Showing posts with label ordinances. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ordinances. Show all posts

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Hennepin Takes no Action on Cannabis Sales

Image credit: News Tribune
Board discusses unsafe pools, bridge for hikers

Hennepin Village Board members decided during their Wednesday meeting that their community of roughly 750 residents is too small for a cannabis dispensary to be a viable business.

“We can’t even get a gas station, so I don’t see how we’d get a dispensary. I don’t think we could expect them to be able to make enough sales here every day to survive,” Mayor Kevin Coleman said.

Legalization of recreational cannabis in Illinois takes place Jan. 1.

The board members needed to take no action since they’re not going to pursue the addition of a dispensary to their roster of local businesses. If they had, the board would have needed to establish a municipal taxation ordinance by Sept. 30 to receive tax revenue from sales of the newly legal product.

However, village attorney Sheryl Churney did advise the board to review and possibly amend its zoning and other ordinances to address issues related to cannabis use and paraphernalia.

Pool safety

The board is concerned about and discussed the number of pools seen in the village without safety fences. No action was taken, but the issue will continue to be discussed at future meetings, and ordinance violations may be issued to residents not in compliance.

Wetlands footbridge project

Churney reported the easement paperwork has been finalized with KCK Marine and that the project to install a footbridge over Coffee Creek and into the trail system of the wetlands refuge is now able to move forward.

Coleman said he would be scheduling a meeting with the attorneys for The Wetlands Initiative in preparation for the construction of the bridge.

Village engineer

Village engineer Bill Shafer recommended next year’s street projects include the repair of the edges along Morine Drive. The crumbling areas will be ground and overlaid with new asphalt.

Shafer also said the riverfront stair project was set to soon begin.

The fountain in Hazel Marie Boyle Park will remain shut down until the float can be repaired next spring.

Board amends firearms ordinance, redefines boundaries

Hennepin Village Board this week approved an amendment that expands upon the prohibition of the use of weapons within the village boundaries.

It is unlawful to discharge any handgun, shotgun, rifle or other firearm, as well as crossbows or bows and arrows within the municipal limits.

The village limits are defined as being west of Route 26, south of Old State Highway 26, and north of Coffee Creek.

It’s also unlawful within the village limits to discharge any weapon or instrument of any kind that is operated by means of compressed air or any compressed gas, or by metal, wooden or rubber spring action, including, but not limited to, crossbows and bows and arrows.

Source: News Tribune


Monday, July 29, 2019

Follow the Rules on Golf Carts, County Sheriff’s Office Warns

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the citizens of Hennepin of a few of the rules concerning the operation of golf carts and UTVs within the village.

There have been several complaints recently concerning the number of passengers a golf cart can transport. A golf cart may carry only the number of passengers for which it was designed.

It should also be noted that only a licensed driver, 16 years of age or older, may operate such golf cart vehicles.

Any violations may result in the owner being fined.

Source: Putnam County Record


Monday, June 24, 2019

Village Might Target ‘Criminal Problems’ on Properties

After the recent adoption of an ordinance targeting abandoned and derelict properties, the Hennepin Board is also considering the adoption of a nuisance ordinance focused on properties where there’s been ongoing criminal activity.

Village attorney Sheryl Churney said it was similar to ordinances used by Streator, Peoria and a number of other area communities.

“It would encourage landlords to work with the police to abate ongoing criminal problems at their properties,” she said during the June 19 meeting.

She said no one had yet been penalized under the Streator ordinance, but added the city has found it a useful tool. The ordinance would be triggered through court adjudications or police reports if there are three or more certain listed offenses committed at the property within a year.

“I’d think if you’re a responsible landlord, this would be a positive thing,” board member Lynn Haage said.

The board is studying the details of the ordinance and will continue to discuss its possible adoption at future meetings.

Abandoned property

Churney said a notice has been sent to the property owner of the abandoned house at 511 E. Sycamore St., but added the 30-day period to allow the owner to take action had not yet expired.

“I’m hoping to hear they’ll convey the title to the village through a quit claim deed. However, I’ve been hearing rumors it may be sold. But if it’s not, we’re still ready to proceed,” she told the board.

Source: Putnam County Record


Monday, May 20, 2019

Abandoned Property Demolition One Step Closer

Board agrees to make one last attempt to contact owner of Sycamore Street house

The Hennepin Village Board agreed to continue with demolition proceedings regarding an abandoned Sycamore Street property during its May 15 meeting.

