Village Of Downs, IL News http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?rssfeed=1 Sun, 03 Mar 2024 21:09:28 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Chili and Potato Soup Supper - March 3rd http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12566 <img width="636" height="823" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/636x823_dumc_CHILIjpg.jpg" alt="Chili Supper" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Nicor Gas Free Virtual Energy Assistance Fair - March 7 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12550 <a href="https://nicorgas.swoogo.com/virtual_assistance_fair_mar-7-2024" target="_blank"><img src="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/20240208_Virtual_Fair_Flier_English.jpg" alt="Nicor Virtual Fair" align="" width="645" height="835" class="img-responsive" /></a> IML Unveils Moving Cities Forward Platform - 02-13-2024 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12549 <p><span>On February 13, 2024, IML President, Mayor Mark T. Kupsky, City of Fairview Heights, IML First Vice President, Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen, City of Champaign, IML Second Vice President, Mayor Gary W. Manier, City of Washington, and IML Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brad Cole held a press conference at the Illinois State Capitol to announce the 2024 &lsquo;Moving Cities Forward&rsquo; platform (</span><span><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://legislative.iml.org/page.cfm?key%3D30720&amp;source=gmail-imap&amp;ust=1709053354000000&amp;usg=AOvVaw29rndoW8tm7oHUAaBpOEgH" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.google.com/url?q%3Dhttps://legislative.iml.org/page.cfm?key%253D30720%26source%3Dgmail-imap%26ust%3D1709053354000000%26usg%3DAOvVaw29rndoW8tm7oHUAaBpOEgH&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1708539562840000&amp;usg=AOvVaw0Cyj2mC52rgSbNNYjt4bWN" target="_blank"><span>available via this link</span></a></span><span>).</span></p> <p><span>The platform is intended to strengthen local governments&rsquo; ability to provide critical services to taxpayers. &lsquo;Moving Cities Forward&rsquo; prioritizes fully funding the Local Government Distributive Fund, re-amortization of downstate public safety pension funds, allowing for electronic publication of required notices, granting local officials the authority to conduct remote meetings and providing relief from annual audit requirements to small municipalities.</span></p> <p><span>More information about the 2024 &lsquo;Moving Cities Forward&rsquo; platform can be found on a dedicated IML website,&nbsp;</span><span><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://movingcitiesforward.org/&amp;source=gmail-imap&amp;ust=1709053354000000&amp;usg=AOvVaw1kBtUcLy8n69ptNA86BOnb" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.google.com/url?q%3Dhttps://movingcitiesforward.org/%26source%3Dgmail-imap%26ust%3D1709053354000000%26usg%3DAOvVaw1kBtUcLy8n69ptNA86BOnb&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1708539562840000&amp;usg=AOvVaw0A0RkvTkw3I8X8sO8OjpE5" target="_blank"><span>movingcitiesforward.org</span></a></span><span>.</span></p> AAA Windows, Siding and Roofing Soliciting - 2/7 thru 2/14 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12514 AAA Windows, Siding and Roofing have an approved permit to solicit in the Village of Downs from Wednesday, 2/7 thru Wednesday 2/14. Seminary St. Road Closure - Today and Tomorrow http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12511 <div style="text-align: right;">McLean County</div> <div style="text-align: right;">HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT</div> <div style="text-align: right;">102 S Towanda Barnes Rd</div> <div style="text-align: right;">Bloomington, IL 61705</div> <div style="text-align: right;">(309) 663-9445</div> <div style="text-align: right;">FAX (309) 662-8038</div> <em><strong>Press Release</strong></em><br /><br />February 2, 2024 <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>ROAD CLOSING NOTICE</strong></span></div> <br /> <br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Seminary Street Downs (CH 27) US 150 to East Washington Street</span><br /> <br /><strong>Seminary Street in Downs</strong>, which is also known as <strong>CH 27</strong> &amp; US 150 to Washington Street, will be closed to through traffic on <strong>Monday, 02/05th</strong> from <strong>7:30am to 4:00pm</strong> and again on <strong>Tuesday, 02/06th</strong> from <strong>7:30am to 4:00pm</strong>, weather permitting for tree trimming in this area. <br /><br />Please be sure to check for updates and/or extensions on our website at <a href="http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/highway" target="_blank">www.mcleancountyil.gov/highway</a>. Then click on the sub-title on the left Road Conditions / Closures / Construction Notices.<br /> <br />Please contact us at (309)663-9445 for any questions. <br />Jerry Stokes <br />County Engineer Christmas Tree Pickup This Friday http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12494 If you have Christmas Trees to be picked up, please place them in your usual brush pickup location so that the loader can easily get to it.&nbsp; Thank you. First Quarter Hydrant Flushing Completed http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12493 The East side of Downs starting on N. Seminary will begin the Flushing process this time around.&nbsp; We finished the west side before the weather turned awful at the end of 2023.&nbsp; The weather is looking great at the moment!&nbsp; We will keep you updated with our progress as we move through the East side.<br /><br />1-30-24:<br /> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>N Seminary (S of cemetery)</li> <li>#6 Oliver (cul-de-sac)</li> <li>Methodist Church</li> <li>#14 Fox Run (cul-de-sac)</li> <li>#3 Quail (cul-de-sac)</li> <li>606 Harvey</li> <li>408 Highway Ave/Dooley-RT 150</li> <li>410 E Washington (TV unit office)</li> <li>310 Cleveland/Oak</li> <li>N Lincoln/Catholic Church parking lot</li> <li>N Seminary/E Washington</li> <li>206 S Lincoln/Franklin</li> <li>Downs Automotive/S Lincoln</li> </ul> 1-31-24:<br /> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Cleveland &amp; Washington</li> <li>Woodlawn &amp; Washington</li> <li>Washington-across from HS parking lot</li> <li>Washington &amp; 150</li> <li>Between Washington &amp; MS entrance</li> <li>Cleveland &amp; Grove</li> <li>Cleveland &amp; Garfield</li> <li>Cleveland &amp; Dooley</li> <li>N Lincoln by westside of cemetery</li> <li>Oak &amp; Woodlawn</li> <li>S East St</li> </ul> 02-01-24::<br /> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Fox Run before curve</li> <li>Fox Run middle of street</li> <li>Fox Run &amp; Harvey</li> <li>508 Harvey</li> <li>HS/Oliver behind park</li> <li>HS Old Entrance</li> <li>HS New Entrance</li> <li>MS West side (front)</li> <li>MS East side (front)</li> <li>MS South side (back)</li> <li>Behind Plant</li> </ul> 02-02-24:<br /> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>In front of Plant</li> <li>Franklin &amp; Lincoln</li> <li>Lincoln &amp; E Main</li> <li>Franklin (near Oliver)</li> <li>Seminary (at Hall)</li> <li>Seminary &amp; Main</li> <li>Seminary &amp; Garfield</li> </ul> Valentines for Seniors - thru February 5 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12470 <img width="614" height="795" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/614x795_Turner_Valentines_Card_Drive_Flyer_2024jpg.jpg" alt="Valentine Drive" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Cookies with Santa - Help Needed http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12469 <img width="610" height="471" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/610x471_We_needjpg.jpg" alt="Cookies With Santa Help Request" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Weed Man Lawn Care Soliciting - 2-23-24 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12468 We have a solicitor on February 23rd. &nbsp;They should have the approved permit with them as they knock on your doors. Street Closure - Water Street http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12420 Until further notice, Water Street is closed from the Water Plant South to Franklin Street, due to construction.&nbsp; The alley beside the Water Plant remains open. 4th Quarter Hydrant Flushing in Progress http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12378 <div>Fourth Quarter Hydrant Flushing begins later today!&nbsp; We will start in the new Beecher Trails area as usual and work our way through the list.&nbsp; Below is a preview of the hydrant order, we will get through as many as we can each day as the weather and water tower level allow.<br /><br /></div> <div>12-11-2023:</div> <div> <ul> <li>Bowz/Ashton (new Beecher Sub)</li> <li>West Cul De Sac Raef- Beecher</li> <li>North Huff/Living Hope Church</li> <li>Huff/Dode- Beecher</li> <li>Seminary/Franklin</li> <li>Behind Melton's Trucking (BP area)</li> <li>BP south side of parking lot</li> <li>BP north side of parking lot in small island</li> </ul> </div> <div>12-14-2023:</div> <div> <ul> <li>Seminary/Shaeffer</li> <li>S Gadwall Ln</li> <li>S Mallard Dr</li> <li>Eider Ct cul de sac</li> <li>Eider Ct/Mallard Dr&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div>12-15-2023:</div> <div> <ul> <li>Middle of Ashton</li> <li>Merganser&nbsp;cul de sac</li> <li>Ozzie cul de sac</li> <li>Eldon cul de sac</li> <li>Blueboy</li> <li>Middle of Dugan</li> <li>24 Bowz/Dugan</li> </ul> </div> <div>12-20-2023:</div> <div> <ul> <li>Main/Gadwall</li> <li>Raef/Eldon</li> <li>Beecher mailboxes</li> <li>Raef/Huff (south side)</li> <li>Raef/Dode</li> <li>Johnson Lane South of Huff Bridge RR tracks to the west</li> <li>Mallard/West Main</li> </ul> </div> <div>12-21-2023:</div> <div> <ul> <li>N. Pintail &amp; N. Gadwall</li> <li>123 N Gadwall</li> <li>119 N Gadwall</li> <li>109 N Gadwall</li> <li>103 S Gadwall</li> <li>103 Labrador</li> <li>117 Labrador</li> <li>111 S Pintail</li> </ul> </div> <div>12-22-23:</div> <div> <ul> <li>103 S Pintail</li> <li>103 N Pintail</li> <li>109 N Pintail</li> <li>W Main (Kickapoo entrance)</li> <li>307 W Main</li> <li>305 W Washington</li> <li>316 W Kickapoo</li> <li>N Price cul de sac</li> <li>110 W Washington</li> <li>310 W Kickapoo</li> <li>204 N Price</li> </ul> </div> <h2>The West Side is completed!<br /><br /></h2> <div>Up Next:</div> <ul> <li>N Seminary (S of cemetary)</li> <li>#6 Oliver (cul de sac)</li> <li>Methodist Church</li> <li>#14 Fox Run (cul de sac)</li> <li>#3 Quail (cul de sac)</li> <li>606 Harvey</li> <li>408 Highway Ave/Dooley-RT 150</li> <li>410 E Washington (TV unit office)</li> </ul> <!--ul> <li>310 Cleveland/Oak</li> <li>N Lincoln/Catholic Church parking lot</li> <li>N Seminary/E Washington</li> <li>206 S Lincoln/Franklin</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Cleveland & Washington</li> <li>Woodlawn & Washington</li> <li>Washington-across from HS parking lot</li> <li>Washington & 150</li> <li>Inbetween Washington & MS entrance</li> <li>Cleveland & Grove</li> <li>Cleveland & Garfield</li> <li>Cleveland & Dooley</li> <li>N Lincoln by westside of seminary</li> <li>Oak & Woodlawn</li> <li>S East St</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Fox Run before curve</li> <li>Fox Run middle of street</li> <li>Fox Run & Harvey</li> <li>508 Harvey</li> <li>HS/Oliver behind park</li> <li>HS Old Entrance</li> <li>HS New Entrance</li> <li>MS West side (front)</li> <li>MS East side (front)</li> <li>MS South side (back)</li> <li>Behind Plant</li> <li>In front of Plant</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Franklin & Lincoln</li> <li>Lincoln & E Main</li> <li>Franklin (near Oliver)</li> <li>Seminary & Main</li> <li>Seminary & Garfield</li> </ul--> <br /><br />As the Water Crew makes their way through these hydrants, please keep in mind many daily happenings can interrupt their progress: leaks, water main breaks, weather issues, etc. The hydrants will not be flushed on the weekend. Public Hearing on Streetscape Design: 12/14/2023, 6 pm @ Downs Village Hall http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12375 <span>A Presentation and Public Hearing for the streetscape design will be held on December 14, 2023, 6pm @ the Village Hall. &nbsp;<br /><br />Just received advanced copy of the <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/DOWNS_CONCEPT_12_14_SCH_PHASE_1.pdf" target="_blank">Streetscape design document</a>.</span> Update Public Review and Comment Period for the HUD Environmental Review http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12374 FOR ACTIVITIES SUBJECT TO ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT COMBINED NOTICE OF FINDINGS OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS<br /><br />Date of publication or posting: December 21, 2023<br /><br />Village of Downs<br />211 S. Seminary Street<br />Downs, IL 61736<br />(309) 378-3221<br /><br />TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS:<br /><br />The above-named grantee has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the following project.<br />The EA is on file at the Downs Village Hall and is available for public examination and copying. Electronic<br />files can be requested by email at Clerk@VillageOfDowns.org.<br /><br />Project Name: Village of Downs Downtown Streetscape Improvements 2023<br />Project Location: Seminary St., from Main St. to Franklin St.; Franklin St., from Main St. to Seminary St.,<br />Village of Downs, McLean County, Illinois<br />Estimated Cost of Project: $2,128,000.00<br /><br />Nature/Purpose of Project: The Village of Downs, McLean County, Illinois will be committing Community<br />Project Funding Grant funds to undertake the project known as the Downs Streetscape. The location of<br />the project is more specifically defined as Uptown Downs Commercial District: Seminary Street, from<br />Main Street to Franklin Street; Franklin Street, from Main Street to Seminary Street. The proposed<br />project includes the construction of streetscape improvements in the business district in the Village of<br />Downs including improvements to ADA ramps and access, vehicular sight lines and safety, pedestrian<br />crossings and safety, drainage, parking improvements and quantity, multi-modal opportunities, along<br />with aesthetic streetscape surfaces and features.<br /><br />The UGLG has determined that such request for release of funds will not constitute an action<br />significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and, accordingly, the UGLG has decided not<br />to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act of<br />1969 (PL 91-190).<br /><br />The reason for such decision is because IEPA reports indicate a former unleaded gasoline underground<br />storage tank (UST) was buried outdoors between 201 S. Seminary Street and 209 S. Seminary Street. A<br />soil investigation beneath the former gasoline UST indicated that no contamination was present and a<br />No Further Remediation Letter was awarded as a result. The fuel and product lines, however, were<br />located in the Seminary Street right-of way adjacent to this site. A Preliminary Site Investigation (PSI)<br />completed in June 2023 indicated that the area would need field screening and monitoring during<br />construction activities. To mitigate potential adverse effects to construction workers, the soil disturbed<br />in the area of contamination identified in the PSI would need to be field screened and monitored. This<br />would direct the selection of personal protective equipment for construction workers. Excavated soil<br />that cannot be re-used in the trench and must be taken off site may require additional soil analysis to<br />satisfy the receiving landfill. Apart from the potential for contaminated soil in the project area, none of<br />the agencies who have been consulted noted any negative impacts, and the project is expected to have<br />only beneficial impacts on the human environment.<br /><br />All agencies, groups or individuals disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments<br />to the above address. Such written comments should be received on or before January 5, 2024. All such<br />comments will be considered, and the UGLG will not request the release of federal funds or begin the<br />project prior to such date.<br /><br />On or about January 6, 2024 the UGLG will request the Department of Housing and Urban Development<br />(HUD) to release Community Project Funding Grant (CPF) funds under the Consolidated Appropriations<br />Act of 2023 (PL 117-328) as amended for this project.<br /><br />The UGLG is certifying to HUD that it and its chief executive officer, in his official capacity as Mayor,<br />consent to accept the jurisdiction of the federal courts if an action is brought to enforce environmental<br />review responsibilities, decision-making, and action; and that these responsibilities have been satisfied.<br />Upon certification, the UGLG may use the CPF grant funds, and HUD will have satisfied its<br />responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. HUD will accept an objection to the<br />release of funds and certification only if (a) the certification was not executed by the chief executive<br />officer or other officer of the UGLG approved by HUD; or (b) the UGLG&rsquo;s EA indicates omissions of a<br />required decision, finding, or step. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with 24<br />CFR 58 and may be addressed to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development &ndash; Chicago<br />Field Office, Donald G. Kathan, Director, Community Planning and Development at<br />CPDRROFCHI@hud.gov.<br /><br />Objections for reasons other than those stated above will not be considered by HUD. No objections<br />received after January 5, 2024 will be considered by HUD.<br /><br />Michael James, Mayor, 211 S. Seminary Street, Downs, IL 61736<br /><br /><span>Click on the following to get a copy of the posted environmental review or a copy can be obtained from the Village Hall during open office hours. </span>Environmental Review Record posted at&nbsp;<a href="https://cpd.hud.gov/cpd-public/environmental-reviews" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://cpd.hud.gov/cpd-public/environmental-reviews&nbsp;</a>within 24 hours for the duration of the public comment period.<br /><br /> Cookie Walk at DUMC - December 9th http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12328 <img width="600" height="777" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/600x777_Cookie_Walkjpg.jpg" alt="" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Coffee with a Cop - December 15, 2023 at Zeta Coffee http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12324 <img width="500" height="647" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/500x647_20231215coffeewithacoppng.png" alt="" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Nicor Gas Virtual Fair - November 8th http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12312 <a href="nicorgas.com/virtualfair" target="_blank"><img width="657" height="851" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/657x851_Virtual_Fair_Flier_Nicor_Gasjpg.jpg" alt="Virtual Energy Assistance Fair" align="" class="img-responsive" /></a> Downs Village Hall and Billing Department email address change http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12302 The Downs Village Hall is migrating from the hotmail.com email address to: <blockquote><strong> info@VillageofDowns.org</strong></blockquote> <h6>This is effective immediately.&nbsp; If you see the previous email mentioned somewhere, we may have missed it in&nbsp;our sweep.&nbsp; Please send us a message at the new email address so that we can correct the error. Be sure to include a description or link to the location. We appreciate the help!</h6> Happy Halloween! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12297 Village of Downs Trick or Treat hours:<br /> <br />October 31st<br />5pm til 8pm.&nbsp;<br /> <br />Leave your porch light on if you are celebrating. Trick or Treat for UNICEF - This Sunday http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12261 <img width="626" height="279" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/626x279_UNICEFjpg.jpg" alt="Trick or Treat for UNICEF" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Cookies with Santa December 2nd and 3rd http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12234 <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://app.gopassage.com/events/cookies-with-santa" target="_blank"><img src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/CWS2023.png" alt="Cookies with Santa" align="" width="500" height="500" class="img-responsive" /></a></div> Downs Village Market Last Day!! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12224 <div dir="auto">On this last Downs Village Market Day of the 2023 season, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated!&nbsp;<br /><br /></div> <div dir="auto">From vendors, bakers, musicians, volunteers, city employees, first responders, to sponsors, patrons, neighbors and friends; it takes a community to raise a family and a thriving, local farmer's market to feed them! Everyone has worked well together as a team and we have had a lot of fun too. New faces, familiar old friends, investing in the local market community; community spirit is strong in Downs!<br /><br /></div> <div dir="auto">WE appreciate all your hard work and dedication to your calling and our community. We could not do it without you!<br /><br /></div> <div dir="auto">We want to invite you to our End of Season Supper, tonight, after the market closes at 6PM.<br /><br /></div> <div dir="auto">Please come enjoy our veritable feast of harvest! From our very own Sunset Acres Farms, we have delicious slow cooked pulled pork! We have sides of cole slaw and potato salad; (Thank You, O'Rourke Family Gardens!) and also, for you non pulled pork people, an Italian feast of meatballs, sweet sausage and pork neck bones with penne pasta, along with a thick gravy to spice up your evening!<br /><br /></div> <div dir="auto">Sweets, coffee, tea and assorted pops round out the meal.<br /><br /></div> <div dir="auto">So, come on out to <strong>DOOLEY PARK in DOWNS 6-8 PM TONIGHT!<br /><br /></strong></div> <div dir="auto">Anyone in the community interested in volunteering at the market or becoming a participant in any fashion; please stop by and meet the team and have a meal! We need you!<br /><br /></div> <div dir="auto">If we don't see you, have a great off-season and look us up in January to secure your slot for the 2024 season!<br /><br /></div> <div dir="auto">Thanks!</div> <div dir="auto"></div> <div dir="auto">Downs Village Market Committee</div> Spaghetti Supper this Sunday http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12215 <img width="606" height="784" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/606x784_Spaghetti_Supperjpg.jpg" alt="" align="" class="img-responsive" /> September Events Meeting Cancelled http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12201 The Events committee meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, September 12 is cancelled.&nbsp; See you in November! 3rd Quarter Hydrant Flushing in progress - Complete! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12183 <div>9/6/23:</div> <div> <ul> <li>Bowz/Ashton (new Beecher Sub)</li> <li>West Cul De Sac Raef- Beecher</li> <li>North Huff/Living Hope Church</li> </ul> </div> <div>9/7/23:</div> <div> <ul> <li>Bowz/Ashton (new Beecher Sub)-opened 2nd time</li> <li>Huff/Dode- Beecher</li> <li>Seminary/Franklin</li> <li>Behind Melton's Trucking (BP area)</li> <li>BP south side of parking lot</li> <li>BP north side of parking lot in small island</li> </ul> </div> <div>9/11/23:</div> <div> <ul> <li>Seminary/Shaeffer</li> <li>S Gadwall Ln</li> <li>Mallard Dr</li> <li>Eider Ct cul de sac</li> <li>Eider Ct/Mallard Dr&nbsp;</li> <li>Merganser&nbsp;cul de sac</li> </ul> </div> <div>9/12/23:</div> <div> <ul> <li>Ozzie cul de sac</li> <li>Eldon cul de sac</li> <li>Main/Gadwall</li> <li>Raef/Eldon</li> <li>Beecher mailboxes</li> <li>Raef/Huff (south side)</li> <li>Raef/Dode</li> <li>Johnson Lane South of Huff Bridge RR tracks to the west</li> <li>Mallard/West Main</li> </ul> </div> <div>9/13/23:</div> <ul> <li>N. Pintail &amp; N. Gadwall</li> <li>123 N Gadwall</li> <li>119 N Gadwall</li> <li>109 N Gadwall</li> <li>103 S Gadwall</li> <li>103 Labrador</li> <li>117 Labrador</li> <li>111 S Pintail</li> <li>103 S Pintail</li> <li>103 N Pintail</li> <li>109 N Pintail</li> </ul> <div>9/14/23:</div> <ul> <li>W Main (Kickapoo entrance)</li> <li>307 W Main</li> <li>305 W Washington</li> <li>316 W Kickapoo</li> <li>N Price cul de sac</li> <li>110 W Washington</li> <li>310 W Kickapoo</li> <li>204 N Price</li> </ul> <div>The West Side is completed!<br /><br /></div> <div>9/18/23:</div> <ul> <li>N Seminary (S of cemetary)</li> </ul> 9/19/23:<br /> <ul> <li>#6 Oliver (cul de sac)</li> <li>Methodist Church</li> <li>#14 Fox Run (cul de sac)</li> <li>#3 Quail (cul de sac)</li> <li>606 Harvey</li> <li>408 Highway Ave/Dooley-RT 150</li> <li>410 E Washington (TV unit office)</li> </ul> 9/20/23:<br /> <ul> <li>310 Cleveland/Oak</li> <li>N Lincoln/Catholic Church parking lot</li> <li>N Seminary/E Washington</li> <li>206 S Lincoln/Franklin</li> </ul> 9/22/23:<br /> <ul> <li>Cleveland &amp; Washington</li> <li>Woodlawn &amp; Washington</li> <li>Washington-across from HS parking lot</li> <li>Washington &amp; 150</li> <li>Inbetween Washington &amp; MS entrance</li> <li>Cleveland &amp; Grove</li> <li>Cleveland &amp; Garfield</li> <li>Cleveland &amp; Dooley</li> <li>N Lincoln by westside of seminary</li> <li>Oak &amp; Woodlawn</li> <li>S East St</li> </ul> 10/03/23:<br /> <ul> <li>Fox Run before curve</li> <li>Fox Run middle of street</li> <li>Fox Run &amp; Harvey</li> <li>508 Harvey</li> <li>HS/Oliver behind park</li> <li>HS Old Entrance</li> <li>HS New Entrance</li> <li>MS West side (front)</li> <li>MS East side (front)</li> <li>MS South side (back)</li> <li>Behind Plant</li> <li>In front of Plant</li> </ul> 10/09/23:<br /> <ul> <li>Franklin &amp; Lincoln</li> <li>Lincoln &amp; E Main</li> <li>Franklin (near Oliver)</li> <li>Seminary &amp; Main</li> <li>Seminary &amp; Garfield</li> </ul> <div><br />As the Water Crew makes their way through these hydrants, please keep in mind many daily happenings can interrupt their progress: leaks, water main breaks, weather issues, etc. The hydrants will not be flushed on the weekend.</div> Illinois Unclaimed Property Website http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12182 Here is an Excerpt from the latest Illinois State Treasurers Newsletter:<br /> <blockquote> <p class="m_8015867863597019844text-build-content"><span>This month, we rolled out our new Enhanced Money Match program. We worked with the General Assembly to improve our novel idea and make it even easier to automatically return unclaimed property money to individuals without the need to file a claim. Enhanced Money Match is the latest improvement that leverages technology to return money quickly and efficiently. Recently, we worked with lawmakers to raise the cap to $5,000.</span><span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></span></p> <p class="m_8015867863597019844text-build-content"><span>More than 66,700 letters went out to all corners of our state in our effort to return $47 million. That&rsquo;s enough money to pay the salaries for the Oakland A&rsquo;s baseball team and still have a few million left for hot dogs and drinks.</span><span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></span></p> <p class="m_8015867863597019844text-build-content"><span>For some, this unexpected money will provide a little extra cushion at the end of the month. For others, it might help with the back-to-school shopping. Certainly, it means paying the rent on time for more than a few families.</span><span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></span></p> <p class="m_8015867863597019844text-build-content"><span>Our&nbsp;</span><span><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://0sgvv.mjt.lu/lnk/AVYAACLgG5EAAc0h5LAAAAFPlUYAAAAAE0MAABiZABoyPABk7NYnEaXzV4yHSM-fm3vtLcE3zwAZF3Q/6/sgeFNbz2Nvo3oc54V8hjVQ/aHR0cHM6Ly9pY2FzaC5pbGxpbm9pc3RyZWFzdXJlci5nb3Yv&amp;source=gmail-imap&amp;ust=1693847723000000&amp;usg=AOvVaw0eOHGO7yo4pz9aZAHiOLSL" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.google.com/url?q%3Dhttps://0sgvv.mjt.lu/lnk/AVYAACLgG5EAAc0h5LAAAAFPlUYAAAAAE0MAABiZABoyPABk7NYnEaXzV4yHSM-fm3vtLcE3zwAZF3Q/6/sgeFNbz2Nvo3oc54V8hjVQ/aHR0cHM6Ly9pY2FzaC5pbGxpbm9pc3RyZWFzdXJlci5nb3Yv%26source%3Dgmail-imap%26ust%3D1693847723000000%26usg%3DAOvVaw0eOHGO7yo4pz9aZAHiOLSL&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1693331192499000&amp;usg=AOvVaw1oUVAv4fzzMCDRd_HiqVd5"><span jslog="32272; 1:WyIjdGhyZWFkLWY6MTc3NTQ5NTgyNjI5Njc5ODY3NiIsbnVsbCxudWxsLG51bGwsbnVsbCxudWxsLG51bGwsbnVsbCxudWxsLG51bGwsbnVsbCxudWxsLG51bGwsW11d; 4:WyIjbXNnLWY6MTc3NTQ5NTgyNjI5Njc5ODY3NiIsbnVsbCxbXV0.">unclaimed property program</span></a></span><span>&nbsp;is the oldest consumer-protection program in the state. Every day we can return money to the proper owners is another day we fight for our neighbors and try to make their day a little bit easier and a little bit better.</span><span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></span></p> <p class="m_8015867863597019844text-build-content"><span>We receive unclaimed property, such as the contents of overlooked safe deposit boxes, unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts, and unused rebate cards, after businesses say they tried for years to contact the owner. I believe most businesses actually do try their best. I&rsquo;m also convinced there are some that have other priorities. I&rsquo;m not sure about you, but everyone I do business with sure can find me when they need to send a bill.</span></p> </blockquote> State Senator Sally Turner at Zeta in Downs Monday September 25, 2023 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12179 <img src="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/20230925_senator_sally_turner_coffee_invite.jpg" alt="Coffee and Conversation with Sally Turner" align="" width="658" height="851" class="img-responsive" /> Early Trash Pickup This Week Due to Excessive Heat http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12174 Trash Pickup on Thursday will begin earlier in the morning.&nbsp; GFL is&nbsp;asking that everyone have their trash out Wednesday night or before 4 AM on Thursday. PUBLIC HEARING - ZONING MAP AMENDMENT - August 22 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12159 <p><span>Village of Downs Zoning Board of Appeals<br /></span></p> <p><span>Public Notice Is hereby given by the Village of Downs Zoning Board of Appeals, that on <strong>August 22, 2023, at 6:00 pm</strong>, in the Village of Downs Hall, located at 211 S. Seminary St., a public hearing will be held on the request for zoning map amendment from C2 &ndash; General Commercial District to R3 &ndash; High Density Residential District owned by Tim Norman/Norman Leasing, on the following described real estate:</span></p> <p><span>PIN: 29-04-213-001 and 29-04-227-001 &ndash; Township 22 North/150 HWY, Downs, IL</span></p> <p><span><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/Rezoning_Plat.doc" target="_blank">Description</a><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/SV_Downs_EastStreet_Duplex_Rezoning_Plat_0221046.00_Sht_1.pdf" target="_blank">Rezoning Plat<br /></a><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/East_Street_Subdivision_Signed.pdf" target="_blank">Final Plat</a><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/DOWNS_EAST_ST._DUPLEX_LOTS_GRADING_0221046.00_GRADING_PLAN.pdf" target="_blank">Grading Plan</a><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/DOWNS_EAST_ST._DUPLEX_LOTS_UTILTIY_0221046.00_UTILITY_PLAN.pdf" target="_blank">Utility Plan<br /><br /></a><strong>Request changed to rezone from C2 to R2 with Special Use</strong></span></p> Eastern Illinois Food Mobile here on the 4th Wednesday of the Month http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12103 <span>The Eastern Illinois Foodbank mobile food trailer will be available to serve our eligible residents on Sept.&nbsp;27</span><sup>th</sup><span>&nbsp;at 2</span><span>:</span><span>3</span><span>0&nbsp;</span><span>P</span><span>M -&nbsp;</span><span>3</span><span>:</span><span>00 P</span><span>M</span><span>. Currently we are on their schedule for the 4th Wednesday of each month.</span><br /><br />To see their full schedule and&nbsp;get more information visit their <a href="https://www.eifoodbank.org/help/mobile.html" target="_blank">web site</a>. Tri-Valley HUGE Garage Sale for Charity - July 15th http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12086 <img width="596" height="772" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/596x772_tv_garagesalejpg.jpg" alt="" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Axel Strong Benefit and Awareness Event - August 19th http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12085 <img width="658" height="853" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/658x853_AxelStrong_Benefit_Flier_png.png" alt="" align="" class="img-responsive" /> New Recycling Guidelines http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12080 <img src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2023_GFL_Downs_recycling.png" alt="2023 Recycling Guidelines" align="" width="639" height="831" class="img-responsive" /> Seeking Treasurer for the Village of Downs http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12062 <a href="/village-of-downs-employment.htm"><img width="620" height="401" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/620x401_treasurerad_whitepng.png" alt="Part-time Treasurer Wanted" align="" class="img-responsive" /></a><br />We have&nbsp;several<a href="https://villageofdowns.rainadmin.com/village-of-downs-employment.htm">&nbsp;Jobs</a> listed on our website including a Treasurer position.&nbsp; Check them out and pass it along. Independence Day Celebration Schedule http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12055 <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2023_D2D_Donation_Flyer.pdf" target="_blank">2023 4th of July Donation Form</a> <p><span>The budgeted expenses for this event are ~$13,500 ($11,000 fireworks).<span><span>&nbsp; </span>Please consider donating to help offset our costs and/or volunteering, even if only for just an hour. <span>&nbsp;</span>Volunteering is another great way to help out and is appreciated just as much as a monetary donation.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></span></p> <p><span>Downs events are funded through donations, sponsors and if-needed Village funds.<span>&nbsp; </span>Write a check to the Village of Downs Event Fund and drop off at the Village Hall.</span></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>Independence Day Celebration Schedule</span></strong></h1> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>Land of the Free, Home of the Brave</span></strong></h1> <table style="width: 100%;" border="1" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="20%"> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Time</strong></span></p> </td> <td width="51%"> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Activity</strong></span></p> </td> <td width="27%"> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Location</strong></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="20%"> <p><span>7:00 am &ndash; 10:00 am</span></p> </td> <td width="51%"> <p><span>Fireman&rsquo;s Breakfast</span></p> </td> <td width="27%"> <p><span>Downs Fire Dept.</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="20%"> <p><span>9:00 am &ndash; Complete</span></p> </td> <td width="51%"> <p><span>Sand Volleyball Tournament</span></p> </td> <td width="27%"> <p><span>Dooley Park</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="20%"> <p><span>10:00 am-Complete</span></p> <p><span>11:00 am &ndash; 10:00 pm</span></p> </td> <td width="51%"> <p><span>Vendor Fair</span></p> <p><span>Food Vendors</span></p> </td> <td width="27%"> <p><span>Dooley Park </span></p> <p><span>Dooley Park</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="20%"> <p><span>11:00 am &ndash; 11:45 am</span></p> </td> <td width="51%"> <p><span>Lineup for Parade (Must register for reserved spot)</span></p> </td> <td width="27%"> <p><span>Tri-Valley Schools</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="20%"> <p><span>12:00 pm (Starts)<br /><br /></span></p> </td> <td width="51%"> <p><span>Parade<br />4<sup>th</sup> of July Parade Grand Marshals Cyndi Miller and Jill Kasprzak<br /></span></p> </td> <td width="27%"> <p><span>See Parade Map<br /><br /></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="20%"> <p><span>11:00 pm &ndash; 4:00 pm</span></p> </td> <td width="51%"> <p><span>DJ and Jam session </span></p> </td> <td width="27%"> <p><span>Dooley Park&nbsp;Basketball Court</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="20%"> <p><span>5:30 pm &ndash; 9:30 pm</span></p> </td> <td width="51%"> <p><span>Live Music: Next Thing Smokin</span></p> </td> <td width="27%"> <p><span>Dooley Park Basketball Court</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="20%"> <p><span>9:10 pm</span></p> </td> <td width="51%"> <p><span>National Anthem</span></p> </td> <td width="27%"> <p><span>Dooley Park</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="20%"> <p><span>9:15 pm</span></p> </td> <td width="51%"> <p><span>*Fireworks</span></p> </td> <td width="27%"> <p><span>Dooley Park/TV</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <h6>Note: Schedule subject to change and probably will.&nbsp;</h6> <h6>See Village website or Events FaceBook page for up-to-date information.</h6> <h6><span>* Reschedule date, if needed due to wind or rain, will be, depending on forecast:TBA</span></h6> Brush Pickup! This weekend http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12051 Due to the 4th of July Celebrations, Streets will be working on brush pickup over the weekend.&nbsp; We want our town looking great for the big day! 7/12 Village Market Vendor Line-up http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12024 <div class="xdj266r x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r x1vvkbs x126k92a"> <div dir="auto"><span class="x3nfvp2 x1j61x8r x1fcty0u xdj266r xhhsvwb xat24cr xgzva0m xxymvpz xlup9mm x1kky2od"><img height="16" width="16" alt="&#129344;" referrerpolicy="origin-when-cross-origin" src="https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/td/1/16/1f940.png" /></span><strong>Master Gardeners</strong>: Advice, questions, plant of the week, seeds; bring your questions and learn something new each week!</div> </div> <div class="x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r x1vvkbs xtlvy1s x126k92a"> <div dir="auto"><span class="x3nfvp2 x1j61x8r x1fcty0u xdj266r xhhsvwb xat24cr xgzva0m xxymvpz xlup9mm x1kky2od"><img height="16" width="16" alt="&#129526;" referrerpolicy="origin-when-cross-origin" src="https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/t21/1/16/1f9f6.png" /></span><strong>The Crochet Bee</strong>: Assorted, beautifully handmade plush items by Timothy.</div> </div> <div class="x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r x1vvkbs xtlvy1s x126k92a"> <div dir="auto"><span><a tabindex="-1"></a></span><span class="x3nfvp2 x1j61x8r x1fcty0u xdj266r xhhsvwb xat24cr xgzva0m xxymvpz xlup9mm x1kky2od"><img height="16" width="16" alt="&#127799;" referrerpolicy="origin-when-cross-origin" src="https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/t6f/1/16/1f337.png" /></span><strong>The Little Way Flower Farm</strong>: Cut flowers, mixed bouquets and straight bunches/build your own. Cuttings and garden transplants too!</div> </div> <div class="x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r x1vvkbs xtlvy1s x126k92a"> <div dir="auto"><span class="x3nfvp2 x1j61x8r x1fcty0u xdj266r xhhsvwb xat24cr xgzva0m xxymvpz xlup9mm x1kky2od"><img height="16" width="16" alt="&#129525;" referrerpolicy="origin-when-cross-origin" src="https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/ta0/1/16/1f9f5.png" /></span><strong>Creative Designs By Pickles</strong>: Hand, dish, and tea towels. Golf towels with grommets. Purses. Bibs. Aprons. Anything embroidered.</div> </div> <div class="x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r x1vvkbs xtlvy1s x126k92a"> <div dir="auto"><span class="x3nfvp2 x1j61x8r x1fcty0u xdj266r xhhsvwb xat24cr xgzva0m xxymvpz xlup9mm x1kky2od"><img height="16" width="16" alt="&#127855;" referrerpolicy="origin-when-cross-origin" src="https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/tfb/1/16/1f36f.png" /></span><strong>The Honey Pimp Apiaries</strong>: delicious local honey.</div> </div> <div class="x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r x1vvkbs xtlvy1s x126k92a"> <div dir="auto"><span class="x3nfvp2 x1j61x8r x1fcty0u xdj266r xhhsvwb xat24cr xgzva0m xxymvpz xlup9mm x1kky2od"><img height="16" width="16" alt="&#127850;" referrerpolicy="origin-when-cross-origin" src="https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/t76/1/16/1f36a.png" /></span>Our weekly non-profit <strong>Bakers</strong>:&nbsp;July 12th it&rsquo;s the delicious baked goods of the Downs United Methodist Church. Cakes, cookies, pies, treats; all the homemade goodness!<br /><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-20fbd01e-7fff-e9aa-c55c-daf0d680560b"><span>&#128141;</span></span>S&amp;S Bling</strong>: Handmade jewelry, vintage jewelry</div> </div> <div class="x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r x1vvkbs xtlvy1s x126k92a"> <div dir="auto"><span class="x3nfvp2 x1j61x8r x1fcty0u xdj266r xhhsvwb xat24cr xgzva0m xxymvpz xlup9mm x1kky2od"><img height="16" width="16" alt="&#127925;" referrerpolicy="origin-when-cross-origin" src="https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/t9e/1/16/1f3b5.png" /></span><strong>Musician</strong>: June 21st it&rsquo;s John McMahon playing on our brand new stage! Bring your lawn chairs and gather round!</div> </div> <div class="x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r x1vvkbs xtlvy1s x126k92a"> <div dir="auto"><span class="x3nfvp2 x1j61x8r x1fcty0u xdj266r xhhsvwb xat24cr xgzva0m xxymvpz xlup9mm x1kky2od"><img height="16" width="16" alt="&#127813;" referrerpolicy="origin-when-cross-origin" src="https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/tc/1/16/1f345.png" /></span><strong>O&rsquo;Rourke Family Gardens</strong>: A wide variety of produce, strawberries, vegetables, popcorn, and some plants.</div> </div> <div class="x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r x1vvkbs xtlvy1s x126k92a"> <div dir="auto"><span class="x3nfvp2 x1j61x8r x1fcty0u xdj266r xhhsvwb xat24cr xgzva0m xxymvpz xlup9mm x1kky2od"><img height="16" width="16" alt="&#127805;" referrerpolicy="origin-when-cross-origin" src="https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/t1c/1/16/1f33d.png" /></span><strong>Byer&rsquo;s Produce</strong>: Hanging baskets, melons, zucchini, onions, seasonal produce as harvested.</div> </div> <div class="x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r x1vvkbs xtlvy1s x126k92a"> <div dir="auto"><span class="x3nfvp2 x1j61x8r x1fcty0u xdj266r xhhsvwb xat24cr xgzva0m xxymvpz xlup9mm x1kky2od"><img height="16" width="16" alt="&#129460;" referrerpolicy="origin-when-cross-origin" src="https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/ta3/1/16/1f9b4.png" /></span><strong>Star House Creations</strong>: 18 inch doll clothing and handmade accessories, sewing and alterations consultations; pet treats.</div> </div> <div class="x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r x1vvkbs xtlvy1s x126k92a"> <div dir="auto"><span class="x3nfvp2 x1j61x8r x1fcty0u xdj266r xhhsvwb xat24cr xgzva0m xxymvpz xlup9mm x1kky2od"><img height="16" width="16" alt="&#128526;" referrerpolicy="origin-when-cross-origin" src="https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/t83/1/16/1f60e.png" /></span><strong>Gnomes for Your Home</strong>: Beautiful handcrafted sock gnomes and accessories.</div> </div> <div class="x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r x1vvkbs xtlvy1s x126k92a"> <div dir="auto"><span class="x3nfvp2 x1j61x8r x1fcty0u xdj266r xhhsvwb xat24cr xgzva0m xxymvpz xlup9mm x1kky2od"><img height="16" width="16" alt="&#127800;" referrerpolicy="origin-when-cross-origin" src="https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/tf0/1/16/1f338.png" /></span><strong>Mariah&rsquo;s Mums:</strong> In June: donuts, kettle corn, gourmet salsa, jams, syrups, and sauces. July: same as June but add produce and corn. August: add melons. September: add Mums to the mix!</div> </div> <div class="x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r x1vvkbs xtlvy1s x126k92a"> <div dir="auto"><span class="x3nfvp2 x1j61x8r x1fcty0u xdj266r xhhsvwb xat24cr xgzva0m xxymvpz xlup9mm x1kky2od"><img height="16" width="16" alt="&#129481;" referrerpolicy="origin-when-cross-origin" src="https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/tc7/1/16/1f9c9.png" /></span><strong>Not Your Papa&rsquo;s Farm</strong>: BBQ Sauce, homemade jams, jellies, fruit butters, mustards and vinegars.