Monday February 20th there will be a city board meeting at city hall starting at 7:00 pm. Prior to the meeting, starting at 6:00 pm, both candidates for Village President will be on hand to talk with anyone who wishes to come by. Both candidates have ideas on how the Village should move forward. There is a vast difference in thinking between the two, so if you are undecided, or simply would like to know where each candidate stands, please feel free to come out.
I wish to give you an update on the sewer system and dispel some information circulating that is simply not true.
As we have reported in the past, the USDA has approved the preliminary engineering report for the Village sewer system. The USDA then invited the Village to submit a formal application. This process is under way as we speak. Part of the formal application is to submit an ordinance in draft form as to what the monthly fee will be, who will connect, etc. As it stands this ordinance will require EVERYONE to hook up to the system. This ordinance was approved by a unanimous board at the advise of counsel. There is an individual making claim that if elected he will make sure people have a choice to make the hook up or not. This is simply not true and not possible under the present Village By-Laws. I will elaborate on this later. Once the USDA approves funding, which we expect to be somewhere in April or May, the process moves to the planning stage. While in the planning stage the Engineers will locate all gas,electric,phone, cable, storm sewer and any other underground utility. Homeowners will be contacted to try to determine where your sewer pipe leaves your home and how deep it might be. It will very important to try to cooperate at this point as the Engineers will try to make the sewer tap as close to your tap as possible.Decisions will be made as to where the sanitary sewer line will run.(street vs. ally). The project will provide a tap to your property line and it will be up to the individual home owner to finish the connection. This planning process will take anywhere from 12-18 months. Once the planning process is over construction will commence. The goal is to be ready by 2020 for the system to be 100% active.
Now I want to address the position of Village President. The Village of Greenview has a Village President. While Mayor and Village President are similar in title they are somewhat different in duties and power. A Mayor in most cases has veto power while a Village President does not. Some Village Presidents are voting members of the board, however in the case of the VIllage of Greenview the Village President IS NOT a voting member of the board. The only time the VIllage President will vote is in the event there is a tie in the vote made by the Trustees. With that being said the Village President does not have the capability of over ruling any vote made by the Board of Trustees, either in the past, present or future. Any decision made concerning any Village activity is made by a majority of the sitting Trustees. A single individual does not have the power to change, incorporate or implement new, any village ordinance. If you have any doubt about this I encourage you to speak to any Village Trustee either past or present.
Recently some individuals have been in the Village trying to have residents convert from their present electrical supplier. I want to caution you that this could actually lead to higher costs.
Myself and Officer Holt responded to some citizens concerns about these individuals. While interviewing one of the individuals I came away with the following observations.
First the rate they want to change you to is 8 cents a KW. If you are participating in the village wide aggregation program, your current rate is 5.824 cents a KW. This rate is fixed through December of 2017. If you are on the Ameren program the rate fluctuates and has been at the following rates: Jun-15 5.911 , Jul-15 5.911, Aug-15 5.911, Sep-15 5.911, Oct-15-Dec-15 6.713, Jan-16-May-16 6.717, Jun-16-Sep-16 5.654 and Oct-16- 6.514. So you can see while the aggregation program at 5.824 offered the best overall savings, neither program is anywhere near the 8 cents this particular company is offering.
The second thing I took away from the conversation was that the people trying to convert you really don't understand how the whole process works. In fact when we asked how they are compensated, one individual said they make only commission on the switch. No one interviewed understood aggregation and the "supervisor" started the conversation in a very rude manner. The supervisor has been informed if they wish to continue that they would be required to contact Officer Holt and let him know they would be in town.
I believe the intent is genuine, however the way they are going about it and the lack of knowledge the people have along with the high rate they are trying to get you to pay, leads me to have the opinion that this program should be avoided. If anyone would like more information or if you simply have questions, please call me or stop by and I would be glad to elaborate further on this matter.
