Sunday, May 12, 2019

Clean-Up Day to be Held on Friday, May 24

The Village of Hennepin’s annual Clean-up Day will take place on Friday, May 24th. Please keep in mind REPUBLIC SERVICES’ following unacceptable items and materials.




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Thursday, April 18, 2019

PCHS Student Honored at Hennepin Village Meeting

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A Putnam County High School senior was honored with a scholarship Wednesday night.

Hennepin Mayor Kevin Coleman honored Justice Petersen as the second place 2019 recipient of the Adam and Ida Deck College Scholarship. She attended the monthly board meeting Wednesday.

She’ll receive an annual $1,000 sum for four years from the village.

Although not able to attend the board meeting, Madelyn Dzierzynski is the first place 2019 recipient for the same scholarship and will receive an annual $1,200 sum for four years from the village.

Scholarships still are available

There’s still an opportunity for high school seniors who live in Hennepin or Hennepin Township to receive a scholarship from the village of Hennepin.

The village gives away three one-time scholarships to high school seniors who are going into a vocational career, said Coleman, mentioning no one has applied yet.

If interested, call the village office at (815) 925-7138.

Source: News Tribune


Monday, April 8, 2019

Chinese Manufacturing Execs Review Hennepin Site

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Chinese manufacturing executives from one of the 300 largest companies in the world toured the Hennepin area recently through an arranged site visit by the North Central Illinois Economic Development Corp.

During their five-day visit, the company reviewed two sites in Illinois for a new manufacturing operation.

Hennepin Mayor Kevin Coleman, Putnam County Board Chairman Steve Malavolti and NCI officials — Chairman Steve Aubry, President Ivan Baker and Manager Gina Czubachowski — joined other officials to welcome the executives and promote the region.

“Promoting the region for development and new, good-paying jobs is the goal of NCI,” said Aubry. “We made sure the team was in place to answer questions and that our presentations were professional and world-class.”

Only the NCI professionally promotes the three-county Illinois Valley region for new industrial development, according to the group. No other organization can or will do the promotion necessary to encourage regional development.

“Our North Central Illinois team made sure that our prospect knew the advantages and expansion opportunities available in our region,” Coleman said.

More visits are expected over the next few months as the corporate executives anticipate making a location decision this year.

NCI was recently one of only eight Illinois economic developers promoting to the world’s Top Site Selection Consultants at the annual Site Selectors Guild conference. The group also sponsored and promoted the region at the primary Chicago Marketing Event for 700 brokers, developers and real estate executives. For more information, visit

Source: Putnam County Record


Monday, April 1, 2019

Board Looks to Target the Owners of Derelict Structures

The owners of derelict properties in Hennepin could soon be facing two options. The first would be to repair and maintain their properties, while the second would be to have the village take ownership and have the structures demolished.

During the March 20 Hennepin Village Board meeting, members discussed the situation with Sheryl Churney, village attorney.

“These buildings are a cancer on your community,” Churney said.

“They lower property values and they tend to spread. This can be a very effective way to deal with them and it sends a message to others,” she told the board.

Churney said other communities have used a “fast-track demolition proceeding” to bring the owners of derelict properties to court if certain criteria are met. Criteria include the buildings being three stories or less and being vacant and open, such as having broken doors or windows that allow access by either people or animals.

If the buildings are deemed “an immediate and continuing danger or nuisance,” legal proceedings can be initiated. All owners with an interest in the property would be contacted through certified mail, notices would appear in the newspaper, and a sign would be placed on the property. If no action is taken within 30 days, ownership could be transferred to the village.

Owners could also be asked to transfer ownership directly to the village to avoid court proceedings. She said demolition costs vary, but typically run between $8,000 to $15,000.

Churney said another option would be to force the owner to demolish their derelict building, but added it could be a long and costly process.

The village would recoup their expenses by selling the property to an owner who would construct a new home. The new owner would then begin paying property taxes on it, and with a more attractive neighborhood, surrounding property values would also be higher.

Board member Quentin Buffington warned against unexpectedly high demolition costs that the village might struggle to recoup.

“This is our responsibility. No one wants to make these decisions, but that’s what we’re here for, and we have to do something,” board member Karyn Christiansen said.

This issue will appear on next month’s meeting agenda.