</div> </div> <div class="x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r x1vvkbs xtlvy1s x126k92a"> <div dir="auto"><span class="x3nfvp2 x1j61x8r x1fcty0u xdj266r xhhsvwb xat24cr xgzva0m xxymvpz xlup9mm x1kky2od"><img height="16" width="16" alt="&#9874;&#65039;" referrerpolicy="origin-when-cross-origin" src="https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/t6/1/16/2692.png" /></span><strong>The Creative Grounds Crafts:</strong> Laser cut and engraved, hand painted wood products, ornaments, jewelry, and DIY kits. Macrame plant hangers, wall hangings and more.<br /><br /></div> </div> <div class="x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r x1vvkbs xtlvy1s x126k92a"> <div dir="auto">We are actively recruiting all kinds of Vendors, especially Egg and Meat Vendors; Food Trucks, as well as Community Groups! Please reach out if you are interested; we add vendors all season as some items are late in season.</div> </div> Join the Parks Committee! Next meeting is July 10th http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12017 <span></span><span>Seeking new members for the committee! Please join&nbsp;us Monday, July 10th for the Parks Committee meeting at the Pavilion if you are interested in joining or helping out!</span> 8-02-23 update - Hydrant Flushing completed 2023 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12006 Update:&nbsp;&nbsp;Flushing has been completed for this round!<br /><br />Hydrant Flushing began on&nbsp;Tuesday 6-13-23 in Beecher Trails Phase 3 and finished on Tuesday 8-1-23<br /><br />6-13-23:&nbsp; &nbsp;5 hydrants completed<br />6-15-23:&nbsp; &nbsp;8 hydrants completed<br />6-16-23:&nbsp; &nbsp;7 hydrants completed<br />6-20-23:&nbsp; &nbsp;8 hydrants completed<br />6-21-23: 10 hydrants completed <div class="x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r x1vvkbs xtlvy1s x126k92a"> <div dir="auto">6-22-23:&nbsp; &nbsp;8 hydrants completed - finished the west side!<br />7-13-23:&nbsp; &nbsp;5 hydrants completed<br /> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-13-23:&nbsp;N Seminary by the&nbsp;cemetery</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-13-23:&nbsp;Oliver Cul de sac</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-13-23:&nbsp;Methodist church</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-13-23:&nbsp;410 E Washington (TV Unit office)</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-13-23:&nbsp;#14 Fox Run (cul de sac)</div> <div>7-18-23:&nbsp; &nbsp;7 hydrants completed<br /> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-18-23:&nbsp;#3 Quail (cul de sac)</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-18-23:&nbsp;606 Harvey (last house on W side)</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-18-23:&nbsp;Rt 150/Dooley Ave (near Dooley cul de sac)</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-18-23:&nbsp;310 Cleveland&nbsp; closest cross st is Oak</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-18-23:&nbsp;N Lincoln- Catholic Church parking lot</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-18-23:&nbsp;101 N Seminary closest cross st is Washington</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-18-23:&nbsp;206 S Lincoln closest cross st is Franklin</div> <div>7-21-23:&nbsp; 15 hydrants completed</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-21-23: Cleveland &amp; Washington</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-21-23: Woodlawn &amp; Washington</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-21-23:&nbsp;Washington-across from HS parking lot</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-21-23:&nbsp;Washington &amp; 150</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-21-23:&nbsp;In between Washington &amp; MS entrance</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-21-23:&nbsp;Cleveland &amp; Grove</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-21-23:&nbsp;Cleveland &amp; Garfield</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-21-23:&nbsp;Cleveland &amp; Dooley</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-21-23:&nbsp;N Lincoln by westside of Seminary</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-21-23:&nbsp;Oak &amp; Woodlawn</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-21-23:&nbsp;S East St</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-21-23:&nbsp;Fox Run before curve</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-21-23:&nbsp;Fox Run middle of street</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-21-23:&nbsp;Fox Run &amp; Harvey</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">7-21-23:&nbsp;508 Harvey</div> <div>8-01-23:&nbsp; 14 hydrants completed</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">8-01-23: High School &amp; Oliver behind park</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">8-01-23: High School Old Entrance</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">8-01-23: High School New Entrance</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">8-01-23: Middle School West Side (front)</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">8-01-23: Middle School East Side (front)</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">8-01-23: Middle School South Side (back)</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">8-01-23: Behind Water Plant</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">8-01-23: In front of Water Plant<br /> <div dir="auto">8-01-23:&nbsp;Franklin &amp; Lincoln</div> <div dir="auto">8-01-23:&nbsp;Lincoln &amp; E Main</div> <div dir="auto">8-01-23:&nbsp;Franklin near Oliver</div> <div dir="auto">8-01-23:&nbsp;Seminary at Village Hall</div> <div dir="auto">8-01-23:&nbsp;Seminary &amp; Main</div> <div dir="auto">8-01-23:&nbsp;Seminary &amp; Garfield</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <br />As the Water Crew makes their way through these hydrants, please keep in mind many daily happenings can interrupt their progress: leaks, water main breaks, weather issues, etc. The hydrants will not be flushed on the weekend. <br /><br />If you see a crew member flushing a hydrant, feel free to offer them snacks. :)<br /> <h6 style="text-align: right;">Posted - 06/09/2023<br />Last Updated: 08/02/2023</h6> Village Market Opening Day! - June 7, 2023 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=12001 <p dir="ltr">Today&rsquo;s the day! First Market of the season begins TODAY at 4pm! We&rsquo;ve got an exciting lineup of vendors this summer. Some vendors start later in the season. Check it out!&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&#129362;Bach&rsquo;s Homegrown Produce:&nbsp;&nbsp;Tomatoes, green beans, brussel sprouts, potatoes, zucchini, sweet potatoes, onions, organic catnip socks, cucumbers.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&#129526;Timothy&rsquo;s Crochet Crafts: Assorted, beautifully handmade apparel items by Timothy!&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&#127799;The Little Way Flower Farm: Cut flowers, mixed bouquets and straight bunches/build your own. Cuttings and&nbsp; garden transplants too!&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&#129525;Ramona&lsquo;s embroidered towels: flour sack dish towels, cotton dish towels and washcloths, and scrubbys!&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&#127855;Honey Pimp Apiaries: delicious local honey</p> <p dir="ltr">&#127850;Our weekly non-profit Bakers: this week, it&rsquo;s the delicious baked goods of the Downs HCE ladies. Our bakers are the Jewel of the market! Cakes, cookies, pies, all the homemade goodness!</p> <p dir="ltr">&#128141;S &amp; S Bling: jewelry, purses, beautiful Garden sticks, and other girly stuff.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&#127925;Musicians: June 7- it&rsquo;s John McMahon on the acoustic guitar, playing on our brand new stage! Bring your lawn chairs and gather round!</p> <p dir="ltr">&#127813;O'Rourke Family Gardens. A wide variety of produce, vegetables, fruit, popcorn, and some plants.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&#127805;Byer&rsquo;s Produce. Sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, peaches, sweet onions, as harvested.</p> <p dir="ltr">&#129460;&#129525;Star House Creations. Doll clothing, items, pet treats, face painting.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&#129388;Useful Yard Company:Here later this season with plant starts, annuals and perennials, tomatoes, greens, onions, peppers, potatoes.</p> <p dir="ltr">&#128444;&#65039;Knittin&rsquo;Pretty: Handmade textiles. Knit/crochet. Kitchen, accessories, and adult/child apparel / door signs, paintings!&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&#128526;Thompsons&rsquo; Gnomes! Later this season! Watch this space.</p> <p dir="ltr">&#128269;Beautiful Glassations: Glass jewelry, hair, accessories, coasters, and decorative plates!&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&#127800;Mariah's Mums &amp; More. In June: donuts, kettle corn, gourmet salsa, jams, syrups, and sauces. July: same as June but add produce and corn. August: add melons. September: add Mums to the mix!&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-8c99c2ef-7fff-8763-f377-37c52f1cac96"></span><span id="docs-internal-guid-8c99c2ef-7fff-8763-f377-37c52f1cac96"></span><span id="docs-internal-guid-9c195097-7fff-d80e-70e6-705f97239d7c"></span><span id="docs-internal-guid-3def9061-7fff-3781-011b-8b3e33a03cbc">&#9875;</span>Moraine View Rotary club: service organization, on board later in the season!</p> <p dir="ltr">We are actively recruiting Vendors, especially Egg and Meat Vendors; Food Trucks, as well as Community Groups!&nbsp; Please reach out if you are interested. We will add vendors throughout the summer as some produce items are only available later in season.</p> Brush Pickup Today - 6-5-2023 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11990 They have been picking up all day today and will finish the rest tomorrow (Tuesday 6-6-23)<br /> <ul> <li>&nbsp;Items to be picked up must be burnable and free from all nails, screws, plastic, and metal (ex:&nbsp;&nbsp;Leaves, sticks, brush, branches, etc.)</li> <li>&nbsp;All items must be within the Village right-of-way on curb, driveway or as close to the road as possible without creating a hazard in the road.&nbsp;&nbsp;(Note:&nbsp;&nbsp;Since we use a backhoe, in most cases, to do this work, we DO NOT want to tear up or rut, yards or ditches.&nbsp;&nbsp;If we can&rsquo;t reach the debris from the road or a driveway, we WILL NOT pick it up.</li> <li>&nbsp;We will not pick up debris left by a hired contractor.</li> </ul> Bid Request for Spray Emulsion Machine AND Tanker - Expired http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11977 <p>The Village of Downs, Illinois is requesting sealed bids on one new model year 2023 trailer mounted spray injection road repair machine with attachments and one new model year 2023 1000-gallon emulsion trailer tanker.&nbsp; All eligible bids must contain a bid on both items.&nbsp; <br /><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2023_05_Spray_Patch_Machine_Trailer_Specs.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for required specifications.</a>&nbsp; All bid material is due before 10 am CST on June 6, 2023, to the Village Hall, 211 S. Seminary St, PO Box 18, Downs, IL 61736.&nbsp; <br /><br />All bid information should be clearly identified.&nbsp; The Village of Downs reserves the right to reject or accept any bids based upon the compliance with all required specifications for the equipment requested in this bid notification.</p> Downs Townwide Garage Sales happening now! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11969 Click the link below to get the list of sales and a QR code to get you to the map!<br /><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/18pSGxGve9FOeC_0lag7QJLOCdHLfxJvo/view?fbclid=IwAR00fUKstWtq7yOkFY0j5QdDx-EIkvTMovRR6dbadIxTWJsN0nBnIpVwEEg" target="_blank">Downs Community Garage Sales May 2023 (1).pdf - Google Drive</a> Heyworth Public Library District Community Survey http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11946 <img src="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/library_survey_flyer.jpg" alt="Heyworth Public Library District Community Survey" align="" width="600" height="776" class="img-responsive" /> Village Clean-up Day - Location updated!!- June 3rd http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11924 <p><span>The Events Committee is holding the 9th Annual Downs Clean-Up Day. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this once a year opportunity.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p>We will have a trash and recycle dumpsters. There is very little that we can not take so please take advantage of this free service to our residents.<span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>The drop-off location will be by the New Police Station&nbsp;from 7 am to 2 pm.<span>&nbsp; </span>There will be a charge for tires ($5 each), TVs ($10 each) and $5 for computers or other electronics.</p> <p>If you do not want to pay us for TVs or electronics drop-off, you can take your own to the recycling center for McLean County.<span>&nbsp; </span>See the following website for more information:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://www.normal.org/484/Electronics-Recycling" target="_blank">https://www.normal.org/484/Electronics-Recycling</a></p> </blockquote> <p>For residents who can&rsquo;t haul your items to our site, we will pick up at your house (curbside).<span>&nbsp; </span>Please call the village hall to arrange for a pickup time.<span>&nbsp; </span>Donations for this service are appreciated for the 4th of July fireworks.</p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><span>We </span><span>WILL</span><span> Accept Any Of The Following Items:<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span>&THORN;</span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>Stoves, Dishwashers and Microwaves, etc.</span></p> <p><span>&THORN;</span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>Tires ($5 each; No Tractor and tires must be off rims)</span></p> <p><span>&THORN;</span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>All Metals</span></p> <p><span>&THORN;</span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>Electronics and Batteries</span></p> <p><span>&THORN;</span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>Tube Monitors/TVs ($10)</span></p> <p><span>&THORN;</span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>Washers and Dryers</span></p> </td> <td> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> </td> <td> <p><span>We </span><span>WILL <strong>NOT</strong></span><span> Accept Any Of The Following Items:</span></p> <p><span>&THORN;</span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>Refrigerators or Freezers that still have Freon </span></p> <p><span>&nbsp; &nbsp;or compressor not drained.</span></p> <p><span>&THORN;</span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>Oil Based Paint (paint dried out is ok)</span></p> <p><span>&THORN;</span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>Hazardous Liquid</span></p> <p><span>&THORN;</span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>No Tractor tires<br /><br />&nbsp;<br /></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Heroes Unite! Mother & Son Dance - May 19th http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11923 <img width="600" height="338" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/600x338_20230519_momsondancejpg.jpg" alt="Heroes Unite! Mother and Son Dance" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Get Hooked on Fishing at Miller Park - June 24th http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11897 <ul type="disc"> <li class="x_MsoNormal"><span>When: June 24</span><sup><span>th</span></sup><span>, 2023</span></li> <li class="x_MsoNormal"><span>Where: Miller Park Lake, Bloomington</span></li> <li class="x_MsoNormal"><span>What: Father/Father-figure and the children in their lives</span></li> </ul> <div> <p class="x_MsoNormal">Brought to you by the McLean County Fatherhood Coalition and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, we are hosting a fun-filled day for dads and dad figures and the children in their lives to fish and have a day in the outdoors.<br /><br /><img width="596" height="772" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/596x772_McLean_County_Fatherhood_Fishing_2023jpg.jpg" alt="Fatherhood Fishing Event" align="" class="img-responsive" /></p> </div> Brush Pickup Today and Tomorrow - 5-1-2023 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11896 <ul> <li>&nbsp;Items to be picked up must be burnable and free from all nails, screws, plastic, and metal (ex:&nbsp;&nbsp;Leaves, sticks, brush, branches, etc.)</li> <li>&nbsp;All items must be within the Village right-of-way on curb, driveway or as close to the road as possible without creating a hazard in the road.&nbsp;&nbsp;(Note:&nbsp;&nbsp;Since we use a backhoe, in most cases, to do this work, we DO NOT want to tear up or rut, yards or ditches.&nbsp;&nbsp;If we can&rsquo;t reach the debris from the road or a driveway, we WILL NOT pick it up.</li> <li>&nbsp;We will not pick up debris left by a hired contractor.</li> </ul> Village of Downs Monthly Newsletter http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11867 The last fully printed newsletter went out yesterday (4-13-2023) through snail mail. &nbsp;If you'd like to continue to receive the newsletter each month, here are your options:<br /><br /> <ul> <li><strong>Subscribe</strong> to the Newsletter Online - &nbsp;An online version will be sent out each month through email. &nbsp;You can subscribe on our home page beneath the Latest News Items. &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Find&nbsp;</strong>the <a href="https://villageofdowns.rainadmin.com/village-newsletter.htm">Newsletter</a>&nbsp;on our website - A link is available in the Quick Links on the Home page.</li> <li><strong>Sign up</strong> through our office using the Newsletter Form (located on&nbsp;our <a href="https://villageofdowns.rainadmin.com/forms-and-applications.htm">Forms and Applications</a>&nbsp;page) and pay the yearly subscription fee.</li> <li><strong>Come in</strong> to our office and request it to be printed. We will print you a warm copy while you visit.&nbsp;Life stories are optional. :)</li> </ul> Completed Hydrant Flushing on 4-17-2023 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11866 Good Morning! &nbsp;The Hydrant Flushing Progress information has been moved to the <a href="https://villageofdowns.rainadmin.com/public-works.htm">Public Works</a>&nbsp;page to make room for the Independence Day Parade Registration Form. &nbsp;<br /><br />First Quarter Hydrant Flushing Cycle Complete!&nbsp; Consumer Confidence Report http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11865 <p>The link to the annual Consumer Confidence Report for the 2022 Village of Downs water supply will be&nbsp;mailed to customers on their May Bill and is at the bottom of this article. This is required under the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1996.</p> <br /><span>If you have questions regarding this report, you may contact Public Works Department at (309) 319-1010.</span><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2022_ccr.pdf" target="_blank">Consumer Confidence Report</a> Earth Day Breakfast Fundraiser - April 22 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11856 <p>BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER&nbsp;at DOOLEY PARK in DOWNS!</p> <blockquote> <p>Saturday, April 22, 2023</p> <p>7AM to 10 AM&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>Enjoy a home cooked meal with friends and family.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fill your plate with eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits &amp; gravy, casseroles, fresh fruit, sweets, juice, and coffee served buffet style.</p> <p>Earth Day Activities!&nbsp; Ways to go Green!</p> <p>[All donations support Dooley Park projects.]</p> <p>THANK YOU!!!!!!!!</p> Garbage and Recycling Order Forms due by April 24th http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11836 Once a year we are given the option with our current contract with GFL Environmental to purchase Garbage and/or Recycling Carts.&nbsp; The order form is due&nbsp;by the morning of April 25th and will not be accepted past noon. The carts will be delivered to your address in May.<br /><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/Garbage_Cart_2023.pdf" target="_blank">Link to Cart order form</a> FY2024 Proposed Budget and Public Hearing http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11822 The following are links to the FY2024 proposed budget for the Village of Downs.&nbsp; <br /><br />A public hearing will be held on April 6, 2023, 6 pm @ the Village Hall and ZOOM on this proposed budget which will be considered at the Village Board of Trustees Regular Meeting held April 6, 2023, 7 pm.<br /><br /> <p><strong><span>Video/Audio conference call information:</span></strong></p> <p><span>Join Zoom Meeting:&nbsp; &nbsp;</span><a href="https://tinyurl.com/uzvjsq6"><strong><span>https://tinyurl.com/uzvjsq6</span></strong></a></p> <p><span>Meeting ID: 715 697 2265</span></p> <p><span>Password: VOD2020</span></p> <p><span>One tap mobile: +13126266799,,7156972265#,,1#,682969# US (Chicago)</span></p> <p><span>Dial by your location: (312) 626-6799 US (Chicago)</span></p> <p><span>Meeting ID: 715 697 2265<br />Password: 682969</span></p> <ul style="list-style-type: undefined;"> <li><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/FY2024_VOD_Preliminary_Budget_All_Funds.pdf" target="_blank">FY2024 VOD Preliminary Budget All Funds</a></li> <li><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/FY2024_VOD_Preliminary_Summary_Budget_All_Funds.pdf" target="_blank">FY2024 VOD Preliminary Summary Budget All Funds</a></li> <li><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/FY2024_VOD_All_Funds_Budget_Overview.pdf" target="_blank">FY2024 VOD All Funds Budget Overview</a></li> </ul> Boy Scout Pancake and Sausage Breakfast - April 8, 2023 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11786 <img width="618" height="800" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/618x800_Pancake_Sausage_Breakfast_2023_Flyerpng.png" alt="Boyscout Pancake and Sausage Breakfast 2023" class="img-responsive" /> Road Closure - N. Lincoln (Oak and Dooley) - 03-14-2023 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11782 North Lincoln will be closed for one block between Oak and Dooley.&nbsp; The Streets Crew is hard at work fixing the Culvert! Hydrant Flushing is happening! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11765 The Water Department is flushing Hydrants&nbsp;starting Tuesday 3-7-2023.&nbsp; We will update when completed. Downs Village Police Station Open House! March 8th http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11726 <h2 style="text-align: center;">Open House</h2> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">New Police Department</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">313 S. Lincoln Street </span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">March 8th </span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">4pm to 6pm</span></div> <br />We will have the doors open and will be giving mini tours of the department and a description of the processes we have overcome to get here. Please join us in this fantastic celebration behind the Prairie Woodworks Building. 2023 Village Market Vendor Packets now available! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11725 The&nbsp;<a href="https://villageofdowns.rainadmin.com/downs-village-market.htm">Village Market Web Page</a> has been updated with a link to the 2023 Vendor Packet!&nbsp; We are celebrating 20 years of k<span>eeping it Local, Lively, Friendly, and Community.</span> Downs Community Blood Drive - February 25, 2023 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11694 <img width="618" height="800" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/618x800_20230225_blooddrivejpg.jpg" alt="Downs Fire Department" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Village of Downs Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast - April 1 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11683 <img width="605" height="695" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/605x695_2023_Annual_Easter_Egg_Hunt_and_Breakfastpng.png" alt="Village of Downs Easter Egg Hunt" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Knights of Columbus Fish Fry - March 3rd, 17th, and 31st http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11682 <img width="623" height="804" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/623x804_Fish_Fry_Flyerpng.png" alt="Knights of Columbus Fish Fry" align="" class="img-responsive" /> DUMC Chili Supper - March 5th 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11681 <img width="618" height="800" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/618x800_dumc_chilisupperpng.png" alt="Downs United Methodist Church Chili Supper" align="" class="img-responsive" /> 2023 GFL Trash and Recycling Calendar http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11618 This year's&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2023_GFL_Downs_Calendar.pdf" target="_blank">Trash and Recycling Calendar</a> is now available. ZBA: Public Hearing 2023-02-02, 6:00 pm @ Fire Dept Community Room - Updated w/ Agenda http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11612 The ZBA will&nbsp;hold a public hearing&nbsp;on Feb 2, 2023, 6 pm @ the Downs Fire Dept.<br /><br />The hearing will be to hear public input with regard to a Preliminary Plan for the Williamson Sub First Addition and Zoning Map amendment as outlined in the following&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2023_02_Williamson_ZMA_Variance_Public_Notice_2022_12_19.pdf" target="_blank">public hearing notice</a>.<br /> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2023_01_05_Williamson_Subdivision_1st_Addition.pdf" target="_blank">Preliminary Plan for Williamson Sub 1st Addition</a></li> <li><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2023_01_05_Re_Zoning_Plan_Downs_Williamson_Subdivision.pdf" target="_blank">Zoning Map Amendment Plat</a></li> <li><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2023_01_05_Redo_Concept_Site_Plan_R2_Layout1.pdf" target="_blank">Concept Plan</a></li> </ul> <br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2023_02_02_ZBA_Public_Hearing_Agenda_Williamson_Sub.pdf" target="_blank">Agenda for the Public Hearing</a> Cancelled! ZBA: Public Hearing 2023-01-31, 6:00 pm @ Fire Dept Community Room - Updated w/ Agenda http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11604 <span style="font-family: 'andale mono', times; font-size: 14pt;"><strong>This meeting has been Cancelled.<br /><br />Stark Subdivision:</strong></span><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2023_StarkSubdivision_ZMA_Sub_Plan_Zoning_Public_Notice_2022_12_20.pdf" target="_blank">Zoning Board Hearing Public Notice</a><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2023_StarkSubdivision_Petition_for_Preliminary_Plan.pdf" target="_blank">Petition for Preliminary Plan</a><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2023_StarkSubdivision_Application_Zoning_Map.pdf" target="_blank">Application for Zoning Map Change</a> Village Board Regular Meetings FY2023 Schedule Change http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11598 The Village Board of Trustees has canceled the remaining regular scheduled meetings for FY2023 except for the month of April.&nbsp; <br /><br />We will call Special Meetings each month on the second Thursday of the month same place and time for February and March.&nbsp; In FY2024 we will look to adopt the 2nd Thursday of the month as the regular meeting time. Christmas Tree Pickup! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11596 Christmas Tree Pickup is this week.&nbsp; Get your trees out at your regular yard debris pickup site by Thursday Evening.<br /><br />The regular rules apply:<br /><span>"&nbsp;</span><span>All&nbsp;(christmas trees) must be within the Village right-of-way on curb, driveway or as close to the road as possible without creating a hazard in the road. "</span> SNOW! SNOW! SNOW! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11579 Just a heads up for anyone that hasn't been paying attention to the weather forecast for this week.&nbsp; Snow!<br /><br />As a reminder:<br /> <div><span><strong>Village Snow Plow Plans</strong></span></div> <br /><span>Village of Downs Snow plowing will start at ~2" of accumulation. The goal will be to have at least one lane open during the storm, except between the hours of midnght and 4 am. &nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>Depending on the storm and temperature, salt maybe applied to intersections, hills and curves prior to the start of the storm.</span><br /><br /><span>Once the storm ends, widening, mailbox, corner and other final cleanup will be performed. &nbsp;We will spread salt at the intersections and hills after plowing has been completed.</span><br /><br /><span>Please do not park along the edge of the road during a snowstorm&nbsp;to help expedite cleanup.</span> Rt. 150 down to 1 lane - 12-02-2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11545 IDOT is cleaning up the roadway on route 150. They have reduced the road to one lane at the end of Seminary and up the hill by the cemetery. Cookies with Santa December 3rd and 4th http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11539 <img width="642" height="831" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/642x831_Cookies_With_Santa_flyer_2022png.png" alt="Cookies with Santa" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Decorate Dooley Park - 11-30-2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11535 At 3:30 the Decoration Group will be making a last push to get all the decor set up for the holidays.&nbsp; Please join in and lend a hand.&nbsp; Due to lack of hands, they have not been able to move the train into the park! Let's make use of all the traditional decorations we can! DUMC Annual Cookie Walk - 12-10-2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11534 <img width="500" height="647" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/500x647_DUMC_2022_Cookie_Walkpng.png" alt="DUMC Cookie Walk" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Update from the Mayor about the Boil Order - 11/22/2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11526 <p class="x_MsoNormal elementToProof"><span>The Village of Downs started the water tower rehab project around the middle of September.&nbsp; This project was projected to take up to 2 months to complete.&nbsp; Weather, staffing, etc. would obviously influence this timeline.&nbsp; During this process we could not use the water tower, so we had temporary water pressure tanks brought into the village to manage the demand and supply.&nbsp; We have been using them since 9/19 without issue.</span></p> <p class="x_MsoNormal"><span>On the night of 11/13 it got extremely cold and the &frac34;&rdquo; pressure line froze on the temporary tank.&nbsp; This pressure line tells the electronic system when to kick on and fill the pressure tanks back up.&nbsp; Since they were frozen, the tanks quickly emptied, and the village was without water by 8&rsquo;ish on Monday morning 11/14.&nbsp; We had to manually fill the tanks and unfreeze the line to get the plant operational.&nbsp; The pressure tank company came and insulated and wrapped heat tape around the line to keep it from freezing.</span></p> <p class="x_MsoNormal"><span>Because water was &ldquo;shut off&rdquo; we are required to issue a Village-wide boil order by the IEPA.&nbsp; The boil order was not issued because of the quality of the water, but as required by the IEPA to protect from potential water quality (bacteria).&nbsp; The watercolor was a result of the system being refilled and sediment being stirred up when the mains were recharged.&nbsp; We are required to have clear results after submitting tests to PDC 24 hrs after the system is back online.&nbsp; We received all clear and the boil order was lifted at 8 am on 11/16.</span></p> <p class="x_MsoNormal"><span>Two days later, the morning of 11/18, when it got colder overnight the pressure lines froze again which resulted in the temporary pressure tanks being emptied and the village was without water.&nbsp; The same procedure was followed, but this time we had Plumb Crazy install a better heat line and insulation around the &frac34;&rdquo; pressure line, which has solved the issue.&nbsp; Tests were taken 24 hrs later and dropped off at PDC on Saturday morning as required.&nbsp; However, since it was the weekend our boil order was extended over the weekend.&nbsp; We learned this morning that they could not find our samples and therefore we are still under the order.&nbsp; We are taking new tests to a different testing facility and hope to be off the order ASAP.</span></p> <p class="x_MsoNormal"><strong>What is next?</strong></p> <p class="x_MsoNormal"><span>We want our water tower back online and the village water plant working without the pressure tanks.&nbsp; We started this process last week on 11/17.&nbsp; The tower restoration was completed mid last week, and we filled the tower halfway for 24 hrs for disinfection.&nbsp; After 24 hrs we slowly started filling the tank to capacity. Once it was at capacity, it had to sit for 24 hrs before we submitted the required sample for Bacteria T. We must pass this test before we could put it back online.&nbsp; That sample was submitted with the 5 water samples, required for the boil order, on the morning of 11/19, which of course we learned today, 11/22, were lost.&nbsp; We are resubmitting this test and hope to be back online with the water tower about the same time we go off the boil order.</span></p> <p class="x_MsoNormal elementToProof"><span>We understand and are just as frustrated with this process.&nbsp; We are thankful for the tower rehab process that went very smooth,&nbsp;and we were in the 11&rsquo;th hour of being back to normal when this storm hit.&nbsp; We apologize for this last week of inconvenience to get a water tower that is just like new and with much needed improvements.&nbsp; Additionally, we are working to get the water plant bid process moving forward so we can finally get a water plant which will provide clear soft water to our residents.&nbsp; The new $3.5 &ndash; 4 mil plant will expand the old building, provide a larger filter, provide organics removal (tannins), provide water softening, new electronic control system, and increased water supply with a 3<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;well.&nbsp; This project will take 1 &ndash; 1.5 yrs to complete.&nbsp; Thanks to COVID we are now 2 years behind where we hoped to be at this time.&nbsp; All things happen for a reason, and we hope this delay will allow us to eliminate our red water filter and avoid that cost.</span></p> <p class="x_MsoNormal"><span>We provide updated information in the monthly village newsletter.&nbsp; You can subscribe to it on our Village of Downs website.</span></p> 11-23-2022 Updated: 2022-11-18 Boil Order lifted for the Village of Downs http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11512 The boil order has been lifted 11-23-2022 1:00 PM<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />There is a boil order&nbsp;for the entire Village of Downs due to freezing pipes.&nbsp; Expect low water pressure and poor-quality water.<br />A notice will be posted when the boil order is lifted.<br /><br /><span>UPDATE 2022-11-23: To set expectations. We will know this afternoon (24 hrs after samples submitted) if the boil order is lifted.</span><br /><br />UPDATE&nbsp;2022-11-22:<br />Due to the renovation on the Water Tower the Village was connected to Water Pressure Tanks since the beginning of October.&nbsp; Unfortunately, the weather turned to super cold temperatures when we had 3-5 days left before being reconnected to the tower through the usual pipes.&nbsp; The temporary pipes did not handle the weather well which set us into a spiral of boil orders which are mandatory when water pressure drops. We must wait till the test results come back from the agency that handles them (I will update if I find out which agency that is) before a boil order can be lifted.<br /><br />And that is where we are currently sitting as of this morning 9:52 AM. Still waiting for the results to return. The mayor has been working on trying to get answers and results. 11-23-2022 Boil Order Lifted for 301 - 405 S. Lincoln St http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11511 <div data-block="true" data-editor="6k49e" data-offset-key="aa6fs-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="aa6fs-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="aa6fs-0-0">2022-11-23 Boil Order lifted<br /><br />2022-11-17 BOIL ORDER: The homes and businesses with addresses from 301 S. Lincoln St - 405 S. Lincoln Street are now under a boil order.</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="6k49e" data-offset-key="afacg-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="afacg-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="afacg-0-0">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="6k49e" data-offset-key="24f1v-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="24f1v-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="24f1v-0-0">Due to construction of the new water main on S. Lincoln St., the water had to be shut off in the area to make the connection. Since we had to shut off the water we are required to issue a boil order. </span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="6k49e" data-offset-key="43ig1-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="43ig1-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="43ig1-0-0">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="6k49e" data-offset-key="ctp97-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="ctp97-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="ctp97-0-0">We are sorry for the inconvenience.</span></div> </div> Water Tower Renovations Complete! 11-16-2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11505 Great News!&nbsp; The revamp of our current water tower is complete!&nbsp; We are in the process of refilling and should be up and running in 2 to 3 days.&nbsp;<br /> <br />Thank you to the contractors that worked so hard the past 2 months while living on a campground nearby.&nbsp; I'm sure they will be happy to pack up and go home.<br /><br />Thank you to our water department for keeping the water in town running while our water tower was offline; and for&nbsp;working hard&nbsp;the next couple of days, going through the complicated process of refilling and testing! Boil Order Lifted 11/16/2022 Village of Downs http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11500 <div data-block="true" data-editor="43jc7" data-offset-key="b45sv-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="b45sv-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="b45sv-0-0">The boil order has been lifted!<br /><br />A&nbsp;boil order has been put into effect on&nbsp;11/14/2022&nbsp;for&nbsp;the entire Village of Downs due to freezing pipes and reduced water pressure from low to zero levels in Downs. It will remain in effect&nbsp;until further notice while further tests are being done.</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="43jc7" data-offset-key="92eeo-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="92eeo-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="92eeo-0-0">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="43jc7" data-offset-key="dj3m5-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="dj3m5-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="dj3m5-0-0">Thank you for your patience.</span></div> </div> Downs Trick or Treating Hours 5-8pm 10-31-2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11470 <p><strong><span>HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS from the Downs Police Department</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>Trick or Treating Hours, 10/31, 5-8 pm</span></strong></p> <p>We want everyone to be safe and enjoy the holiday by following these simple tips:</p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span>Plan costumes that are bright and reflective</span></li> <li><span><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span>Avoid masks that limit visibility. Carry flashlights</span></li> <li><span><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span>Accompany young children on neighborhood rounds</span></li> <li><span><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span>Avoid lighting pumpkins using real candles that could catch clothing on fire</span></li> <li><span><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span>Turn on porch lights if you are giving out treats</span></li> <li><span><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span>Reduce risk and don&rsquo;t cut across yards. Be careful crossing streets especially in dimly lighted areas</span></li> <li><span><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span>Homeowners should remove any potential tripping hazards in yards and porches</span></li> <li><span><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span>Keep pets safe too!</span></li> </ul> <p><span>Your police department will do our best to patrol the streets on Halloween!</span></p> Sugar and Spice Drive in November - due by November 16, 2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11469 <img width="588" height="761" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/588x761_20221101_MVCR_Spice_Drive_2022jpg.jpg" alt="Rotary Spice Drive" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Tuesday with a Trustee Cancelled for November 1, 2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11460 Due to the Zoning Board meeting being scheduled for the same time, Tuesday with a Trustee is cancelled for the November 1st date.&nbsp; Please come to the zoning board meeting and enjoy the committee process!<br /><br /> <div style="text-align: center;">6:00 pm at the Village Hall</div> Blue Marking Flags! - October 20, 2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11456 Hello Village of Downs!&nbsp; <br /><br />The Water department is working on a future water development project and would love your cooperation.&nbsp; They will be locating all the Shut off Connections to the Water Main and marking them with a circle of blue paint.&nbsp; Also, they will be marking them with a blue flag just in case the circle is covered on the days the&nbsp;project begins due to potential leaves, snow, snow forts, etc.&nbsp; Please leave the blue flags in your yards.<br /><br />We appreciate your cooperation in assisting our current Water Team.&nbsp; Feel free to give them a friendly "Hello" if you see them in your yard! Please conserve water use during this time - October 2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11447 Below is a highlight from the Mayor's report in October's Newsletter:<br /><br />Current Water Tower &ndash; <br /><ol style="list-style-type: lower-alpha;"> <li>Water tower repairs and improvements will cost $350k and will include inside and outside recoating. We are working on planning and pricing out pressure tanks to use during this time instead of hydrant blow off values.</li> <li>We passed an agreement with McLean County to provide funding to complete all our water tower needs from their ARPA funds. Up to $350k.</li> <li>Project is on track and the interior has been completed. They will start the outside this week. During this time, there will be more loud noise from vacuum system to capture the debris and material used to blast the tower down to metal inside the tent.</li> <li><strong>Please conserve water use during this time as we only have 18k gallons of reserve water</strong></li> </ol> Zoning Board Meeting on 11-01-2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11446 Attached are the public notices for 3 properties that are requesting zoning changes in Village of Downs.<br /><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/200southpricestreet.pdf" target="_blank">200 S. Price Street</a><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/112westmainstreet.pdf" target="_blank">112 W. Main Street</a><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/tract123.pdf" target="_blank">Tracts 1, 2, &amp; 3<br /><br />Click here for Agenda<br /><br /></a> Village of Downs Food Pantry Open House - 10-30-2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11445 <div><img src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/foodpantry_color.png" alt="Food Pantry Graphic" align="" width="612" height="186" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></div> <br /><strong><br /><br /></strong> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Dooley Park Youth Center</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">October 30, 2022</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">1:00 pm til 3:00 pm.