On a lighter note, I am pleased to announce that the USDA has accepted the preliminary engineering report for a sanitary sewer. The USDA has now formally invited us to put in a formal application. I am attending a meeting with the engineers and the USDA in mid November. There will be a city wide meeting sometime shortly after that to explain to everyone how we are going to move forward. A post card will be mailed out to inform you of the date and location.
Tomorrow is Halloween. Trick or Treat hours are from 5:00 to 8:00 at those homes with the porch light lit. The forecast for tomorrow evening will be in the 60's. There should be lots of children out , so please be extra cautious when traveling in town. Be safe and have fun.
Village of Greenview has FT opening in maintenance/water dept. Water certification a plus, must be able to obtain. Please send resume to PO Box 358, Greenview, IL 62642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
AS MAYOR, I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE IN MAKING "THE 13TH ANNUAL DAISY'S ANGELS CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC" A SUCCESS. THE EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT'S "BACK -TO-SCHOOL PROGRAM" PROVIDING CHILDREN WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND CLOTHING. IT ALSO FUNDS THE "DAISY'S CHRISTMAS ANGELS" PROGRAM PROVIDING CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY.
Country Hills Golf Course
The 13th Annual Daisy's Angels Charity Golf Classic
tees off Saturday, July 9 at Country Hills Golf Course in Greenview, Ill. Since 2004, Daisy's Angels has raised almost $110,000 through donations and the annual golf tournament. All proceeds from this endeavor are used for 2 programs in the Greenview, Illinois School District. One is a back-to-school program that provides school supplies, backpacks and clothing for area children and the other is our Daisy's Christmas Angels program that provides Christmas gifts for children in this community. Because of all of you, in 2015 we were able to buy back-to-school clothes and supplies for 37 kids and Christmas gifts for over 48 kids!
Get your team together and register now to ensure this year's tournament will be another tremendous success! THANK YOU!!!!!
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Country Hills Golf Course
Check-in from 9:30-11:30 a.m.!
Putting contest is from 11:00-11:30 a.m.
-Noon Shotgun Start -
To download your registration form, please click HERE.
Email or fax your registration to Jo Duncan email@example.com or 573-635-8494.
If you have questions, please call 800-510-8474.
Just ask for Marjorie or Jo.
As always, there will be fantastic silent auction items, 50/50 tickets and Poker Run available at check in.
And don't forget the Gazebo!!!!!
*Credit card transactions available at golf course.
After holding a town wide meeting and after speaking with numerous Greenview citizens, the Greenview Village Board has voted unanimously in favor of pursuing a waste water treatment plant for the Village. The engineering firm of Woodard & Curran has been hired by the Village to undertake this task. This project is in the very early stages of development. Right now Woodard & Curran is in the process of developing a Preliminary Engineering Report that will outline possible treatment alternatives and how each will affect the Village. Ultimately a single choice will be made and this report will be turned over to the U.S.D.A. for approval. We hope this phase will be finished by mid-June. Once the U.S.D.A. approves the P.E.R., we move to the invitation to apply stage. August is the target start time for this phase. During this phase an environmental impact survey will be conducted to see what the pros and cons of this system might be on the environment. It is during the end of this process that we will know what our finance terms will be. We are hoping for full approval by the end of 2016. If approved the design stage will begin at the beginning of 2017. The whole town will be surveyed, utilities located, and the entire system will be designed based on field information gathered at this time. During this time frame, residents will be asked to provide information on the location of the sewer pipe in their home as it relates to the exterior of that home. All efforts will be made to try and make the distance from this spot to the tap in the sewer main as short as possible. The design phase is expected to last most of 2017 which would put the construction phase at a spring 2018 start. This would mean that by the end of 2018 the system would be ready for homeowners to hook up.
Remember right now this is in the very early stages. There is already a rumor circulating town that suggests we have ran into a road block. That is simply not true. This process is moving forward exactly as it should. As we gather more information we will make it available to the residents and we plan to hold several informational meetings as well.
