Sunday, June 24, 2018

Tree Trimming Information

Crews working for Ameren will be trimming trees soon in the Village of Hennepin around power lines. Please refer to the PDF below for more details and complete list of addresses. Thank you!

2018 Tree Trimming Info


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Man Doing Well After High-Angle Rescue at Hennepin Power Plant

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A Dynegy employee is “doing well” after being stuck on an elevator on the side of the smokestack at the Hennepin Power Station for several hours Thursday afternoon.

“I received an update that the employee is out of the elevator and doing well. All emergency responders have left the site,” said Meranda Cohn, a spokesperson for Dynegy.

Granville fire chief Ron Campbell confirmed the man refused medical treatment at the scene after he was brought down from the elevator, which was stuck about 200 feet above the ground.

Hennepin and Granville fire departments were dispatched around 1 p.m. to

the Dynegy-owned power station located at 13498 E. 800th St., Hennepin. Campbell said they cleared the scene by 4:19 p.m.

A MABAS 25 tactical response team were called due to the height of the rescue. Campbell said the power company also called in a crane from Imperial Crane to assist with the situation.

First responders reached the employee with a crane and brought him down in a basket, Cohn said.

The elevator, which was located on the outside of the smokestack, had a mechanical failure and became stuck, Campbell said.

The cause of the elevator malfunction is being investigated, Cohn said.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Putnam County EMS also assisted at the scene.

“Plant and local emergency responders periodically conduct drills for high-angle rescues to be prepared for situations like the one today. The rescue was well-executed thanks to the invaluable training and partnership between plant personnel and local emergency response organizations,” Cohn said.

Source: News Tribune


Friday, June 15, 2018

4th of July Celebration

Hennepin is well prepared to celebrate its 42nd annual Fourth of July celebration “Thunder on the Illinois.”

Scheduled for Wednesday, July 4 in Hennepin, the event will have several family friendly activities, including the “Movin’ for Music” 5K run/walk that will be followed by a pancake and sausage breakfast sponsored by the Putnam County Music Boosters.

From noon to 4 p.m. will be the “Cruise-In” car show at Bassi Park. Other events will be a bags tournament, Bingo, a beer garden, inflatables, and water fights for children.

The Putnam County FFA will cook pork chops, and several other food vendors will also be in attendance. The Citizen of the Year will be presented at 4:15 p.m. on the courthouse stage, along with performances by the chorus and the Little Panteras.

“Bagshot Row,” a 1950s-’60s British Invasion band, will perform at 5 p.m., the golf cart parade will be at 6:45 p.m., and “Snap Shot” will perform from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

And the main event, fireworks over the river, will begin at 9:30 p.m. with the band resuming play from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Photo credit: Quentin Buffington

Please view the PDF below for the complete schedule of events.

Hennepin 4th of July Celebration


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

4th of July Cruise-In

Join us for the Annual Cruise-In during Hennepin's 4th of July Celebration! Please view the flyer PDF below for more details.

4th of July Cruise-In


Monday, June 4, 2018

Hydrant Flushing

Village of Hennepin Residents

The Hennepin Public Water District will be flushing hydrants on Wednesday, June 6 from 7AM until finished.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Illinois Cuts Back on Boating Regulations With June 1 Law Changes

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Every single one of the 140 canoes at Ayers Landing had a new water usage stamp placed on it at the beginning of the boating season.

But by June 1, the stamps will be useless.

Illinois has repealed the “Water Usage Stamp” required for all non-motorized watercraft (canoes, kayaks, etc.) effective at the start of next month.

The stickers cost $6 plus a 50 cent agent fee.

“We’d already bought (the stamps) before they told us we won’t need them,” said Bickett, who owns and operates Ayers Landing, a canoe rental spot on the Fox River near Wedron.

Bickett said the state still required the stickers before June 1 this year or boaters would be at risk of a ticket. But he said the law change would be more convenient in the future.

“It will save us money,” he said.