<br />Please Join us for a cup of Cider and Cookies.<br /><br /></h2> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">You are invited to an Open House for the Food Pantry. We are proud to share our recent accomplishments!&nbsp; We have painted the interior of the building, added new shelving, replaced the front door, and replaced a cooler. Come by and take a tour! We want to thank the community for their continued support.&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Our Mission is to serve the people of the Tri-Valley School District.<br /><br /></h3> <span style="font-size: 12pt;">For more information concerning the Food Pantry or a way to be more involved, contact:</span><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Linda Bowman 309-261-3809 or llbowman3@gmail.com</span><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Bill Clark 309-581-7884 or downstwpclerk@aol.com</span><br /><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>The Food Pantry has a drop box at The Union in Downtown Downs!</strong></span></div> McLean County Zoning Notice for October 4th, 2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11437 <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/20221004_countyzoningnotice.pdf" target="_blank">County Zoning Notice</a><br /><br />The hearing is located at the Government Center, County Board Room 400. Downs Haunted House Opening Weekend! - October 1, 2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11434 Opening Weekend for the Downs Haunted House run by our Events Committee. Head to their website for more information!<a href="http://www.downshauntedhouse.org/" target="_blank"><br /><br /><br />http://www.downshauntedhouse.org/</a> Creepy Cars Cruise-in - October 1, 2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11433 <img width="600" height="776" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/600x776_2022_creepycruisersjpg.jpg" alt="2022 Creepy Cruisers" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Downs Water Tower Restoration http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11423 The Village has contracted with Veolia North America, formally Suez Advanced Solutions, to renovate our water tower both inside and out and provide ongoing maintenance and repair for the next 15 years. <br /><br />This project will last through October and will include a complete strip and repainting of the water tower inside and out. In addition to the repainting, repairs will be completed and compliance with OHSA standards will be performed.&nbsp; One of the most important improvements will be a new water mixer will be added inside the tank.&nbsp; We hope this process will improve our water, but will not solve all our issues until the new plant is online.<br /><br />We will be using temporary pressure tanks that will only hold 18k gallons of water compared to 100k while this work is being completed.&nbsp; Unfortunately during this time our water quality could suffer and we don't have adequate supply to do much outside of the daily backwashing we must do for our iron removal filter.&nbsp;<br /><br />Please conserve water by not watering lawns.<br /><br />Thank you for your patience in this first step toward fixing the water in the Village. Community Flu Clinic - Saturday, October 8th, 2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11414 <img src="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/Downs_Community_Flu_Clinic_2022.png" alt="Downs Community Flu Clinic" align="" width="649" height="912" class="img-responsive" /> Bloomington - Normal Metropolitan Long Range Transportation Plan - 09/06/2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11399 <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/English_Flyer.pdf" target="_blank">Draft B-N Metropolitan Long-Range Transportation Plan (MLRTP) 2050</a><br /><br />Take a look at the plan and let them know what you think, before October 10th! Illinois Environmental Protection Agency PSA - 08/24/2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11377 The IEPA has made a tentative determination to issue a NPDES Permit -&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/il_env_prot_agency_psa.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to learn more&nbsp;</a> Downtown Parking and Streetscape Project Overview - 2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11367 For an Overview of the current design plan please check out:&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/downs_il_streetscapepresentation_2020_10_21.pdf" target="_blank">Downtown Downs Streetscape Presentation</a><br /><br />For background Information and documentation on the project please check out:&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2019_vod_parking_lot_and_streetscape_rfpv2.pdf" target="_blank">REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATION (RFQ) FOR THE VILLAGE OF DOWNS DOWNTOWN STREETSCAPE AND PARKING LOT DESIGN AND PLAN</a> Free Performance in Leroy! This Friday, July 29th http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11342 <img src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/done_leroyfestival.jpg" alt="Leroy Free Performance" align="" width="637" height="825" class="img-responsive" /> CANCELLED - McLean County Household Hazardous Waste Collection in September http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11338 For more information on the cancelled event:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/hazardous-household-waste-collection-canceled-for-mclean-county/" target="_blank">Hazardous household waste collection canceled for McLean County | CIProud.com (centralillinoisproud.com)</a><br /><img src="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/PRESS_RELEASE_HHW.7.20.2022.png" alt="McLean County Household Hazardous Waste Collection" align="" width="634" height="820" class="img-responsive" /><br /><img src="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/hhw_2022_approv_59177448.png" alt="September 17, 2022" align="" width="636" height="823" class="img-responsive" /> Regularly Scheduled August Village Board of Trustees Meeting change http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11333 <div id="accel-snackbar" style="right: 50px; bottom: 50px;"><span><span data-offset-key="7hi9g-0-0">The</span></span><span data-offset-key="7hi9g-1-0"><span data-text="true"> Village Board of Trustees meeting for August is cancelled and Board of Trustees Special Meeting will be 8/11, 7 pm @ the Village Hall.</span></span></div> Mallingham Public Notice http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11321 <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/mallingham_public_notice.pdf" target="_blank">Mallingham Public Notice</a>&nbsp;from the IEPA Dooley Park Donut Fundraiser on Saturday, July 16th http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11320 <img width="660" height="855" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/680x881_parks_donut_flyer_20220712100646png.png" alt="Dooley Park Donut Fundraiser" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Bulk trash pickup and regular trash pickup will be Friday July 8th http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11317 Do not be alarmed if you see the truck pulling through today.&nbsp; The driver may run through the town to fill up his truck this evening.&nbsp; They will be back for regular service Friday regardless. McLean County Seminary Street Improvements - 07/06/2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11311 <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Open House Public Information Meeting</strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Wednesday, July 20, 2022</div> <div style="text-align: center;">5:30 to 7:00 p.m.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Tri-Valley Middle School</div> <div style="text-align: center;">505 E Washington Street</div> <div style="text-align: center;">Downs, Illinois</div> <br />See&nbsp;PDF Brochure for details:<br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/20220706_EXH_Brochure.pdf" target="_blank">Brochure</a><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/20220706_Legal_Notice.pdf" target="_blank">Legal</a> Early Brush Pickup - June 28, 2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11295 Brush pickup will be early this month in preparation for the July 4th festivities.&nbsp; Be sure to have your brush out before 8 AM on Thursday June 30th, Streets will be picking up starting in the morning. Change of Location for the Downs Clean-Up Day - June 4th, 2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11254 The Events Committee is holding the 8th Annual Downs Clean-Up Day. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity. We will have a trash and recycle dumpsters. <br /><br />There is very little that we cannot take so please take advantage of this free service to our residents. The drop-off location will be <span style="text-decoration: underline;">behind</span> Prairie Woodworks Inc. at the <strong>Downs Police Department building</strong>&nbsp;from 7 am to 2 pm. <br /><br />There will be a charge for tires ($5 each), TVs ($10 each) and $5 for computers or other electronics. If you do not want to pay us for TVs or electronics drop-off, you can take your own to the recycling center for McLean County. See the following website for more information:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.normal.org/484/Electronics-Recycling" target="_blank">https://www.normal.org/484/Electronics-Recycling</a><br /><br />For residents who can&rsquo;t haul your items to our site, we will pick up at your house (curbside). Please call the village hall to arrange for a pickup time. Donations for this service are appreciated for the 4th of July fireworks.<br /><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2022_Downs_Clean_Up_Day.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for more details</a> 4th of July Registration Forms http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11217 Sign up for the <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2022_Downs_4th_of_July_Sand_Volleyball_Tournament.pdf" target="_blank">Volleyball Tournament<br /></a><br />Register for the Parade&nbsp;on the home page of the website down below. Streets Latest Project Underway! - 4/28/2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11191 <div> <p class="x_ydped471766yiv4290426532MsoNormal">Residents&nbsp;of Downs,</p> </div> <div> <p class="x_ydped471766yiv4290426532MsoNormal">The Village is preparing to address street and ditch issues in the near future. We will be doing edge cutting and ditch shaping. The edge cutting&nbsp;will allow water to drain off the roads and into the ditches properly<span>&nbsp;which will reduce road and shoulder issues</span>. The ditch shaping work will allow the water to flow through the ditches and culverts out to the water&nbsp;<span>detention&nbsp;</span>basins which will prevent standing water in ditches.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p class="x_ydped471766yiv4290426532MsoNormal">Our plans are to address the following areas first:<span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li class="x_ydped471766yiv4290426532MsoNormal">South Lincoln</li> <li class="x_ydped471766yiv4290426532MsoNormal">South Gadwall</li> <li class="x_ydped471766yiv4290426532MsoNormal">Mallard Drive (Cul-de-sac)</li> <li class="x_ydped471766yiv4290426532MsoNormal">Indian Hills Neighborhood</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p class="x_ydped471766yiv4290426532MsoNormal">The ditch work will require the removal of sod/dirt build up in the ditches that prevents water from flowing. In the case that we have to remove sod from the ditch we will reseed and lay straw over the top.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p class="x_ydped471766yiv4290426532MsoNormal">In addition, we will be seal coating roads in the Village including Main Street and other locations as necessary in the coming&nbsp;<span>months. Other planned improvements and repairs will be in the monthly newsletter</span>.</p> </div> <div> <p class="x_ydped471766yiv4290426532MsoNormal">We ask that you please be cautious of the Village employees by reducing your speed and moving over when workers are present.&nbsp;</p> </div> <p class="x_ydped471766yiv4290426532MsoNormal"><span>We have been understaffed but hope our new hires will help catch up on the work that needs to be completed.&nbsp; If you would know of anyone 18 years or older that is interested in working PT in the village have them, contact me.</span></p> <div> <p class="x_ydped471766yiv4290426532MsoNormal">If you have questions or concerns, please call Brian Warfel at 309-261-0183.&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></p> </div> <div> <p class="x_ydped471766yiv4290426532MsoNormal"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span>&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></p> </div> <div> <p class="x_ydped471766yiv4290426532MsoNormal">Sincerely,<span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></p> </div> <div> <p class="x_ydped471766yiv4290426532MsoNormal"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span>&nbsp;Village of Downs, Streets Dept</p> </div> Congressman Darin LaHood Event - April 19th, 2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11143 <img width="494" height="357" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/494x357_darinlahood_frontjpg.jpg" alt="" align="" class="img-responsive" /><img width="495" height="386" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/495x386_darinlahood_backjpg.jpg" alt="" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Hydrant Flushing in town starts 4/12/2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11141 Hydrant flushing is a long process that must be completed in a particular order.&nbsp; We will be flushing the central hydrants first and move out to the outskirts as we go.&nbsp; The subdivision hydrants will not be started till sometime next week or so. We will give you more accurate information as it becomes available. Downs Village Market 2022! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11102 This Wednesday!!!!&nbsp; We are very excited to see the return of the Village Market!<br /><br /><br />For the most current information check out the&nbsp;<a href="/downs-village-market.htm">Village Market</a> page. Seasonal Yard Debris Pickup starting on the first Monday of April http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11097 <p><span>Our debris pickup runs from April through November (weather permitting) on the first Monday of the month.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>If the designated Monday pickup is not favorable, we will pick up on the next nice day following that Monday.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The following are the rules we will follow with no exceptions.</span></p> <ul> <li><span></span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>Items to be picked up must be burnable and free from all nails, screws, plastic, and metal (ex:<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Leaves, sticks, brush, branches, etc.)</span></li> <li><span></span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>All items must be within the Village right-of-way on curb, driveway or as close to the road as possible without creating a hazard in the road.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>(Note:<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Since we use a backhoe, in most cases, to do this work, we DO NOT want to tear up or rut, yards or ditches.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>If we can&rsquo;t reach the debris from the road or a driveway, we WILL NOT pick it up.</span></li> <li><span></span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>We will not pick up debris left by a hired contractor.</span></li> </ul> <p><span>Please note that there is NO BURNING in the ditches or on the edges of the road.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Doing this causes clogging and backup in the ditches and culverts.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It can also damage the road surface causing us to spend what little tax dollars we have to fix these issues.</span></p> ZONING BOARD of APPEALS: Public Hearing 2022-03-17, 6:00 pm http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11067 <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">STATE OF ILLINOIS</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; SS</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">COUNTY OF MCLEAN</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Downs (&ldquo;ZBA&rdquo;) that on <strong>March 17, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the Downs Fire District Community Room, 102 W. Main St, Downs, IL and ZOOM</strong> a public hearing will be held on a petition for zoning map amendment and variances request submitted by Julia Davis, as authorized agent for Everlast Holdings, LLC to change the zoning classification from A &ndash; Agriculture District to a mixed use classification of C2 - General Commercial District and R3 &ndash; High Density Residential; and &nbsp;to grant zoning variances as requested in the petition on the following described real estate:<br /><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Williamson Subdivision Lot 1 - PIN: 29-04-183-001</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Common Address: Unimproved farm ground, Downs, Illinois</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />Williamson Subdivision Lot 2 - PIN: 29-04-183-002</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Common Address: Unimproved farm ground, Downs, Illinois</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />Williamson Subdivision Lot 3 - PIN: 29-04-183-003</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Common Address: Unimproved farm ground, Downs, Illinois<br /><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">An accurate zoning plat of the subject property&rsquo;s proposed mixed use zoning, ZOOM connection information to attend the public hearing via ZOOM, and a copy of the petition are on file with the Village Clerk and can be inspected by the public at the Village Hall at 211 S. Seminary Street, Downs, Illinois between the hours of 8:30 am &ndash; 12:30 pm Monday &ndash; Friday, on the Village of Downs website (<a href="http://www.villageofdowns.org">www.villageofdowns.org</a>), and Downs GPS Facebook page.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2022_Williamson_Petition_ZMA_and_Variance.pdf" target="_blank">Information for Hearing</a><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing and will be given an opportunity to be heard.<br /><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">ZOOM Information:<br /></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Both Audio and Video are available using a computer or smartphone using the information below. &nbsp;If you don't have access to the internet you can dial-in for audio only using any telephone via the information below. &nbsp;Please keep your phone muted until called upon for your question, follow-up or you need to make a follow-up comment during your 5-minute time (Rules for public comment).</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Video/Audio conference call information:</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Join Zoom Meeting:&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://tinyurl.com/uzvjsq6"><strong>https://tinyurl.com/uzvjsq6</strong></a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Meeting ID: 715 697 2265</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Password: VOD2020</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">One tap mobile: +13126266799,,7156972265#,,1#,682969# US (Chicago)</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Dial by your location: (312) 626-6799 US (Chicago)</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Meeting ID: 715 697 2265</span><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Password: 682969</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> PUBLIC HEARING: Water-main Extension & Tower at Downs Crossing 2022-03-16. 6pm http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11066 <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">STATE OF ILLINOIS</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; SS</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">COUNTY OF MCLEAN</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Village of Downs, Illinois will hold a public hearing on March 16, 2022, 6 pm at the Downs Village Hall, located at 211 S. Seminary St, Downs, IL, which can also be attended via ZOOM for the purpose of receiving public comments for Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Project numbers L173104 and L176036.&nbsp; The referenced IEPA project numbers are for the proposed extension of the Downs Public Water System to Downs Crossing.&nbsp; The project consists of a watermain, a pumping station, a water tower, and miscellaneous appurtenances.&nbsp; The IEPA project summary, ZOOM connection information, and PEID is available at the Downs Village Hall, on the Village website, Downs GPS Facebook page for public review prior to the hearing.&nbsp; Written comments will be received by the Village of Downs or IEPA up to 10 days after the public hearing.<br /><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2022_02_IEPA_Public_Hearing_Infromation.pdf" target="_blank">Information&nbsp;for&nbsp;hearing</a><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/20_156_Downs_Water_Plans_IEPA_Submittal_12.20.2021.pdf" target="_blank">Extension&nbsp;Plans</a>(very large)<br /><br />ZOOM Information:<br /></span></p> <p>Both Audio and Video are available using a computer or smartphone using the information below. &nbsp;If you don't have access to the internet you can dial-in for audio only using any telephone via the information below. &nbsp;Please keep your phone muted until called upon for your question, follow-up or you need to make a follow-up comment during your 5-minute time (Rules for public comment).</p> <p><span><strong>Video/Audio conference call information:</strong></span></p> <p><span>Join Zoom Meeting:&nbsp; &nbsp;</span><a href="https://tinyurl.com/uzvjsq6"><strong><span>https://tinyurl.com/uzvjsq6</span></strong></a></p> <p><span>Meeting ID: 715 697 2265</span></p> <p><span>Password: VOD2020</span></p> <p><span>One tap mobile: +13126266799,,7156972265#,,1#,682969# US (Chicago)</span></p> <p><span>Dial by your location: (312) 626-6799 US (Chicago)</span></p> <p><span>Meeting ID: 715 697 2265<br />Password: 682969</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> Water Hydrant Flushing - now monthly! - 02/25/2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11063 <div class="x_ydp74b4728ckvgmc6g5 x_ydp74b4728ccxmmr5t8 x_ydp74b4728coygrvhab x_ydp74b4728chcukyx3x x_ydp74b4728cc1et5uql x_ydp74b4728cii04i59q"> <div>The Village of Downs Public Works Department will be changing our water hydrant flushing schedule from Semiannual to monthly starting as soon as the weather permits.<br /><br /></div> </div> <div class="x_ydp74b4728ccxmmr5t8 x_ydp74b4728coygrvhab x_ydp74b4728chcukyx3x x_ydp74b4728cc1et5uql x_ydp74b4728co9v6fnle x_ydp74b4728cii04i59q"> <div>Notifications of water hydrant flushing will be made on the village website <span><a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.villageofdowns.org%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR31EfplYp7WysmJ8RNO5DJRLgy_1dw4b3MNedI49pvcznlD_oiJdR4IFf0&amp;h=AT1E0Ydic4_2d71xXMOY2aSShZnXLeeCzhfW6jQRHdQgGzyC9C4tPHf4mDLrIzVuvIwvviMKVo_xHRFOSA63kj-4yIS6i42_CrjtBvyMyrkcUq04r_neSt21WFD_lMGvjg&amp;__tn__=-UK-R&amp;c[0]=AT3879MB05DzvR3Q7rdyduBQ6U70FB2TjA7qjU761L26Eju-M3Cv99N_WeECamfLsFAR3QOywPmlbl2SXg24Gv0KrnA9UDDD7lL_p5HsOAanBcvBRgzWLzLcZxtcQ9K1ZLhmfGAw2EyhC5DLByD4bCzYlRMGv048Vf5ODgA5" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-auth="NotApplicable" class="x_ydp74b4728coajrlxb2 x_ydp74b4728cg5ia77u1 x_ydp74b4728cqu0x051f x_ydp74b4728cesr5mh6w x_ydp74b4728ce9989ue4 x_ydp74b4728cr7d6kgcz x_ydp74b4728crq0escxv x_ydp74b4728cnhd2j8a9 x_ydp74b4728cnc684nl6 x_ydp74b4728cp7hjln8o x_ydp74b4728ckvgmc6g5 x_ydp74b4728ccxmmr5t8 x_ydp74b4728coygrvhab x_ydp74b4728chcukyx3x x_ydp74b4728cjb3vyjys x_ydp74b4728crz4wbd8a x_ydp74b4728cqt6c0cv9 x_ydp74b4728ca8nywdso x_ydp74b4728ci1ao9s8h x_ydp74b4728cesuyzwwr x_ydp74b4728cf1sip0of x_ydp74b4728clzcic4wl x_ydp74b4728cgpro0wi8 x_ydp74b4728cpy34i1dx" tabindex="0" data-linkindex="0">http://www.villageofdowns.org/</a></span> and also on the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DownsGPS/" target="_blank">Downs GPS Facebook page</a>. We will post 24 hours in advance of any flushing.</div> </div> Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast - April 9, 2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11050 <img width="592" height="697" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/592x697_2022easterpng.png" alt="Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast" align="" class="img-responsive" /> Today is the last day! - 95 Gallon Trash Cart Sale - Form due April 28th http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11043 <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/Garbage_Cart_2022.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/Garbage_Cart_2022.jpg" alt="Garbage Cart Application Form" align="" width="638" height="826" class="img-responsive" /></a> SHOW BUS: Public Transportation for Downs Residents http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11042 <a href="https://www.showbusonline.org/McLean.html" target="_blank"><img src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/show_bus.png" alt="https://www.showbusonline.org/McLean.html" align="" width="660" height="853" class="img-responsive" /></a> Garbage pick up for Village of Downs will be Saturday 2/5/22 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11021 Due to the recent snow storm, garbage pick up has been delayed until 2/5/22.&nbsp; Sorry for any inconvenience. Village Board Regular Meeting for 2/3/2022 moved to 2/10/2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11017 <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">The February 3, 2022, Regularly Scheduled Village Board of Trustees Meeting has been moved to February 10, 2022 (same time and place), due to the expected winter storm.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">The Village will still hold its annual sexual harassment training via ZOOM on February 3, 2022, at 6:15 pm using the connection information below:</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Video/Audio conference call information:</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Join Zoom Meeting:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://tinyurl.com/uzvjsq6"><strong>https://tinyurl.com/uzvjsq6</strong></a></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Meeting ID: 715 697 2265</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Password: VOD2020</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">One tap mobile: +13126266799,,7156972265#,,1#,682969# US (Chicago)</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Dial by your location: (312) 626-6799 US (Chicago)</span></p> <span style="font-size: 10pt;">Meeting ID: 715 697 2265</span><br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Password: 682969</span> Downs Township Cemetery Board Meeting of Cemetery Trustees - 02-08-2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11007 Downs Township Cemetery Board Meeting of Cemetery Trustees will be having a meeting on <br />Tuesday, February 8 @ 5:00 PM.&nbsp; <br /><br />It will be held at the <br />Downs Township Building<br />103 Shaffer Drive<br />Downs, IL<br /><br />Attached:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/20220208_Cemetery_notice_of_meeting.pdf" target="_blank">Agenda</a> http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=11000 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10999 Christmas Tree Pickup! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10983 The village will come around and collect natural Christmas Trees. They must be free of all unnatural objects. Set them out in your normal debris area. New Billing Clerk and Additional Office Hours - 01-13-2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10982 <span>The Billing Office welcomes Jill Kasprzak to the team.&nbsp; Jill is covering the afternoon hours of 2:30-5:00pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and helping in the mornings when needed.&nbsp; She also is helping with some special projects for the Village.&nbsp; We are glad to have Jill as part of our Billing Team.</span> Public Hearing - Village of Downs Zoning Board of Appeals - January 18th, 2022 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10974 <span>Village of Downs Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on<br /><br /> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>January 18, 2022&nbsp;at 6pm, at the Downs Village Hall,<br /></strong></span> <br />to hear the case for a zoning Map Amendment by the applicant Downs United Methodist Church <br />regarding the property owned and known as the Downs United Methodist Church at<br /> <br /><strong>102 S Seminary St; 104 S Seminary St and 111 West Washington St.<br /></strong> <br />Current zoning is Public.&nbsp; <br />Requested zoning is for C1 and R1.</span> Area Disposal Trash and Recycling 2022 Calendar http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10958 <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2022_downs_trashandrecycling_calendar.pdf" target="_blank">2022 Trash and Recycling Calendar</a> for the Downs area Pawficer Coyote has a message for you! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10936 <img src="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/done_publicsafetyflyer.png" alt="" align="" width="552" height="654" class="img-responsive" /> 2022 Dates for Food Pantry Distribution http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10935 The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.villageofdowns.org/food-pantry.htm">Food Pantry distribution dates</a> have been updated to reflect the 2022 year!<a href="http://www.villageofdowns.org/food-pantry.htm"><br /></a> <p><span>The Village of Downs Food Pantry&rsquo;s mission is to serve the people of Tri-Valley School District who need food assistance by providing monthly food boxes and to be on call to assist in any emergency that involves a need for food and emotional support.</span></p> <p><span>Food boxes are distributed during the first Friday and Saturday after the first Monday of each month barring holidays, when the distribution is usually the following week.<span>&nbsp; </span></span><strong><span>Distribution hours are from 10:00 am until Noon.</span></strong><span><span>&nbsp; </span>The Food Pantry is in the Youth Center located at the Washington St. entrance to Dooley Park.</span></p> <a href="http://www.villageofdowns.org/food-pantry.htm"><br /><br /></a> From the Desk of the Chief - December 2021 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10925 <img src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/warningmessageofscams.pdf" alt="" align="" class="img-responsive" /><img src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/scamsafetyflyer.png" alt="" align="" width="657" height="730" class="img-responsive" /> Cookies with Santa - Broke Previous Attendance Records! - 12-10-2021 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10924 Cookies with Santa was again a big hit! We sold out every session, even after bumping the numbers. Wish we could have done more but had a record year of 294 kids.<br /> <br />Julie and I are blessed by the MANY volunteers that make this event possible and we can&rsquo;t be more thankful for those who gave of their time, donations, and talents. <br /><br /> <table style="height: 205px;" width="785"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Setup and Decorations</strong><br />Stephanie Adkisson<br />Hannah and Travis Misch<br />Don and Cindy Kopack<br />Twin City Cruisers<br />Kylie Lanert<br />Jill and Ken Kasprzak<br />Cyndi and Steve Miller<br />Julie and Mike James<br /><br /><strong>Cookies</strong><br />Dawn Pillow<br />Charlotte Twyford<br />Annetta Jones<br />Renae Etka</td> <td style="vertical-align: top;"><strong>Photographer</strong><br />Debbie Steiner and Marie<br /><br /><strong>Music Sat evening</strong><br />Downs Methodist Church<br /><br /><strong>Operation</strong><br />Jill and Ken Kasprzak<br />Cyndi Miller<br />Julie and Mike James<br />Lauren Quinn<br />Jayden Jordine<br />Kylie Lanert</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br />I apologize if I missed anyone. Thank you again to our volunteers! Cookie Walk - Downs United Methodist Church - Saturday 12-11-21 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10923 <img src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/cookiewalk.png" alt="Cookie Walk 9AM" align="" width="668" height="850" class="img-responsive" /> Monitoring Violation for November 2020 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10911 <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/20211201_violation_flyer.pdf" target="_blank">Important Information about Your Drinking Water</a><br /><br />The above document was mailed to all water customers of the Village of Downs, Illinois. The November 2021 Newsletter is here! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10869 <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/Newsletter_2021_11.pdf" target="_blank">November Newsletter<br /><br /></a> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Read the latest from the <strong>Mayor</strong> on Page 1!</li> <li><strong>Brush Pickup</strong> is extended!&nbsp; The Streets department has noticed the tremendous amount of leaves and branches being placed on the side of the road and has decided to include an extra day of pickup this year. - see page 6 for details.</li> <li>FY2021 <strong>Tax Levy</strong> has passed - details on page 12.</li> <li>The holidays are around the corner!&nbsp; Page 16 has information about the village event: <strong>Cookies with Santa.</strong></li> <li>Keep reading beyond page 16 to find out what&nbsp;two of our local churches are up to.</li> </ul> <br /><br />Have a great month! 715 Jewelry Open House Friday and Saturday - 11-5,6 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10836 <img src="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/715jewelry_openhouse.jpg" alt="715 Jewelry Open House" align="" width="545" height="421" class="img-responsive" /> Extra Brush Pickup! - December 6, 2021 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10835 Streets scheduled one <strong>bonus&nbsp;brush pickup</strong> for the 2021 Year!&nbsp;<br /><br />Pickup runs from April through November (weather permitting). If the designated Monday pickup is not favorable, we will pick up on the next nice day following that Monday. <br />The following are the rules we will follow with no exceptions. <br />&bull; Items to be picked up must be burnable and free from all nails, screws and metal (ex: Leaves, sticks, brush, branches, etc.)<br />&bull; All items must be within the Village right away on curb, driveway or as close to the road as possible without creating a hazard in the road. (Note: Since we use a backhoe, in most cases, to do this work, we DO NOT want to tear up or rut yards or ditches. If we can&rsquo;t reach the debris from the road or a driveway, we WILL NOT pick it up. <br /><br />Please note that there is NO BURNING in the ditches or on the edges of the road. Doing this causes clogging and backup in the ditches and culverts. It can also damage the road surface causing us to spend what little tax dollars we have to fix these issues. Halloween Festivities This Weekend - October 2021 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10830 Sunday, October 31st<br /> <br />1:00 &ndash; 3:00 PM <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Downs Un-Haunted House</strong>: 107 East Franklins Street</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">TRICK or TREATING</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">HAY RACK RIDE</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">GIRL SCOUT CRAFTS</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">REFRESHMENTS</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">NO SCARE EVENT &ndash; Children are encouraged to dress in costume and trick or treat through the house</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;">FREE / DONATIONS ACCEPTED</div> <br />5:00 - 8:00 PM <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Downs Village</strong> Halloween Trick or Treating</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Trunk or Treat:</strong> Downs United Methodist Church 102 S. Seminary St.</div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"></div> <div style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Trailer of Treats:</strong> Living Hope Christian Church 608 N. Huff Road</div> October Newsletter has been released! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10820 Do you want to receive the newsletter as soon as it's published? <br />Scroll down on the Home Page of our website and sign up!<br /><br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Included in the <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/flyer_2021_10.pdf" target="_blank">newsletter</a>:</strong></span> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>Mayor Update</em>:&nbsp; Keep up with the news on our water plant!</li> <li style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>October 14th Board Meeting</em>:&nbsp; Did you miss the meeting this month?&nbsp; Read the summary on pages 3 - 5.</li> <li style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>Tuesday with a Trustee</em>: Meet with Anna Milliken on Tuesday November 2nd for details see page 7.</li> <li style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>The Village Market update</em>; see page 10.</li> <li style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>Fiscal Year 2021 Tax Levy</em> information; see page 15.</li> <li style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>Fun Holiday events</em> for the Kids start on page 18!</li> </ul> Ribeye Dinner at the Downs Fire Department - October 23rd! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10812 <div style="text-align: center;">The Downs Fire Department is holding their</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Ribeye Dinner at the Fire House</strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;">Saturday, October 23rd</div> <div style="text-align: center;">5:00 PM</div> <div style="text-align: center;">The cost is $17</div> Living Hope Church ** Open House ** Oct. 16th, 2021 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10801 Living Hope Christian Church located at 608 N. Huff Road in Downs is having an Open House Cookout on October 16th starting at 3:00 PM.&nbsp;Pastor Mark Moore and the congregation are inviting everyone to stop in to see the recently completed church and enjoy some fellowship.<br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>608 N. Huff Road</strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>October 16th</strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>3:00 PM</strong></div> Bid Proposals! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10761 The Village of Downs is accepting bids for Sewer and Water extensions for Colleen Lane in the Village of Downs.&nbsp; <br /><br />To see the details please open the following documents:<br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/notice_to_bidders_water_signed.pdf" target="_blank">Notice To Bidders Water</a><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/notice_to_bidder_sewer_signed.pdf" target="_blank">Notice To Bidder Sewer</a><br /><br /> Haunted House Tickets now on Sale! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10732 The Downs Haunted House for 2021 requires purchase of tickets online through&nbsp;Haunt Pay.&nbsp; Each ticket will be $12 as is a fast pass.&nbsp; You will select the 1/2 time slot you wish to attend.<br /><br />Please see the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.downshauntedhouse.org" target="_blank">Downs Haunted House website</a> for the link to purchase tickets or scan the QR code in the image on this post. October 7 Regular Board of Trustees Meeting moved to Oct 14 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10731 The September flyer had the wrong date for the Regular BOT meeting.&nbsp; <br /><br />Our approved FY2022 schedule had this meeting correct on October 14, 2021 @ 7 pm.&nbsp; This has been corrected on the village calendar as well. Brush Pickup Moved to Monday 9-13-21 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10716 Due to the Labor Day holiday, brush pickup has been moved to next Monday 9-13-2021. We will be very excited to clean up your brush and yard waste! Haunted House Volunteers Needed - October 2021 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10699 There are a variety of opportunities to help beyond dressing up and scaring the community!&nbsp;<br /> <br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Construction&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Prop Building<br /><br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Makeup Application&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Costume Coordination<br /><br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Hay Rack Drivers&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Vendor Donations&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Concessions</strong></span><br /><br />In October the Village of Downs Haunted House will celebrate 28 years. Haunted House takes place every Friday and Saturday in October. This event draws thousands of people from all over Illinois and even surrounding states during October. We have been able to maintain all of our activities including the hayrack rides, concessions, and Dooley Park activities with the help of our dedicated volunteers; in 2012, we started the free Un-Haunted version for the younger children to enjoy with no-scares and will continue that tradition on October 31st starting at 1 pm.<br /><br /> The proceeds from Haunted House help fund other Village of Downs annual events and make significant additions/improvements to the haunt each year. With your help, this year will be the best yet! Volunteers are needed for construction, prop building, acting, makeup application, costume coordination, hay rack drivers, vendor donations, and concessions. <br /><br />If you are available to volunteer and help continue our small-town tradition, please email us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:info@downshauntedhouse.org" target="_blank">info@downshauntedhouse.org</a> or fill out the volunteer/actor registration form at <a href="http://www.downshauntedhouse.org" target="_blank">www.downshauntedhouse.org</a>. Come meet Anna Milliken and Chief Dingler at the Union - Tuesday with a Trustee! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10684 <strong>Tuesday August 31st 6-8pm at the Union</strong><br /><br />This informal meet and greet provides a relaxed environment where community members can speak with Anna Milliken, Village Trustee and Chief Dingler. Residents are invited to express opinions, ask questions and provide input on items of interest in their community. Check out September's newsletter! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10631 <strong>Update:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;The September flyer had the wrong date for the Regular BOT meeting.&nbsp;Our approved FY2022 schedule had this meeting correct on October 14, 2021 @ 7 pm.&nbsp; This has been corrected on the village calendar as well.<br /><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/flyer_2021_09.pdf" target="_blank">September's Newsletter</a>&nbsp; Some Highlights!&nbsp;<br /><br />Stay informed with a message from our Mayor and the minutes from our most recent Trustee Meeting.&nbsp; Held the first Thursday of the month!<br /><br />The <strong>Roanoke Development Agreement</strong> has been approved!&nbsp; Not sure what that is all about? Check it out on Page 1!<br /><br /> Have you always wanted a Calendar of the Recycling and Trash days??&nbsp; See page 11!<br /><br />Parks has been very busy!&nbsp; Check out the latest on page 12!<br /><br />See page 17 for the Call for help for the Haunted House!!<br /><br />Use our&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/volunteer_registration_2016_01_20180209093911.pdf" target="_blank">Volunteer Registration Form</a>.