13th Annual Daisy's Angels Charity Golf Classic

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

Greenview, Illinois

Phone:  217-632-7242

www.CountryHillsGC.com

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!!!!!

Please Register Now!!!!!!

Saturday, July 9, 2016  

Country Hills Golf Course

Greenview, Illinois

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 atduncanjojo@gmail.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.


 

 

Waste water treatment system update

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

Sharon Davis

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.”

Village Clerk position open- Please Share

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. 

Veterans Day

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!!!

 

Fire Prevention Week Fire Drill

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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.

Greenview's Little Library

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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.    

A Tribute to a Friend

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. 

August Water Bills

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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. 

Greenview Election Resolution Update

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 

 

 

 

Greenview School Election Resolution

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. 

Information on Water Rate Increase

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. 

PUBLIC NOTICE

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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. 

 

Exchange Students Honored at Board Meeting

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. 

Christmas is Close

Christmas is right around the corner. As some of you have noticed there is a Christmas Tree in the lobby of the Village Hall. This tree was given to us from the Presbyterian Church. Although it is beautifully lit, it is need of ornaments. This Sunday from 2-4 the Village Hall will be open. If you have an extra ornament you would like to put on the tree, please come by and put one on. The local Girl Scout Troop will be participating. We consider this to be the community tree so feel free to come by and help make this a wonderful community tree. Please feel free to share this post.

A Stormy Sunday

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Sunday morning Mother Nature dealt the Village of Greenview a dose of stormy weather. We were much more fortunate than other villages and cities around the state, however the village suffered extensive tree, roof , siding, and power line damage. 

First I would like to thank everyone that showed to help. Thank you to Chief Eddings and the Greenview Fire Department.Thank you to Ken Stroisch and the Greenview BLS. Thank you to Athens Fire Dept., Menard EMS, Menard Sheriffs Dept., Larry Graf, and especially the Menard Rescue Squad who remained in town assisting the fire department in removing trees and limbs from structures. Thank you to Police Chief Holt..Thank you to Ken Ratliff , village superintendent. Thank you to Styer Seed and Wallace Landscaping who provided the village with limb pick-up at no charge to the village. Thank you to the many others that assisted in our time of need. All of these individuals gave up personally time on their day off to assist a village in need. Hats off to the many insurance agents that were on site the very next day assisting their policy holders in the claim process. Thank you to Principal Ryan Heavner who offered the schools help. And a huge thank you to all the lineman who worked tirelessly non-stop through-out the night to restore electricity. 

As the clean up continues I would like to remind everyone that the city will pick up limbs that are set out by the street. The limbs need to be of a size that can be easily handled. If you have the capability, the city tree dump is open and you or your clean up crew may take limbs and or trees to that location. Please be patient with the limb process. The village superintendent is picking up what he can between the normal operations of the village. The village presently has a job opening for the superintendents assistant. Interested parties should contact myself or any village trustee. 

Many of you have questioned why the tornado siren was not activated. The answer is simply the system did not work properly. The siren is remotely activated at the dispatch office in Petersburg. The dispatch system "lost" paging channels making it impossible to activate the siren.The siren can still be activated in town but, by the time fireman arrived at the firehouse the storm was upon the village. I have been assured this being looked into and a contingency plan will be in effect should the need arise again. 

If anyone in the village is still in need of services and does not know who to contact, please contact the village and we can assist you in locating someone to help.

On a lighter note this Saturday Nov. 23rd is Christmas in Greenview. There will be many homes or businesses set up with Christmas items and or food. The United Church will be holding its annual Cookie Walk and Soup and Sandwich Luncheon. All proceeds from the luncheon will go toward the After School Study Hall Program.

Again thank you a to all that assisted us in our time of need. May everyone have a happy upcoming Thanksgiving. 

Daniel Horn-Village President

 

News from the Mayor's Office

Fall is upon us. Many of you will begin burning leaves. Please remember our burning ordinance allows for the burning of yard waste only and only during daylight hours. Please do not burn on the oiled portion of street right of ways.  


Halloween hours have been set. They are from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Halloween only. Please only visit those homes that have a porch light on.  

It was our intention to host a Halloween parade this year, however the school has decided to reinstate the school Halloween parade. With this in mind the city will not be hosting a separate parade. I believe the school parade will be on Halloween toward the end of the school day. Look for messages from the school in your children's papers. 

Your board has been working hard at looking into electrical aggregation and if it would be a good choice for our village. There will be future town meetings concerning this matter. Please try to attend so that you may make an informative choice on this matter. If you can not make the future meetings, please contact myself or one of your trustee's as we would be glad to meet with you and explain the process. I will post the meeting dates as they become available.  

I hope you all enjoy the fall season and as always I am available to discuss any concern any one of you may have. Feel free to contact me anytime.