Village attorney Sheryl Churney reported the property’s title search had come back clean.

“I recommend the board make one last effort to contact the property owner to request they transfer ownership of the property to the village through a quit claim deed. This will result in a faster demolition process,” Churney said before the board agreed to the recommendation.

Churney also recommended approval of a zoning ordinance change regarding solar and wind farms that the zoning commission had previously and unanimously approved.

“This paves the way for the future if the village gets a request for a solar farm. Hennepin will be in a unique position for development with the way it’s expanded,” she said before the board approved the change.

The board then agreed to the requests from Hennepin Marine regarding their donation of property that will allow access to the planned foot bridge over Coffee Creek and into the nature refuge.

They requested a permanent easement onto the property, that the boundaries be flagged prior to signing the agreement, that a gate be installed on their remaining property, and that the village pay the closing costs. Churney said the requests were all very reasonable and not out of the ordinary, and the board agreed.

Source: News Tribune


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


Monday, January 21, 2019

Village of Hennepin Vacates Right of Way to Allow Barn Restoration

Hennepin Village Board this month approved vacating a 13-foot strip of the Ninth Street right of way for Tim Rylko.

Rylko explained after the meeting that the vacation is because he wants to restore a barn for personal use at the location, and he needs the roadway for it.

The agreement includes Rylko reimbursing the village for legal fees related to the ordinance and for the survey related to the plat needed to record, said village attorney Sheryl Churney.

There also will be an agreement to give the village an easement for public utility purposes for the strip of land, she said.

Source: News Tribune


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Remember to Register Your Golf Carts

Village President Kevin Coleman reminded the board that residents with new golf carts need to get registered, and carts with expired registrations need to get new registration with the village.

Registration costs $25 and is good for three years. Stop in to the village hall on Wednesday afternoons to register and bring proof of insurance.

To operate a golf cart or small utility vehicle, you must have a valid driver’s license.

The board decided the village will start using different colored stickers to show that registration was purchased on different years to help show when certain carts are expired.

Stairway to Hennepin

The village board approved work on the staircase leading to the river on Front Street in front of High Street. There are three staircases on Front Street, and all are in need of repair, Buffington said.

The board agreed to choose a wooden structure for the staircase in front of High Street, and the work will cost less than $20,000.

Work on the other two staircases has not been approved yet.

Source: News Tribune


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hennepin Keeps Tabs on Deteriorating Properties

Hennepin Village Board put on hold a plan to acquire and demolish an abandoned, deteriorating, neglected house.

Last week, village trustee Quinton Buffington questioned a village plan to buy an older ranch-style house, where owners had ignored fines, threats and $100 village lawn-mowing bills.

Village President Kevin Coleman favored condemnation, demolition and then resale of the lot.

Buffington questioned setting a precedent of the city spending perhaps $10,000 to buy a dilapidated house, then $10,000 to tear it down and then perhaps not being able to sell the lot for $10,000.

Buffington expressed concern if a trend developed where people stop taking care of properties, the city spends money to purchase and demolish it, and then can’t recoup losses.

Attorney Sheryl Kuzma had drawn up an ordinance for the village to allow the village to proceed, and she said usually the owners, or the bank if the property is in foreclosure, will just turn the property over to the city or village.

“It sends a message to other owners in the community that we are fed up with people not taking care of their property,” Kuzma said.

Village trustee Paul Goetz said in one nearby community, a couple of properties became so neglected that rats infested them. He said rats then got into to well-cared-for homes in the neighborhood and people started moving out. He said he’d hate to see anything like that happen in Hennepin,

Coleman said there are two or three other neglected properties in town, and if the village takes action, maybe the owners will get the message. Buffington suggested more fines and dragging the owners into court, but Coleman said that doesn’t always work.

Goetz said before acquiring a property, the village should get a low-priced quote from someone willing to handle demolition. Goetz likes Coleman’s idea.

“If you want something to look good, you’ve got to spend some money,” Goetz said.

Source: News Tribune


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Resident Asks for Trapping Ban in Hennepin After Cat Was Caught

After she helped free a cat from a body-gripping trap designed to catch furbearing mammals, Florid resident Mary Malavolti asked the village of Hennepin to ban that type of trapping within village limits.

Malavolti brought to this week’s village board meeting state trapping regulations and photos of the trap in question. She said she was walking a dog for a friend on Jan. 19 when she saw the cat in the trap — which was not near a waterway.