2015 Greenview First Citizen
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The Greenview Village Board received several qualified nominations for the 2015 First Citizen Award.
The board elected Sharon Davis as the communities' 2015 First Citizen.
For those not familiar with Sharon, she was born and raised in Springfield. Sharon's mother left her and her siblings when she was five and her father raised them. She had the responsibility of cooking for the family. Her father passed away after Sharon's Sophomore year at Lanphier High School. She got a job at the popular Balestrie Restaurant in evenings and weekends. This is where she met her future husband Alvin Davis, who she married after finishing high school. They lived in Greenview until Alvin was transferred in 1965 by Mobile Oil Company. Five years later Alvin was offered a job at Cramer Farm Machinery Company in 1970, now called Rohlfs Ag. Alvin and Sharon bought Cramer's in 1980 and raised their three sons in Greenview.
Sharon got involved in volunteering in the 60's preparing meals for the Greenview Rotary Club. She became volunteering helping wherever cooking was involved. July, 1978 the Daily Bread Program Director came knocking at her door and wanted her to try running the program. When she started she was allowed to take her son Spencer, 3 ½ years old, to work with her. Today Sharon is still in charge of the Daily Bread Program after 38 years.
Sharon has been a widow for 24 years and finds volunteering very fulfilling. She believes in being active and doesn't enjoy being idle. She believes in focusing on getting the job done and is open to suggestions on how to do things if there is a better way.
Teaching her grandchildren to help garden and share the goodies is rewarding to her. “They know they are doing something to help other people and received the Community Service award from the Masonic Lodge in 1989 and the Menard County Jaycees Annual Service Award. She is proud that her grandchildren are following her example of volunteering.
Sharon stated “I feel like I'm a true Greenview Citizen”upon receiving the Greenview First Citizen Award. She has a long history of volunteering. Starting in 1976 she helped with the CIA Labor Day meals and kept volunteering more of her time. She was asked to serve on the newly formed Greenview Food Pantry, representing the Greenview United Church in 1981. They were distributing commodities in the CIA building for the county. Sharon has served in all the offices of the Civic Improvement Association for many years. In addition, Sharon is a member of Greenview United Church and served as an elder twice and now serving as a deacon. She also participates in an exercise class at the church.
In1958 Sharon belonged to a 12 member Bridge Club and presently plays with a group at County Hills Golf Club once a month. Sharon is involved with the Historic Marbold Farmstead Association. “I try to help whenever requested. They are a great group to work with and have Greenview's “Heart” in mind.”
Sharon has three sons who are married. Craig and Joel live in Chicago. Craig is the Director of Harold Washington Library and Joel is the owner of Joel Hall Dance Studio. Her son Bill is a computer programmer for State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, IL and and his wife Angi is a substitute teacher. They are the parents of Galvin and Gwen.
Spencer and Bonnie reside in Greenview and have two sons, Landon and Carson. Spencer works for Viper Mining and Bonnie is a cashier at the Bank of Greenview. They are active in Greenview extra-curricular programs.
Sharon feels going to church every Sunday “lifts me up”, to go out and do all I can to stay uplifted all week. I feel blessed living here in Greenview the past 60 years. My family, friends and the many people over the years I've met keep me wanting to do more.”
“Thank you for honoring me with this award. I thank God everyday for giving me all the abilities and blessings that I have, including my dog, Flash.”
The Village of Greenview is excepting applications for the position of Village Clerk. This is a part time position.
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
Clerk will record minutes from each meeting and produce a legible copy for recording.
Clerk will pay all incoming bills.
Clerk will be in charge of bi-weekly payroll and all payroll tax obligations to the required agencies.
Clerk will answer any incoming correspondence from vendors and as needed produce outgoing correspondence from the Village President or Trustees.
Clerk will, prior to each meeting, be required to prepare the agenda for each particular meeting.