Source: Putnam County Record


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

Please click the PDF link below to view Hennepin's annual drinking water quality report for 2018.

Drinking Water Quality Report


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

IVCC Hosts Third Annual STEAM Conference

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Hundreds of students and staff from schools across the Illinois Valley gathered Tuesday at IVCC to participate in the third annual STEA²M Conference presented through the efforts of the LaMoille School District.

Featuring many presentations in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, art, agriculture and math (STEA²M), both students and educators were given the opportunity to explore their interests throughout the day.

"The elements of STEA²M have become so important to the future of our students. We hope what they're exposed to today will inspire them towards a future and career they're both interested in and enjoy," LaMoille teacher Carol Darveau said.

"This conference has also been of tremendous help to my students because it's taught them how to work together to successfully organize a complicated event," she added.

Participating in the campus-wide event were attendees from Hall, Lostant, LaMoille, DePue, Putnam County, Oglesby, Waltham, Bureau Valley, JFK, Holy Cross, Princeton, Neponset and St. Mary's schools.

"This event is helpful in that it helps our students to learn how to collaborate and use their brains in different ways than they do in school," Maricelle Ellena, a teacher at Putnam County Junior High School, said.

The morning's keynote speaker was Jason Marquis, of Marquis Energy. He shared his family's history in the area, guided the students through a series of challenging puzzles, and gave them advice on what's needed to be successful.

"Having a growth mindset and knowing how to learn is important, and resilience is a key factor," he said.

Following the presentation and mental exercises in the IVCC gymnasium, the students split up and selected a variety of different concurrent presentations to attend throughout the campus.

Some of the topics featured included physics, photography, scientific method, the Civil Air Patrol, zoology, problem solving, wellness and fitness, mathematic design, crime scene investigation, community planning, computer design, environmental science, coding, video editing, and more.

Schools also often take what they've seen at the STEA²M Conference and return home to use it in their curriculum.

"This is my first time here, but this is a great opportunity for our students to participate in hands-on presentations and explore different areas of science and technology," JFK teacher Julia Toller said.

"I enjoy how our students can explore hands-on activities, and it helps them think outside of the box," Lostant teacher Tricia Haynes said.

Jay McCracken, interim superintendent for LaMoille and the former superintendent for Putnam County and Hall High School, said education has had to adapt in order to provide more direct pathways for students, particularly those not bound for college.

"We believe STEAM education is immensely important for our young people, and this conference wonderfully compliments our Career Start program that's intended to equip our students with the skills they need to successfully enter into a well-paid career," he said.

Source: Putnam County Record


Monday, March 18, 2019

Bottom Road Bridge Project Scheduled in Summer

Putnam County hopes to begin construction on Bottom Road Bridge just east of Route 89 by late summer, said village engineer Pat Sloan during the Putnam County Board meeting.

“I noticed that road’s getting pretty rough,” said board member Willie Holmes on Monday night at the board meeting. “Real rough.”

The project is scheduled for state bid letting on June 14, Sloan said.

Spring Valley Boat Club and local IDOT maintenance workers have been helping the county keep on track with a tree clearing project that was completed during the last month, he said.

Source: News Tribune


Monday, March 11, 2019

Putnam County to See New Circuit Clerk

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Say hello to Putnam County’s soon-to-be new circuit clerk.

Carly Neubaum, 26, of Granville will be Putnam County’s new circuit clerk effective May 1.

Monday night, the board accepted current circuit clerk Cathy Oliveri’s recommendation.

Oliveri announced her resignation last month, citing family obligations. She recommended that her chief deputy, Neubaum, fulfill her remaining term that ends in 2020. Both are members of the Democratic Party.

Neubaum said she began working in the circuit clerk’s office in 2015 and said she plans to run for the seat in 2020.

Board member Willie Holmes asked Neubaum if she’s fully qualified after board member Steve Malavolti asked if there was discussion on the matter.

“I think so,” Neubaum said confidently, and Oliveri followed with a confident, “I know so.”

Board member Charlie Lenkaitis and chairman Steve Malvolti thanked Oliveri for her service.

When asked if the office would hire someone after Oliveri is gone, Oliveri said the budget includes room for the circuit clerk and two employees, which is what the office currently has.

Source: News Tribune