She went to the sheriff’s office and got help from Deputy Brett Calbow. She said when they opened the trap’s jaws, the cat ran away, seeming dazed.

She said the trap that was along a dead-end portion of Third Street was designed to kill smaller mammals, and she would hate to see a dog, cat or child injured. She called the Department of Natural Resources about the incident.

She noted state law does not allow traps within 100 yards of residences without permission from residents. She said she asked neighborhood residents if they had been asked for permission, and they had not.

However, she said she did not know for certain if the trap was more than 100 yards from the nearest house.

And she said other traps near Third Street were farther from homes.

She asked that the village ban trapping within village limits.

Mayor Kevin Coleman said the trapping season ends March 31 and village would not be able to consider a new ordinance before then.

Coleman said the board can take up the matter soon.

The DNR seasons end March 31 for beaver and river otter; other seasons, such as fox trapping, ended in February.

Source: News Tribune


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hennepin Considers Eminent Domain to Control 2 Lots and Runoff

The Village of Hennepin is considering using eminent domain to remedy a problem that’s been going on for years.

Village president Kevin Coleman said the board talked on Wednesday night about the possibility of using eminent domain for a property at Sixth and Locust streets.

The property is two empty lots, and Coleman said there’s a water flow issue. He said the problem arises when the ground is frozen and there’s a hard rain.

Coleman said in the past, the village has asked the homeowners for easements and has asked to purchase the property.

“This seems to be our last resort,” Coleman said.

The drainage comes from fields from Route 26 east of the village, Coleman said.

Coleman plans to talk to the village’s attorney about the issue.

Other news

Village engineer Bill Shafer talked about the High Street construction project, saying final paving will be completed during the spring. High Street was opened around the first week of November.

Bicentennial memorabilia

The village is selling wine and T-shirts from the bicentennial celebration. Contact a board member if interested.

Coleman said a case of wine (12 bottles) is $165 or one bottle is $20.

The mother of all sales

Coleman said Jerry Kuczera attended the board meeting to talk about a future yard sale called Illinois River Valley Yard Sales scheduled May 19-20.

Kuczera is trying to put together a garage sale that spans from Seneca to Lacon or beyond, Coleman said.

Coleman said some towns already have signed up, such as Marseilles, Utica and Granville as well as others.

Board members told Kuczera they liked the idea and they’re not opposed to it, Coleman said.

Source: News Tribune


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Leaf Burning Guidelines

Hennepin residents, please be advised of the following leaf burning guidelines:

  • Burning allowed any day of the week from 10:00 a.m. to dusk
  • No burning allowed within 24 hours of ½ inch of precipitation
  • Fires must be extinguished with no smoldering
  • The Street Department will NOT pick up bagged leaves or branches

Thank you!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Private Road Still No Man’s Land in Hennepin

Image source: Putnam County Record
Putnam County board member Willie Holmes pressed county highway engineer Pat Sloan for answers on the condition of a private road in the Timberline subdivision.

“Somebody’s going to have to take care of that road,” Holmes said, asserting that subdivision residents there would like holes filled. “We’ve got to make a decision. We can’t leave people ‘hanging’ out there.”

Problem is, said both and Sloan and Granville Township resident Frank Vulcani, the county doesn’t have jurisdiction. Part of the road connects to township road and part to Village of Mark, Sloan said. A portion of the road in Mark was corrected by the village.

No state Motor Fuel Tax funds can be released to the township, because the state won’t fund work on roads that don’t meet state codes. The developers didn’t finish the road properly. The worst stretch doesn’t have ditches and is about 8 feet too narrow, Sloan said.

Outside the boardroom, Vulcani said the topic shouldn’t be coming up at the county board meeting, because it’s not a county road.

Board member Duane Calbow said residents need to follow steps, starting with petition.

Source: News Tribune


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Hennepin Needs Somebody to Enforce Rules

Hennepin needs someone to enforce its rules. With the resignation of property maintenance officer Josh Randall, the town is in need of someone to take care of violation issue, a need that was apparent at Wednesday night’s meeting as issue after issue was brought up with no ability for recourse. During the meeting, a resident complained about a neighboring property, grass clippings blown onto streets were discussed, and upgrades to the village maintenance code were approached, all with no resolution without the officer.

LTV cleanup concerns

While the old LTV Steel building — currently being torn down by owners Hennepin Industrial Development, LLC, sits outside the village limits, it was a topic of discussion at the village board meeting.

