Showing posts with label notices. Show all posts
Showing posts with label notices. Show all posts

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Hennepin Vocational Trade Grant Notice


The Hennepin Village Grant and Scholarship Committee would like everyone to know that the deadline for the Hennepin Vocational-Trade Grant has been extended to September 15th.

There are two grants still available. Examples of Vocational or Trade programs are, but not limited to: Cosmetology, Nursing, Horticulture, Early Child Development, Truck Driving, Welding, Electrician, Plumber, Dental Hygienist, Computer Technician, etc.

Please check out the Scholarships & Grants page for guidelines and applications. You may also email or call the Village Hall at 815-925-7138 for more information.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Sign up for Text Alerts From the Village of Hennepin

The Village of Hennepin has added text alerts to keep you up to date on our news and events.

To sign up for the Village of Hennepin text alerts, go to BCR Alerts. Follow the instructions, choosing the options that you'd like. It's that easy!

If you have any questions, please contact Rita at 815-875-4461, extension 6333.


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


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.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hennepin Street Program Update

Please view the PDF below regarding updates to the Hennepin Street Program.

2017 Hennepin Street Program Update

Thank you.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Village Text Notification System

The Village of Hennepin is looking to start a texting service to provide as prompt as possible communications in regards to, but not limited to, the following:

  • Hydrant Flushing
  • Water/Sewer Service Interruptions
  • Water System Alerts/Notifications (Boil Orders)
  • Roadway Construction Notifications
  • Street Sweeping
  • Fire Department Notifications (Burn Warnings)
  • Health Department Public Statements
  • Office of Emergency Management (Incident Control)
  • Public Park Fertilizing Notices
  • Power Supply Issues
  • Garbage Collection Notifications
  • Snow Parking Bans.

This will be a voluntary opt-in service that can be cancelled at any time. If you feel this would be a value, please contact Village Trustee Matthew Dean directly at with any additional questions or concerns on the program. If we have enough interest, we will look to start this service in the next few months.

Thank you,
Hennepin Village Board


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Electronics Collection Day for Marshall-Putnam Counties

FRIDAY – April 21, 2017 – 1:00 PM UNTIL 5:00 PM

SATURDAY – April 22, 2017 – 8:00 AM UNTIL NOON

Public Works Building
520 W. Railroad Street
Toluca, IL 61369

Phone: 309-246-6401

10 Item Limit and Residents of Marshall and Putnam Counties Only


Computers, Monitors, Printers, Faxes, Copiers, Laptops, TV’s, Main Frames, Peripherals, Mice, Modems, Telephones, Answering Machines, Adding Machines, Microwave Ovens, Scanners, DVD, VCR’s, Stereo Equipment, Pagers, Cell Phones, Camera’s, Camcorders, Video Games, Software, CD/DISC Books, Small Handheld Electronics, Cables, Calculators, Shredders, Scanners, Plotters and Terminals.


Small Kitchen Appliances, Toaster, Coffee Pots, Blenders, Air Conditioners, White Goods, Smoke Detectors, De-Humidifiers, Vacuum’s, Batteries, Fans, Power Tools, Light Fixtures, UPS’s, Refrigerators, Stoves, Dishwashers, Light Bulbs, Broken CRT’s, Broken Glass, Hazardous Material.


Friday, May 20, 2016

New Yard Waste Guidelines in Place

New yard waste guidelines are now in place. A site has been constructed at the south end of 2nd Street for Hennepin residents to deposit their yard waste (grass clippings and weeds) and tree trimmings (branches and twigs). All residents are asked to take care of their own yard waste and tree trimmings by depositing them at the site. The Street Department will continue to pick up limited amounts of debris from resident’s homes if they are deemed unable to move the debris themselves.

The Village requests that residents put their yard waste to the back of the containment to allow the area to fill up from back to front. This site is under video surveillance and citations will be issued promptly to anyone abusing the area by dumping restricted items.