&nbsp; Are you super into holidays? Do you want the Farmer's Market? What other great ideas do you have for our town? Now is the time to get involved with your community and find your niche. RAILROAD TRAIL IS NOT OPEN FOR PUBLIC USE. http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10630 This includes walkers, 4-wheelers, dirt bikes or any other motorized vehicle. Please take notice as violators are subject to a criminal trespass misdemeanor. Huff Road Closed Due to Flooding! - 07-16-2021 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10626 Be careful out there! Bulk Trash Pickup - The first Thursday of the month http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10618 Do not forget that the first garbage pickup of each month is our contracted bulk waste pickup for the Village. <br /><br />lf you have a large item or a lot, please call AREA customer service prior to the scheduled pickup. <br /><br />Sample of items not taken - electronics, appliance with a compressor; batteries, landscaping material, bricks, block, construction material. Any questions, call AREA customer service at 800-935-5652. Parade Registration http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10614 If you did not register for the parade you are asked to&nbsp;lineup&nbsp;starting after the numbered spots.&nbsp; <br /><br />Please enter from the TV Middle School entrance off of IL Rt150 and find a spot.&nbsp; There is no on-site registration.<br /><br />DO NOT PARK on the same side of the road as the parade lineup.<br /><br />Stay with the vehicle in front of you.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />DO NOT STOP along the parade route unless the parade stops or for&nbsp;safety reasons.<br /><br />Happy 4th and thank you for participating in our 4th of July parade!<br /><br />Here are the assigned spots for the parade.&nbsp; If your entry is not here, please line up at the back of the line.<br /><br /> <table style="width: 402px;" border="2" width="402" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><colgroup><col width="87" /><col width="315" /></colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td width="87" height="21">Number</td> <td width="315">Name</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">1</td> <td>American Legion</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">2</td> <td>Grand Marshal</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">3</td> <td>Mayor</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">4</td> <td>Calliope</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">5</td> <td>Dan Brady</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">6</td> <td>Darrin LaHood</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">7</td> <td>Chapin Rose</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">8</td> <td>Dan Caulkins</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">9</td> <td>Jason Barrickman</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">10</td> <td>Kathleen Michael</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">11</td> <td>Brandon&nbsp; Hepner McLean County GOP</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">12</td> <td>McLean County Dem</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">13</td> <td>Heidi Hancock</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">14</td> <td>Chasaddy Grismore</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">15</td> <td>Kristin Peterson</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">16</td> <td>Carla Barnes</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">17</td> <td>Miles</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="24">18</td> <td>Beau Gentry</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="29">19</td> <td>Caroline Korowicki</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">20</td> <td>Robin Griffin</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">21</td> <td>Vision Ventures Construction and Remodeling</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">22</td> <td>Alyssa&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">23</td> <td>Whitney M Rouse</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">24</td> <td>Stephanie Epperson</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">25</td> <td>Kyle Boward</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="31">26</td> <td>Ross Ambuehl</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">27</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">28</td> <td>Jayden Jordine</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">29</td> <td>Steph Penn</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">30</td> <td>Brenda Wheatley</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">31</td> <td>Chris Mizell</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">32</td> <td>William Detweiler</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" align="right" height="21">33</td> <td>Ed Underhill</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Independence Day Celebration Parade Map - July 4th, 2021 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10606 <img width="620" height="427" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/620x427_parademaprotatedpng.png" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /> Independence Day Celebration Schedule - July 4th, 2021 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10605 <span style="font-size: 24pt; color: #d0131a;">&ldquo;Land of the Free, Home of the Brave&rdquo;<br /></span><br /> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td width="715"> <p><strong>Saturday, June 26, 2021</strong></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table width="720"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="166"> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Time</span></p> </td> <td width="371"> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Activity</span></p> </td> <td width="183"> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Location</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="166"> <p><span>7:30 am &ndash; Complete</span></p> </td> <td width="371"> <p><span>Freedom 5k Run, 1 Mile Walk &amp; Kids Fun Run</span></p> </td> <td width="183"> <p><span>Tri-Valley MS &amp; HS</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="166"> <p><span>7:00 am &ndash; 10:00 am</span></p> </td> <td width="371"> <p><span>Freedom Run Community Breakfast</span></p> </td> <td width="183"> <p><span>Dooley Park Pavilion</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td width="715"> <p><strong>Sunday, July 04, 2021</strong></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table width="719"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="177"> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Time</span></p> </td> <td width="362"> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Activity</span></p> </td> <td width="180"> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Location</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="177"> <p><span>7:00 am &ndash; 10:00 am</span></p> </td> <td width="362"> <p><span>Fireman&rsquo;s Breakfast</span></p> </td> <td width="180"> <p><span>Downs Fire Dept.</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="177"> <p><span>9:00 am &ndash; Complete</span></p> </td> <td width="362"> <p><span>Sand Volleyball Tournament</span></p> </td> <td width="180"> <p><span>Dooley Park</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="177"> <p><span>11:00 am &ndash; 10:00 pm</span></p> </td> <td width="362"> <p><span>Food Vendors</span></p> </td> <td width="180"> <p><span>Dooley Park</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="177"> <p><span>11:00 am &ndash; 11:45 am</span></p> </td> <td width="362"> <p><span>Lineup for Parade (Must register for reserved spot)</span></p> </td> <td width="180"> <p><span>Tri-Valley Schools</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="177"> <p><span>12:00 pm (Starts)</span></p> </td> <td width="362"> <p><span>Parade</span></p> </td> <td width="180"> <p><span>See Parade Map</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="177"> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> </td> <td width="362"> <p><span>Mary Goveia &ndash; 2021 4</span><span><sup>th</sup></span><span> of July Parade Grand Marshal</span></p> </td> <td width="180"> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="177"> <p><span>1:30 pm &ndash; 4:00 pm</span></p> </td> <td width="362"> <p><span>Kiddy Games and Activities (if volunteers received)</span></p> </td> <td width="180"> <p><span>Dooley Park</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="177"> <p><span>7:00 pm &ndash; 10:00 pm</span></p> </td> <td width="362"> <p><span>Band:<span>&nbsp; </span>Open</span></p> </td> <td width="180"> <p><span>Dooley Park Basketball Court</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="177"> <p><span>9:10 pm</span></p> </td> <td width="362"> <p><span>National Anthem</span></p> </td> <td width="180"> <p><span>Dooley Park</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="177"> <p><span>9:15 pm</span></p> </td> <td width="362"> <p><span>*Fireworks</span></p> </td> <td width="180"> <p><span>Dooley Park/TV</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td width="717"> <p>Note: Schedule subject to change and probably will.&nbsp;</p> <p>See Events FaceBook page for up-to-date information.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Coffee and Donuts Fundraiser! 7 A.M. June 26th, 2021 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10547 <img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/parksfundraiser.png" alt="Donuts and Coffee" width="586" height="820" align="" /> Pool Barrier Safety Guidelines http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10535 Please see the following&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/safety_barrier_guidelines_pub_2017.pdf" target="_blank">regarding pool safety.</a> Downs Clean-Up Day - June 6th, 2021 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10534 The Events Committee is holding the 7th Annual Downs Clean-Up Day. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this once a year opportunity. <br /><br />We will have a trash and recycle dumpsters. There is very little that we can not take so please take advantage of this free service to our residents. <br /><br />The drop-off location will be by the Haunted House Shed from 7 am to 3 pm.<br /> <br />There will be a charge for tires ($5 each), TVs ($10 each) and $5 for computers or other electronics. If you do not want to pay us for TVs or electronics drop-off, you can take your own to the recycling center for McLean County. See the following website for more information:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.normal.org/484/Electronics-Recycling" target="_blank">https://www.normal.org/484/Electronics-Recycling</a><br /><br />Please use the AREA bulk pickup service on June 3rd to cut down on the amount collected in the trash dumpsters available during Clean-up Day. <br /><br />For residents who can&rsquo;t haul your items to our site, we will pick up at your house (curb-side). Please call the village hall to arrange for a pickup time. Donations for this service are appreciated for the 4th of July fireworks.<br /><br />For more details, see our <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/flyer_2021_05.pdf" target="_blank">May Newsletter, Page 19</a>! Downs Public Safety Risk Assessment for the Proposed Roanoke Concrete Ready-Mix Plant http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10525 <span>The Downs Police Dept has put together these non biased informational documents to address the concerns brought up at the various meetings and internet social media platforms.&nbsp;</span> <div dir="auto"></div> <div dir="auto">With the lack of real data and vetted sourced material we have researched the facts and evidence based upon governmental safety standards, protocols, research, and up to date data.</div> <div dir="auto"><br />This data is needed for there to be decisions made. We have listed the sources in the documents for all to see and to check up on. This is meant to give real data and information so that all parties are informed. Please send this information to everyone. This report is transparent as are the intentions.&nbsp;</div> <div dir="auto"><br />Thank you&nbsp;</div> <div dir="auto">Chief Dingler&nbsp;<br /><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2021_06_pd_roanoke_risk_assessment.pdf" target="_blank">Public Safety Risk AssessmentPresentation</a><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/vod_public_safety_risk_assessment_for_proposed_roanoke_concrete_plant.pdf" target="_blank">Public Safety Risk Assessment Support Information</a><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/riskassessment_form.pdf" target="_blank">Public Safety Risk Assessment&nbsp;Worksheet</a></div> Public Hearing for Concrete Ready-Mix Plant and Recycling, June 3, 2021, 6 pm @Dooley Park Pavilion http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10503 The Village Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing for the proposed Concrete Ready-Mix Plant, Outdoor Storage and concrete plant waste recycling.<br /><br /><br />The public hearing is scheduled for June 3, 2021, 6 pm @ Dooley Park Pavilion and will also have Zoom available if you can't make it in person. <br /><br />Please let the Clerk know ahead of the meeting if you want to speak, especially if you are Zoom. This is not required, like other places, but it is helpful.&nbsp; <div class="o9v6fnle cxmmr5t8 oygrvhab hcukyx3x c1et5uql ii04i59q"> <div dir="auto"><br />We will also have a sign up sheet that night You will be allowed a total of 5 min to make your comment.<br /><br />Information that will be mailed to each residents and business on the proposed&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/roanoke_info.docx" target="_blank">Roanoke Concrete Batch Ready-mix Plant and concrete recycling<br /></a><br />Facebook Posts that have video and links (same information as what is in this document but easier to get by clicking links).<br /><br /><a href="https://www.facebook.com/MAJikJames20/posts/10223556816165736" target="_blank">Post #1</a><br /><a href="https://www.facebook.com/MAJikJames20/posts/10223560053646671" target="_blank">Post #2</a><br /><a href="https://www.facebook.com/MAJikJames20/posts/10223563149244059" target="_blank">Post #3</a><br /><a href="https://www.facebook.com/MAJikJames20/posts/10223575204665437" target="_blank">Post #4</a><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/proposed_plant_location.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="465" align="" /></div> </div> <br /><br /><br /> <div id="accel-snackbar" style="right: 50px; bottom: 50px;"></div> Dooley Park Cruise-In - June 5, 2021 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10479 <img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/658x949_dooley_park_june_20211jpg.jpg" alt="Dooley Park Cruise-In" width="658" height="949" align="" /> 2020 Consumer Confidence Water Report http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10474 Please click the following to view the<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2020_consumer_confidence_rpt.pdf" target="_blank"> 2020 IEPA Consumer Confidence Report.</a> Downs Garage Sale Days: April 30th - May 2nd http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10458 Garage Sale Days are this Weekend!!! Applications for use of Golf Cart and Utility-Terrain Vehicles are now available for May 1, 2021-Apr http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10454 APPLICATIONS FOR USE OF GOLF CART AND UTILITY-TERRAIN VEHICLES are now available for May 1, 2021-April 30, 2022. Permits must be obtained to operate a qualified golf cart or utility-terrain vehicle. Permits shall be granted for a period of one (1) year and renewed annually. Applications are available on the Village of Downs website at <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/golf_cart_permit_application_20190905.pdf" target="_blank">www.villageofdowns.org</a>. The cost of the permit is $50.00 per golf cart or utility-terrain vehicle. <br /><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/golf_cart_permit_application_20190905.pdf" target="_blank">GOLF CART UTV INFORMATION/SPECIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS DEFINITIONS</a>: Per Chapter 8 Article X of the Village of Downs Code are located on the website www.villageofdowns.org. Applications along with payment and other documents need to be submitted to the Village Hall. An officer will schedule an inspection time with you. Zoning Board of Appeals Public Hearing - 5/5/2021, 6:30 pm @ Dooley Park Pavilion http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10430 <p><span>PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Downs (&ldquo;ZBA&rdquo;) that on May 5, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dooley Park Pavilion, Downs, IL a public hearing will be held on a petition for annexation and zoning map amendment request submitted by Kenneth Hillard, Trustee of The Hillard Family Revocable Living Trust to change the zoning classification from A &ndash; Agriculture District to a classification of C2 - General Commercial District; and &nbsp;to grant a special use and zoning variances as requested in the proposed annexation agreement on the following described real estate:</span></p> <p><span>PIN: 29-03-400-009, 29-10-100-005</span></p> <p><span>Common Address: Unimproved farm ground, Downs, Illinois</span></p> <p><span>PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Downs (&ldquo;ZBA&rdquo;) that on May 5, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dooley Park Pavilion, Downs, IL a public hearing will be held for the purpose of considering and hearing testimony on a zoning map amendment request of Kenneth Hillard, Trustee of The Hillard Family Revocable Living Trust requesting special uses and certain variances more specifically set forth in the Petition for Zoning Amendment relating to the following described real estate:</span></p> <p><span>PIN: 29-04-477-002</span></p> <p><span>Common Address: Unimproved farm ground, Downs, Illinois.</span></p> <p><span>The Petition for Zoning Amendment is available for examination at the Downs Village Hall, 211 S. Seminary St, Downs, IL between 8:30 am &ndash; 12:30 pm Monday &ndash; Friday.</span></p> <p><span>See the Village of Downs website for the petitions, agreements, pictures, video, and EPA information regarding this hearing. All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing and will be given an opportunity to be heard.<br /></span><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/hillardk_downs_annex_zoning_pets.pdf" target="_blank">Full petition and agreements<br /><br /></a><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2021_05_roanoke_zba_info_001.pdf" target="_blank">More Information<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/roanokefront.jpg" alt="" width="806" height="604" align="" /><br /></a></p> Earth Day Breakfast Fundraiser - April 24th, 2021 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10405 <img width="666" height="861" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/666x861_earthdayjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="Earth Day Advertisement" align="" /> Dooley Park Pavilion: Available for Renting! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10404 Under Illinois COVID Phase 5 guidelines, Parks is allowed to operate the pavilion at full capacity.&nbsp; Unvaccinated persons should wear a face covering and maintain six feet social distance.&nbsp; All unvaccinated persons should wear face coverings in crowded settings, both indoors and outdoors, especially when youth are present.&nbsp; Persons who are immunocompromised should consider wearing face coverings when in settings where others may not be fully vaccinated.&nbsp; To assure the safety of renters as well as that of Parks /committee members, we allow 2 days between rentals.&nbsp; That gives time for the virus to die and for the committee to sanitize the building.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ve installed an <strong>electronic lock</strong> on Dooley Park Pavilion. When you pay your rental fee at the Village Hall, you&rsquo;ll receive a passcode and directions for its use which gives you access to the pavilion during the period of time you&rsquo;ve rented. The code will ONLY work during the times you indicate on your reservation form. <br /><br /><strong>HOW TO RESERVE THE PAVILION FOR AN EVENT:</strong> The pavilion in Dooley Park is a great venue for all kinds of gatherings. Pavilion reserved dates are posted on the&nbsp;<a href="https://villageofdowns.rainadmin.com/module/events.htm?pageComponentId=0&amp;month=3&amp;year=2021" target="_blank">calendar</a> at villageofdowns.org. To reserve the pavilion for an event or a meeting or to find open rental dates, contact the Village Hall between 8:30 AM and&nbsp;12:30 PM Monday through Friday at 378-3221. You can download the<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/pavilion_rental_agreement_20200201.pdf" target="_blank"> rental agreement </a>and&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/park_pavilion_rental_checklist_202102.pdf" target="_blank">clean-up checklist</a> from the village website. Click forms and applications on the homepage, then click Pavilion rental agreement and checklist separately to download and print the two forms. You can also pick the forms up at the Village Hall. You&rsquo;ll be given your door passcode upon payment of the rental fee. Before leaving the pavilion after your event, complete the clean-up checklist and deposit it in the tray on the microwave. The rental fee rate is $50.00 for a regular rental and $25.00 for community service organizations. Trash Pickup for those missed on Thursday - 3-25-2021 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10400 For those residents who had their trash missed during pickup on Thursday of this week, AREA will be coming back through to pick them up.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /><span>For all issues/questions/concerns with the garbage pickup, please contact AREA Disposal Customer Service at&nbsp;</span><span>800-935-5652.</span> Trustees Positions Open: Buildings & Streets - Please Consider Service to the Village http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10382 The Mayor will be accepting letters for consideration for these positions as a Village Trustee. <br /><br /> <ul> <li>Your term of office will be for two years from May 7, 2021 &ndash; April 30, 2023.</li> <li>You will be paid $125 per regular and special board meeting.</li> </ul> <br /><br />You are eligible to be a Trustee if you are a registered voter and a resident of Downs for at least one year prior to the date of the election. <br /><br />A person is not eligible to take the oath of office for a municipal office if that person is, at the time required for taking the oath of office, in arrears in the payment of a tax or other indebtedness due to the municipality or has been convicted in any court located in the United States of any infamous crime, bribery, perjury, or other felony [65 ILCS 5/3.1-10-5(a)(b)] s. Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast - March 27th http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10381 <img width="631" height="817" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/631x817_easteregghuntjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="Easter Egg Hunt Flyer" align="" /> Monthly Brush Pickup Returns in April! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10380 Our debris pickup returns in April and scheduled for the <strong>first MONDAY</strong> of each month. Pickup will run from April through November (weather permitting). If the designated Monday pickup is not favorable, we will pick up on the next nice day following that Monday. <br /><br />The following are the rules we will follow with no exceptions.<br />&bull; Items to be picked up must be burnable and free from all nails, screws and metal (ex: Leaves, sticks, brush, branches, etc.) <br />&bull; All items must be within the Village right away on curb, driveway or as close to the road as possible without creating a hazard in the road. (Note: Since we use a backhoe, in most cases, to do this work, we DO NOT want to tear up or rut yard&rsquo;s or ditches. If we can&rsquo;t reach the debris from the road or a driveway, we WILL NOT pick it up. <br /><br />Please note that there is NO BURNING in the ditches or on the edges of the road. Doing this causes clogging and backup in the ditches and culverts. It can also damage the road surface causing us to spend what little tax dollars we have to fix these issues. http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10352 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10351 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10350 COMPLETED - SCHEDULED WATER FILTER MAINTENANCE FOR ENTIRE VILLAGE STARTS 3/8 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10349 <div><strong>Starting Monday, March 8th, the Village of Downs Water Department will be doing maintenance on the iron treatment filter.&nbsp; The filter will be back&nbsp;online by&nbsp;the end of day Friday, March12th.&nbsp; The tower will have 1 to 1.5 days of filtered water, so any conservation consumers can do will be helpful to help make the filtered water last longer.<br /><br />During this process&nbsp;water will have a higher iron content and brownish color than usual, but it will be safe to drink. You might not want to wash any white clothes during this time.<br /><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.</strong></div> Scheduled Maintenance--Boil Order Lifted http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10320 <p class="yiv7309323448MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Update:&nbsp; Boil Order has been lifted - Thursday March 4th, 9:00 A. M.&nbsp;</span><br /><br />Hydrant replacement on east and oak is scheduled for Wednesday March 3<sup>rd</sup>.</p> <p class="yiv7309323448MsoNormal">The water from Woodlawn north to Indian hills, and east to east street will be shut off and be under boil order. Water will be shut off hopefully only for a short period, but the boil order will probably last till Friday March 5<sup>th</sup>.</p> GARBAGE PICK UP THIS WEEK WILL BE FRIDAY http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10308 Monday, Area Disposal had to pull their trucks off the road, so garbage pick up will be delayed a day this week.&nbsp; For the Village of Downs that means pick up will be on Friday not Thursday this week. Public Notice of securing funding to upgrade their Water System http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10301 <p><strong>PUBLIC NOTICE</strong></p> <p>VILLAGE OF DOWNS PROJECT SUMMARY AND NOTICE OF CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION FROM DETAILED ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW</p> <p>Notice is hereby given to all residents and property owners of the Village of Downs that the Village is in the process of securing funding to upgrade their Water System including treatment upgrades to their Water Treatment Plant and construction of an additional well.</p> <p>The total estimated cost of the proposed project is $3,572,800.00 and the Village has made a loan application with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Public Water Supply Loan Program.&nbsp; Currently, the interest rate on a 20-year loan is 1.35%, however there are opportunities for the Village to receive lower interest rates and/or Principal Forgiveness.&nbsp; The Village does anticipate an increase in water rates to repay the IEPA loan.</p> <p>As part of the loan application process, IEPA has reviewed the financial impacts to users of the proposed project and have stated that the project is within the Illinois EPA affordability guideline of 2% of the median household income or less.&nbsp; IEPA also determined that no significant financial impact to the Downs water customers should occur, and that the proposed project is technically appropriate and cost effective.&nbsp; Additionally, the Agency has completed an environmental review process and has made the determination that the project is Categorically Excluded, in that the proposed project will have little to no potential for having negative environmental impacts.</p> <p>Prior to granting its approval of the proposed project and plan, the IEPA requires that the public be granted an opportunity to comment on the information presented. The Village of Downs is hereby making notice that the IEPA has issued a Notice of Intent to Issue a Categorical Exclusion for the proposed water system improvements.&nbsp; A minimum 10-day public comment period will commence at this Notice publishing date and will end on February 28, 2021.&nbsp; <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2021_02_iepa_loan_notice_001.pdf" target="_blank">Information on the proposed project and IEPA Project Summary and Notice</a>&nbsp;will be available for public inspection at the Village Hall located at 211 S. Seminary St., Downs, IL. 61736. Written Comments may be submitted directly to the Village of Downs or directly to the IEPA contact person, which is George Lambert, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Infrastructure Financial Assistance Section Bureau of Water, 1021 North Grand Avenue East, Springfield, IL 62794-9276, (217)782-2027.</p> Boil Order Lifted http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10262 The boil order issued on Wednesday 1/20/21 for portions of the Village of Downs has been lifted.<br /><br />Thank you for your patience. Boil Order for Portion of Downs http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10259 Once water service is restored, there will be a boil order on West side from North of Main St and West of Seminary St.&nbsp; This does not affect Main St, Mallard Point, or Beecher Trails. Christmas Tree and Brush Pick up http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10226 Starting Monday, January 11th, Christmas Tree and brush pick up will begin, and will continue that week until all has been picked up. Cookies with Santa 12/5-12/6 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10077 A free ticket is required to attend this years event.&nbsp;&nbsp;Limited availability.<br /><br /><span>Please see&nbsp;</span><strong><span><a href="https://tinyurl.com/y6ojfmnr">https://tinyurl.com/y6ojfmnr</a>&nbsp;</span></strong><span>for all the details.</span><br /><br /> Downtown Parking and Streetscape Project Overview http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10050 <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/downs_il_streetscapepresentation_2020_10_21.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to see the presentation from the 10/21/2020 open house</a>&nbsp;for the ITEP Grant application. Downtown Parking and Streetscape Project IDOT ITEP Application Open House http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=10026 <p><strong><em><span>~ YOU&rsquo;RE INVITED ~</span></em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>VILLAGE OF DOWNS</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>DOWNTOWN STREETSCAPE PROJECT</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>IDOT ITEP APPLICATION OPEN HOUSE</span></strong></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEN:</span></strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong><span>Wednesday, October 21, 2020</span></strong></p> <p><span>Public Open House: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <em><span>6:00-6:45 pm</span></em></span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHERE:</span></strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>Dooley Park Pavilion located in Dooley Park, Downs, IL.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>PURPOSE:&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></strong>The Village will be submitting a project funding application with the IL Department of Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP).The purpose of the Open House is to allow the citizens and business owners from the Village the opportunity to review the conceptual design associated with the proposed Downtown Streetscape project along Seminary St., Main St., and Franklin St.&nbsp; Color concept renderings, 3D view rendering, character images, and project information will be available for review, along with funding application information.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>MSA Professional Services, consulting engineer for the Village, will be on hand to offer background information on the project and help answer any questions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The ITEP funding application will be submitted on or before November 2, 2020</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DUE TO COVID-19 AND THE NEED FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING, the Open House will be available via zoom, or in person.&nbsp; The Zoom meeting link is:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Join Zoom Meeting:&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://tinyurl.com/uzvjsq6"><strong>https://tinyurl.com/uzvjsq6</strong></a></p> <p>Meeting ID: 715 697 2265</p> <p>Password: VOD2020</p> <p>One tap mobile: +13126266799,,7156972265#,,1#,682969# US (Chicago)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In-person guests are asked to where masks and practice appropriate social distancing.</p> Village of Downs Board of Trustees Special Use Public Hearing Notice http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9990 <p><span>&nbsp;</span>The Village Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing:</p> <p><strong><span>September 30, 2020, 5:30 pm @ Dooley Park Pavilion</span></strong></p> <p><span>This public hearing will allow information and testimony for Village Board of Trustees before its scheduled October 1, 2020 regular meeting.&nbsp; The sole topic of this hearing is Misch Excavating LLC&rsquo;s petition for a special use permit to allow concrete recycling &amp; storage on their property located at 301 Reeder Lane in Downs, Illinois.</span></p> <p><strong><em><span>Due to COVID-19 and Governor restrictions we are requiring only one representative from each family or group attend the meeting and speak on behalf of their family or group.</span></em></strong></p> <p><span>Tentative Agenda:</span></p> <ol> <li><span>Call to order</span></li> <li><span>Rules and process for the hearing</span></li> <li><span>Opening statement by Misch Excavating LLC</span></li> <li><span>Open questions/comments by the Public &ndash; 5 min limit per representative</span></li> <li><span>Follow-up by Misch Excavating LLC to questions/comments &ndash; 10 min</span></li> <li><span>Questions by Village Board (if needed) &ndash; 5 min each per member</span></li> <li><span>Follow-up with new questions/comments by Public (if needed) &ndash; 2 min each</span></li> <li><span>Final Comment by Misch Excavating LLC</span></li> <li><span>Public hearing closed</span></li> </ol> Message from Downs Water Department http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9978 We have had a service line break which could cause you to have some discolored water.&nbsp; There is no boil order at this time. Pool Safety Guidelines http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9976 Please see the following for a great report on how to protect yourself and children when you have a pool or someone next door has a pool.<br /><br /> <p class="xmsonormal"><a href="https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/362%20Safety%20Barrier%20Guidelines%20for%20Pools.pdf">https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/362%20Safety%20Barrier%20Guidelines%20for%20Pools.pdf</a></p> Misch Special Use Permit Information http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9961 The following information&nbsp;was&nbsp;presented&nbsp;to the Board of Trustees&nbsp;by&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2020_misch_su_info_001.pdf" target="_blank">Misch Excavating LLC</a> for their special use permit agreement being considered by the Village Board of Trustees after approval by the Zoning Board of Appeals.<br /><br />Agreement Terms and conditions that were required by the ZBA and expanded by the Village Board and agreed to by Misch Excavating LLC:<br /><ol> <li>Concrete crushing: allowed no more than 2x per year for up to 5 days each time between the hours of 7 am &ndash; 5 pm with reasonable inspection by the village.&nbsp; Monitoring to be done by Village employees, Trustees and Mayor.&nbsp; IEPA is responsible for making sure they adhere to State Laws and are also considered a monitoring entity.</li> <li><span>Only allowed to operate when school is not in session.</span></li> <li><span>Must provide school and village minimum 5-day advance notice before each operation for&nbsp;reasonable objection to proceed&nbsp;with operations.&nbsp; I.e. &ndash; interferes with a school/village activity or event or not operating as described within the agreement.</span></li> <li><span>Special use agreement which allows the concrete crushing and storage at their new business location is ONLY good for 1 year and must be renewed each year by the Board of Trustees.&nbsp; Does not require ZBA approval.</span></li> <li><span>Must file the annual IEPA permit with the village each year with first notice to proceed.</span></li> <li><span>Concrete crushing and storage are ONLY allowed in the Northeast corner of the property as designated in the site layout.</span></li> <li><span>ONLY &ldquo;Clean&rdquo; concrete, as defined by IEPA, can be crushed/recycled at this location</span></li> <li><span>As required by the IEPA, concrete crushing is not allowed without proper water mitigation system to eliminate dust.&nbsp; The agreement should require the additional use of X-Hesion Pro or like product as an added measure to mitigate dust.</span></li> <li><span>Conveyor belt shoot must be as close to the pile as possible to eliminate dust discharge.</span></li> <li><span>Misch Excavating LL is not allowed to transfer the Special Use Zoning to any business or person.&nbsp; If named business entity is no longer operating, Special Use Zoning agreement and permit is automatically terminated.</span></li> <li><span>8&rsquo; wooden privacy, or similar, fencing is required on the North and West sides of the crushing and storage areas.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span>Berm with trees are required on the East and South sides of the crushing and storage areas.</span></li> <li><span>Silt fencing or equivalent erosion control is required to stop runoff of surface material.</span></li> <li><span>Misch Excavating LLC will provide Village ability to purchase recycled material at negotiated rate.</span></li> <li><span>Misch Excavating LLC will recycle Village provided &ldquo;Clean&rdquo; material at no charge.</span></li> <li><span>Fines will be imposed for non-compliance with agreement on a 3-strike and you are out system.&nbsp; The result being the revocation of this special use zoning permit and agreement.</span></li> </ol> Zoning Board of Appeals Public Hearing - 8/31/2020, 6 & 6:30 pm @ Dooley Park Pavilion http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9906 The Downs ZBA will hear two cases on Aug 31, 2020 for Zoning and Annexation:<br /><ol> <li>6:00 pm:&nbsp; <p>PUBLIC NOTICE is given that a public hearing will be held on August 31, 2020, at 6:00 PM, at the Dooley Park Pavilion, Downs, IL on an zoning map amendment by Burr Oak, LLC to change the zoning classification from C2 - General Commercial District to a classification of A &ndash; Agriculture District on the following described real estate:</p> <p>Approximately 25 acres of the E &frac12; of the SW &frac14; of Section 5, EXCEPT the West 50&rsquo; thereof, in Township 22 North, Range 3 East of the Third Principal Meridian, Village of Downs, McLean County, Illinois.&nbsp;&nbsp; Commonly known as 19244 E 700 North Rd &ndash; South ~25 acres, Downs, IL, 61736.</p> <p>The application is available for examination at the Downs Village Hall, 211 S. Seminary St, Downs, IL between 8 am &ndash; 12 pm Monday &ndash; Friday.</p> </li> <li>6:30 pm: <p><span>STATE OF ILLINOIS</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; SS</span></p> <p><span>COUNTY OF MCLEAN</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Downs (&ldquo;ZBA&rdquo;) that on August 31,&nbsp; 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dooley Park Pavilion, Downs, IL a public hearing will be held on a petition for annexation and zoning map amendment submitted by Freedom Oil Company, Inc. to change the zoning from C- Commercial to C2- General Commercial District and to grant a zoning variance as requested in the proposed annexation agreement on the following described real estate:</span></p> <p><span>Lot 1 in &ldquo;K &amp; R Subdivision&rdquo; in the Southeast &frac14; of Section 30, Township 23 North, Range 3 East of the Third Principal Meridian, according to the plat thereof recorded February 6, 1990 as Document Number 90-1874, in McLean County, Illinois.</span></p> <p><span>Property address is commonly known as 18928 U.S. Highway 150 aka Towanda Barnes &amp; Route 150, Bloomington, IL 61705 which tract is 3.0700 acres.</span></p> <p><span>An accurate map of the subject property proposed to be annexed to the Village of Downs and a copy of the petition and proposed annexation agreement are on file with the Village Clerk and can be inspected by the public at the Village Hall at 211 S. Seminary Street, Downs, Illinois between the hours of 8 am &ndash; 12 pm Monday &ndash; Friday.</span></p> <p><span>All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing and will be given an opportunity to be heard.</span></p> </li> </ol> Zoning Board of Appeals Public Hearing - 8/5/2020, 6 pm @ Dooley Park Pavilion http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9883 ZBA public hearing to consider: &nbsp;<br /><br />Motion to Approve C-2 Special Use Petition by Misch Excavating LLC for a Concrete Recycling and Rock Storage on Parcel #29-04-477-001 Located at 301 Reeder Lane Currently Zoned C-2 General Commercial District<br /><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/meeting_agenda_2020_08_05.pdf" target="_blank">Agenda for the public hearing</a> 2020 Census Takers http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9875 Please see the <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/nrfu.docx" target="_blank">attached information from US Census Bureau</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /><span>Census Takers&nbsp;could&nbsp;be in Downs&nbsp;starting July 30th for the next few weeks.</span><br /><br /> Door-to-Door Solicitations are not allowed - Violators will receive a $100 fine http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9833 Due to COVID-19 and State Emergency Declaration, door-to-door solicitation permit requests are being denied.<br /><br />Violators will be given a $100 ordinance violation for each offense. &nbsp;<br /><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2020_vod_solicitation_denial_2020_07.pdf" target="_blank">Please see this document from the Mayor for further information.</a> 4th of July Sponsor and Ad Booklet http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9720 Please <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2020_sponsors_and_advertising_4th.pdf" target="_blank">click on this to see this year's sponsor/ad booklet for 4th of July</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />We thank everyone that sponsored, advertised, volunteered and organized to make this year's Freedom Run and 4th of July happen! County Notice of Road Closure http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9719 Please be advised of this <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2020_07_downs_rd_between_1800_1900_east_rds_07_01_2020.pdf" target="_blank">road closure for bridge work.</a> 4th of July Information http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9690 <a href="https://villageofdowns.rainadmin.com/village-of-downs-4th-of-july.htm">4th of July Information can be found on the following page.</a>&nbsp; Please note the rules regarding COVID-19.<br /><br /> <p><strong><em>Due to COVID-19, please&nbsp;follow&nbsp;these precautions PLUS&nbsp;the&nbsp;IDPH and CDC guidelines.<br /></em></strong></p> <ol> <li><strong><em><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></em></strong><strong><em>If you&nbsp;are experiencing&nbsp;COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></em></strong><strong><em>If you are HIGH RISK for COVID-19, please stay home or in your car</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></em></strong><strong><em>If you are uncomfortable being around crowds, please stay home or in your car</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></em></strong><strong><em>Please bring your own hand sanitizer and mask</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></em></strong><strong><em>if you attend the parade and/or fireworks, please&nbsp;maintain proper&nbsp;distance and/or wear a mask</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></em></strong><strong><em>If you attend the fireworks, please stay in or around your car out of respect for your neighbor&nbsp;</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></em></strong><strong><em>If you choose to sit in the grass area, please maintain proper distance and/or wear a mask&nbsp;</em></strong></li> </ol><br />Click on the following to see the&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2020_fireworks_covid_map.png" target="_blank">Fireworks map</a>. 