“With everything (being torn) down, I’ve had people coming to me and asking what is the village going to do to protect our assets, with our assets being our natural resources — our water,” Dean said.

Dean said he has seen photos and is concerned about exposed scrap material and other items that he thinks may contain hazardous materials. Dean told the board he had called the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, but had not heard back. He also expressed concern about burning and runoff.

Village attorney Sheryl Churney told Dean the board had no jurisdiction, and the county board or health department would need to be in charge of any issues that may arise. Mayor Kevin Coleman said he called the IEPA, and state Sen. Sue Rezin and state Rep. Jerry Long aout the demolition. He and Dean encouraged trustees to call IEPA, state and county officials.

Source: News Tribune


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Big Problem With ‘Tiny Home’ Near Florid?

Image courtesy of Ellen Dunn
There will be no “tiny homes” in Putnam County.

At least until the next board meeting, and maybe not even then.

The Putnam County Board tabled an ordinance variance request by Ellen Dunn, of Florid, and her daughter Alicia, who said at the meeting she resided in Chicago, for a tiny home already placed at Ellen’s residence. 

Zoning Officer Jim Burger said he first noticed the building after he stopped at the residence to investigate an unpermitted deck. The Dunns claimed the structure had been on the property for 10 months before that.

The current zoning rules allow for trailers 825 square feet and above or 720 square feet and above if placed on the land of a blood relative. 

This structure falls below the size guidelines of either.

Alicia Dunn asked the board to write new language to allow the structure and the board tabled the request to review other municipalities’ ordinances. The zoning board of appeals previously had denied the variance request.

Source: News Tribune


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hennepin Board Reluctantly Comes Down on Property Owner

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To condemn or not to condemn, that is the question in Hennepin. 

Or actually, can they condemn, how do they condemn, and should they condemn if they even can condemn houses that violate town property ordinances.

“I’m not real big for this, but I’m going to talk about condemning a house. I have no idea how it goes, what the process is to do it, whosE authority it is to do that,” said property maintenance officer Josh Randall. “There is a residence in Hennepin that is not inhabited, hasn’t been inhabited for at least five years. I’m told the pipes are broken and the house is moldy.”

Randall said that while he wasn’t for the government coming in to take someone’s property, he wanted the board to look to the future on how to deal with the possibility of condemning the property, if the issues, both inside and outside, aren’t rectified.

“It doesn’t need an answer,” Randall said, referring to Wednesday night, “but it’s just something to look at in the future as we get more structures, just so we have more direction. I don’t want to bring in a bulldozer and run anyone’s house over. I’d like this property maintenance thing to get to me coming in here because somebody didn’t mow their lawn.”

Randall was told by Mayor Kevin Coleman to start by issuing a citation to the property in question for the outside property maintenance issues until they are all brought up to code.

Source: News Tribune


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Village Seeks to Replace 30-Year-Old Truck

During the Hennepin Village Board meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 16, the board approved a tax levy ordinance. This levy will raise taxes 5 percent, minimum, according to village president Kevin Coleman. This will increase revenue by an estimated $4,020 over the year. It was figured by using an average value of $100,000 for the approximately 300 homes in Hennepin, which works out to an increase of roughly $15 per home, according to Coleman.

Putnam County deputy Josh Randall shared information about Henry’s electronic miles per hour sign and the benefits Hennepin could obtain by having one within the village. According to Randall, the signs not only help promote safer driving, but also track information regarding traffic patterns. Maintained by the public works department, Randall believed the signs cost between $2,000 to $4,000.

The board discussed the need to replace the village’s 30-year-old International dump truck. Purchasing a used truck was discussed, but concerns were raised that doing so would result in acquiring someone else’s problem truck. It was agreed to continue to research purchasing a new truck.

“I know we brought this up last month, but suddenly the truck is a problem now; we need to be a little bit more proactive with our equipment moving forward and have a plan in place. We can’t just all of a sudden, in a budget year, say we’re going to spend $160,000 on a new truck,” said board member Quentin Buffington.

“I think for four years I’ve brought up that we’ve needed a new truck. I don’t know how much more proactive I can get,” said Coleman.

The board discussed altering the frequency of lawn services from Spring Green within the village parks.

The board also approved a donation of $100 each to Freedom House and the Voluntary Action Center.