Additional duties may be required as the need arises.
Again this is a part time position with the only time restraint being the requirement to attend each meeting. Other clerk duties can be accomplished in a prompt manner at the clerk's discretion. Interested parties can contact the Village President at 217-652-4815 or any of the 6 trustees. Applicants must live in the Greenview School District.
It has been said a "Veteran" is a man or woman, whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve- is someone who at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount " up to , and including his or her life".
What a powerful statement. A statement that is so true about our United States military men and women. The American soldier will go anywhere they are asked, will do anything they are asked to do, and if necessary will lay their life on the line for their fellow man and country. Whether they were drafted or they volunteered, the American Veteran accomplished the duty they were asked to do for a country they so dearly love. A duty they performed every day with the ultimate goal of keeping this country free.
If you get a chance today, take a small amount of time and thank a veteran. A simple thank you can be more powerful than any medal or award. With that being said the Village of Greenview would to thank all that have served or are presently serving. Your sacrifice and dedication are greatly appreciated.
HAVE A GREAT VETERANS DAY!!!
Friday, October 9th Greenview School District #200, in cooperation with the Greenview Fire Department, conducted a joint fire prevention activity during Fire Prevention Week October 4th – 10th. Dr. Kunz, Superintendent and Mr. Heavner, Principal conducted an unannounced fire drill for kindergarten through twelfth grades during the morning. The Greenview Fire Department Chief and fire department members were stationed in different locations throughout the school complex to observe the students and faculty exit of the building when the fire alarm was activated. They discussed their observations with the Superintendent and Principal.
As part of the celebration of Fire Prevention Week the Greenview Fire Department had three fire trucks at the school. The volunteer firemen pointed out the fire trucks’ equipment and their use to the elementary students. Afterwards the students were provided the opportunity to tour the fire trucks and each grade had a group picture taken in front of one of them. The closing activity was the firing of the water cannon which amazed the students.
When you drive past the Village Hall you will notice something new and different mounted next to the front door. It is a Little Free Library. Little Free Libraries are placed in local communities, such as Greenview, throughout Illinois. There are presently 20,000 Little Free Libraries around the world and ours is number 22,684. Village Trustee Norm Hofmann, with the Athens Municipal Library’s director and board president, attended the Little Free Libraries workshop sponsored by the Illinois State Library and built our communities Little Free Library.
Little Free Libraries are free book exchanges where anyone may take a book or leave a book to share with others. There are no rules, no late fees and everyone can take part. Our Little Free Library has been stocked with books by Friends of Athens Municipal library which services this area. Presently, there are children and adult books available in our Little Free Library for community member’s use. The only thing the village board asks is when you take a book, if possible, leave a book to share with others. When the Little Free Library is empty the Friends of Athens Municipal library will provide more books. Our goal is to promote the enjoyment of reading by our community members. Stop and see the variety of books that are available in our Little Free Library and if you would like, take one.
As we start this Labor Day Celebration, I do so with a heavy heart as our Village has lost one of its truly "great" citizens. Mike Wilson passed yesterday morning at his residence in Greenview. Mike was a coach, teacher, mentor, mayor and a friend. His career as a coach and a teacher affected the lives of so many here in Greenview. As a coach he had the uncanny ability of making you do things you normally thought were impossible and making you feel good about doing it. He had a smile he would give you that gave you the immediate feeling that everything would be ok all while teaching you a life lesson in the process.
In junior high I encountered a couple of these lessons. During baseball we encountered a team that was going through what some would call "restructuring". We led by numerous runs and I was finally going to get a chance to go in the game and pitch some innings. I was eager to show the coach my fastball skills but as I prepared to enter the game he said " Let them hit the ball". I couldn't believe what I was hearing, however later in life I fully understood the lesson he was teaching us that day.
In track he explained to me that I would be a miler. I didn't like running a block let alone a mile. However I stuck with it and by my eight grade year I finished 5th in the district. Not a great feat by any means, however I did get a ribbon and learned to never give up.