2020 Sand Volleyball Registration Open - July 2, 2020 deadline http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9686 I would like to thank Julie &amp; Garreck Sakinis for volunteering to organize and run this years sand volleyball tournament on July 4, 2020.<br /> <p class="p1"><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2020_downs_4th_of_july_sand_volleyball_tournament.pdf" target="_blank">Please click for the registration form and more information.</a></p> Phase 3 Info for Dooley Park http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9656 <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/dooley_phase_3.pdf">https://media.rainpos.com/1071/dooley_phase_3.pdf</a> ZOOM Connection Information http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9620 <p><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;">Video/Audio Information for ALL Public Meetings</span></strong></p> <p><span>We have opened up all public meetings to be accessible via audio/video conferencing to provide more ways you can participate in Village public meetings or hearings.&nbsp;&nbsp;Use the same URL, call-in numbers, etc. for ALL scheduled meetings where audio/video has been made available.</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Both Audio and Video are available using a computer, smartphone, tablet, iPad, etc. connected to&nbsp;the internet/cell using the information below. &nbsp;If you don't have access to the internet/cell you can dial-in using any phone via the information below. &nbsp;Please keep your phone muted until called upon for your question, follow-up or you need to make a follow-up comment during your 5-minute time (Rules for public comment)</span></p> <p><span><br />You may submit questions via the following methods:</span></p> <ul> <li><span>Online chat during the meeting</span></li> <li><span>During&nbsp;the "Public Comment" item on the agenda using conference call audio/video</span></li> <li><span>e-mail the clerk@villageofdowns.org or mayor@villageofdowns.org before and/or during the meeting</span></li> <li><span>Text them to the Village Clerk 309-830-7373 or Mayor 309-830-7374 with your question or comment</span></li> </ul> <p><span><br /><strong>Video/Audio conference call information:</strong></span></p> <p><span>Join Zoom Meeting:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="https://tinyurl.com/yapo7zva"><strong><span>https://tinyurl.com/yapo7zva</span></strong></a></p> <p><span>Meeting ID: 715 697 2265</span></p> <p><span>Password: VOD2020</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>One tap mobile:&nbsp;&nbsp;+13126266799,,7156972265#,,#,682969# US (Chicago)&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Dial by your location: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Meeting ID: 715 697 2265&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Password: 682969&nbsp;</span></p> June 1 & 2, 2020 Public Hearings - Cancelled http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9619 The June 1 &amp; 2, 2020 public hearings for the water plant improvements and streetscape/parking lot improvements have been canceled.<br /><br />There will still be public hearings <span>at the Village Hall and via Zoom&nbsp;</span>on June 8 &amp; 9, 2020, at 5 pm,&nbsp;for the above and a second public hearing on the IL Fast-Track Grant Application on June 12, 2020, at 5 pm.&nbsp;<br /><br />Please see the Village website, Downs GPS Facebook, May Village Newsletter, and posting for the Zoom connection information.&nbsp; Downs Village Hall Open to the Public Starting 6/1/2020 plus Dooley Park Rules http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9618 <span>The Downs Village Hall will open to the public starting June 1, 2020, from 8 am - 12 pm, Monday - Friday. Please honor the wishes of the office staff for their protection and use the markings on the floor for physical distancing. Thank you!<br /><br />The Dooley Park Rules are at this link:<br />&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/phase_3_parks_rules.pdf">https://media.rainpos.com/1071/phase_3_parks_rules.pdf</a></span> Downs Rebuild Illinois Fast-Track Public Infrastructure Grant (RIFTPI) Public Hearing http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9597 <p>The Village of Downs (Downs) will hold a public hearing on May 29, 2020, 5:00 pm, via Zoom and the Village Hall to provide interested parties an opportunity to express their views on the proposed Downs Rebuild Illinois Fast-Track Public Infrastructure Grant (RIFTPI) project application. Persons with disabilities or non-English speaking persons who wish to attend the public hearing and need assistance should contact the Village Clerk via mail: PO Box 18, Downs, IL 61736; email<span class="text_exposed_show">: clerk@villageofDowns.org or phone: 309-830-7373 no later than May 28, 2020. Every effort will be made to make reasonable accommodations for in-person attendance.</span></p> <div class="text_exposed_show"> <p>On or about May 30, 2020 the Village of Downs intends to apply to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for a grant from the Rebuild Illinois program. This program is funded by state funds as included in the 2019 Capital Bill. These funds are to be used for a community development projects that will include the following activities: Water Treatment Plan Upgrades, Streetscape Parking and ADA Accessibility Upgrades, Public Works Maintenance Building Additions. Three separate projects and application requests will be submitted. The total amount of Rebuild Illinois funds to be requested for these three projects are $1,400,000, $500,000, and $300,000 respectively. The Village of Downs also proposes to expend $300,000 in non-Rebuild Illinois funds on the projects. These non-Rebuild Illinois funds will be derived from the following sources: TIF 1, general or other Village fund(s), and as a last resort resident debt service.</p> <p>Information related to this project will be available for review prior to the public hearing. Information is available by contacting the Village Clerk, Village website, PO and Mobil gas station. Interested residents are invited to provide comments either at the public hearing or by prior written statement. Written comments should be submitted to Village Clerk before the end of hearing on May 29, 2020. This project will result in no displacement of any persons or businesses. For additional information concerning the proposed project, please contact the Village Clerk.</p> <p>To attend via Zoom use the following connection information:</p> <p>Topic: Downs Rebuild Illinois Fast-Track Public Infrastructure Grant (RIFTPI) Public Hearing<br />Time: May 29, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)</p> <p>Join Zoom Meeting:<br /><a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Ftinyurl.com%2Fuzvjsq6%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR3wibGs2psGi3ZL2c60vi6Lk7XwKejAXZmhpzfF8l6SDVADR1Rs_tqFYNA&amp;h=AT0d2P336VaVhpfIWyyNkRQkIbEDscr_klDIhZfmb2xPfl5g6V81XqUs9bEfsCInfEvdJ9iecKqaAmYFZurieISI5vV5QMHOp4wggjTRDQyA-MYpwlZpwAscsAIiDBUOeNiGxKdwAw6ZYy5DkIeanhPdRlMmgCqmAA" target="_blank" data-ft="{" tn="" :="" -u="" rel="noopener nofollow" data-lynx-mode="asynclazy">https://tinyurl.com/uzvjsq6</a></p> <p>Meeting ID: 715 697 2265<br />Password: VOD2020<br />One tap mobile<br />+13126266799,,7156972265#,,1#,682969# US (Chicago)</p> <p>Dial by your location<br />+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)</p> <p>Meeting ID: 715 697 2265<br />Password: 682969<br />Find your local number:&nbsp;<a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fus02web.zoom.us%2Fu%2FkqQPkfKCY%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2Em1qj9c46SpUGAjIiCf-Ah8nlGTzAeFcO9Uw1i2-zyUMDdcHWli3maq8&amp;h=AT2wcndjDIRvFHMLVJ62j6aM3HO5H4eZN4C6z0e3kR4LuSPi9xsg-qvLehQyjva1_x6iT_m5F99x0RS86WRPQukw3RIE5DHPPyxlMSgEb_BIW4mfe4sYDNaCW_rTGNW8dyBPwk2eGFwy8kizUcGPjWouKq8prpomMA" target="_blank" data-ft="{" tn="" :="" -u="" rel="noopener nofollow" data-lynx-mode="asynclazy">https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kqQPkfKCY</a></p> </div> Nicor Gas is doing Meter Modernization http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9591 <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp; For Information click on this link:&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/3p_tribus_installation_epi_branded_letter_meter_modernization_16680.pdf">https://media.rainpos.com/1071/3p_tribus_installation_epi_branded_letter_meter_modernization_16680.pdf<br /><br /><br /></a>&nbsp; For Frequently Asked Questions click on link below:<br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/meter_modernization_faqs_customer_mailing_17803.pdf">https://media.rainpos.com/1071/meter_modernization_faqs_customer_mailing_17803.pdf</a><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/3p_tribus_installation_epi_branded_letter_meter_modernization_16680.pdf"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></a> THANK YOU! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9495 The employees of the Village of Downs would like to thank the anonymous donor that had Game Day provide lunch on Tuesday.&nbsp; Your kindness and thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated. 2020 Village Market Cancelled http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9442 <strong>Taking into consideration the health and safety of our vendors and customers, the 2020 Village Market Season has been cancelled.&nbsp; See you in June 2021!</strong> FY2021 Budget for Village of Downs http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9430 Please click on the following to view the <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/fy2021_proposed_budget.pdf" target="_blank">FY2021 budget</a>.&nbsp; Spring Hydrant Flushing http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9429 <span>Starting April 20th, 2020. The Village of Downs water department will begin flushing all fire hydrants throughout the community. Flushing will take place during normal business hours and should be completed by the end of May. Users may experience discolored water during the process, if so, please allow a cold water faucet to run until the water clears up. If you have concerns or questions, please call Les Fitzwater at the number posted on the Village Website or in the newsletter.</span> VOD FY2021 Budget Public Hearing http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9408 <p><strong><span>Due to COVID-19 and Governor JB Pritzker&rsquo;s executive order 2020-07 to protect the public's health during the pandemic expressly suspends the physical quorum requirement for meetings of public bodies in Illinois.</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span><br />This meeting will be held ONLY via public video and audio conferencing. &nbsp;Zoom now requires all users to be registered for security reasons. &nbsp;You can obtain a free account from Zoom by <a href="https://zoom.us/signup" target="_blank">clicking here</a>.</span></strong></p> <p><span>The proposed Village Budget is available on the Village of Downs Website:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.villageofdowns.org">www.villageofdowns.org</a> in the &ldquo;Recent News&rdquo; section and on the Downs GPS and CIA Facebook pages.</span></p> <p><span>The following is the agenda for the public hearing on April 16, 2020, 6 pm via video and audio conferencing and has been posted at the Village Hall, Mobil gas station and post office in accordance with the Open Meetings Act of Illinois.</span></p> <p><strong><span>VOD FY2021 Budget Public Hearing Agenda</span></strong><span><br />1) Call to Order<br />2) Status of FY2020 Budget and Financial Position<br />3) Overview of FY2021 Budget<br />4) Public Comment<br />5) Additional Discussion<br />6) Adjournment</span></p> <p><span>Both Audio and Video are available using a computer connected to&nbsp;the internet using the information below. &nbsp;If you don't have access to the internet you can dial-in using any phone via the information below. &nbsp;</span>Please keep your phone muted until called upon for your question, follow-up or you need to make a follow-up comment during your 5-minute time (<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/ordinance_2018_13_approving_criteria_public_comment_2018_06_07_exhibit_a.pdf">Rules for public comment</a>)<span><br /><br /><span>You may submit questions via the following methods:</span></span></p> <ul> <li><span>Online chat during the meeting</span></li> <li><span>During&nbsp;the "Public Comment" item on the agenda using conference call audio/video</span></li> <li><span>e-mail the clerk@villageofdowns.org or mayor@villageofdowns.org before and/or during the meeting</span></li> <li><span><span>Text them to the Village Clerk 309-830-7373 or Mayor 309-830-7374 with your question or comment</span><span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><br /><strong>Video/Audio conference call information:</strong></span></p> <p><span>Topic: VOD FY2021 Public Hearing</span></p> <p><span>Time: Apr 16, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)</span></p> <p><span>Join Zoom Meeting:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://tinyurl.com/uzvjsq6" target="_blank">https://tinyurl.com/uzvjsq6</a>&nbsp;<br /><br /></span>Meeting ID: 715 697 2265</p> <p><span>Password: VOD2020</span></p> Pressure Testing http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9373 <span>The water Dept is doing pressure testing on the East end of town. This might cause some brown water in areas. Sorry for any inconvenience.</span> BULK GARBAGE PICKUP SUSPENDED See notice from Area Disposal that follows http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9363 <blockquote> <div dir="ltr"> <p>At PDC&reg; and AREA&reg;, the health and safety of our employees, customers and communities are the highest priority. As concerns continue to grow with the COVID-19 outbreak, we are committed to this promise. During this time of uncertainty, we are taking guidance for our daily procedures from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), National Waste and Recycling Association, the Solid Waste Association of North America, and other government agencies.</p> <p>We currently do not expect any changes to your waste collection schedule. <strong>In all communities serviced by AREA&reg; bulky-item collection is suspended until further notice. Bulky items such as mattresses and old furniture that can not be containerized will not be collected during this time.</strong> This is a precautionary measure aimed at protecting our workforce. <strong>All trash should be bagged and/or containerized.</strong></p> <p><strong>Construction materials continue to be items that are not picked up.</strong></p> <p>We also ask that you refrain from interacting with any of our drivers and <strong>keep all garbage contained in garbage bags, especially bathroom waste.</strong> <em><strong>All recycling must be in a cart and/or container for collection, you do not need to bag recyclables &ndash; rinse all tubs, jugs, jars, and cans! For further questions, please contact your local office.</strong></em></p> <p>We will continue to monitor any further developments of the outbreak and keep our customers informed as information becomes available. Please follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this difficult time to protect our employees and the community.<br /><br /><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/covid_19_no_bulky_items_area.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to see notice from Area Disposal</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> </blockquote> Playground Equipment Caution http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9346 <span>Though spring weather is coming and the urge to play outside is strong, please refrain from using park playground equipment.&nbsp; Because the corona virus lingers on surfaces, playgrounds could be a possible source of spreading it.&nbsp; Thanks for your cooperation in the interests of protecting our community and your families.</span> Pavilion Reservations Cancelled http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9329 All pavilion reservations through April 30th have been cancelled.&nbsp; No new pavilion reservations will be considered until after May 1st when the situation will be reassessed.&nbsp; Thank you for your patience during this difficult time ZBA Meeting for 3/19/2020 POSTPONED/CANCELLED http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9322 <div data-block="true" data-editor="5h6lf" data-offset-key="dklgc-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="dklgc-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="dklgc-0-0">The following ZBA meeting has been POSTPONED/CANCELLED until a later date:</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="5h6lf" data-offset-key="bm5ui-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="bm5ui-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="bm5ui-0-0">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="5h6lf" data-offset-key="30ooc-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="30ooc-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="30ooc-0-0">Public notice is hereby given by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Downs that on March 19,</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="5h6lf" data-offset-key="504ma-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="504ma-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="504ma-0-0">2020 at 6;00PM at the Village of Downs Hall, a hearing will be held on a petition for a Zoning Map</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="5h6lf" data-offset-key="esrd5-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="esrd5-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="esrd5-0-0">Amendment by Misch Excavating LLC for a 10.5 acre parcel located at 615 S Lincoln Street. Current</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="5h6lf" data-offset-key="d3vlj-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="d3vlj-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="d3vlj-0-0">zoning is agricultural. Request is to change to M-2 status for a future concrete recycle for road rock and</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="5h6lf" data-offset-key="a2cqc-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="a2cqc-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="a2cqc-0-0">storage.</span></div> </div> Village Hall Closed to Public until 4/7/2020 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9320 <div data-block="true" data-editor="5vm5r" data-offset-key="1rmdm-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="1rmdm-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"> <p>Village of Downs residents (clarification):&nbsp;</p> <p>The Village Hall will be closed to the public during regular office hours 8 am -12 pm until 4/7/2020 but will have office staff on hand to answer the phone and process payments. This closure can be extended depending on further State action. This closure does not affect any other scheduled public meetings. Each will be handled separately.&nbsp;</p> <p>All payments for water/sewer need to be made via the drop box or through available electro<span class="text_exposed_show">nic mechanisms.</span></p> <div class="text_exposed_show"> <p>If residents have hardship and can&rsquo;t make their payments for water/sewer they need to call the Village Hall immediately.</p> </div> </div> </div> Census Starts this week - Why Respond - Avoid Scams Flyers http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9205 Please read the following flyers from AARP on&nbsp;why participation in the 2020 census, with accurate information, is so important and also how to avoid scams.<br /> <ul> <li><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2020_aarp_why_census.pdf" target="_blank">Why Participate</a></li> <li><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2020_aarp_census_fraud_scams.pdf" target="_blank">Avoid Scams</a></li> </ul> Christmas Tree Pick up http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=9084 The last Christmas Tree pick up in the Village of Downs will be Thursday, January 16, 2020. Water Plant Improvement Survey http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8972 Please use the following link to go to our survey for the <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LVHYK62?fbclid=IwAR3c1Gjv6OJ1Jd7e9arW5mWV5IIGd8q5OUMr4u2HDIFeeYWGzwdEKZJUB0E" target="_blank">Downs water plant improvement project</a>. Streetscape Project Committee http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8953 <span>Downs streetscape project team will meet December 3rd, 5 pm at the Village Hall. </span> Utility Scams http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8907 Please be advised and aware:<br /><br />&#61623; Utility scammers are impersonating @AmerenIllinois. Know the red flags. <br />&#61623; Did you get a call claiming your power will be disconnected if you don't make an immediate payment? @AmerenIllinois says this is utility scam<br />&#61623; We're joining @AmerenIllinois to spread the word on how to protect yourself from utility scammers. Never purchase a prepaid credit card to avoid immediate service disconnection. <br />&#61623; If someone is at your door claiming to be a utility worker, ask for their employee ID and call @AmerenIllinois at 800.755.5000 to confirm. <br />&#61623; Utility scammers are targeting small businesses. Never disclose personal or financial information to anyone threatening to disconnect your power. <br /><br />Web Link: <a href="http://AmerenIllinois.com/Scams" target="_blank">http://AmerenIllinois.com/Scams</a>&nbsp;<br />Video Link:&nbsp;<a href="https://vimeo.com/372438922" target="_blank">https://vimeo.com/372438922</a> Hydrant Pressure Test Friday 10-25-19 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8859 <p class="x_x_MsoNormal">A pressure test on a hydrant at Price and Washington will be done Friday morning at 10:45am.&nbsp; There may be more dis-coloring then normal.&nbsp; This should only affect residents North of Main and East of Seminary. Dis-coloring shouldn&rsquo;t last long.</p> Water Discoloration May Occur http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8789 There is a problem with the water filter at the water plant, so water discoloration may occur.&nbsp; Work is being done to correct the problem.&nbsp; Notice of when the filter is back on line will be posted when the work is completed. Water Plant Improvement Options http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8756 Please see the following for an <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2019_water_plant_choices_20190912134713.pdf" target="_blank">overview of the water plant options</a>. Hiring: Public Works Positions Open within the Village of Downs http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8605 <a href="/village-of-downs-employment.htm">Please click here to see more information</a>. Downtown DOWNS Streetscape Preference Survey http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8528 Take the&nbsp;<span>Downtown DOWNS Streetscape Preference Survey and provide your feedback.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DowntownDowns" title="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DowntownDowns">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DowntownDowns</a><br /></span> 2019 Sand Volleyball Registration Open - July 2 deadline http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8477 <p><a name="OLE_LINK2"></a><a name="OLE_LINK1"></a><span><span>Village of Downs is having a four-person sand volleyball tournament, <strong>with at least one female player on the court at all times</strong>.<span>&nbsp; </span>Entry fee is $25.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Prizes will be given for 1<sup>st</sup>, 2<sup>nd</sup>, and 3<sup>rd</sup> place finish. Limit of 10 registered teams.</span></span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span><span>July 4<sup>th</sup>, 2018 starting at 9:00 AM in Downs Dooley Park on the Sand Volleyball Court.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Due to short timeframe, all entry fee, with roster, must be dropped off in the mail slot at&nbsp;the Village Hall or at the front desk. &nbsp;Please put in an envelope and mark on the outside that it is for 2019 4<sup>th</sup> of July <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2019_sand_volleyball_tournament.pdf" target="_blank">Sand Volleyball Entry</a>. <br /><br />For more information or questions contact: </span></span></span><span><span><span><span>&nbsp;</span>Malaina Myszka (</span></span></span><a href="mailto:Mmyszka@yahoo.com"><span><span><span>Mmyszka@yahoo.com</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>) or Chelsea Williams (</span></span></span><a href="mailto:czeschke1@gmail.com"><span><span><span>czeschke1@gmail.com</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>) </span></span></span></p> Boil Order Lifted 6/13/19 11:45am http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8450 2019 4th of July Volunteers Needed http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8445 Please use the this link to see how you can volunteer to help on the 4th of July and help make this event successful.<br /><br /><a href="https://tinyurl.com/y3b6zz7a" target="_blank">Sign up here.</a> Water Outage and Boil Order http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8441 <div>During some construction a water main on West Street was hit.&nbsp; Residents will be without water on the following streets while repairs are completed:</div> <div>a portion of the West side of North Seminary St</div> <div>All of Price Street North of Main Street</div> <div>All of West Washington St.</div> <div>All of West Street</div> <div>All of Kickapoo St.</div> <div></div> <div>When water service is restored, there will be a boil order for that area.</div> BRUSH PICK UP http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8405 Due to the amount of brush to be picked up in the Village as a result of the storm damage, pick up will be extended.&nbsp; Pick up will start on Monday, June 3rd in Mallard Point Subdivision working towards the East.&nbsp; Pick up will continue that week until all of it is picked up. Hydrant Flushing http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8384 <span>Fire hydrant flushing will be taking place</span><span>&nbsp;during the daytime hours and continue until complete. Signs will be placed at the entrances to town to notify you that flushing is taking place that day. You may experience water discoloration during flushing, if so, please run your cold water until it clears. If you have concerns or questions, please call Kevin at 309-319-1010.</span> Huff Road is Closed at Kickapoo Creek - 2019/05/01 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8346 <div data-block="true" data-editor="5a04j" data-offset-key="d1gkd-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="d1gkd-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="d1gkd-0-0">With all the major flooding going on Huff Road will remain closed and dependng on how high the water gets may remain closed until bridge inspections can be completed.</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="5a04j" data-offset-key="e77a-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="e77a-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="e77a-0-0">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="5a04j" data-offset-key="a0gvt-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="a0gvt-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="a0gvt-0-0">Please obey the signs and do not go around, move or drive thru this area until signs have been completely removed. </span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="5a04j" data-offset-key="abemg-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="abemg-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="abemg-0-0">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="5a04j" data-offset-key="3qvqs-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="3qvqs-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="3qvqs-0-0">Violators will be subjects to fine(s).</span></div> </div> Dooley Park Little Lending Library is open! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8281 <p><strong><span>Dooley Park Little Lending Library is open!&nbsp; Books available for kids, teens and adults - FREE!</span></strong></p> 2019 VOD Downtown Streetscape and Parking RFQ http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8197 The Village Board of Trustees has approved for public posting the <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2019_vod_parking_lot_and_streetscape_rfpv2.pdf" target="_blank">Village of Downs Downtown Streetscape and Parking Lot Design and Plan RFQ</a>.<br /><br />Please click on the above link to see the RFQ for project proposal requirements.<br /><br />Firm proposals will be accepted until noon on April 1, 2019. BOIL ORDER FOR ALL OF N. EAST ST IN DOWNS IS LIFTED. http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8174 Boil order for 302, 304, 306 and 308 N. East Street http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8163 <p>Please be advised I have issued a boil order for 302, 304, 306 and 308 N. East Street in the Village of Downs. The reason for the boil order is lack of water pressure to repair a water main break on East Street. The boil order will remain in effect until further notice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Kevin Whitehouse</p> <p>Village of Downs Public Works</p> Warming Center available at DFPD http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8117 Downs Fire Protection District will have a "warming" center available during the frigid temps Tuesday through Thursday.&nbsp; Should anyone's heat go out during this time, and a warm place is needed, they are welcomed to stop by the fire department. Garbage Pick up delayed this Week http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8115 <strong>Area Disposal has notified the Village that our regular Thursday&nbsp;trash pickup will be MOVED to FRIDAY, FEB. 1st, due to the frigid temperatures.&nbsp; Sorry for any inconvenience.</strong> 2019 Trash and Recycle Calendar http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8082 Here is the link to the&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2019_downs.pdf" target="_blank">2019 Trash and Recycle calendar.</a> One-Time Christmas Tree Pickup Scheduled http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=8043 The Village of Downs Public Works will do a one-time Christmas tree pickup on Monday,&nbsp;Jan 7, 2019. If you would like to us to pick-up your tree, please have it by the side of the road by 7 am on January 7, 2019. Food Pantry Information Added - Including 2019 Distribution Schedule http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7979 We have added information for the Village of Downs Food Pantry to our website. &nbsp; <br /><br />The link is under the "Community" tab or via this direct URL: &nbsp;<a href="http://www.villageofdowns.org/food-pantry.htm">http://www.villageofdowns.org/food-pantry.htm<br /></a> 2018 Christmas Lights Contest: Dec 1 - 20, 2018 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7904 <p>The Village of Downs Events Committee is holding its 5th Annual Christmas Decorating Contest within the Village of Downs. No entry is required. &nbsp;The contest will run until December 20<sup>th</sup>, 2018.&nbsp;Winners will be determined at the special Event Committee meeting on December 20th, 2018, 6:30 pm at the Village Hall.</p> <p>The Event Committee will be the judges and will pick their top 5-10 houses and score them using the system available on the Village Website (<a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2017_xmas_rubric.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" data-lynx-mode="origin" data-lynx-uri="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fsiterepository.s3.amazonaws.com%2F1071%2F2017_xmas_rubric.pdf&amp;h=ATPtpZwu-GJhZh7Ot2sWuJ514vuimiR_mBTP7KGLsX3v60uiKhsRhAYDRxEW-vD0gpR8nTDOJnkVpDsoE8RaZQPRhiPKg-15_u-mVS-fDMP17ljUROMf2vUOdS0aR7lIt06kry-XLORRQV-iij-cBsrENWelxn3rfr48lEFN8od9Tg7h9hNfwBxwdvFFkv7mnKNN">https://<wbr /><span class="word_break"></span>siterepository.s3.amazonaws<wbr /><span class="word_break"></span>.com/1071/<wbr /><span class="word_break"></span>2017_xmas_rubric.pdf</a>).&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />The top 3 point winners will each receive a $25 gift card to either Papa G's, Lucky 7's or Gameday Grill.</p> 2018 Cookies with Santa.- Dec 8 & 9, 2018 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7903 <span>Bring your child and have Cookies with Santa. We will take your child's picture with Santa &amp; Mrs Claus. Your child will receive their picture and a special letter from Santa in the mail.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>For more information call The Village of Downs at 309-378-3221.</span><br /><br /><span>Donations accepted.</span><br /><br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/setyourgpsfordowns">#SetYourGPSforDowns</a><br /><br /><span>Grow, Play, Stay</span> Village of Downs Public Forum End of Life: Choices and Decisions http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7785 <p><strong>VILLAGE of DOWNS PUBLIC FORUM</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;End of Life:&nbsp; Choices and Decisions&rdquo;<br /><br /></strong></p> <p><strong>Tuesday, September 18<sup>th</sup></strong></p> <p><strong>6 to 7 pm</strong></p> <p><strong>in Dooley Park Pavilion</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>All are welcome to join in a discussion on a topic we all will face for ourselves and maybe even for someone else:&nbsp; </strong><strong>How to best deal with the end of life?</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This forum will examine the kinds of decisions people have to make.&nbsp; It will address why one needs to plan for End of Life.&nbsp; Our speaker, </strong><strong>Jana Edge, President of the local chapter of Compassionate Choices, </strong><strong>will give some perspective on end of life issues and decisions people face at that time.&nbsp; She&rsquo;ll share some of the programs states are considering on this issue.&nbsp; Bring your questions and perspectives on the topic to share.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Walk away with a clearer idea of what choices are available and some information to </strong><strong>help you make informed choices of your own.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This forum will be a true discussion.&nbsp; Jana Edge is not necessarily promoting the resolution sent to us from the Compassion and Choices organization.&nbsp; She feels our idea for discussion of end of life concerns and choices and dissemination of information is most important at this stage of promoting such a resolution.&nbsp; I plan to have copies of the resolution at the meeting for attendees to read and consider, and I plan to tell them that the request for our board to support the resolution is the reason for the public forum.&nbsp; All feedback to the board to accept, decline or make no comment will be welcome.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I hope you&rsquo;ll be able to attend the forum.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Peggy</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> New - Don Wagner Downs and School History Presentation http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7662 <span>A brief history of the Village of Downs, Illinois along with its grade and high schools. The presentation was given at the Downs and Tri Vally High School Alumni Reunion in the Tri-Valley High School on June, 20, 2015 by Don Wagner.</span> Help Wanted Ancillary Clerk http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7516 <p><span>Applications for a part-time Ancillary Clerk position are available at www.villageofdowns.org</span></p> <p><span>Applications need to be submitted to the Village Hall by noon</span></p> <p><span>Friday, July20th</span></p> <p><span>Position is for minimum of 8 hours per week.<span>&nbsp; </span>Computer and </span></p> <p><span>accounting skills needed.<span>&nbsp; </span>Salary dependent upon experience.</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> 2018 Rickie Johnson 3-on-3 and Shooting Tournament http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7486 Please click on the following to get the&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2018_rickie_johnson_3on3.pdf" target="_blank">registration form for the&nbsp;2018 Rickie Johnson 3-on-3 and Shooting Tournament</a> New Rules Adopted for Public Comment in Public Meetings http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7485 <span>Please click on the following to see the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/ordinance_2018_13_approving_criteria_public_comment_2018_06_07_exhibit_a.pdf" target="_blank">rules adopted for all public comment</a><span>&nbsp;at public meetings within the Village of Downs.</span> 2018 Sand Volleyball Tournament Registration http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7473 Please click on the following to get the&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2018_sand_volleyball_tournament.pdf" target="_blank">registration form for the 2018 July 4th Sand Volleyball Tournament</a> 2018 July 4th Schedule http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7472 Please click on the following link to see the Official July 4th schedule. &nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/218299328953548/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.villageofdowns.org/village-of-downs-4th-of-july.htm" target="_blank">Village of Downs Website</a> 2018 Downs Freedom 5k Run, 1 mile walk and Kids fun run - June 30, 2018 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7457 Please see the Facebook page for more information as to times, etc:&nbsp;https://www.facebook.com/downsfreedomrun&nbsp;<br /><br />Sign-up for the event here:&nbsp;https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30e0c4ca9ad29a1fd0-downs&nbsp; Boil Order Lifted 5/24/18 8:30am http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7392 <div data-block="true" data-editor="43jc7" data-offset-key="b45sv-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="b45sv-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="b45sv-0-0">The boil order put into effect 5/23/18 for Price, W. Washington, West and Kickapoo streets and some homes on N. Seminary St up to the old school building has been lifted.</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="43jc7" data-offset-key="92eeo-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="92eeo-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="92eeo-0-0">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="43jc7" data-offset-key="dj3m5-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="dj3m5-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="dj3m5-0-0">Thank you for your patience.</span></div> </div> Water Has Been Restored. Boil Order in Effect http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7390 <div data-block="true" data-editor="43jc7" data-offset-key="b45sv-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="b45sv-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="b45sv-0-0" style="font-size: 12pt;">Water service has been&nbsp;restored for Price, W. Washington, West and Kickapoo streets and some homes on N. Seminary St up to the old school building.&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="43jc7" data-offset-key="92eeo-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="92eeo-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="92eeo-0-0" style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="43jc7" data-offset-key="49n7-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="49n7-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="49n7-0-0" style="font-size: 12pt;">Boil order is in effect until further notice.</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="43jc7" data-offset-key="5crdp-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="5crdp-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="5crdp-0-0" style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="43jc7" data-offset-key="dj3m5-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="dj3m5-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="dj3m5-0-0" style="font-size: 12pt;">Thank you for your patience.</span></div> </div> Water Service Break - 5/23/2018 1 am http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7389 <div data-block="true" data-editor="43jc7" data-offset-key="b45sv-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="b45sv-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="b45sv-0-0">Late tonight a water main break, on a 2" line, in the alley off W. Washington St was discovered. Water service has been shut down for Price, W. Washington, West and Kickapoo streets and some homes on N. Seminary St until further notice. We have called in an emergency JULIE and will start working in 2 hrs or so.</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="43jc7" data-offset-key="92eeo-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="92eeo-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="92eeo-0-0">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="43jc7" data-offset-key="49n7-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="49n7-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="49n7-0-0">Once water service is restored in this area, homes on W. Washington, Price, West, Kickapoo and some of N Seminary St. will be under a boil order.</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="43jc7" data-offset-key="5crdp-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="5crdp-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="5crdp-0-0">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="43jc7" data-offset-key="dj3m5-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="dj3m5-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="dj3m5-0-0">Thank you for your patience.</span></div> </div> 2018 Dooley Park Workday - June 16, 2018 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7370 <div dir="auto">Saturday, June 16th 10am-12pm at Dooley.</div> <div dir="auto"></div> <div dir="auto">We need volunteers to paint the poles, cans and clean up our paint mess when we're done. Sign up by 6/12.</div> <div dir="auto"></div> <div dir="auto">Refreshments provided.</div> <div dir="auto"></div> <div dir="auto">Link to sign up:</div> <div dir="auto"><a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C4CA9AD29A1FD0-paint">https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C4CA9AD29A1FD0-paint</a></div> 2018 Annual Dooley Park Car Show - May 20, 2018 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7368 See the following for the&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2018_dooley_park_car_show_20180401191613.pdf" target="_blank">flyer and information</a>. 2018 May Garage Sale Days - May 4 & 5, 2018 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7333 See&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/331789220678889/">https://www.facebook.com/events/331789220678889/</a>&nbsp;for more information. 2018 Village Market Information http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7325 <span><strong>Add the Downs Village Market's 16th Season</strong> dates to your calendar!&nbsp; You can shop for locally grown treats from 4 to 6 PM on the following <strong>Wednesdays</strong>:</span><span></span> <div> <ul> <li class="x_MsoNormal">June&nbsp; 6, 13, 20, and 27</li> <li class="x_MsoNormal"><span>July&nbsp;&nbsp; 2 <strong>[special Monday date replacing July 4th],</strong> 11, 18, 25</span></li> <li class="x_MsoNormal"><span></span><span>Aug&nbsp; &nbsp;1, 8, 15, 22, 29</span></li> <li class="x_MsoNormal"><span></span><span>Sept&nbsp; 5, 12, 19, 26</span></li> </ul> </div> Public Hearing on Village of Downs FY2019 Budget http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7266 A public hearing will be held on April 19, 2018, 6:30 pm at the Downs Village Hall regarding the FY2019 Village of Downs Budget. Annual Dooley Park Car Show http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7244 This year's car show is on May 20th, 2018 from 11-3 pm. &nbsp; Awards at 3 pm. Please&nbsp;<a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2018_dooley_park_car_show_20180401191613.pdf" target="_blank">click here to see the flyer for more information.