  • No yard waste in plastic bags is permitted at the site.
  • Branches must be no longer than four feet.
  • In addition, this site is not intended for a dumping site for entire trees. Residents are responsible for hiring a tree service for removal of trees. The site is intended for smaller fallen branches or pruned branches only.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Hennepin Village Board of Trustees


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Village Water Rates Will Increase

Coleman reported the water district passed an ordinance last month to raise water rates. The new rates will go into effect Thursday, Oct. 1. He said the water and sewer rates will stay the same for the first 5,000 gallons used. After that usage, the cost per 1,000 gallons increased $2 — the rate went from $4.20 to $6.20 per 1,000 gallons used after 5,000 gallons.

Source: Putnam County Record


Monday, July 6, 2015

Winning 50/50 Number - Prize Money Unclaimed


The winning 50/50 4th of July raffle ticket number is 5841 and the pot is $1042. The prize is currently unclaimed.

If you are the winner, call the Village Hall at (815) 925-7138. Please leave a message with your name and phone number if there is no answer.

Please share and get the word out. Thank you!


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hennepin Property Maintenance Officer Seeks Method for Filing Complaints

Village property maintenance officer Josh Randall told the Hennepin Village Board of an issue with the first-come first-serve rule in the park shelters and asked the board to look in to ways of handling double bookings. Randall also asked the village to come up with a way for citizens to file formal, signed ordinance violation complaints. Board member Matt Dean will return to the next meeting with a possible solution.

The Putnam County Historical Society will receive a $50 donation. Both the PCEMS and the Bureau Fire Department will get a $250 donation for their help in the upcoming Fourth of July Celebration.

Village engineer Bill Shafer reported some estimates on upcoming street and alley improvements. He will also look into a fix for water sitting on Fourth Street near Market, and also water in a field by Locust Street.

There will be one more street sweeping before the Fourth of July celebration  ... Dean asked citizens to be wary of unknown contractors in town after the storms that came through last week. ... The Veterans Memorial dedication will be moved from the Fourth of July to Veterans Day to give an adequate amount of time to make sure the memorial is done to the highest standard.

Source: News Tribune


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Mediacom Press Release

Mediacom customers, please read the following press release regarding broadcast blackouts.

Mediacom Press Release - June 1, 2015


Monday, April 20, 2015

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


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mayor Explains 20 Percent Water Rate Increase in Hennepin

The citizens of Hennepin saw a water rate increase on their February bill.

Although water rates are set by the water district board, the change was brought up at the monthly town board meeting Wednesday night. Mayor Kevin Coleman, who also sits on the water board, explained that because of the Arcelor-Mittal steel plant shutdown, the water board has been operating at a loss, and finally needed to raise rates.

“The water rates went up 20 percent. A lot of people asked me why, and it basically comes down to the water district is running in the red. We’re losing 40 percent a year. We raised the rates 20 percent, hoping we could find the other 20 percent,” said Coleman. “We’re still operating under 1960s electronics. We have to rebuild.”

Board Member Clyde Zellmer asked if the rates were raised according to statute. Coleman said they were. The board then discussed ways that the water district could save money, including dissolving the water district and running it through the town.

PURCHASED: The board voted to purchase three lots near the river and pump station from the water district. The cost of all three were $5,000 total.

MOWING: Lynn Haage, head of the park committee, explained the changes in the park mowing agreement. The committee will continue to hire students from the village to mow the park, but will have more stringent guidelines to ensure the job is done correctly.

DONATED: The board donated $100 to the Special Olympics.

Source: News Tribune


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

IEPA Public Notice

Please review the Public Notice by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency regarding the sale ArcellorMittal steel plant.

IEPA Public Notice


Saturday, December 27, 2014

New Laws Starting January 1

Image courtesy of the News Tribune
Driving in Illinois will be more worry-free in 2015 — but you’d better watch out for any and all oscillating lights.

Dozens of new laws take effect on Jan. 1 and some will make motorists happy, indeed.

Remember when you had to hand over your license after getting a speeding ticket? Now you keep your license. The state adopted a “sign and go” law (Public Act 98-870) that lets drivers keep their licenses after getting ticketed.

And don’t panic if you forgot to update your vehicle registration sticker; Springfield now allows you to skate if you can show you paid for a sticker or bought one online (Public Act 98-1103), even if the new sticker has not yet arrived in the mail.

