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