As a teacher he had the ability to get anyone to learn. Drivers Ed and Health were the two subjects he chose to tackle. He was tough yet fair and it seemed like his classes were classes that everyone couldn't wait to get to. I would have never guessed in high school that Mike would affect my life as an adult.
He was Mayor when I first entered city government as a trustee. My time with him was short as he felt the time had come for him to let someone else take the reigns. He was always fair and took the time to hear anyone's comments, complaints, etc.
As a home builder, I was chosen to build their latest home. A project that resulted in many memories being shared and many laughs being had. A project that will always remain one of my favorites.
Finally as I decided to take a run for Mayor I confided in Mike for his advise and expertise. We talked awhile, he gave me his advice and in the end he gave me that smile and stated " you will do just fine". Here we were almost 30 years after I had graduated and he still had the ability to make me feel I could accomplish anything.
In closing I believe he would want us all to share our stories with happiness not sorrow. The stories will be many as we remember a great man. I can picture him now, looking down with that smile, letting us all know that it will be ok. Rest in peace my friend.
The Village of Greenview is in the process of streamlining water billing. Your water bill will have a new look and one MAJOR change. The water bills will be due on the 30th of the month instead of the 15th of the month as was the previous policy. This month the bills should be mailed Friday the 7th due to finalization of the new program. Future bills will be mailed out at the first of the month just like they normally were. There may be some slight glitches as we put this new system online, so we ask that you have patience with us and please contact myself or the water department if you have an issue.
On another note on Sunday August 9th there will be activities at the Marbold Homestead and the Village park.
The Farmstead will be open from 1-3. Activities at the park start at 3:00 with a German Trio. At 4:00 pm there will be a play in the pavilion entitled "One Grand Lady". At 5:00 pm the German Trio will perform again. Also at 5:00 pm there will be pork chops , hot dogs, chips and drinks at the community building. Harold Stier will have his homeade ice cream available at the park during the event. Admission into the pavilion event will be $8.00 for anyone 14 and over.
From 1-2 pm trolley rides of Greenview and the Marbold Homestead will be given. Trolley rides are $2.00 for everyone 14 and over.
Proceeds form the event will help benefit the Marbold Homestead and the Greenview C.I.A.
I recently had a chance to attend an informational meeting at the school concerning the upcoming resolution on the April ballot. First of all let me be very specific in saying this post is neither for or against the said resolution. I will not display my personal opinion of this on this forum. I simply would like to try and place the information in very simple terms for those who could not attend. I would gladly speak to anyone, one on one, on this matter.
First, if you are a property owner in the Greenview School District and you pay any form of property tax, this resolution affects you.
The debt service extension base is a base line number that affects the borrowing capability of the entity it is associated with. It is not the total number of dollars an entity can borrow, but rather a number that reflects what the maximum payment amount can be each year on, any single or combination of, loans that entity may wish to enter into.
In the case of the school, right now the extension base is slightly over $24,000.00. This means that the school can borrow in a manner that the yearly payment will not exceed $24,000.00. What the resolution would do if passed is it would give the school the capability of borrowing money in the amount so as the yearly payment would not exceed $300,000.00. This gives the school greater borrowing capacity. The money borrowed can be used for anything the board wishes it to be.
How does this affect the property owner? If this resolution passes and the school decides to borrow money, the money will have to be payed back by an increase in property tax. The tax increase will depend on how much money is borrowed and the length of the said note. Once the borrowed money is paid back, the tax increase is dropped. How much will this cost you? This will ultimately depend on the amount of money borrowed, the length of the loan, and how much you presently pay in taxes. Farm ground will be affected differently than residential property. The school can provide you with estimates on how much this tax could affect you personally.
What can the borrowed money be used for? The answer is anything the school board votes to borrow it for. At the presentation we were taken on a tour of the school. Possible high ticket repair items were reviewed. This included the boiler systems at both the high school and elementary. The presentation did not give any price points as to what these might cost to replace.
