicycle safety course for students after several who ride their bikes there were seen not following the rules of the road, including two who were almost hit by a vehicle near the school. The board appreciated the idea of holding a bicycle safety course for area children, and Jackson was given information to help begin preparations.

In other business, when Pat Sloan of the county highway department was asked if the Bottom Road bridge would hold up until 2018, when the funds are appropriated, Sloan replied “We’ll see. It’s totally off the state’s radar.”

Also, Mick Johnson introduced himself to the board as the new director of transportation for BPART. Johnson explained when he first asked to be put on the board’s agenda they hadn’t yet received funding approval from the state. Since that time, he’s received word that once the funds are available BPART will receive them. Johnson also shared that as of Dec. 30, LaSalle County will no longer be in partnership with Lee-Ogle Transportation.

“They are looking for partners or to join up with another provider. They’ve been courting us informally for about three weeks, and the preliminary talks have been well received. This would mean an increase in rides and revenue, but we have to get IDOT’s approval first,” said Johnson.

Source: Putnam County Record


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Students Earn Ride to School in Fire Truck

Image courtesy of the Putnam County Record
Fifth-grader Sophia Brown, 10, (left) third-grader Lola Calkins, 9, and fourth-grader Conlan Cwikla, 10, from Putnam County Elementary, got a ride to school from the Hennepin Fire Department. This year, department members Quentin Buffington and Dan Zilm picked the students up in the truck.

The students won the ride by completing a drawing of their homes with a plan of how to safely get out of each room in the case of a fire. Besides the ride to school, the students also got gift certificate for a Casey’s pizza party.

The winning plans will be displayed at the school before moving to the fire station.

The Hennepin Fire Department has been giving rides to students in third, fourth, and fifth grades for six years. The department gives the students grid paper during fire safety week, and asks them to draw the plan and return it to school. The department officers then choose one winner and one runner up from each grade level.

After arriving at school, an assembly is held in honor of the winners, and students are again reminded on fire safety.

Runners up this year were Daric Wiesbrock in third grade, Maggie Richetta in fourth, and Ashlee Fuchs in fifth grade. The runners up were awarded $10.

All students also received a bracelet and bookmark from the fire department.

Source: News Tribune


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Letters to the Editor: Hennepin Appreciates Veterans and Those Who Helped With Memorial

Image courtesy of Quentin J. Buffington
On the morning of Nov. 8, I woke up reviewing the previous day’s events and what a beautiful day we enjoyed for the dedication of Hennepin’s new Veterans Memorial. I felt great appreciation and pride for the large turnout from our community who came to participate and show their respect to our Veterans, past and present.

I am especially proud of our guest speakers, Naval Chief Petty Officer Joleen Darrah Burton and Chief Warrant Officer II, US Special Forces (Green Beret) Matthew Bolin. They both credited their successful military careers in part to being raised in the small town of Hennepin and the experiences that gave them a solid foundation for a successful future.

I also realized that I needed to address an error that I made during the dedication. In the excitement of the ceremony, I regrettably omitted some very important individuals from my list of thank-yous. Those people are Bob and Darlene Cofoid and Jerry Boekeloo.

I met with Bob Cofoid more than a year ago to ask if Serenity Monuments would be interested in helping with the memorial project. He did not hesitate to jump on board and I met with him and Darlene on numerous occasions in addition to many emails texts and phone calls as the project moved along. Bob and Darlene were instrumental in the design of the monuments, the site preparation, and the construction of the memorial.

Jerry Boekeloo, owner of Boekeloo Enterprise Inc., heard about the project and offered to use his semi to bring the monuments from Columbus, Ohio, to Hennepin. He made a commitment to personally deliver the granite pieces whenever needed even if it required a special trip and they arrived in Hennepin 24 hours before construction began. 

To Bob and Darlene Cofoid and Jerry Boekeloo: Your participation was greatly appreciated.

I am very grateful and honored to have been involved with the creation of this memorial but as we know, it is most important that we honor and appreciate the people it represents. All of our veterans, past and present, should be applauded for their service.

Kevin Coleman, President
Village of Hennepin

Source: News Tribune


Monday, November 9, 2015

Veterans Memorial Dedication Photos

Hennepin held a Veterans Memorial Dedication on November 7, 2015.

Mayor Kevin Coleman, Commander Steve Malavolti, Speakers Chief Petty Officer Joleen Darrah Burton & Chief Warrant Officer II Matthew Bolin, and members of American Legion Post 1004 were present for the unveiling of the monument.

Thank you to those who have served, and those who came out to support our local Veterans.

Image courtesy of Quentin J. Buffington


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Street Sweeping Notice

Attention Hennepin residents: The street sweepers will be coming Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10. Thank you!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Food Drive to be Held November 14

The Hennepin Business and Betterment Association will host a food drive at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 14.

Mayor Coleman asks residents to have donations set out on their porch by 9 a.m. that morning. Volunteers will come around and pick them up and take them to the Putnam County Food Pantry.

Thank you for your support!