Peru police chief Doug Bernabei said both laws were overdue in Illinois.

“’Sign and go’ was the law that I worked under as a police officer in Florida back in the 1980s and it was not problematic,” Bernabei said. “I don’t understand why it took Illinois so long to pass such a simple thing.”

Bernabei dubbed the new registration rule “a good common sense law.”

“With readily available technology officers know instantly if the registration is valid or not regardless if the sticker is on the vehicle,” he said. “Let’s not issue tickets to people if they really don’t deserve it.

“We need to focus on bigger issues.”

Another traffic rule
Now for the bad news: Be prepared to pull over for flashing, oscillating lights — any lights.

Scott’s Law, which has long required motorists to move into the next lane to not brush past police cruisers, fire trucks and ambulances, has been expanded (PA 98-0873) to include vehicles used by the Illinois Tollway system.

Helping the down-on-their-luck
At the office, employers can no longer conduct background checks until after an applicant has been deemed qualified for a job.

The so-called “Ban the Box” law (PA 98-0774) does, however, contain exemptions for police and other positions that require criminal background checks.

Carol Alcorn, executive director for Public Action to Deliver Shelter, said criminal convictions are an obstacle for many needy PADS clients who want nothing more than a second chance. The new law won’t keep employers from asking probing questions, she noted, but at least ensures that once-troubled applicants will at least make it in the door to answer such questions.

“The new law is going to give people an opportunity to answer questions in person,” Alcorn said, “instead of having their applications thrown onto the ‘No’ pile.”

Getting tough on bullies
Prosecutors and courts will also get tougher on stalkers. Starting Jan. 1, anyone convicted of stalking is ineligible for state-funded drug abuse treatment programs. (PA 98-0896) Additionally, courts are expanding the use of GPS monitoring to include cases involving domestic battery, stalking, unlawful restraint as well as attempted murder.

“Obviously, the nature of these offenses creates a significant threat to certain members of the public,” said Greg Sticka, chief deputy assistant La Salle County state’s attorney, “and the use of GPS tracking devices is a further tool to protect some of the most vulnerable members of society.”

Courts are also cracking down on domestic battery suspects who’ve committed prior offenses in other states. PA 98-0994 gives courts the option of enhancing domestic violence penalties when a suspect has a battery conviction (or its equivalent) across state lines.

Schools must also crack down on bullying. PA 98-0801 givens schools the authority to punish bullies who use social media and electronic devices to harass their peers, even if the bullying happens off school grounds, outside classroom hours or on privately-owned devices.

Steve Wrobleski, superintendent of La Salle-Peru Township High School, said the new law aligns school policy with recent court decisions, though he and other administrators are waiting for guidance on how it will be implemented.

School will be in session for non-violent offenders, too. Springfield is allowing convicts to reduce the length of probation by getting high school and college degrees. Under PA 98-1114, getting a high school diploma will shave three months off probation and getting a bachelor’s degree trims probation by six months.

“I believe any person who works to earn a high school diploma or college degree is putting themselves into a position to access better jobs with higher pay and benefits,” Wrobleski said, “which certainly have a net gain for the local community and society as a whole.”

E-cigarette precaution

Tobacco laws are being expanded to include e-cigarettes, too. Springfield passed measures that requires refilling liquids be secured in child-safe packaging (PA 98-1021) and that e-cigarettes be sold behind the counter (PA-0983), or in a sealed display case, in an age restricted area of the store.

More new laws in '15

Several notable state laws take effect Jan. 1.

Among them are:

No smoking on state-supported college and university campuses in Illinois. (Public Act 98-0985)

Tornado country: All new school buildings must include storm shelters. (PA 98-0883)

Purple Heart license plates are exempt from registration or renewal fees. (PA 98-0902)

Juveniles can’t satisfy community service by giving blood or volunteering at a blood bank. (PA 98-0824)

Public records: Intentionally altering, destroying, defacing, removing or concealing public records is a felony. (PA 98-1063)

Military spouses and children remain eligible for state disability services if the service member is reassigned out of state. (PA 98-1000)

Manufacturing meth within 1,000 feet of a school carries 6-60 years in prison and fines up to $400,000. (PA 98-0980)