Along with the water usage stamp, Illinois has a few new changes to boating laws, which take effect in June.

More on usage stamps

At Debo Ace Hardware in Peru, sales of the water usage stamp have been very slow leading up to its final days of existence.

“We’ve sold a couple of them,” said Dana Debo-Kuhne. “It was never a very popular item to begin with.”

In 2016, Illinois sold about 58,000 of the stamps, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources latest annual boating report.

But if the stamp is no longer needed, what do kayakers or canoers have to do to get on the water?

The answer is nothing — unless they want to.

“It is recommended to register your boat, just in case something were to happen,” said IDNR spokesman Ed Cross.

He said registering a kayak or canoe with the state shows proof that the craft is yours, which can be helpful in the case of loss, theft or accidents. However, it is not a requirement.

Nic Keegan, a partner with Hennepin Marine, said the lack of record keeping could end up problematic if a boat owner does need to be located by IDNR.

“Now we’ll have boats that have no ID other than the hull number,” he said.

That is why both Cross and Keegan recommended the registration process.

Cross said three year registration is $18, which would be a similar price to purchasing the water usage stamp each year.

The state made the change to the stamp provision because it had issues sticking to boats and fading in the sun, Cross said.

“We received a lot of complaints from folks about the stamp,” he said.

Jin Guo of Chicago stretches to get in his boat after launching at the Starved Rock ramp Tuesday morning.
No title necessary

If your boat is under 22 feet in length, you will no longer need proof that you own it.

One change affecting boaters of both motorized or self-propelled boats is they will no longer need a certificate of title if the watercraft is not more than 22 feet long.

“That does affect a lot of our boat owners,” Keegan said. “But we’re going to continue to title these boats. And we encourage all boat owners to do the same thing.”

Again, Keegan said the certificate of title is a good thing to have because it shows proof that you are the owner.

“And it’s a minimal cost,” he said, adding that is a $10 charge.

Longer expiration dates

The final change to the Illinois Boat Registration and Safety Act is the expiration date change for Illinois watercraft registrations. The date change is simply pushed back from June 30 to Sept. 30. For example, all watercraft owners who renew their three-year registrations that are expiring June 30 will have a valid registration until Sept. 30, 2021, according to IDNR.

Source: News Tribune


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Judge Gives Possession to IPS Steel in Hennepin

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A judge has ordered IPS Steel of Michigan can take possession of the former Hennepin steel mill site, and collect profits from it. The current owner, Hennepin Industrial, is responsible for paying back its liens.

IPS Steel is a former owner of the steel mill who sold the property to Hennepin Industrial last year. IPS Steel filed for a motion of possession for the site, which isn’t the same as ownership. After a judge makes the order, the body given possession of the property will have possession of the mill until this case ends.

Judge Stephen Kouri filed the order Friday, giving possession of the site to IPS Steel.

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

In court last week, Andrew Bossory, attorney for IPS Steel, said Hennepin Industrial hired multiple subcontractors to do work and hasn’t paid them. Hennepin Industrial has multiple liens against it, Bossory said, which is usually a document signed by someone to whom money is owed.

Bossory said these liens include about $92,400 to Tiger Demolition, $330,000 to R&M Metals, $98,000 to Dykon, $395,900 to American State Equipment, $16,500 to United Rentals and $86,000 to another group.

Source: News Tribune


Adam and Ida Deck Scholarships Awarded

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The Hennepin Village Board awarded the Adam and Ida Deck Scholarships during its April 18 meeting.

The first-place recipient was Emma Cyr, daughter of Christian and Jamie Cyr. The scholarship will provide her with $1,200 each year for four years.

The second-place recipient is Cameron Colby, son of Julie and Dane Colby. He will receive $1,000 each year for four years. These scholarships are subsidized through proceeds from the Adam and Ida Deck Scholarship Fund and are awarded on the basis of scholastic ability.

Congratulations, Emma and Cameron!

Source: Putnam County Record