Source: Putnam County Record


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


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Get Ready to Hit the Streets Golf-Cart Style

Image courtesy of the News Tribune
Forget about drop-top convertibles. There’s a much cooler way to ride — and it’s becoming a popular mode of transportation in the Illinois Valley area.

Sure, they are slower and are typically the staple of any Florida retirement community, but golf carts are not just made for greens and grandparents anymore.

More small-town communities in and around the Illinois Valley are adopting ordinances that permit recreational vehicles on city streets.

But, before you get to shopping for golf cart lift kits and lighting accessories, be sure to check with your town for rules and regulations before burning any rubber on city streets.

Fees: For every one of these fun vehicles, there comes a price tag. Registration stickers around the Illinois Valley area for recreational vehicles can range from a few dollars to $100 depending on the city.

Not to mention the cost of buying a recreational vehicle alone. For golf carts, a bargain hunter can find a used cart for $1,000-$5,000 that works and rides the way most town require. But for those looking to buy new off the lot, golf carts and ATVs can cost in the upwards of $10,000 or more depending on the features that interest you.

Off-limit roads: State highways are typically banned from use by recreational vehicles. In most cases, riders can cross over state highways but cannot legally ride on state highways. 

In many towns, for example, Spring Valley — which has had an ordinance permitting ATV’s on city streets for more than a year — has specific intersections where recreational vehicles can cross state highways.

Requirements: While these requirements can change drastically from one town to the next, typically, riders must be licensed, the golf cart or all-terrain vehicle must have working headlights, taillights and turn signals and must have a horn.

Sometimes these vehicles must be equipped with working  seatbelts and riders must use them properly. Some towns, such as Henry in Marshall County, require all golf carts and recreational vehicles to be inspected yearly by a police officer.

“They’re supposed to have all the equipment — lights, brakes — that a car would have,” said Spring Valley mayor Walt Marini.

Police concerns: When riding recreational vehicles on the road started to spread from town to town, police officers as well as city officials had some concerns about safety. As it turns out, riders haven’t given officers much to worry about — at least in the Illinois Valley.

Putnam County sheriff’s office chief deputy Chad Haage said when the ordinance first went into affect there were younger people driving. 

In Granville, police chief Kevin Moore said the village has no ordinance on golf carts and village police haven’t had any issues. 

Recent changes: Within the last year, two La Salle County villages, Lostant and Tonica, adopted a golf cart ordinance.

Lostant, which approved the ordinance late last year, hasn’t had many people register for the required sticker according to Lostant deputy chief Randy Railey.

“As far as I know we haven’t had anyone that’s applied for the sticker,” Railey said.

Sales: There are plenty of places to shop for your new ride.

“Our sales in the towns that allow them have really gone up over the past few years,” said Brian Leone, of Leone’s Polaris in Peru. “When Hennepin passed its ordinance, we sold a lot.”

Although you can order a side-by-side or golf cart with all the bells and whistles, Leone said that generally isn’t the case for those looking to just zip around town.

“It all depends on the budget, but typically, they just want it to look good.” Leone said. “They opt for automotive paint job and aluminum wheels.”

Leone also said the bigger the better.

“Polaris has the (Ranger) Crew, which can hold six passengers — they can give their grandkids a ride in it that way. All you have to do is look at Hennepin at the Fourth of July, there are Rangers everywhere.”

To find out more: Want to know if you can ride your golf cart in town? Call your city or village hall for the answer. If you can, make sure you take note of any specific requirements including registration, and any required lighting features.

Source: News Tribune


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 18, 2015

Hennepin Putting Money Toward Ash Borer Treatment

The village of Hennepin doesn’t have a Tree City USA distinction for nothing. The board voted at Wednesday’s meeting to pay Shearer Tree Service $1,785 to treat six ash trees for emerald ash borers.

Scott Shearer and Dean Morris, both certified arborists, told the board they believed they would be able to save the trees using a 99.5-percent effective method called Tree-age, a product inserted in to the trees once a year for two years. They will administer the treatment as soon as the weather clears.


The large and out-of-place trailer in Al’s Trailer Park, discussed at the last meeting will be headed to the zoning committee for a possible variance, according to zoning officer Larry Brown.

Village property maintenance officer Josh Randall told the board of an issue with the first-come first-serve rule in the park shelters and asked the village 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 board directed village attorney Roger Bolin to draw up an ordinance making it unlawful to blow grass clippings onto streets, whether they have curbs and gutters or not.

Source: News Tribune