Pregnancy rule: Requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees. (PA 98-1050)

Creates a law enforcement registry for caregivers found to have abused, neglected or exploited their clients. (PA 98-1039)

Unpaid interns are allowed to file sexual harassment claims. (PA 98-1037)

Complaints about a nursing home or care facility may be submitted electronically to the Illinois Department of Public Health. (PA 98-0988)

Sex trade, slavery: Establishes a fund to provide services for human trafficking victims. (PA 98-1013)

Wildlife: Adds black bears, gray wolves, mountain lions and cougars to the list of protected species in Illinois. (PA 98-1033)

Voters can dissolve a fire protection district and consolidate with an adjoining district. (PA 98-1003)

Police departments no longer are allowed to hold their officers to ticket quotas. (PA 98-0638)

Source: News Tribune


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fire Departments Warn About Holiday, Candle Decoration Danger

Hennepin, Mendota and Peru are among the fire departments keeping track of holiday fires in a very public way this season through the Keep the Wreath Red campaign to promote holiday safety.

On the side of the Hennepin fire stations is a wreath with 25 red lights on it. If a a fire occurs during the season, a light will change from red to white.

“We are changing them for a structure fire, in a house or business,” said Hennepin firefighter Quentin Buffington.

The fire department is encouraging everyone to stay vigilant during this holiday season and keep all the lights red.

Peru’s wreath is in front of its station, and Mendota’s will be lit at 610 Main St.

If the department responds to a holiday-related incident such as a fire directly caused by holiday decorations or an injury due to a holiday-related accident, then a red bulb will be replaced with a white bulb. The lights will serve as a visual reminder to residents to take extra precautions during the holiday season.

The fire department also notes there is an increased danger of fire during the holidays. Careless use of candles can lead to injuries and fires. Residents also need to know the use of wreaths, trees and other decorations can contribute to the speed and size of winter fires. Dry air and auxiliary heating also can contribute to the rise in fires and injuries during this season.

Source: News Tribune


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tobacco-Free Park Policy

The Village of Hennepin recently passed a 2014 Tobacco-Free Parks Proclamation so that those who use our parks can get the maximum benefit and enjoyment from them.

Please view the document below for the full details.

Tobacco-Free Parks Proclamation

Thank you!

Hennepin Village Board


Friday, December 20, 2013

Hennepin Board OKs Fireworks Budget, Tax Levy

Hennepin Village Board this week approved a $14,000 fireworks budget, the same spent as this year on the show. The village will make its order soon.

“I think we get a break if we pay in advance,” said mayor Kevin Coleman.

Village trustee Matt Dean said some possible donors may be contacted for financial assistance.

* Dean asked if the village can purchase, or have streets superintendent Tim Rylko create, bent and welded metal-frames for Christmas lights in shapes such as Christmas trees to allow the village to have more lights for less money than mass produced decorations.

* The board approved the tax levy for 2014. “We are not going to raise taxes this year on the village of Hennepin,” Coleman said. He said he hopes that provides some relief because the school and college are seeking more taxes.

* The board approved $100 donations to Youth Service Bureau, Illinois Valle Public Action to Deliver Shelter and Horizon House.

Source: News Tribune


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Recreational Vehicles Reminder

The Village of Hennepin would like to remind all golf cart and UTV owners to register their vehicles if they haven’t already done so. Registration fee is $25, which is good for three years.

The Village Board is also advising golf cart and UTV owners to follow the guidelines set forth by Ordinance #512-A, Regulating the Operation Of Certain Vehicles within the Village of Hennepin, which in summary, states that all operators of afore mentioned vehicles be at least 16 years of age and a licensed driver, with parents of an underaged operator being subject to penalties imposed by this ordinance.

In addition, front and rear lights are required to be on at all times when vehicle is being operated. Another reminder that the vehicle may carry only the number of passengers for which vehicle is designed.

In addition, driving recreational vehicles on High St., Fourth St. and Sixth St. (north of High St.) is prohibited except as a crossway.

For a complete list of guidelines for your golf carts and UTVs, please view Ordinance #512-A.