</a> Your are Invited: Downs MAPPING Program http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7151 Please click on the following to see a <a href="https://media.rainpos.com/1071/2017_mapping_program_mailer.pdf" target="_blank">detailed description of this program</a>.<br /> <div data-block="true" data-editor="a1ug8" data-offset-key="1rsfb-0-0"><ol> <li class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="1rsfb-0-0"><span data-offset-key="1rsfb-0-0">You do not have to attend ALL sessions to participate, but it helps if you do.</span></li> <li class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="1rsfb-0-0">For food and planning purposes, we need to know if and when you are going to attend.</li> <li class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="1rsfb-0-0">If we don't have at least 25 people at each meeting, they will cancel the session.</li> </ol>Please contact the Village Hall if you will participate.</div> Boil Order Lifted http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7051 The Downs boil order has been lifted. 2017 Christmas Light Contest http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7014 <span>The Events Committee announced the 2017 Christmas Light Contest Winners:</span><br /> <ul> <li>1st Place $30 Gift Card to Papa G's with 88 out of 96 pts - 108 Garfield St</li> <li>2nd Place $25 Gift Card to Gameday Grill with 80 out of 96 pts - 109 N. Price St.</li> <li>3rd Place $25 Gift Card to Lucky 7's with 66 out of 96 pts - 6 Fox Run</li> </ul> Congratulations to the winners! &nbsp;It was great to see the large increase in lights this year and we look forward to the decorations and imagination each year.<br /><br />Events Committee 2017 Garbage and Recycle Pickup Change http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6975 All Downs residents:<br /><br />AREA, under the terms of their contract, have notified the Village of Downs that the weekly recycle and garbage collection date will change from <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Friday to Thursday starting the week of December 18, 2017</span>.&nbsp; Because of the Christmas and New Year holiday, the dates will be different those weeks.<br /><br /><a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2018_area_calendar.pdf" target="_blank">Click for the new calendar for 2018</a>.<br /><br />Pickup dates for the last two weeks of the year are as follows:<br />1) December 21 - recycle and garbage<br />2) December 29 - garbage<br /><br />Please note that Christmas trees are not covered under bulk pickup by AREA.&nbsp; The Village Public Works will do a ONE TIME pickup of trees on January 8th of all trees at the curb.<br /><br /><br /> 2017 Christmas Decorating Contest http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6974 <p><span>The Village of Downs Events Committee is holding its 4th Annual Christmas Decorating Contest within the Village of Downs. No entry is required. &nbsp;The contest will run until December 20<sup>th</sup></span><span>, 2017.&nbsp;Winners will be determined at the special Event Committee meeting on December 21<sup>st</sup>, 2017, 6:30 pm at the Village Hall.</span></p> <p><span>The Event Committee will be the judges and will pick their top 5-10 houses and score them using the system available on the Village Website (</span><a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2017_xmas_rubric.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" data-lynx-mode="origin" data-lynx-uri="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fsiterepository.s3.amazonaws.com%2F1071%2F2017_xmas_rubric.pdf&amp;h=ATPtpZwu-GJhZh7Ot2sWuJ514vuimiR_mBTP7KGLsX3v60uiKhsRhAYDRxEW-vD0gpR8nTDOJnkVpDsoE8RaZQPRhiPKg-15_u-mVS-fDMP17ljUROMf2vUOdS0aR7lIt06kry-XLORRQV-iij-cBsrENWelxn3rfr48lEFN8od9Tg7h9hNfwBxwdvFFkv7mnKNN"><span>https://</span><wbr /><span class="word_break"></span><span>siterepository.s3.amazonaws</span><wbr /><span class="word_break"></span><span>.com/1071/</span><wbr /><span class="word_break"></span>2017_xmas_rubric.pdf</a><span>).&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>The top 3 point winners will each receive a $25 gift card to either Papa G's, Lucky 7's or Gameday Grill.</span></p> <div class="grammarly-disable-indicator"></div> 2017 Cookies with Santa http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6973 Events Committee have&nbsp;set the date and times for &ldquo;<a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2017_cookies_with_santa_flyer.pdf" target="_blank">Cookies with Santa</a>&rdquo; and have added a Sunday afternoon time.&nbsp;&nbsp; They will have decorations, cookies and photo opportunity with Santa on December 9<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;from 9 &ndash; 11 am and 5 &ndash; 7 pm and **new** December 10<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;from 1 - 3 pm.&nbsp; Mark your calendar!&nbsp; Location Dooley Park Pavilion. Village of Downs Public Meeting http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6894 The Village of Downs will be holding a public meeting (<a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/meeting_agenda_2017_10_30.pdf" target="_blank">Agenda</a>) 10/30/2017, 6 pm @ Village Hall regarding information / presentation from the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. &nbsp;This agency has a program call MAPPING:<br /> <p>The MAPPING (Management and Planning Programs Involving Nonmetropolitan Groups)&nbsp;the Future of&nbsp;Your Community&nbsp;program is a strategic visioning, planning and doing process whereby local residents of rural communities create an action plan for creating the community they envision. The community identifies the goals, strategies and projects necessary to move the community forward as well as a plan for implementation.</p> <p>The MAPPING program was created in 1991 at the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, located at Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois. With initial support from the Office of the Lt. Governor and the Governor&rsquo;s Rural Affairs Council, the MAPPING program was designed to help leaders in small rural communities improve their decision-making process for community and economic development. Since 1996, the support for this program has been transferred to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).</p> <p>How is the MAPPING program structured?</p> <p>The MAPPING journey begins with the formation of a community steering committee. This committee is responsible for working with MAPPING staff to plan the program logistics, invite participants, conduct initial marketing, and so forth. MAPPING staff provide detailed, step-by-step guidance to facilitate the effective planning of the program.</p> <p>The core of the MAPPING program is a series of five visioning sessions:</p> <p>&bull; Where are we now?</p> <p>&bull; Where do we want to be?</p> <p>&bull; How are we going to get there?</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;Making it happen! (part 1)</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;Making it happen! (part 2)</p> <p>During this process, the participants identify high-priority goals for community &amp; economic development, develop a workable action plan, and become organized to begin the implementation of projects. Once the initial MAPPING sessions have been completed, participants plan and host a community-wide town meeting. The town meeting is designed with the assistance of the MAPPING staff to give participants an opportunity to present their ideas, receive public comments, and invite additional volunteers to become involved.</p> Road Closing Notice http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6876 The South Downs Rd, which is also CH27 or 2075 East Rd, between 650 North Rd and River Run Dr. Will be closed to through traffic&nbsp;currently through Friday, October 27th weather permitting, for bridge repairs in this area.<br /><br />Please be sure to check for updates and/or extensions on the website at www.mcleancountyil.gov/highway.&nbsp; Then click on the sub-title on the left Road Conditions/Closures/Construction Notices.<br /><br />Contact McLean County Highway Department at 663-9445 for an questions. LIFTED - Boil Order for the following addresses ONLY - LIFTED http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6867 THIS BOIL ORDER HAS BEEN LIFTED<br /><br />A Boil Order is in place until further notice for ONLY the following houses:<br /><ol> <li>N. Seminary St. (105, 107, 109, 201, 209, 210, 300, 302, 304, 306, 308, 310)</li> <li>Garfield St (106)</li> </ol>Posting has been left on your door if you were contacted. &nbsp;Once the order has been lifted you will get notice via our PWS either by notice on your door or in person conversation.<br /><br />Thank you for your patience. 2017 H.E.A.L. Foundation McLean County Mayor's Association "Person of the Year" http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6820 The McLean County Mayor's Association held its annual picnic at the Downs Fire Department and honored the H.E.A.L. Foundation and Miskulin Family for their work to support Autism awareness in McLean County.<br /><br />They were nominated by Mike James and honored as "Person of the Year". &nbsp;https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210720670552504&amp;set=a.1361761163691.2048447.1221422147&amp;type=3&amp;theater&amp;comment_id=10210740333484065&amp;force_theater=1&amp;notif_t=photo_comment_tagged&amp;notif_id=1506817849105348&nbsp; HIRING: Accepting Applications for Seasonal and Summer Streets Employees http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6619 The Village of Downs is taking applications for Summer and Seasonal Maintenance Laborers for the Streets Department until positions are filled. &nbsp;<br /><br />This job is part-time seasonal job (March - November employment) with no benefits and pays an hourly wage according to the job descriptions found here:<br /><ol> <li><a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/seasonal_maintenance_laborer_2015_04.pdf" target="_blank">Seasonal Laborer</a></li> <li><a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/summer_maintenance_laborer_2015_04.pdf" target="_blank">Summer Laborer</a></li> </ol>Applications can be submitted at the a Village Hall during office hours or dropped off in the after-hours mail slot. &nbsp;Please address all applications to Mike James. &nbsp;<a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/village_employment_application_20140702.pdf" target="_blank">Job applications can be found using this link.</a> 2017 4th of July 3-on-3 Basketball and Shooting Tournament http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6573 Please click to use the&nbsp;<a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2017_4th_3_on_3_registration_form.pdf" target="_blank">following form</a>&nbsp;to register for this event. 2017 4th of July Schedule of Events http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6562 See the <a href="/village-of-downs-4th-of-july.htm" target="_blank">4th of July web page</a>.&nbsp;<br /><br />Also, see the main <a href="/downs-events.htm" target="_blank">Event page</a>&nbsp;for registration, donation, sponsorship and parade route... as well as, all other Events scheduled for Downs. 2017 4th of July Sand Volleyball Tournament Registration - OPEN http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6391 The 2017 4th of July sand volleyball tournament registration is now open. &nbsp;<br /><br />Sponsored by: &nbsp;Neisen Lawn and Landscaping<br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/neisen.tiff" alt="" width="344" height="181" align="" /><br /><br />Please&nbsp;<a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2017_sand_volleyball_tournament.pdf" target="_blank">click here for the&nbsp;registration form.</a> 2017 Freedom Run Breakfast in the Park by the Park Committee http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6390 <p><strong><span>Enjoy&nbsp;</span></strong><strong><span>the&nbsp;</span></strong><strong><span>Freedom&nbsp;</span></strong><strong><span>Run a</span></strong><strong><span>nd then&nbsp;</span></strong><strong><span>have:<br /><br /><img src="blob:http://www.villageofdowns.org/aae4cba7-1813-4a14-8ec6-1b21f876c6fa" alt="" /><br /></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>Join us before the race, cheer the runners on during the race, or enjoy a home cooked meal with friends and family after the race!&nbsp; <br /><br /><br />Come to the Parks Committee&rsquo;s</span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #d0131a;"><strong>BREAKFAST AT DOOLEY PARK!</strong></span></p> <p><strong><span>Saturday, July 1, 2017</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>from 7AM to 10 AM </span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>in Dooley Park on Washington St., Downs IL</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>Fill your plate with eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits &amp; gravy, casseroles, fresh fruit, sweets, juice and coffee served buffet style.</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>[Donations to Dooley Park appreciated.]</span></strong></p> 2107 Events Donation Form http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6389 Please click on the following for this year's&nbsp;<a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2017_donation_solicitation_letter_2017_01.pdf" target="_blank">donation and sponsor form</a>. &nbsp;<br /><br />Thank you for your consideration and support. 2017 4th of July Grand Marshal http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6382 Congratulation Paul and Brooke Myszka! <p><span>Paul and Brooke Myszka were nominated and selected by the Village of Downs Board of Trustees as this year&rsquo;s 4<sup>th</sup> of July parade Grand Marshal.&nbsp; As the nominee wrote: &ldquo;I would like to nominate Paul and Brooke Myszka.&nbsp; Paul was instrumental in helping Trustee James establish a Streets Committee to set direction for the newly formed streets department from 2009-2011.&nbsp; He later became an elected Trustee and served as both Public Works and Building Trustee from 2011-2015.&nbsp; Paul designed the new village hall and spent countless volunteer hours working on the building.&nbsp; Brooke and Paul are always volunteering to help with Events within the village and never say no.&nbsp; We need more young parents like Paul and Brooke Myszka in Downs that volunteer their time and talents.&rdquo;</span></p> 2017 Movies in the Park http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6330 <div data-block="true" data-editor="55as8" data-offset-key="96jil-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="96jil-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj">We thank our sponsors for Turbo: &nbsp;Downs Automotive, Bates Commodities &amp; Anytime Towing<br />&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="55as8" data-offset-key="4v4mc-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="4v4mc-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj">June 3 - School of Rock (PG-13) - starts ~8:30 pm</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="55as8" data-offset-key="6hlq1-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="6hlq1-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="6hlq1-0-0">July 1 - The Sandlot (PG) - starts ~8:30 pm</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="55as8" data-offset-key="c0ov4-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="c0ov4-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="c0ov4-0-0">August 5 - Turbo (PG-13) - starts ~7:30 pm&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="55as8" data-offset-key="1kloj-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="1kloj-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="1kloj-0-0">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="55as8" data-offset-key="cb56l-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="cb56l-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="cb56l-0-0">Free Movie, Free Popcorn, Free Cotton Candy!</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="55as8" data-offset-key="cv81q-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="cv81q-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="cv81q-0-0">Light up sticks for cotton candy can be purchased for a $3.</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="55as8" data-offset-key="3s5t2-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="3s5t2-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="3s5t2-0-0">Bring your own drink, blankets, chairs, bug spray, etc.</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="55as8" data-offset-key="d9jq6-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="d9jq6-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="d9jq6-0-0">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="55as8" data-offset-key="9ll1p-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="9ll1p-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="9ll1p-0-0">We hope you will join the community for a family night out at the movies. If it rains, the movie will be moved inside the pavilion. The park road will be closed to eliminate any disturbance during the movie time.</span></div> </div> 2017 Downs Clean-up Day http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6329 Click the following to see the <a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2017_downs_clean_up_day.pdf" target="_blank">flyer for this event</a>. 2017 Dooley Park Car Show http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6309 See the following for the&nbsp;<a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2017_dooley_park_car_show.pdf" target="_blank">flyer and information</a>. &nbsp;Also, watch the&nbsp;<a href="https://youtu.be/YKLs3TI_P-8" target="_blank">video from last year's show</a> 2017 Freedom Run Registration - OPEN http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6299 <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>2017 Village of Downs 5K Freedom Run, 1 Mile Walk &amp; Free Kids Run</strong></span></p> <table width="549"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="239"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>LOCATION, DATE &amp; TIME</span></strong></p> <ul> <li><span>Start: Tri-Valley Middle School,&nbsp;</span>505 E. Washington, Downs, IL &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li><span>Saturday, July 1, 2017&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></li> </ul> <span><span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span>5K Run/1 Mile Walk:&nbsp; 7:30 a.m. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /></span><span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Finish &amp; Kids Run: TVHS track&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><br /> <p><strong><span>REGISTRATION</span></strong><strong><span>: 5K &amp; 1 mi. Walk Only </span></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><span>Pre-Register:</span></strong><span>&nbsp; Mail form and $20 donation (check payable to Village of Downs) to the address below. Form &amp; payment must be received on or before noon on 6/30/17. </span></li> <li><strong><span>Pre-Register Online:</span></strong><span> $20 donation (+ $2.09 fee) before noon on 6/30/17 on Eventbrite&rsquo;s site: &nbsp;</span><a href="http://bit.ly/2p1LMzR"><span>http://bit.ly/2p1LMzR</span></a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong><span>Race Day</span></strong><span>: July1, 6:30-7:15 a.m. at TVMS. &nbsp;$25 &ndash; cash or check accepted. </span></li> <li><strong><span>Early Race Packet Pick Up</span></strong><span>: June 30, 5-7 p.m. at Tri-Valley Middle School. &nbsp;</span></li> <li><strong><span>No refunds will be given</span></strong><span>. </span></li> </ul> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>Like us on Facebook! </span></strong></p> <p><a href="www.facebook.com/downsfreedomrun"><span>www.facebook.com/downsfreedomrun<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></span></a></p> </td> <td width="311"> <p><strong><span><span>&nbsp;</span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>DESCRIPTION</span></strong></p> <ul> <li><span>The Village of Downs, IL is hosting the 7th annual Freedom Run to raise funds for the 4th of July not for profit celebration. </span></li> <li><span>The 5K (3.1) is a flat course run through the Village of Downs. The 5K is timed by the Lake Run Club. The run will start at Tri-Valley Middle School and end on the Tri-Valley High School track. The untimed 1 mile walk will be incorporated into the 5K route. Free Kids Fun Run (10 &amp; under) immediately following 5K on the track.</span><span></span></li> <li><span>Guaranteed t-shirt to those whose paper registration is postmarked by June 16 or whose online registration is received by June 16.</span></li> </ul> <p><strong><span>AWARDS</span></strong></p> <ul> <li><span>Medals awarded to Overall Male and Female Winner &amp; the Top Age Group Finisher for Men and Women:&nbsp; 19 &amp; under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. There are no awards for walkers. </span></li> <li><span>Ribbons given to all Kids Fun Run participants.</span></li> </ul> <p><strong><span>VOLUNTEERS &amp; SPONSORS </span></strong></p> <ul> <li><span>If you would like to volunteer or donate to sponsor this event, please contact Kim Jensen</span></li> </ul> <p><strong><span>CONTACT INFORMATION</span></strong></p> <p><span>Kim Jensen </span></p> <p><span>Phone:&nbsp; (309) 825-4668</span></p> <p><span>E-Mail:&nbsp; kimbaj27@yahoo.com</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span>---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></p> <p><strong><span>Village of Downs 5K Freedom Run/Walk Entry Form</span></strong></p> <p><span>Name:________________________&shy;&shy;&shy;&shy;&shy;&shy;&shy; Phone:_______________ Runner:_______&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Walker:_______</span></p> <p><span>Address:_______________________&nbsp; City:&nbsp; ___________________State:____&nbsp; Zip:________&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span>DOB:_______________&nbsp; Age on 07/01/17____________&nbsp; Male ____&nbsp; Female_____ &nbsp;e-mail: _____________________________________</span></p> <p><span>Emergency Contact Name &amp; Phone Number: __________________________________________________________________________</span></p> <p><span>Amount Enclosed (non-refundable):&nbsp; (Checks Payable to Village of Downs) ______________________________________</span></p> <p><span>Adult Shirt Size (100% cotton):&nbsp; S&nbsp;&nbsp; M&nbsp;&nbsp; L&nbsp;&nbsp; XL</span></p> <p><span>For consideration of the foregoing, I for myself, my executors, administrators and assignees, do hereby release and discharge the Village of Downs, Tri-Valley CUSD #3, McLean County, The Downs Township and other sponsors and supporters for all claims and damages, demands, actions, whatever in any manner arising or growing out of my participation in the Village of Downs 5K Freedom run. I attest and verify that I have full knowledge of risk involved in this event and I am physically fit and trained to participate in this event. I grant permission to all the foregoing to use any photographs, motion pictures, recordings or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Send to:&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Downs Village Hall</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>&nbsp;&nbsp; Attn: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Downs Freedom Run </span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 211 South Seminary Street</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Downs, IL&nbsp; 61736</span></strong></p> <p><span>Date:___________&nbsp; Signed:&nbsp; ___________________________________________&nbsp; (Parent or Guardian must sign if under 18)&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />Or click on the following for a&nbsp;<a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2017_village_of_downs_freedom_run_registration_form.pdf" target="_blank">PDF version of this form<br /><br /></a><a href="https://www.facebook.com/downsfreedomrun/" target="_blank">Also,&nbsp;see their Facebook page for more information</a><a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2017_village_of_downs_freedom_run_registration_form.pdf" target="_blank">.<br /></a></span></p> 2017 Garage Sale Days Maps http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6235 There will not be a map produced due to lack of participation in prior years and resource to develop. &nbsp;Sorry for the inconvenience. Disruption of Water Service and Boil Order for a portion of Mallard Point--Boil order lifted 3/1/17 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6108 Due to repairs on North Gadwall Lane, residents from 101 to 115 North Gadwall Lane will have an disruption in water service and when the water is restored there will be a boil order. Sorry for any inconvenience. HIRING - Part Time Treasurer Assistant(10-15 hours per week) http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=6089 <p>GENERAL DESCRIPTION<strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><span>The </span><span>Assistant Treasurer is responsible for assisting the Treasurer with the management of the finances of the Village of Downs, including completing administrative tasks associated with the finances of the Village of Downs as established from time to time by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Downs (&ldquo;Board&rdquo;).</span></p> <p>ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS</p> <ul> <li><span>Journal Entries</span></li> <ul> <li><span>Assist Treasurer with monthly journal entries.</span></li> </ul> <li><span>Payroll</span></li> <ul> <li><span>Cross-train with the Treasurer on payroll processing and payroll tax submission.</span></li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li><span>Assist the Clerk in entering </span><span>deposit and </span><span>bills into accounting system</span><span> if needed</span><span>.</span></li> </ul> <li><span>Revenue/Deposits and Accounts Payable/Bills</span></li> <ul> <li><span>Assist Treasurer with annual tax levy.</span></li> </ul> <li><span>Tax Levy</span></li> <ul> <li><span>Assist Treasurer with </span><span>TIF </span><span>payments and reports</span><span>.</span></li> </ul> <li><span>TIF</span></li> <ul> <li><span>Assist Treasurer in preparing </span><span>and entering </span><span>annual budget</span><span>.</span></li> </ul> <li><span>Budget</span></li> <ul> <li><span>Assist Treasurer in </span><span>audit preparations before and during </span><span>the </span><span>annual </span><span>audit.</span></li> </ul> <li><span>Audit</span></li> <ul> <li><span>Review 1099 reports and ensure W-9 forms are on file for appropriate vendors.</span></li> </ul> <li><span>1099-MISC Processing</span></li> <ul> <li><span>Assist Treasurer in secur</span><span>ing future loans and analyzing potential investments.</span></li> </ul> <li><span>Debt &amp; Investments</span></li> <ul> <li><span>Assist Treasurer in preparing financial statements.</span></li> </ul> <li><span>Board Financial Statements</span></li> <li><span>Special Projects</span><span>/Other Duties</span></li> <ul> <li><span>Complete special projects </span><span>and other duties </span><span>as assigned by the Treasurer.</span></li> </ul> </ul> <br />MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS<strong><span>&nbsp;<br /></span></strong> <ul> <li><span>Pass all aspects of pre-qualification screening process, background investigation and reference check.&nbsp; The assistant treasurer will be bonded.</span></li> <li><span>Accounting degree preferred, bookkeeping and Quickbooks experience required. Graduation from high school or equivalent required.&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span>Operate office equipment including copiers, facsimile machines, computers and scanners; input and retrieve data and text; organize and maintain document filing.</span></li> <li><span>Possess proficient written and verbal communications skills in the English language.</span></li> <li><span>Must be proficient with PC computer with current software applications primarily the Windows Office Suite. (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe, Explorer, using Local Area Networks, Wide Area Network and Internet&nbsp;access).</span></li> <li><span>Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of financial records, identity and privacy protection.</span></li> <li><span>Possess excellent analytical and research skills.</span></li> </ul> Help Needed on January 21, 2017 to take Down Christmas Lights in Dooley Park http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5991 <p>Help Needed on January 21, &nbsp;2017 to take Down Christmas Lights in Dooley Park</p> <p><span>On Saturday, January 21, &nbsp;2017 our Christmas light coordinators are asking for your assistance, any assistance, to help take down the decorations in Dooley Park from 9am &ndash; 3 pm.&nbsp; Please come and help for as long as you can, anytime, during that period.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Thank you for your help.</span></p> 2016 Christmas Lights Contest - Winners http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5927 <div data-block="true" data-editor="dbur4" data-offset-key="b2j6e-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="b2j6e-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="b2j6e-0-0">Winners of the Christmas Light Contest</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dbur4" data-offset-key="89n7a-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="89n7a-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="89n7a-0-0">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dbur4" data-offset-key="98dc6-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="98dc6-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="98dc6-0-0">First, I need to point out that we don't award more then one award to a single house so here are the winners:</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dbur4" data-offset-key="2pa7p-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="2pa7p-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="2pa7p-0-0">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dbur4" data-offset-key="49tvu-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="49tvu-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="49tvu-0-0">1) Village Choice - 108 E. Garfield (Papa G's $25 gift certificate)<br /><img width="600" height="338" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/600x338_108_e_garfield_stjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><br /></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dbur4" data-offset-key="ep3pk-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="ep3pk-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="ep3pk-0-0">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dbur4" data-offset-key="cgs4n-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="cgs4n-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="cgs4n-0-0">2) Committee Choice - 504 E. Washington (Adkissons $25 gift certificate)<br /><img width="600" height="338" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/600x338_504_e_washington_20161225212554jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><br /></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dbur4" data-offset-key="9sp84-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="9sp84-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="9sp84-0-0">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dbur4" data-offset-key="8q591-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="8q591-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="8q591-0-0">3) Largest Display - 109 N. Price St (Gameday $25 gift certificate)<br /><img width="600" height="338" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/600x338_109_n_price_20161225212554jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><br /></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dbur4" data-offset-key="6k1m3-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="6k1m3-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj"><span data-offset-key="6k1m3-0-0">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dbur4" data-offset-key="30ovs-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="30ovs-0-0" class="_1mf _1mj">Congratulations to winners. Thank you to everyone who put out lights.</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dbur4" data-offset-key="a0v3c-0-0"> <div><span data-offset-key="a0v3c-0-0">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dbur4" data-offset-key="aoat6-0-0"></div> 2016 Christmas Lights Contest http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5894 <p><span>The 3<sup>rd</sup> annual Christmas Lights Contest will go until Dec 20<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Again, this year everyone will be entered in the contest.&nbsp; We will have three categories:&nbsp; </span></p> <ol> <li><span>Village Choice</span></li> <li><span>Committee Choice</span></li> <li><span>Largest Display&nbsp; </span></li> </ol><span>Voting for the Village Choice category will be online or via ballot that can be dropped off at the Village Hall.&nbsp; One vote per person and all ballots or online votes must contain a valid resident name.&nbsp;&nbsp; Winners will again receive gift certificates to one of our local businesses.&nbsp; The Committee will make the final decision on the remaining two categories.&nbsp; Winners will be determined at the special Event Committee meeting on December 21<sup>st</sup>, 2015, 6 pm at the Village Hall.</span> 2016 Christmas Light Display in Dooley Park http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5841 Don and Cindy Kopack have volunteered to coordinate the Christmas Light display in Dooley Park this year. &nbsp;The Village owes them a big "Thank You" for giving of their time and energy to pull off this massive effort. &nbsp;They will be working each weekend in November to sift through and work on the display.<br /> <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">They are in need of volunteers to help with this massive process of putting up the display as well as it removal. &nbsp;If you are willing to help with this process please see the following schedule to see if you can assist:</span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Volunteer Day &ndash; Each Saturday as volunteers are available to Thanksgiving. Scout Troup&rsquo;s will be invited to assist with setup and removal of Christmas displays &amp; lighting. The takedown of the displays &amp; lighting will be organized and everything will be marked/labeled for ease of setup the following year. Work Day mornings - Coffee, hot chocolate, water &amp; doughnuts will be available for volunteers.&nbsp; Work Day afternoons - Coffee, hot chocolate, water &amp; hot dogs will be available for volunteers.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span face="Calibri" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Work Day &ndash; Saturday November 5th &ndash; 8am to 3pm at Park Pavilion. Sub-committee members, volunteers and open to public.&nbsp; Review the layout for lighting &amp; displays followed a walkthrough of the park. &nbsp;Solicit/empower volunteers for different displays &amp; lighting assignments.&nbsp; All volunteers to arrive and depart as their schedules permit.&nbsp;</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span face="Calibri" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Work Day &ndash; Saturday November 12th &ndash; 8am to 3pm at Park Pavilion. Sub-committee members, volunteers and open to public.&nbsp; Review the layout for lighting &amp; displays followed a walkthrough of the park. &nbsp;Solicit/empower volunteers for different displays &amp; lighting assignments.&nbsp; All volunteers to arrive and depart as their schedules permit.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span face="Calibri" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Work Day &ndash; Saturday November 19th - 8am to 3pm at Park Pavilion. Sub-committee members, volunteers and open to public.&nbsp; Finalize and make any necessary changes to the park lighting/display.&nbsp; All volunteers to arrive and depart as their schedules permit.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span face="Calibri" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Christmas Lights in the Park Celebration starts December 1 at dusk and continues through New Year&rsquo;s Day.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span face="Calibri" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Work Day &ndash; Saturday January 14<span size="2" style="font-size: small;"><sup>th</sup></span>&nbsp;2017 (determined by weather) 8am to 3pm at Park Pavilion. Sub-committee members and volunteers - Takedown of the displays &amp; lighting will be organized - Everything will be marked/labeled for ease of setup the following year.&nbsp; All volunteers to arrive and depart as their schedules permit.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span face="Calibri" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Work Day &ndash; Saturday January 21<span size="2" style="font-size: small;"><sup>st</sup></span><span size="2" style="font-size: small;"><sup>&nbsp;</sup></span>2017 (determined by weather) 8am to 3pm at Park Pavilion. &nbsp;Sub-committee members and volunteers - Takedown of the displays &amp; lighting will be organized - Everything will be marked/labeled for ease of setup the following year.&nbsp; All volunteers to arrive and depart as their schedules permit.&nbsp;</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span face="Calibri" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Work Day Tentative &ndash; Additional Saturday&rsquo;s may be required (due to weather conditions) for removal of lights &amp; displays.</span></p> </li> </ul> BOIL ORDER LIFTED - 300 block of Lincoln, 111 & 113 Franklin, and Shaffer Drive http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5816 <strong><em>The boil order has been lifted for the above addresses.</em></strong><br /><br />The Village of Downs has issued a boil order ONLY for the 300 block of Lincoln St, 111 and 113 Franklin St and Shaffer Drive. &nbsp;This order is in effect until water samples have been cleared, which we anticipate to be Monday, October 31, 2016. 2016 Downs Fright Fest Starts October 8th, 2016 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5777 <a href="/haunted-house.htm"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/600x450_signage_2016jpg.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" align="" /></a><br /><a href="/haunted-house.htm">Haunted House Website</a> CANCELLED - Pubic Hearing - Downs Crossing Fourth Addition - CANCELLED http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5638 <p><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><strong>This hearing has been cancelled</strong></span><br /><br />Public Notice is hereby given by the Village of Downs Board of Trustees that on October 6, 2016, 6:00pm at the Village of Downs Hall, located at 211 S. Seminary St., a public hearing will be held regarding a petition for approval of the Preliminary Plan for Downs Crossing Fourth Addition. &nbsp;</p> <p><span>All interested persons have the right to appear and present evidence on such Preliminary Plan.&nbsp; <br /><br />The petition, preliminary plan and other supporting documents can be inspected by the public at the Village of Downs Hall during regular office hours. The petitioner and developer is Roger Reynolds.&nbsp; The area is approximately 46.67 acres of frontage property, generally located along the south side of IL Rt 150 and west side of Towanda-Barnes Rd.</span></p> 2016 Sand Volleyball Tournament Registration http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5557 <a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2016_sand_volleyball_tournament.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the sand volleyball tournament registration for 2016.</a> 2016 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and Shooting Contest - Registration http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5556 3-on-3 Basketball and shooting contest is back.&nbsp; <a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2016_4th_3_on_3.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to enter</a>. Hydrant Flushing http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5546 The Downs PWD will be flushing fire hydrants during the dAyles this week and probably into next week.&nbsp;<br /><br />Please be advised that this could cause temporary water discoloration during the day.&nbsp; 2016 Sponsor/Donation Form http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5517 Please click on the following for this year's <a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2016_donation_solicitation_letter_2016_03.pdf" target="_blank">donation and sponsor form</a>. &nbsp;<br /><br />Thank you for your help paying for&nbsp;the Downs activities. 2016 Freedom Run - Registration http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5516 Please click on the following for the&nbsp;<a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2016_village_of_downs_5k_freedom_run.pdf" target="_blank">Freedom Run Registration.</a> 2016 Garage Sale Days - June Map http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5497 Click here to get the&nbsp;<a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2016_garage_sale_map_june.pdf" target="_blank">June 2016 garage sale days map.</a> 2016 Downs 4th of July Celebration http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5471 <p>This year's 4th of July celebration will be on the 4th of July, except for the Freedom Run event (July 2).</p> <p>We welcome help and hope that you will give of your time to make our village events better and what you expect/want. There are several ways to do this: contact a committee member and/or complete the volunteer form in this flyer.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Events Committee is ONLY planning the following for July 4th (we want to enjoy the 4th like yourself): Freedom run, volleyball tourney, p<span class="text_exposed_show">arade, music entertainment, food vendors and fireworks. If you are going to coordinate something additional and need/expect funding, we need to know now. Other things that we have had in the past that will NOT be planned, by our committee, this year are: games, activities, bounce house, dunk tank, tug of war contest.&nbsp;</span></p> <div class="text_exposed_show"> <p>NEEDED: Freedom Run helpers, door-to-door donation collectors, advertising, donation collectors on 4th, activities coordinators and volunteers.</p> <p><strong>If you expect those types of activities and want them, then we ask for your time to plan, staff and coordinate.</strong></p> <p><strong>There is also an opportunity for your group or organization to sell food on the 4th. Please contact the Events Committee, Village Hall or Mayor if interested.</strong></p> <p>The schedule will come as it becomes more developed.</p> </div> 2016 Downs Clean-up Day http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5432 Click on the following to see the <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2016_downs_clean_up_day.pdf" target="_blank">flyer for this event</a>. 2016 Garage Sale Days #2: June 3 & 4 - Map Registration http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5427 This year we are again going to run to Village of Downs area Garage Sale Days the first weekend of May and June. &nbsp;You are welcome to participate as your schedule permits and hopefully at least one weekend works for you.<br /><br />If you want to be on the map,&nbsp;<a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2016_garage_sale_flyer_june.pdf" target="_blank">please use this form</a>. &nbsp;The cost is again $1 to get your sale listed on the map.<br /><br />You can pick up a map at the Downs&nbsp;Village Hall, for free, from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm on those days. &nbsp;Maps should also be available at most of the houses.<br /><br />Come back on June 3 and you can&nbsp;click here&nbsp;to get the online version of the map. 2016 Dooley Park Car Show http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5414 See the following for the&nbsp;<a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/dooley_park_car_show_2016.pdf" target="_blank">flyer and information</a>. 2016 Movies In The Park http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5364 The following are the movies that will be shown in Dooley Park at the dates and times shown. &nbsp;All movies will be outside. If&nbsp;it is raining the movie will be in the pavilion. &nbsp;<br /><br />The movie,&nbsp;cotton candy and popcorn will be free. &nbsp;Donations will be accepted. &nbsp;Light up sticks for cotton candy can be purchased for a nominal fee.<br /><br />Bring your own drink, blankets, chairs, bug spray, etc. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><ol> <li>June 25 - Movies in the Park: 7 pm - ? <strong>Brought to you by: Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt</strong> (Movie "Night at the Museum" starts at dusk)</li> <li>July 23 - Movies in the Park: 7 pm - ? &nbsp;(Movie "Finding Nemo" starts at dusk)</li> <li>August 27 - Movies in the Park: 7 pm - ? &nbsp;(Movie "Goonies" starts at dusk)</li> </ol>We hope you will join the community for a family night out at the movies. 2016 Garage Sale Days #1: May 6 & 7 - Map Registration http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5363 This year we are again going to run to Village of Downs area Garage Sale Days the first weekend of May and June. &nbsp;You are welcome to participate as your schedule permits and hopefully at least one weekend works for you.<br /><br />If you want to be on the map,&nbsp;<a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2016_garage_sale_flyer_may.pdf" target="_blank">please use this form</a>. &nbsp;The cost is again $1 to get your sale listed on the map.<br /><br />You can pick up a map at the Downs&nbsp;Village Hall, for free, from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm on those days. &nbsp;Maps should also be available at most of the houses.<br /><br />You can also <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2016_garage_sale_map_may.pdf" target="_blank">click here</a>&nbsp;to get the online version. Flyer Correction http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5362 The flyer has in the meeting overview that the two new hires were at $11 /hr. &nbsp;This is misstated as they were hired at $10 /hr. Thank You - Corrected http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5332 <span>The Village of Downs would like to extend a sincere thank you and kudos to everyone who helped with the fallen tree on Seminary St today. Most notably: (1) Rodney Lush for helping bring in the correct cleanup resource, (2) McLean County Highway Department for their quick response and thorough cleanup. (3) Downs Fire Department for initial response&nbsp;and directing traffic on this busy street until the cleanup was complete. (4) Finally, Ameren who had to replace lines and poles to restore power. <br /><br />Forgive me if I missed anyone. <br /><br />Thank you and from the Village of Downs for your commitment!</span> Event Plan for FY2017 Approved http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5266 Click to see the<a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/downs_event_committee_plan_fy_2017_final.pdf" target="_blank"> FY 2017 Event Plan and Budget</a>. Public Hearing - Subdivision and FY2017 Budget/Budget Officer System http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5249 PUBLIC HEARING<br /> <p>The petitioners of Keith and Jennifer Gosch, H3 LLC., Betty Williamson, Tri-Valley School District #5, True Line Wire Guidance Joseph and Sandra Bobst and the Village of Downs are requesting the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Downs, McLean County, Illinois approve the Preliminary Plans for the following subdivisions:</p> <ol> <li>Gosch Subdivision located at the end of Shafer Drive and Eest also, identified as parcel: #29-04-400-036</li> <li>Hall Subdivision located at the Southwest corner of CR-36 and N 2000 E Rd, also identified as parcel: #29-08-200-001</li> <li>Williamson Subdivision located at the corner of the westbound on-ramp to I-74 and S. Seminary St., Downs, IL, also identified as parcels: #29-04-182-006 and 29-04-300-002</li> <li>Myszka&nbsp;Subdivision located at 7095 Shaffer Drive, Downs, IL</li> <li>Ellen DeKay Subdivision First Addition located at Shaffer Drive and Downs Storage, also identified as parcels: #29-04-400-012 and 29-04-400-032</li> <li>Tri-Vallley Subdivision located East of Downs Storage, also identified as parcel #29-04-400-013</li> <li>VOD Subdivsion located at end of Shaffer Drive and then East, also identified as parcels: #29-03-300-007 and 29-04-400-008</li> </ol> <p>A public hearing April 7, 2016, 6 pm at the Village Hall, which is located at 211 S. Seminary St., Downs, IL.</p> <p>The Preliminary Plans and all other supporting documentation can be inspected by the public at the Villlage Hall from 8-12 am Monday &ndash; Friday.&nbsp; All interested persons have a right to appear at the public hearing on such Preliminary Plan and present evidence.</p> <br />It will also hold a public hearing on the FY2017 Budget and Budget Officer System.<br /><br />Agenda will be posted 48 hrs prior to the meeting. UPDATE: 2016 Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5229 <h2><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: 12pt;">Saturday, March 26 @ Adkissons Restaurant and Dooley Park Community Center</span></h2> <h2><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: 12pt;">Family Breakfast Buffet: 7 &ndash; 10 am @ Adkissons Restaurant</span></h2> <h2><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: 12pt;">Games and Registration: 10 &ndash; 10:30 am @&nbsp;Dooley Park Community Center</span></h2> <h2><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: 12pt;">Easter Egg Hunt: 10:30 &ndash; 11 am &nbsp;@&nbsp;Dooley Park Community Center<br /><br /></span></h2> <p>Bring Your Own Basket!<br /><br /></p> <p>Join us for family food and fun in the park!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sponsored by Downs United Methodist Church, St. Mary&rsquo;s Catholic Church, Living Hope Christian Church and the Village of Downs Events Committee</p> <p><br />Thank you to all our volunteers and sponsors!</p> IDOT Winter Road Conditions website http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5127 <div> <div>SPRINGFIELD&nbsp;- The Illinois Department of Transportation reminds motorists to bookmark&nbsp;<a track="on" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001VFHx50olE17O35vxW-rHOA_LCzNGzQHzlNv5E0WA6sQ2ADDVw-XmbNrc-x4GepbJClTxab9q-dj7Px7nVyPawIWUOTKn2PKCpfJdVRphsVfSg1lXPHzobNDHfRXXqqMOL8rCuVk5e8btQz5FGN9_HinHsyjw5kuqls3EwWS0zdhZnB3UuvTCbw==&amp;c=9Fe-QD-rpR6eUGzIJpr2w91FPTyiJUnUtNE0wZZBFXu8odAiSy9K5Q==&amp;ch=aB38BIV4Irn5RjSVZwNMp5cBEH67Msy-kzcaZUtKjewFobs85XuUtA==" linktype="1" alt="http://gettingaroundillinois.com" target="_blank">gettingaroundillinois.com</a>&nbsp;on their computers and smartphones for quick access to the latest winter road conditions. The Getting Around Illinois map is updated 24/7 during winter weather, providing motorists with the latest information on what to expect before heading out on the roads.</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>"Illinois winters are legendary for their rapidly changing conditions," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. "The winter road conditions map gives you a quick, simple-to-understand view of road conditions throughout Illinois. It's a great tool for knowing what to expect if you are traveling during snow-and-ice season."</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>Click&nbsp;<a track="on" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001VFHx50olE17O35vxW-rHOA_LCzNGzQHzlNv5E0WA6sQ2ADDVw-XmbJm1pkYDootcD3xzeE8Vkw0kMrs4IlXe0vo-UJO0HDVNYnsjMShqKXw43aFrt5FzP0_Ry5rhZ59Hb6-YheRLvFF7RES5yU1BbMTJdGAMQzownmdYi7XuvAoNt7962-arDg==&amp;c=9Fe-QD-rpR6eUGzIJpr2w91FPTyiJUnUtNE0wZZBFXu8odAiSy9K5Q==&amp;ch=aB38BIV4Irn5RjSVZwNMp5cBEH67Msy-kzcaZUtKjewFobs85XuUtA==" linktype="1" alt="https://youtu.be/-4c3vlcCsHY" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;or visit IDOT's&nbsp;<a track="on" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001VFHx50olE17O35vxW-rHOA_LCzNGzQHzlNv5E0WA6sQ2ADDVw-XmbEGrmZWqbK8PnVlUpJ3FsqwTg3fjMbsHFdfA09Jypjr_exqCQLtftkVhebGSFpCVaGdY9AkPkR2UHvWvcpLr2Ry8XzyUlYfqvoF-HS2eBdBfYnKtqhwhK9mugIlYIysH-P9ayCBaMgMPGvrMT-C8cgU=&amp;c=9Fe-QD-rpR6eUGzIJpr2w91FPTyiJUnUtNE0wZZBFXu8odAiSy9K5Q==&amp;ch=aB38BIV4Irn5RjSVZwNMp5cBEH67Msy-kzcaZUtKjewFobs85XuUtA==" linktype="1" alt="https://www.youtube.com/user/IllinoisDOT" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a>&nbsp;to watch our new video that shows how the data for the map is collected and passed along in simple red, yellow and green colors to give Illinois drivers the information they need this winter.</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>The Getting Around Illinois website averages one to two million visits during winter. Widely shared on social media, the page's interactive map is a go-to resource for travelers, forecasters and anyone interested in seeing how the roads are looking during inclement weather.Users of&nbsp;<a track="on" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001VFHx50olE17O35vxW-rHOA_LCzNGzQHzlNv5E0WA6sQ2ADDVw-XmbNrc-x4GepbJClTxab9q-dj7Px7nVyPawIWUOTKn2PKCpfJdVRphsVfSg1lXPHzobNDHfRXXqqMOL8rCuVk5e8btQz5FGN9_HinHsyjw5kuqls3EwWS0zdhZnB3UuvTCbw==&amp;c=9Fe-QD-rpR6eUGzIJpr2w91FPTyiJUnUtNE0wZZBFXu8odAiSy9K5Q==&amp;ch=aB38BIV4Irn5RjSVZwNMp5cBEH67Msy-kzcaZUtKjewFobs85XuUtA==" linktype="1" alt="http://gettingaroundillinois.com" target="_blank">gettingaroundillinois.com</a>also can find other useful information for their travels, including points of interest, gas stations, restaurants, and hotels.</div> </div> <div><span>For IDOT District 8 updates on Twitter, follow us at&nbsp;</span><a track="on" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001VFHx50olE17O35vxW-rHOA_LCzNGzQHzlNv5E0WA6sQ2ADDVw-XmbJmtwPMbunmQfYXsDq2y_soxhJWsK_vZqVpy9o-25MkysT8xxA_hi7NAVaypqCQqlYw9NhYKinAgQ_QL3c5SV9NoFT0zSPcKpcvGP8PPfCllNViLIL1tpgJkruiw9qI4Uw==&amp;c=9Fe-QD-rpR6eUGzIJpr2w91FPTyiJUnUtNE0wZZBFXu8odAiSy9K5Q==&amp;ch=aB38BIV4Irn5RjSVZwNMp5cBEH67Msy-kzcaZUtKjewFobs85XuUtA==" linktype="1" alt="http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict8" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict8</a><span>.</span></div> 2015 House Decorating Contest Winners http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5100 <span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>2015 Village Choice: &nbsp;108 E. Garfield St. ($25 Gift certificate to Papa G's)</strong></span><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/630x420_108_e_garfield_20151222231339jpg.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="420" /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>2015 Committee&nbsp;Choice: &nbsp;109 N. Gadwall St.&nbsp;<strong>($25 Gift certificate to Adkissons)</strong></strong></span><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/630x420_109_n_gadwall_20151222231322jpg.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="420" /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>2015 Largest Display: &nbsp;109 N. Price&nbsp;St.&nbsp;<strong>($25 Gift certificate to Gameday Grill)</strong></strong></span><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/630x420_109_n_pricejpg.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="420" /><br /><br />* Note: &nbsp;Gift certificates were assigned by random drawing<br /><br /><strong>Other Vote getters:<br /><img class="img-responsive" src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/630x420_612_e_washingtonjpg.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="420" align="" /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/630x420_301_w_washingtonjpg.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="420" align="" /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/630x420_504_e_washingtonjpg.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="420" align="" /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/630x420_26_fox_runjpg.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="420" align="" /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/630x420_104_n_pintail_2jpg.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="420" align="" /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/630x420_107_s_pintailjpg.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="420" /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/630x420_3_river_runjpg.jpg" alt="" width="630" height="420" align="" /><br /></strong> TIF 1 Amended Redevelopment Plan http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5072 Click on the following to see the new amended&nbsp;<a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/tif_1_2015_tif_plan_amendment_report_final.pdf" target="_blank">TIF 1 Redevelopment Plan</a>. Zoning Board Public Hearing for TIF 3 Annexations and Zoning Map Amendments http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5048 <span>The Village of Downs ZBA will hear a request for a zoning map amendments and annexations at the request of the Village of Downs on behalf of McLean County Asphalt Co, Inc, Betty Williamson, Herschel and Virginia Reese, True-Line Wire Guidance Inc., Joseph and Sandra Bobst. &nbsp;The request is for the change of zoning from Ag after annexation to C-2 for most parcels. &nbsp;Reese parcel is requesting Special Use for Single Family Residential. &nbsp;Bobst and Williamson parcels will remain Ag.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>Hearing will be held at 7 pm on December&nbsp;1, 2015 at the Downs Village Hall. &nbsp;Notification were posted in the LeRoy Press on 11/20/2015 and by certified mail to required parcels and taxing bodies.</span><br /><br /><a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/meeting_agenda_2015_12_01.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for Agenda.</a> Events Committee Plans for Christmas in Downs http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5024 The Events Committee has established a new direction. &nbsp;We will now only plan events according to the amount of volunteers we have when starting to plan&nbsp;each&nbsp;event. &nbsp;If another group, committee, business, etc want to do something more then we have planned, please contact Mike James, but you are welcome to come up with your own ideas.<br /><br />The Christmas in Downs Schedule for the Events Committee:<br /><ol> <li>Starting now until Dec 20th, each house in the Village of Downs, with Christmas lights/decorations, will be eligible for the Downs house lighting contest. &nbsp;Voting will be open starting with the December flyer. &nbsp; See this month's flyer for more detail.</li> <li>Dec 19th from 9 - 11 am and 5:30 - 7:30 pm we will hold in the Dooley Park Pavilion "Cookies with Santa"&nbsp;</li> </ol>Light up the town and lets make Downs a destination for the most decorated homes around. &nbsp;Also, we hope you will join us, bring your kids to get their picture with Santa and enjoy some cookies.<br /><br /><br /> TIF 3 Redevelopment Plan - Revised http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4963 <p><span>The Joint Review Board, which consists of the taxing districts had some concerns with inclusion of parcels that could contain large residential development. &nbsp;There where 3 parcels that were identified in our Land Use&nbsp;Plan as pure new residential development.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Since this TIF focuses on commercial development and our Village Board has taken a position that we are not in the business of funding residential development, I have decided to remove the parcels(areas) that are identified as new residential.&nbsp; This guarentees the property tax dollars for the school and fire district, if residential development happens, will flow directly to them without special agreements.&nbsp; It also guarantees the intention and current direction of the Village Board is carried forward in the future. &nbsp;<br /><br />The <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/downs_tif_3_plan_report_rev_2015103015_small.pdf" target="_blank">redevelopment plan with addendum for this revision</a>&nbsp;can be obtained from the following link. &nbsp;Please note it is very large and could take a while to download depending on your internet connection and speed.<br /><br />Below is the new map and boundary description:<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/tif_3_boundary_map_2015_10.tiff" alt="" width="568" height="755" align="" /><br /></span></p> <p><strong>DOWNS TIF DESCRIPTION:</strong></p> <p>Beginning at a point on the North Line of the South Half of the South Half of the Southeast Quarter of said Section 5 lying 740 feet west of the East Line of Darling Subdivision according to the plat recorded March 11, 1968 as Document No. 68-1704. From said Point of Beginning, thence east, along said North Line to said East Line of Darling Subdivision; thence north along said East Line to the southerly Right of Way line of the Interstate 74; then northwesterly along said Right of Way Line to the intersection of said Right of Way line with the East Line of the Northwest Quarter of said Section 5; thence north, along said East Line to the intersection of Kickapoo Creek; thence northerly and easterly along said Centerline to the East Line of the West 30 Acres of the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of said Section 5; thence north along said East Line of the West 30 Acres to the North Line of Section 5; thence east, along said North Line to the West Line of the property described as Exception No. 2: in Document recorded February 19, 2015 as Document No. 2015-00002705; thence south, along said West Line to the Southwest Corner of said property; thence east, along the South Line of said property to the Southwesterly Right of Way Line of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad; thence southeast, along said Right of Way Line to the East Right of Way Line of said N. Huff Road; thence north, along said Right of Way Line to the South Line of Davison&rsquo;s Homesite Subdivision also being the North Line of Section 5; thence east, along said North Line to the Northeast Corner of said Section 5; thence southeast 330 feet; thence easterly 410 feet; thence southeast 337.50 feet; thence east 570.00 feet; thence northeast 405 feet more or less to the centerline of Kickapoo Creek; thence northeast 102.79 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 105.31 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 58.86 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 120.80 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 125.56 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 182.45 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 38.42 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 204.60 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 180.86 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 290.70 feet along said centerline to the North Right of Way Line of U.S. Route 150; thence northwest 885 feet along said North Right of Way Line; thence north 266 feet more or less to the North Line of Lot 8 of the Subdivision of the Southwest Quarter of Section 33; thence east 196 feet along said North Line; thence north 873 feet to the North Line of Lot 3 of the Subdivision of the Southwest Quarter of Section 33; thence southeast 222.00 feet along said North Line to the Northeast Corner of said Lot 3; thence northeasterly 180.00 feet the North Line of Lot 2 of the Subdivision of the Southwest Quarter of Section 33; thence southeast 634.00 &nbsp;feet to the centerline of Kickapoo Creek; thence southeasterly 664 feet more or less along said centerline to the North Line of the Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of said Section 33; thence east along said North Line to the Northwest Corner of Indian Hills Subdivision; thence south along the West Line of said Indian Hills Subdivision to the Northwest Corner of Indian Hills Subdivision 2nd Addition; thence south 90.00 along the West Line of said 2nd Addition; thence southeast 195.00 feet more or less to the East Line of Lot 18 of said 2nd Addition; thence southwesterly along said East Line to the Southeast Corner of said Lot 18; thence southwest along the South Line of said Lot 18 to the West Line of said 2nd Addition; thence south along said West Line to the Northwest Corner of Lot 22 in said 2nd Addition; thence west along the north line of Lots 23 through 26 in said 2nd Addition to the Northwest Corner of said Lot 26; thence south along the West Line of said Lot 26 and the southerly extension thereof to the South Right of Way Line of U.S. Route 150; thence south to the West Right of Way Line of Seminary Street; thence south along said West Right of Way Line to the North Line of the South 15.5 feet of the East 383 feet of Lot 11 of the Subdivision of the Southwest Quarter of Section 33; thence south 15.5 feet; thence east to the Northwest Corner of the property described in Document No. 200R17005 in the McLean County Recorder&rsquo;s Office; thence south along the West Line of said property to the Southwest Corner thereof; thence east 17.00 feet along the South Line of said property; thence south 100.00 feet; thence east 150.00 feet; thence south 162.00 feet; thence east 150.00 feet to the West Line of Seminary Street; thence south to the Northeast Corner of Lot 1 in Block 3 in the Original Town Survey of the Village of Downs; thence west along the North Line of said Lot 1 and the westerly extension thereof to the Southeast Corner of Lot 4 of Kickapoo Park Subdivision according to the plat recorded May 27, 1959 as Document No. 51546; thence north along the East Line of said Kickapoo Park Subdivision and the northerly extension thereof to the Southeast corner of the property described as Tract 3 in Quit Claim Deed dated January 5, 2009 as Document No. 2009-00000188 in said McLean County Recorder&rsquo;s Office; thence west along the North Line of said Tract 3 to the Northwest Corner thereof; thence south to the Northwest Corner of Lot 1 in Kickapoo Park Subdivision; thence west to the Northwest Corner of the property described in Warranty Deed recorded April 17, 2015 as Document No. 2015-00006471; thence south along the West Line of said property to the Northwest Corner of Lot 5 in Kickapoo Park Subdivision; thence west and southwesterly along the North Line of said Kickapoo Park Subdivision to the Northwest Corner thereof; thence northwesterly along the Northerly Line of the property described in Warranty Deed dated October 8, 2010 as Document No. 2010-00024674 in said McLean County Recorder&rsquo;s Office; thence southerly along the Westerly Line of said property to the Northerly Right of Way Line of Norfolk and Southern Railroad; thence southeasterly along said Right of Way Line to the Southwest Corner of Kickapoo Park 2nd Subdivision; thence east to the Southeast Corner of Lot 11 in Block 6 in the (Princeville) Original Town; thence south to the Southeast Corner of the North 106.5 feet of Lot 2 in Block 11 in the Village of Downs; thence west along the South Line of said North 106.5 feet to the West Line of said Lot 2; thence south to the Southeast Corner of Lot 3 in said Block 11; thence west along the South line of said Lot 3, Lot 4 and the westerly extension thereof to the Southerly Right of Way Line of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad;&nbsp; thence southeasterly along said Right of Way Line to the Northwest Corner of the property described in Warranty Deed recorded May 23, 1980 as Document No. 80-5154; thence south along the West Line of said property to the Southwest Corner thereof; thence east along the South Line of said property to the Southeast Corner thereof; thence north along the East Line of said property to the Southerly Right of Way Line of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad; &nbsp;thence southeasterly along said Right of Way Line to the intersection of said Right of Way Line with the northerly extension of the East Right of Way Line of County Highways 27 and 36; thence southerly along said East Right of Way Line to the Northwest Corner of Lot 4 in the Commissioner&rsquo;s Subdivision of Adam Waybright Estate also being the Northwest Corner of the property conveyed by Trustee&rsquo;s Deed dated May 1, 1996 as Document NO. 96-11847; thence southeast along the North Line of said property; thence southerly, westerly and easterly along the East Line of said property to the Southeast Corner of said property; thence east along the South Line of property conveyed in in Warranty Deed dated September 28, 1999 as Document No. 99-30165 to the Southwest Corner of the property conveyed in Warranty Deed dated March 2, 2007 as Document No. 2007-00005368; thence east along said South Line to the Southeast Corner of said property; thence north along the East Line of said property to a point lying 30.00 feet west of the Southwest Corner of the property conveyed in Quit Claim Deed dated October 21, 2013 as Document No. 2013-00026500; thence east 30.00 to the Southwest Corner of said property; thence north along the West Line of said property; thence southeast along the North Line of said property Northeast Corner of said property; thence easterly to the Southerly Right of Way Line of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad; thence southeasterly along said Right of Way Line to the Northeast Corner of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 4, Township 22 North, Range 3 East of the Third Principal Meridian, McLean County, Illinois; thence south along the East Line of said Section 4 to a point 111.4 feet west of the Southerly Right of Way Line of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad; thence east 111.4 feet to said Right of Way Line; thence southeasterly along said Right of Way line to the centerline of a ditch; thence southwest along said centerline to the South Line of said Section 4; thence west along said South Line to the Southwesterly Right of Way Line of Interstate 74; thence westerly along said Right of Way Line to the centerline of Township Road N 2075 East Road; thence northwesterly and southwesterly along said centerline to the Northeast Corner of Lot 1 in Cross Creek Plaza Phase I according to the plat recorded March 23, 2009 as Document No. 2009-08537; thence south along the East Line of said Lot 1 to the Southeast Corner thereof, thence west along the South Line of said Lot 1 to the Southwest Corner thereof; thence north along the West Line of said Lot 1 to the Northwest Corner of said Lot 1; thence northwest perpendicular to the West Right of Way Line of County Highway 36 to said West Right of Way Line; thence southerly along said Right of Way Line to a point on the East Line of the Southeast Quarter of Section 5; thence south along said East Line to the Northeast Corner of Section 8; &nbsp;thence south along the East Line of Section 8 to the centerline of Kickapoo Creek; thence southwesterly along said centerline to a point lying 775.00 feet West of said East Line of Section 8; thence North to the Point of Beginning.</p> <p>Excepting therefrom the following;</p> <p>Mallard Point Subdivision according to the plat recorded as Document No. 1996-00018714 (except Outlot A); Mallard Point II Subdivision Phase I according to the plat recorded as Document No. 1999-00012114 (except Outlot 23), Mallard Point II Subdivision Phase II according to the plat recorded as Document No. 2000-00005626 (except Outlot 46) and Mallard Point II Subdivision Phase III according to the plat recorded as Document No. 2001-00006845 (except Outlot 78); the property described in Warranty Deed recorded as Document No. 2013-00013541; the property described in Warranty Deed recorded as Document No. 2002R18468; the property described in Quit Claim Deed recorded as Document No. 2009-00030638; the property described in Warranty Deed recorded as Document No. 2007-00014955; the property described in Warranty Deed recorded as Document No. 2005-00033920; the property described in Warranty Deed recorded as Document No. 2007-00025731; &nbsp;the property described in Warranty Deed as Document No. 2006-00021941; the property described in Easement Document recorded as Document No. 2008-00010848; the property described in Warranty Deed as Document No. as 2006-00033666; Singley Subdivision to the Village of Downs according to plat recorded as Document No. 2000-00000812; the property described in Document No. 99-38960; the property described in Document No. 2007-00024146; the property described in Document No. 2004-00039696; the property described in Document No. 2004-00003075; the property described in Document No. 2006-00035333; the property described in Document No. 2011-26872 and the property shown on Plat Of Survey recorded as Document No. 2015-000043.</p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> Notice of Public Hearing for TIF 3 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4922 <p>NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>VILLAGE OF DOWNS, MCLEAN COUNTY, ILLINOIS</p> <p>PROPOSED APPROVAL OF REDEVELOPMENT PLAN AND REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT, ESTABLISHMENT OF REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREA AND ADOPTION OF TAX INCREMENT ALLOCATION FINANCING THEREFOR</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN</strong> that the President and Board of Trustees (the <strong>&ldquo;Corporate Authorities&rdquo;</strong>) of the Village of Downs, McLean County, Illinois (the <strong>&ldquo;Municipality&rdquo;</strong>) will hold a public hearing for the purpose of hearing all protests and objections in connection with the proposed approval of a redevelopment plan entitled &ldquo;Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Plan and Project&rdquo; (the <strong>&ldquo;Redevelopment Plan&rdquo;</strong>), establishment of a redevelopment project area to be known as the &ldquo;Redevelopment Project Area No. 3&rdquo; (the <strong>&ldquo;Redevelopment Project Area&rdquo;</strong>) and the proposed adoption of tax increment allocation financing therefor under and pursuant to the Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act (65 ILCS 5/11-74.4.1 et seq.), as supplemented and amended (the <strong>&ldquo;Act&rdquo;</strong>), including notice as follows:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Corporate Authorities of the Municipality will hold the public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at the Village Hall, 211 S. Seminary Street, Downs, Illinois 61736.&nbsp; Such public hearing may be adjourned by the Corporate Authorities of the Municipality to another time and date without further notice other than a motion to be entered upon the minutes of the Corporate Authorities of the Municipality fixing the time, date and place of such adjourned public hearing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The boundaries of the proposed Redevelopment Project Area are attached to and immediately follow this Notice of Public Hearing.&nbsp; The proposed Redevelopment Project Area contains approximately 610 acres, including street and highway rights-of-way (507 acres net of rights-of-way), consists of approximately 41 parcels and is generally described as follows:</p> <ul> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Several properties containing quarry ponds and a commercial lot south of I-74 and along County Road 700 N.;</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; An area located north and west of the interchange between I-74 and S. Seminary St.;</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; An area located north and east of the interchange between I-74 and S. Seminary St. and east of Shaffer Dr.;</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A parcel of land containing former strip mine located on the west side of S. Huff Rd., between I-74 and the abandoned railroad;</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kickapoo Park; and</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Several tracts of land on the north side of U.S. Route 150 containing a pond and a former landscape/nursery business.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The proposed Redevelopment Plan, which includes in reasonable detail the basis for the eligibility of the Redevelopment Project Area under the Act and a description of the proposed redevelopment project, is on file with and available for public inspection at the office of the Village Clerk of the Municipality located in the Village Hall, 211 S. Seminary Street, Downs, Illinois 61736.&nbsp; In general, such Redevelopment Plan sets forth the program of the Municipality to alleviate, as applicable, blighting and/or conservation conditions in the Redevelopment Project Area and to enhance the tax base of both the Village and the taxing districts having taxable property within the Redevelopment Project Area by utilizing tax increment financing to fund various eligible redevelopment project costs to stimulate private investment in the Redevelopment Project Area.&nbsp; These eligible redevelopment costs may include, but are not limited to, studies, surveys, development of plans and specifications, including staff and professional service costs for architectural, engineering, legal, environmental, marketing or other services; property assembly, including acquisition of land and other property, real or personal and related disposition of land (including up to 100% write-down or reimbursement); demolition of structures, site preparation and the clearing and grading of land; rehabilitation, reconstruction, repair or remodeling of existing public or private buildings, fixtures or leasehold improvements; the construction of public works or improvements (construction or reconstruction of rights-of-way, additional safety barriers, streets, roadways, curbs and gutters, street lighting, sidewalks, bicycle pathways and public utilities, including storm and sanitary sewers, and lift stations); financing, including any related to the issuance of obligations; interest costs incurred by a redeveloper related to the construction, renovation or rehabilitation of a Redevelopment Project; and relocation expenses to the extent that the Municipality determines that these costs shall be paid or are required by federal or state law.&nbsp; To achieve this objective, the Redevelopment Plan proposes to provide assistance for residential, commercial and light industrial (including mixed use) development, and related and appurtenant development.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Corporate Authorities of the Municipality will give all interested persons an opportunity to be heard at the public hearing.&nbsp; In addition, any interested person or any affected taxing district may file written comments with the Municipality at or before the public hearing regarding any issues embodied in the subject matter of this Notice of Public Hearing by directing such comments to the attention of the Village Clerk, Village Hall, 211 S. Seminary Street, Downs, Illinois 61736 (Telephone:&nbsp; 309/378-3221; Fax:&nbsp; 309/378-3221; E-mail:&nbsp; Clerk@VillageOfDowns.org).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Municipality hereby requests proposals from any developer or redeveloper in connection with the Redevelopment Project Area.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Additional information with respect to the proposed Redevelopment Plan, redevelopment project and Redevelopment Project Area (including the eligibility and qualification of the Redevelopment Project Area) can be obtained from the following:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mike James</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Village President</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 211 S. Seminary Street</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Downs, IL&nbsp; 61736</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tel:&nbsp; (309) 378-3221</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fax:&nbsp; (309) 378-3221</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Email:&nbsp; Mayor@VillageOfDowns.org</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; By order of the President and Board of Trustees of the Village of Downs, McLean County, Illinois.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; By:/s/Julie James____________________________</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Village Clerk</p> <br /> <p><strong>BOUNDARY LEGAL DESCRIPTION</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Beginning at the Northeast Corner of the Southwest Quarter of Section 5, Township 22 North, Range 3 East of the Third Principal Meridian, McLean County, Illinois.&nbsp; From said Point of Beginning, thence south, along the East Line of said Southwest Quarter to the North Line of the South Half of the South Half of the Southeast Quarter of said Section 5; thence east, along said North Line to the East Line of Darling Subdivision according to the plat recorded March 11, 1968 as Document No. 68-1704; thence north along said East Line to the southerly Right of Way line of the Interstate 74; then northwesterly along said Right of Way Line to the intersection of said Right of Way line with the East Line of the Northwest Quarter of said Section 5; thence north, along said East Line to the intersection of Kickapoo Creek; thence northerly and easterly along said Centerline to the East Line of the West 30 Acres of the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of said Section 5; thence north along said East Line of the West 30 Acres to the North Line of Section 5; thence east, along said North Line to the West Line of the property described as Exception No. 2: in Document recorded February 19, 2015 as Document No. 2015-00002705; thence south, along said West Line to the Southwest Corner of said property; thence east, along the South Line of said property to the Southwesterly Right of Way Line of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad; thence southeast, along said Right of Way Line to the East Right of Way Line of said N. Huff Road; thence north, along said Right of Way Line to the South Line of Davison&rsquo;s Homesite Subdivision also being the North Line of Section 5; thence east, along said North Line to the Northeast Corner of said Section 5; thence southeast 330 feet; thence easterly 410 feet; thence southeast 337.50 feet; thence east 570.00 feet; thence northeast 405 feet more or less to the centerline of Kickapoo Creek; thence northeast 102.79 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 105.31 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 58.86 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 120.80 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 125.56 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 182.45 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 38.42 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 204.60 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 180.86 feet along said centerline; thence northeast 290.70 feet along said centerline to the North Right of Way Line of U.S. Route 150; thence northwest 885 feet along said North Right of Way Line; thence north 266 feet more or less to the North Line of Lot 8 of the Subdivision of the Southwest Quarter of Section 33; thence east 196 feet along said North Line; thence north 873 feet to the North Line of Lot 3 of the Subdivision of the Southwest Quarter of Section 33; thence southeast 222.00 feet along said North Line to the Northeast Corner of said Lot 3; thence northeasterly 180.00 feet the North Line of Lot 2 of the Subdivision of the Southwest Quarter of Section 33; thence southeast 634.00&nbsp; feet to the centerline of Kickapoo Creek; thence southeasterly 664 feet more or less along said centerline to the North Line of the Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of said Section 33; thence east along said North Line to the Northwest Corner of Indian Hills Subdivision; thence south along the West Line of said Indian Hills Subdivision to the Northwest Corner of Indian Hills Subdivision 2nd Addition; thence south 90.00 along the West Line of said 2nd Addition; thence southeast 195.00 feet more or less to the East Line of Lot 18 of said 2nd Addition; thence southwesterly along said East Line to the Southeast Corner of said Lot 18; thence southwest along the South Line of said Lot 18 to the West Line of said 2nd Addition; thence south along said West Line to the Northwest Corner of Lot 22 in said 2nd Addition; thence west along the north line of Lots 23 through 26 in said 2nd Addition to the Northwest Corner of said Lot 26; thence south along the West Line of said Lot 26 and the southerly extension thereof to the South Right of Way Line of U.S. Route 150; thence south to the West Right of Way Line of Seminary Street; thence south along said West Right of Way Line to the North Line of the South 15.5 feet of the East 383 feet of Lot 11 of the Subdivision of the Southwest Quarter of Section 33; thence south 15.5 feet; thence east to the Northwest Corner of the property described in Document No. 200R17005 in the McLean County Recorder&rsquo;s Office; thence south along the West Line of said property to the Southwest Corner thereof; thence east 17.00 feet along the South Line of said property; thence south 100.00 feet; thence east 150.00 feet; thence south 162.00 feet; thence east 150.00 feet to the West Line of Seminary Street; thence south to the Northeast Corner of Lot 1 in Block 3 in the Original Town Survey of the Village of Downs; thence west along the North Line of said Lot 1 and the westerly extension thereof to the Southeast Corner of Lot 4 of Kickapoo Park Subdivision according to the plat recorded May 27, 1959 as Document No. 51546; thence north along the East Line of said Kickapoo Park Subdivision and the northerly extension thereof to the Southeast corner of the property described as Tract 3 in Quit Claim Deed dated January 5, 2009 as Document No. 2009-00000188 in said McLean County Recorder&rsquo;s Office; thence west along the North Line of said Tract 3 to the Northwest Corner thereof; thence south to the Northwest Corner of Lot 1 in Kickapoo Park Subdivision; thence west to the Northwest Corner of the property described in Warranty Deed recorded April 17, 2015 as Document No. 2015-00006471; thence south along the West Line of said property to the Northwest Corner of Lot 5 in Kickapoo Park Subdivision; thence west and southwesterly along the North Line of said Kickapoo Park Subdivision to the Northwest Corner thereof; thence northwesterly along the Northerly Line of the property described in Warranty Deed dated October 8, 2010 as Document No. 2010-00024674 in said McLean County Recorder&rsquo;s Office; thence southerly along the Westerly Line of said property to the Northerly Right of Way Line of Norfolk and Southern Railroad; thence southeasterly along said Right of Way Line to the Southwest Corner of Kickapoo Park 2nd Subdivision; thence east to the Southeast Corner of Lot 11 in Block 6 in the (Princeville) Original Town; thence south to the Southeast Corner of the North 106.5 feet of Lot 2 in Block 11 in the Village of Downs; thence west along the South Line of said North 106.5 feet to the West Line of said Lot 2; thence south to the Southeast Corner of Lot 3 in said Block 11; thence west along the South line of said Lot 3, Lot 4 and the westerly extension thereof to the Southerly Right of Way Line of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad;&nbsp; thence southeasterly along said Right of Way Line to the Northwest Corner of the property described in Warranty Deed recorded May 23, 1980 as Document No. 80-5154; thence south along the West Line of said property to the Southwest Corner thereof; thence east along the South Line of said property to the Southeast Corner thereof; thence north along the East Line of said property to the Southerly Right of Way Line of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad;&nbsp; thence southeasterly along said Right of Way Line to the intersection of said Right of Way Line with the northerly extension of the East Right of Way Line of County Highways 27 and 36; thence southerly along said East Right of Way Line to the Northwest Corner of Lot 4 in the Commissioner&rsquo;s Subdivision of Adam Waybright Estate also being the Northwest Corner of the property conveyed by Trustee&rsquo;s Deed dated May 1, 1996 as Document NO. 96-11847; thence southeast along the North Line of said property; thence southerly, westerly and easterly along the East Line of said property to the Southeast Corner of said property; thence east along the South Line of property conveyed in in Warranty Deed dated September 28, 1999 as Document No. 99-30165 to the Southwest Corner of the property conveyed in Warranty Deed dated March 2, 2007 as Document No. 2007-00005368; thence east along said South Line to the Southeast Corner of said property; thence north along the East Line of said property to a point lying 30.00 feet west of the Southwest Corner of the property conveyed in Quit Claim Deed dated October 21, 2013 as Document No. 2013-00026500; thence east 30.00 to the Southwest Corner of said property; thence north along the West Line of said property; thence southeast along the North Line of said property Northeast Corner of said property; thence easterly to the Southerly Right of Way Line of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad; thence southeasterly along said Right of Way Line to the Northeast Corner of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 4, Township 22 North, Range 3 East of the Third Principal Meridian, McLean County, Illinois; thence south along the East Line of said Section 4 to a point 111.4 feet west of the Southerly Right of Way Line of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad; thence east 111.4 feet to said Right of Way Line; thence southeasterly along said Right of Way line to the centerline of a ditch; thence southwest along said centerline to the South Line of said Section 4; thence west along said South Line to the Southwesterly Right of Way Line of Interstate 74; thence westerly along said Right of Way Line to the centerline of Township Road N 2075 East Road; thence northwesterly and southwesterly along said centerline to the Northeast Corner of Lot 1 in Cross Creek Plaza Phase I according to the plat recorded March 23, 2009 as Document No. 2009-08537; thence south along the East Line of said Lot 1 to the Southeast Corner thereof, thence west along the South Line of said Lot 1 to the Southwest Corner thereof; thence north along the West Line of said Lot 1 to the Northwest Corner of said Lot 1; thence northwest perpendicular to the West Right of Way Line of County Highway 36 to said West Right of Way Line; thence southerly along said Right of Way Line to a point on the East Line of the Southeast Quarter of Section 5; thence south along said East Line to the Northeast Corner of Section 8;&nbsp; the south along the East Line of Section 8 to the centerline of Kickapoo Creek; the southwesterly along said centerline to the West Line of the Northeast Quarter of said Section 8; thence north along the West Line of said Northeast Quarter to the Northwest Corner of said Northeast Quarter; thence west along the North Line of said Section 8 to a point lying 206.00 feet East of the Southwest Corner of the East Half of the Southwest Quarter of Section 5; thence north 396.00 feet perpendicular to said South Line; thence west parallel with said South Line 206.00 feet to the West Line of said East Half; thence north along the West Line of said East Half to the centerline of Kickapoo Creek; thence northeasterly along said centerline to the Point of Beginning.