Again this post is designed to inform you not to sway you in any direction. I encourage you to talk to your elected board members. Talk to the superintendent or the principal. Do your research and see how it will affect you and ultimately this will allow you to make an educated decision on election day.
Thank you- Daniel Horn- Village President
The Greenview High School will be placing a resolution on the April election ballot. If the resolution passes, it will increase the school's borrowing capacity. The school will be holding two informational meetings concerning the resolution. One is Monday, Feb. 2 from 6:00-7:30 pm and the other is Tuesday February 24 from 6:00-7:30. Both meetings will be held at the high school library. Everyone should make sure they fully understand this resolution so that an educated decision can be made on election day. If you can not attend and have questions, please contact Janice Kunz, Supt. at 968-2295.
The Village Board recently approved a water rate increase and I would like to take this time to explain it as there is quite a bit of misinformation already circulating on Facebook.
The rate increase was due to the fact that in the last 2 years, approx. $80,000 dollars has been spent on water and infrastructure repairs. Both well pumps have been replaced. The water main from the pumps to the filter plant had to be replaced. The filter median used to filter the water had to be replaced. A storm sewer connection servicing 8 different lines collapsed and had to be repaired. All of these repairs were unscheduled and have put a major drain on the water fund. It was the boards opinion that the rates needed to be raised before the fund became to low.
The minimum rate increase of $5.00 dollars affects every customer, not just those who use the minimum. Some residents have the false impression that the minimum users were singled out. This is absolutely not true.
The rate increase was listed in the minutes. The minutes are posted in the paper. The rate increase was talked about in one meeting and voted on the next. This would be listed in the minutes. If the minutes have not been published yet, we certainly apologize for being tardy in that matter.
Even with the rate increase, Greenview rates are still less than Athens, Petersburg and Mason City. Board members researched this matter and discussed this in an open board meeting.
Keep in mind the board members you have elected are doing what they think is needed to keep our water system running. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to speak to one of them or have your concerns heard at any open meeting. Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of every month at 7:00 PM. We always address public concerns first and you will find facts, unlike Facebook ramble, that sometimes is untrue and usually counterproductive.
On Sunday June 8th a "Goodbye" celebration will be held from 2-4 pm at the High School All Purpose Room. Everyone is welcome to come by and say goodbye to Martine, Emma, Kalan, and Henrik as their stay in Greenview is coming to an end.
The Village of Greenview will be holding an informational meeting concerning Electrical Aggregation. The meeting will be on Monday March 3rd, at 6:30 pm, at the Village Hall. The Village board would like for the Village to become aggregated for electricity. This process has to be voted in by majority vote at the March 18th primary. The meeting will explain all the benefits of electrical aggregation and you will have the opportunity to have any questions answered concerning this matter. Please make sure you fully understand this so you can make an educated decision on which way to vote. If you can not be in attendance , and you have questions or concerns, please contact the Village President or any of the Village Trustees. Phone numbers are posted on the door of City Hall.
On Monday January 20th 2014. The Greenview Village Board honored 4 exchange students that are currently enrolled in Greenview High School. The Village President made a Proclamation, stating that January 20th. 2014 was to be known as exchange student day in Greenview. The Village President presented each student with a ceremonial "key to the city".
Those students are: Emma Nestor)Sweden)and Ka Ian Chan(Macau) with host parents Phil and Julie Watson, Martine Moen(Norway) with host parents Justin and Laura Kossak, and Hendrik Guenther(Germany) with host parents Rex and Nicole Arkebauer.
Also in attendance were Lori Lynn, field manager for the Aspect Foundation, Superintendent, Dr. Kunz, Principal Ryan Heavner and family, School Board President Phillips, and guests Mr and Mrs. Richard Dosier.
Photos of the event will be published in our website gallery.