</p> <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Excepting therefrom the following;</p> <p>Mallard Point Subdivision according to the plat recorded as Document No. 1996-00018714 (except Outlot A); Mallard Point II Subdivision Phase I according to the plat recorded as Document No. 1999-00012114 (except Outlot 23), Mallard Point II Subdivision Phase II according to the plat recorded as Document No. 2000-00005626 (except Outlot 46) and Mallard Point II Subdivision Phase III according to the plat recorded as Document No. 2001-00006845 (except Outlot 78); the property described in Warranty Deed recorded as Document No. 2013-00013541; the property described in Warranty Deed recorded as Document No. 2002R18468; the property described in Quit Claim Deed recorded as Document No. 2009-00030638; the property described in Warranty Deed recorded as Document No. 2007-00014955; the property described in Warranty Deed recorded as Document No. 2005-00033920; the property described in Warranty Deed recorded as Document No. 2007-00025731;&nbsp; the property described in Warranty Deed as Document No. 2006-00021941; the property described in Easement Document recorded as Document No. 2008-00010848; the property described in Warranty Deed as Document No. as 2006-00033666; Singley Subdivision to the Village of Downs according to plat recorded as Document No. 2000-00000812; the property described in Document No. 99-38960; the property described in Document No. 2007-00024146; the property described in Document No. 2004-00039696; the property described in Document No. 2004-00003075; the property described in Document No. 2006-00035333; the property described in Document No. 2011-26872 and the property shown on Plat Of Survey recorded as Document No. 2015-000043.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2105 Downs Haunted House Every Friday and Saturday in October at 6:30 pm http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4917 Dooley Park will again be the kick off location to get tickets, food, hayrack and other activities for the Downs Fright Fest.<br /><br />October - Downs Fright Fest&nbsp;2015 Dates and Times of Operations:<br /> <p>Saturday, &nbsp;October 10 6:30 PM &ndash; 10:30 PM<br />Friday, &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;October 16 6:30 PM &ndash; 10:30 PM (Laser Tag)<br />Saturday, &nbsp;October 17 6:30 PM &ndash; 10:30 PM&nbsp;(Laser Tag)<br />Friday, &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;October 23 6:30 PM &ndash; 10:30 PM<br />Saturday, &nbsp;October 24 6:30 PM &ndash; 10:30 PM&nbsp;(Laser Tag)<br />Sunday, &nbsp; &nbsp;October 25 1:00 PM &ndash; 3:00 PM &nbsp; (unHaunted lights on for young children, Free Laser Tag)&nbsp;<br />Friday, &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;October 30 6:30 PM &ndash; 10:30 PM&nbsp;(Laser Tag)<br />Saturday, &nbsp;October 31 6:30 PM &ndash; 10:30 PM&nbsp;(Halloween Trick or Treat Hours 5-8 pm)<br /><br />Admission: $5.00 single admission, $7.00 Wrist band (unlimited admission)<br /><br />Food is offered by Downs Citizen In Action (C.I.A.) as a fundraiser for their work within the Village.</p> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/downs.hauntedhouse" target="_blank">Village of Downs Haunted House Facebook Page</a> Fright Fest Volunteers Wanted http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4900 <div>Volunteers are wanted to help during the Fright Fest month of October. &nbsp;Job, Dates and Times are as follows:</div> <div><ol> <li>Drivers for hay rack wagons. &nbsp;Oct 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 from 6:15 &ndash; 10:45 pm $10 /night for gas and your vehicle needs to be able to tow a wagon loaded with people (Truck or SUV preferred, 18&nbsp;&amp; older)</li> <li>Ticket sales.&nbsp;&nbsp;Oct 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 from 6:00 &ndash; 10:30 pm. &nbsp;You will be in the Pavilion at a table. &nbsp;Pavilion is heated, but will want to bring a blanket for your legs depending on the weather and your tolerance level (21 &amp; older)</li> <li>Scare character.&nbsp;&nbsp;Oct 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 from 5:30 &ndash;&nbsp;11:00 pm (16 &amp; older)</li> </ol> <div>Please contact Mike James, 309-830-7374 (text or phone) or email at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:mayor@VillageOfDowns.org">mayor@VillageOfDowns.org</a>&nbsp;or sign-up using Sign-up Genius: &nbsp;<a href="http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a45a8a722a3ff2-2015">http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a45a8a722a3ff2-2015</a>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thank you for your consideration!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mike</div> </div> TIF 3 Redevelopment Plan http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4854 Click on the following to <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/downs_tif_3_plan_report_rev_20150810_small.pdf" target="_blank">download and view the redevelopment plan&nbsp;for the proposed TIF 3</a>.<br /><br /> <p>What is a TIF District?<br /><br />The Tax Increment Financing program is designed to serve the diverse needs of the business community and to place the Village of Downs in a more competitive position in working with business and industry.&nbsp; This will help them when making the decision to locate or expand within the Village of Downs corporate limits.</p> <p>As part of our business assistance program, the Village is associated with McLean County Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, USDA and other area development authorities to pool resources and expertise in putting together proposals and funding packages. The Village of Downs stands ready to make available the best development resources available to attract new business and industry and to aid existing business with their expansion plans.</p> <p>The Village of Downs has two active Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts; TIF I (downtown) and TIF II (Downs Crossing). These were established to provide a funding mechanism to promote and enhance redevelopment in the downtown area and new development in the Downs Crossing area. &nbsp;The Village is now looking to expand our TIF Districts to create a 3rd TIF around I-74 and other areas.</p> <p>A TIF district enables the Village to capture all incremental property taxes (taxes over and above those being generated on the date the TIF is created) and in some instances sales tax and place those in a pool to be used for various allowable development incentives. A TIF district does not raise taxes.</p> <p>Allowable uses include:</p> <ul> <li>Land acquisition</li> <li>Planning, legal, engineering or architectural services</li> <li>Demolition of buildings and clearing of property</li> <li>Construction costs of infrastructure improvements</li> <li>Rehabilitation of existing structures</li> <li>Financing costs</li> <li>Payment in lieu of taxes</li> </ul> <p>The Village enters into "redevelopment agreements" with businesses that either locate or make substantial improvements within the TIF districts. Through this agreement, the business agrees to complete the project and make certain improvements.</p> <p>The amount of the negotiated assistance is determined by various criteria, including:</p> <ul> <li>The projected increase in the assessed valuation of the property.</li> <li>The number of and quality of new jobs created or retained.</li> <li>The amount of other revenue generated for the Village by the project.</li> <li>Financial strength of the applicant.</li> <li>Compatibility to furthering the development and economic goals of the Village.</li> </ul> <p>A business cannot assume the Village will financially participate in the project. Decisions are made on a project-by-project basis and must receive Village Board approval before any assistance is provided.</p> <p>Consideration for project assistance is to be reviewed for compliance with the following requirements:</p> <ul> <li>The business must be a "for profit" business in good financial standing.</li> <li>The business must be located within one of the established TIF districts.</li> <li>The business must show the financial capacity to complete the proposed project.</li> <li>The business must not have financial obligations owed to the Village, McLean County or the State of Illinois</li> </ul> Projects falling outside the above set requirements may be reviewed according to adopted TIF plans or other such economic development goals of the Village. New Park Rental Procedures http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4778 The Dooley Park pavilion rental is now a flat $40 per day for all renters except non-profit and organizations / groups that volunteer time within the village (free for their service). &nbsp;<br /><br />All reservations are to be made thru the Village Hall office during office hours. &nbsp;We now&nbsp;require&nbsp;a&nbsp;<a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/village_of_downs_building_rental_agreement.pdf" target="_blank">rental agreement</a>&nbsp;to be completed and paid to secure&nbsp;your&nbsp;reservation. &nbsp;There is also a&nbsp;<a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/village_of_downs_rental_check_list.pdf" target="_blank">checklist</a>&nbsp;that must be completed, signed and left in the pavilion with your key (if you received one). Village Board Regular Meeting Minutes for August http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4754 This month's Village Board of Trustees Meeting will be held on August 13, 2015 per yearly meeting schedule set and approved on May 7, 2015. Huff Road Bridge Closure - 7/10/2015 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4718 Update 7/10/2015: &nbsp;The bridge and road we're opened at 4 pm this evening after the county engineers completed their inspection. The Village worked for 5 hrs to repair the damaged roadway by the viaduct. &nbsp;Thank you to Rodney Lush and Tyler James from Downs Township for the extra help.<br /><br /><br />We have been advised by the McLean County Highway Department that the Kickapoo Creek bridge must remain closed until it can be inspected by country engineers. &nbsp;This can't be performed until water has receded and is required for safety. &nbsp;<br /><br />Please do not use the bridge until it has been re-opened.<br /><br />Thank you. Downs Water Annual Consumer Confidence Report Available http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4645 Please click on this to see the <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/ccr_for_2014_20150615.pdf" target="_blank">2014 Annual Consumer Confidence Report</a>. Construction to Begin on Southern Access Extension Pipeline Project http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4635 <p>Construction of the Southern Access Extension (SAX) Pipeline Project will begin on June 16, 2015. Crews from Illinois Extension Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (IEPC) have been preparing the right-of-way since last fall, and the company is now ready to start construction. The current schedule has pipeline construction ending in mid-November, with the pipeline going into service in December 2015.&nbsp;</p> <p>The SAX Pipeline Project is a 168-mile, 24-inch outside diameter crude oil pipeline spanning from Enbridge&rsquo;s Flanagan terminal near Pontiac, Ill. to an existing petroleum terminal hub near Patoka, Ill. The pipeline route crosses eights counties: Livingston, McLean, DeWitt, Macon, Christian, Shelby, Fayette, and Marion. The route generally parallels existing pipeline and electric transmission right-of-ways. In addition to the new pipeline, new pump stations are being constructed at the Flanagan Terminal and near Decatur. The total capital investment in the Project is more than $800 million. Approximately one thousand workers will be involved in construction of the 300,000 barrel-per-day pipeline.</p> <p>IEPC&rsquo;s highest priority during construction is safety. This summer&rsquo;s construction will bring hundreds of temporary workers to communities along the pipeline route. That means economic benefits to these communities. It also means more traffic, more people, and heavy equipment in the area. Please use caution when driving near construction sites. The public is urged to watch for flaggers and caution signs and to be prepared for slow traffic.</p> <p>The SAX Pipeline Project is owned by IEPC, a joint venture of Enbridge affiliate, Enbridge Energy Company, Inc. and Lincoln Pipeline, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation.</p> <p>More information about the SAX Pipeline Project is available at www.Enbridge.com/SouthernAccessExtensionProject.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact the Enbridge media hotline at 1-877-496-8142 or <a href="mailto:USmedia@enbridge.com">USmedia@enbridge.com</a>.</p> 2015 5k Freedom Run, 1 mile Walk and Kid Fun Run Registration http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4605 <div class="page" title="Page 1"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>LOCATION, DATE &amp; TIME</strong></span><br />&bull; &nbsp;Start: Tri-Valley Middle School - 505 E. Washington, Downs, IL<br />&bull; &nbsp;Saturday, June 27, 2015<br />&bull; &nbsp;5K Run/1 Mile Walk: 7:30 a.m.<br />&bull; &nbsp;Finish &amp; Kids Run: TVHS track<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>REGISTRATION</strong></span><br />&bull; &nbsp;Pre-Register: Mail form and $20 donation (check payable to Village of Downs) to the address below. Form &amp; payment must be received on or before noon on 6/26/15.<br />&bull; &nbsp;Pre-Register <a href="http://downsfreedomrun2015.eventbrite.com" target="_blank">Online</a>: $20 donation (+ $2.09 fee) before noon on 6/26/15. <a href="http://downsfreedomrun2015.eventbrite.com" target="_blank">http://downsfreedomrun2015.eventbrite.com</a>&nbsp;<br />&bull; &nbsp;Race Day: June 27, 6:30-7:15 a.m. at TVMS. $25 &ndash; cash or check accepted.<br />&bull; &nbsp;Early Race Packet Pick Up: June 26, 5-7 p.m. at Tri-Valley Middle School.<br />&bull; &nbsp;No refunds will be given.<br /><br />*&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2015_village_of_downs_freedom_run_registration_form.pdf" target="_blank">Click to access paper&nbsp;registration form</a><br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>DESCRIPTION</strong></span><br />&bull; &nbsp;The Village of Downs, IL is hosting the 5th annual Freedom Run to raise funds for the 4th of July not for profit celebration.<br />&bull; &nbsp;The 5K (3.1) is a flat course run through the Village of Downs. The 5K is timed by the Lake Run Club. The run will start at Tri-Valley Middle School and end on the Tri-Valley High School track. The untimed 1 mile walk will be incorporated into the 5K route. Free Kids Fun Run (10 &amp; under) immediately following 5K on the track.<br />&bull; &nbsp;Guaranteed t-shirt to those whose paper registration is postmarked by June 12 or whose online registration is received by June 12.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>AWARDS</strong></span><br />&bull; &nbsp;Medals awarded to Overall Male and Female Winner &amp; the Top Age Group Finisher for Men and Women: 19 &amp; under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. There are no awards for walkers.<br />&bull; &nbsp;Ribbons given to all Kids Fun Run participants.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>VOLUNTEERS</strong></span><br />&bull; &nbsp;If you would like to volunteer or donate to sponsor this event, please contact Amie Mouser.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>CONTACT INFORMATION</strong></span><br />Amie Mouser<br /> Phone: (309) 824-1140<br /> E-Mail: amie.mouser@gmail.com</div> 2015 July 4 Sand Volleyball Tournament Registration http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4604 <p>Village of Downs is having a four-person sand volleyball tournament, <strong>with at least one female player on the court at all times</strong>.&nbsp; Entry fee is $25, with an early bird registration fee of $20 for all entries received by July 1<sup>st</sup>, 2015.</p> <p>Prizes will be given for 1<sup>st</sup>, 2<sup>nd</sup>, and 3<sup>rd</sup> place finish. Limit of 10 registered teams.</p> <p>Saturday, July 4th starting at 9:00 AM in Downs Dooley Park on the Sand Volleyball Court.</p> <p>Mail entry fee with roster to the Village Hall&nbsp;or drop off in the mail slot at&nbsp;the Village Hall. &nbsp;For more information or questions contact <a href="mailto:tagfam4@msn.com">tagfam4@msn.com</a></p> <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2015_sand_volleyball_tournament.pdf" target="_blank">Registration Form</a> 4th of July Donations, Sponsorship and Ads needed http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4603 <p>The Village of Downs Independence Day celebration will offer the following:</p> <p>1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; June 27<sup>th</sup> Freedom Run 5k Race</p> <p>2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; July 4<sup>th</sup> Parade, Music, Food, Sand Volleyball Tournament, Kids Activities and Fireworks&nbsp;</p> <p>The budgeted expense for this event is $15,100 and we need your help.&nbsp; Please consider donating to this event that I know your family will enjoy.&nbsp; Being a volunteer, even if only for just an hour, is another great way to help out and is appreciated just as much as a monetary donation. &nbsp;Please use this <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2015_donation_solicitation_letter_2015_05.pdf" target="_blank">donation form</a>. &nbsp;To volunteer,<a href="http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a48aaa72fa7fe3-2015" target="_blank"> please use this link</a>&nbsp;or contact Mike James</p> 4th of July Parade Registration is Open http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4602 If you want to be a part of the Village of Downs 4th of July Parade, which starts at 12 pm on July 4. This year we will have prize contest for best parade float. Get your ideas flowing and submit your entry using this form.<br /><br />Please complete the following registration and you will be contacted with more information. Registration is preferred.<br /><br />Thank you. CANCELLED: Dooley Park Car Show http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4593 The car show scheduled for today, May 16 3-7 pm has been cancelled due to high probability of rain and thunderstorms. &nbsp;The rainout date of May 17 is also expecting bad weather, so we have rescheduled the car show for August 8, 2015. Garage Sale Days #2 - June 5 & 6, 2015 Registration http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4570 This year we are going to run to Village of Downs area Garage Sale Days the first weekend of May and June. &nbsp;You are welcome to participate as your schedule permits and hopefully at least one weekend works for you.<br /><br />If you want to be on the map,&nbsp;<a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2015_garage_sale_flyer_june.pdf" target="_blank">please use this form</a>. &nbsp;The cost is again $1 and the maps will be available at the Village Hall on those days and we&nbsp;will also try to get copies to each house listed on the map. Garage Sale Days #1 - May 1& 2, 2015 Map http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4562 Please<a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2015_garage_sale_map_may_20150501082445.pdf" target="_blank"> click here to see the registered homes</a> for the Village of Downs garage sale days #1 on May 1&amp;2, 2015. 6/4/2015: 2000 E (Huff Rd) Road Work and Closure Information http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4537 Beecher Trails road resurfacing: &nbsp;Construction crews have have encountered some soft soils at the north entrance into the subdivision (intersection of Raef Road and 2000 East).&nbsp; They have over excavated the soft spots, installed oversized rock and a drainage tile and the area is still soft.&nbsp; They are looking into other options on correcting this issue and&nbsp;why 2000E is only half finished at the moment and remains closed.<br /><br />Please do not drive around, remove or move any barricades on this road as this is a violation of State Motor Vehicle Code regarding traffic control devices. UPDATED: 4th of July Volunteers Needed http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4533 We are in need of volunteers for the following planned activities on July 4<sup>th</sup>. &nbsp;If even for an hour we would appreciate your help<br /><ol> <li>Dunk Tank (1pm &ndash; 8 pm) &ndash; Operator and Participants</li> <li>Inflatables (1pm &ndash; 8 pm) &ndash; Operator</li> <li>Registration, Raffle and Ticket Sale on July 4 (All Day)</li> <li>Fireworks Donation &ndash; Collection&nbsp; (7 &ndash; 9:15 pm, after fireworks)</li> <li>4<sup>th</sup> of July Donation Door-to-Door &ndash; Collection (June and July)</li> <li>Parade Float Judges (4)</li> </ol> <p><a href="http://ow.ly/MStVd" target="_blank">Online sign-up to volunteer</a><br /><br />or&nbsp;</p> contact Top Notch Event Planners at TopNotch@BloomingtonEventDesigner.com 309-706-5682 or Mike James at mayor@VillageOfDowns.org Garage Sale Days #1 - May 2015 Registration http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4526 This year we are going to run to Village of Downs area Garage Sale Days the first weekend of May and June. &nbsp;You are welcome to participate as your schedule permits and hopefully at least one weekend works for you.<br /><br />If you want to be on the map, <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2015_garage_sale_flyer_may.pdf" target="_blank">please use this form</a>. &nbsp;The cost is again $1 and the maps will be available at the Village Hall on those days and we&nbsp;will also try to get copies to each house listed on the map.<br /><br /> HIRING: Accepting Applications for Seasonal and Summer Streets Employees http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4525 The Village of Downs is taking applications for Summer and Seasonal Maintenance Laborers for the Streets Department until positions are filled. &nbsp;This job is part-time with no benefits and pays an hourly wage according to the job descriptions found here:<br /><ol> <li><a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/seasonal_maintenance_laborer_2015_04.pdf" target="_blank">Seasonal Laborer</a></li> <li><a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/summer_maintenance_laborer_2015_04.pdf" target="_blank">Summer Laborer</a></li> </ol>Applications can be submitted at the a Village Hall during office hours or dropped off in the after-hours mail slot. &nbsp;Please address all applications to Mike James. &nbsp;<a href="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/village_employment_application_20140702.pdf" target="_blank">Job applications can be found using this link.</a> 2015 Village of Downs 5K Freedom Run, 1 Mile Walk & Free Kids Fun Run http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4480 Registration for the 2015 Village of Downs 5K Freedom Run, 1 Mile Walk &amp; Free Kids Fun Run is now open. &nbsp;Click on this link to get the <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2015_village_of_downs_freedom_run_registration_form.pdf" target="_blank">flyer and registration information</a>. Annual Dooley Park Car Show http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4478 See the following for the <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2015_dooley_park_car_show.pdf" target="_blank">flyer and information</a>. Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4477 <p><a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2015_annual_easter_egg_hunt_and_breakfast.pdf" target="_blank">Flyer</a></p> <h2>Saturday March 28 @ Dooley Park</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Family Breakfast Buffet: 7 &ndash; 10 am</h2> <h2>Games and Registration: 10 &ndash; 10:30 am</h2> <h2>Easter Egg Hunt: 10:30 &ndash; 11 am</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Bring Your Own Basket!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Join us for family food and fun in the park!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sponsored by Downs United Methodist Church, St. Mary&rsquo;s Catholic Church and the Village of Downs Events Committee</p> <p><br />Thank you to all our volunteers!</p> Voter Registration Drive http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4403 Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 from 3PM - 5 PM at the Downs Village Hall<br /><br />Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 from 5PM - 7 PM at the Downs Village Hall<br /><br />Please bring 2 forms of ID: a driver license or state ID and another form. mail, credit card/ library card. Your Id address must match the<br />address that you are putting on the registration form. Christmas Light Decorating Contest Winners http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4289 <span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Village Choice with gift certificate to Adkissons:&nbsp;&nbsp; 206 E. Franklin St.</strong></span><br /><img src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/206_e_franklin.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="480" align="" /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Largest Display with gift certificate to Papa G's:&nbsp; 118 N. Gadwall Lane</strong></span><br /><img src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/118_n_gadwall.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="480" align="" /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>Committee Choice with gift certificate to Gameday Grill:&nbsp; 108 E. Garfield St.</strong></span><br /><img src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/108_e_garfield.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="480" align="" /><br /><br />Thank you to everyone who participated thru entries, nominations and voting.&nbsp; I will be in touch over the next few days with details about the $25 gift certificate.<br /><br />Regards,<br />Mike James and Events Committee UPDATED: Santa Claus and Gingerbread House Dates and Time Finalized http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4284 Update:&nbsp; We have added an evening time on Saturday from 6-8 pm.<br /><br />Based on the limited volunteers available to us, Santa Claus and Gingerbread House will only be open at the Dooley Park Pavilion on the following dates and times.<br /><ol style="list-style-type: undefined;"> <li>Dec 12:&nbsp; 6-8 pm</li> <li>Dec 13:&nbsp; 1-3 pm</li> <li>Dec 19:&nbsp; 6-8 pm</li> <li>Dec 20:&nbsp; 1-3 pm <strong>&amp; 6-8 pm</strong></li> <li>Dec 21:&nbsp; 6-8 pm</li> </ol>I wish to thank all those that volunteered and Mary for helping make this happen.<br /><br />Regards,<br />Mike James Voting for the Holiday House Light Contest is open until 12/11 at 6 pm http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4280 2014 Christmas Lights House Lighting Contest voting is from December 7 - 11 at 6 pm. Use the form <a href="http://www.villageofdowns.org">here</a>&nbsp;to vote for your favorite house for the following categories. You will need the house address to cast your vote for your favorite and the house you feel has the most decorations. &nbsp;<a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2014_entries_for_house_light_contest_20141207222432.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to get&nbsp;a printable list of the entries.</a><br /><br />1) Largest Display<br />2) Village Choice and <br />3) Event Committee Choice <br /><br />One vote per person and may be submitted either online, at the Village Hall or the Village Hall after hours slot from Dec 7 thru Dec 11 at 6 pm.<br /><br />Winners of the 3 categories will be announced on December 11 at the Events Committee Regular Meeting at 6 pm. The first two categories are determined by total votes cast for the home address. The third category is determined by solely by the Events Committee. The winners will be contacted and awarded their gift certificate after December 11. Christmas Help needed http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4238 <p>The Christmas in Downs celebration will start after Thanksgiving and run until December 26<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp;&nbsp; We will do only as much as we have help to cover. <br /><br />If you like to have the park lite up, then please volunteer to help with putting up lights. If you like the Gingerbread House, then please contact Mary Goveia to help with it. <br /><br />We are also in need of a Santa Clause and helpers. If we do not receive volunteers to help we will be forced to cut back. Contact Mike James or another member of the Events Committee if you can help.</p> Village of Downs Christmas Light Decorating Contest http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4237 Village of Downs Christmas lights house/business decorating contest.&nbsp; The contest will be based on 3 categories: <br />1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Largest Display<br />2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Village Choice and <br />3)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Event Committee Choice &nbsp;<br /><br />The winner of each category will receive a $25 gift certificate to either Gameday Grill, Adkisson&rsquo;s or Papa G&rsquo;s to be determined by random drawing.&nbsp; You must register your house/business by December 7, 2014 (extended) to the Village Hall. <br /><br />The voting for Village Choice starts December 7, 2014 and ends December 11 at 6 pm.&nbsp; Winners will be determined and announced at December Events Committee meeting on December 11.&nbsp; Entries are limited to houses/businesses within the corporate limits of the Village.&nbsp; To enter, either complete the form from the flyer and drop off at the Village Hall or complete the form on our website main page.<br /><br />So let the competition begin and good luck! Cancelled - November Development Committee Meeting http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4230 Tonight's regular meeting has been cancelled. Cancelled - November Events Committee Meeting http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4216 Due to ZBA and Village Board continuance on Nov 13, this meeting has been cancelled.&nbsp; A special meeting will be called for November 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm. Meet the Chief Open House http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4211 Please come for an open house and meet the new Chief of Police in the Village of Downs on November 18, 2014 6:00-7:30 pm at the Tri-Valley Cafetasium. UPDATE: Downs Veterans Day Celebration to be combined with Tri-Valley http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4203 <p>The Village of Downs will be honoring our Veterans in conjunction with Tri-Valley on November 7.</p> <p>On Friday, November 7th, Tri-Valley will host our annual Veterans Day Celebration. &nbsp;The event will begin at 10am sharp with an outdoor parade. &nbsp;We ask Veterans and guests to arrive between 9:40 and 9:55am in order to park and assemble for the parade. &nbsp;The entry way to the middle school will be closed from 10:00-10:15am as we participate in the parade around the Middle School circle drive.</p> <p>An indoor assembly will follow from 10:30-11:15am. &nbsp;A Thanksgiving meal will be served to our honored guests from 11:15-noon. &nbsp;Any veteran and their spouse is invited to attend and enjoy the meal. &nbsp;We Celebrate and Salute our Veterans!</p> Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing - 11/13/2014 @ 6:30 pm http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4202 <p>October 28, 2014</p> <p>Public Notice is hereby given by the village of Downs Zoning board of Appeals that on November 13, 2014 at 6:30pm in the Village of Downs Hall, located at 211 S. Seminary St. a public hearing will be held on the request for zoning map amendment at the request of Pat Estes at 415 W. Main St.; Downs, IL.&nbsp; The request is to change the current zoning classification of R-1 to R-2.&nbsp; This will match current adjoining residential zoned property.&nbsp; There are 2 lots owned by the applicant to be rezoned to R-2.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> BOIL ORDER for N Gadwall Lifted http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4176 The boil order for residents at 114-131 North Gadwall Lane in the Village of Downs has been lifted. CHANGE: Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing for the Medical Cannabis Farm http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4174 The ZBA Hearing for the rezoning of the proposed Medical Cannabis Farm has changed from October 28 to <strong>October 30</strong>, 6pm @ the TV Middle School multi-purpose room/cafeteria.<br /><br />The Public Information Meetings have not changed.&nbsp; They will be in the same location on Oct 23 @ 7 pm and Oct 26 @ 2 pm. Water Outage and Boil Order http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4169 Due to the connection of the water lines to the Beecher Trails Subdivision today, water will be shut off this morning for residents at 114-131 North Gadwall Lane in the Village of Downs.&nbsp; When water is restored, a boil order will be in effect until further notice. UPDATE: Public Information Meeting for Proposed Medical Cannabis Farm Set http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4166 <span style="color: #d0131a;"><strong>(ZBA Hearing Date Change)</strong></span><br /><br />Myself and the developer will be holding two public information meetings on October 23 - 7 pm and Oct 26 - 2 pm at the Tri-Valley Middle School multi-purpose room/cafeteria.&nbsp; The meeting will start with an overview of the process and proposed medical cannabis farm.&nbsp; Pubic Q&amp;A will follow presentation.<br /><br />Please come to one or both of these meetings to learn more about the proposed farm and ask your questions.&nbsp; The Zoning Board of Appeals meeting will be <span style="color: #d0131a;">Oct 30 - 6 pm</span> at the same location.<br /><br />Regards,<br />Mike James, Mayor Cancelled - October Events Committee Meeting http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4164 The regularly scheduled Events Committee meeting has been cancelled for October.&nbsp; This meeting was to be held on 10/9/2014, 7 pm at Village Hall. Electronic payment option for your Downs utility bill is now available thru IL E-Pay http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4149 Use this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.epayillinois.com/Home/ShowSiteLandingPage/6720" target="_blank">link</a> to make your payment online.&nbsp; Please note that the Village nor the State charge anything for extra for this method of payment.&nbsp; The extra charge is from the credit card companies. Development Committee Meeting for Tonight, 9/6/2014 has been Cancelled http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4122 Event Volunteers are Needed http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4118 <p>The following are a reduced list of events planned and approximately how many volunteers are needed. If you do not have the time to volunteer, please consider a donation for your favorite event.</p> <p>1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Downs Fright Fest (October) &ndash; Listed below are a few areas needed.</p> <ol> <li>Characters for the Haunted House</li> <li>Drivers for hay rack ride</li> <li>Ticket Sales in Dooley Park</li> <li>Food coordinator</li> <li>Kid&rsquo;s activities</li> </ol> <p>2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Veterans Breakfast (November 8 or 9) &ndash; Need 4+ volunteers to cook and/or serve.</p> <p>3)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Christmas in Downs (December) &ndash; Listed below are a few areas needed.</p> <ol> <li>Gingerbread House Coordinator</li> <li>Santa and Helper Coordinator</li> <li>Lights setup</li> </ol> <p>4)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt (March or April 2015) &ndash; Need 4+ volunteers to cook and/or serve.</p> Public Hearing 9/29/2014: Kickapoo Park Bike Trail and Frisbee Golf Course http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4090 A Public Hearing will be held on Monday, September 29, 2014, 7 pm at the Dooley Park Pavilion to discuss the addition of a Frisbee Golf course and Bike Trail in Kickapoo Park.&nbsp; Please use the following link to see the Business Plan for Kickapoo Park.&nbsp; This is located in the Parks and Recreation page under Departments.<br /><br />The regular committee meeting will follow the hearing. BOIL ORDER LIFTED AUGUST 29, 2014 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4068 The BOIL ORDER that was put in place on August 21st for the following areas has been lifted:<br /> <ul> <li>All of Woodlawn St, East, Dooley and Oak Streets</li> <li>All of Indian Hills Subdivision</li> <li>400 &amp; 500 blocks of Rt 150</li> </ul> Thank you for your patience during this repair and water testing time.<br />Regards,<br />Public Works Dept Sand Volleyball Tournament Team Registration Form http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3913 <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.02px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 667.209px; top: 936.545px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(1.06765, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-angle="0" data-font-name="g_font_36_0" data-canvas-width="207.30208526611327">Village of Downs is having a four-person sand volleyball tournament, with at least one female</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16.5183px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 161.576px; top: 984.979px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(1.00068, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-angle="0" data-font-name="g_font_35_0" data-canvas-width="358.95990387725834">players on the court at all times. Entry fee is $25, with an early bird registration fee of $20 for all entries received by July 1st, 2014. <br /><br />Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16.5183px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 616.213px; top: 984.971px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(1.00067, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-angle="0" data-font-name="g_font_35_0" data-canvas-width="274.50166502380387"><br />Limit of 10 registered teams.</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16.5183px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 287.027px; top: 1016.67px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(1.06603, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-angle="0" data-font-name="g_font_36_0" data-canvas-width="562.383180130005"><br />Friday, July 4th starting at 9:00 PM in Downs Dooley Park on the Sand Volleyball Court.</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16.5183px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 161.587px; top: 1062.16px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(1.00061, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-angle="0" data-font-name="g_font_35_0" data-canvas-width="719.3899394302368"><br /><a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2014_sand_volleyball_tournament_reg.pdf" target="_blank">Drop off this registration</a>&nbsp;and payment in the mail slot at the Village Hall or email tagfam4@msn.com.</div> Public Hearing: Strategic Development Plan http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3895 The Village of Downs Development Committee will be holding a Public Hearing on June 17 at 7 pm to review and discuss the&nbsp;<a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/strategic_development_plan_2014_05_20.pdf" target="_blank">Strategic Development Plan</a> it has drafted.&nbsp; <br /><br />Please come and provide your input regarding this document. Event Donation Form http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3858 Use this form to make&nbsp;<a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/downs_event_fund_donation.pdf" target="_blank">individual contributions</a> to your favorite Village Event. Business Sponsors Needed for Down's Events http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3857 Please see the following for more information on how you can <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2014_donation_solicitation_letter_20140624091501.pdf" target="_blank">sponsor Village of Downs Events</a>. Downs Cleanup Day http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3781 Please see the following for <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/downs_clean_up_day_2014.pdf" target="_blank">more information on the Village cleanup day </a>on May 17, 2014 from 8am - 2 pm.<br /> Dooley Park Car Show Registration open http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3751 <div data-canvas-width="590.836" data-font-name="g_font_48_0" data-angle="0" style="font-size: 40px; font-family: serif; left: 196.3px; top: 93.8px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(1.10643, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">23rd ANNUAL EVENT - DOWNS, IL </span></span></div> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Sunday May18th</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Registration: 11am to Noon</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Awards: 3:00pm</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">DASH PLAQUES FORTHE FIRST 100 VEHICLES!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">TROPHIES FOR THE TOP 50 VEHICLES IN SHOW!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">$12.00 Registration Fee if received by (05/12/14)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">$15.00 Day of Show!</span></span></p> See the <a target="_blank" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/dooley_park_car_show_2014.pdf">car show flyer</a> for more information.&nbsp; 2014 Village of Downs Freedom Run & Walk http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3725 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /> The 4th annual Village of Downs Freedom Run offers a 5k race timed by the Lake Run Club and a non-timed 1 mile walk, as well as a non-timed Free Kid's Fun Run for children 10 and under.<br /> <br /> Registration for the race is available online at <a href="http://www.downsfreedomrun.eventbrite.com" target="_blank">http://www.downsfreedomrun.eventbrite.com</a> now through Fri, June 27, 2014 at Noon. The online registration fee is a $20.00 donation to the Village of Downs and a $2.09 Eventbrite fee. Paper forms are available to pre-register with a $20.00 donation via cash or check (payable to Village of Downs). Checks or cash can be used to register the day of the race ($25.00 donation) from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. at Tri-Valley Middle School. No refunds will be given.&nbsp; Or complete the following <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2014_village_of_downs_freedom_run_registration_form.pdf" target="_blank">registration form</a> and mail to the address on the form.<br /> <br /> Pre-registered runners and walkers may pick up their race packets on Fri, June 27 from 5-7 pm at Tri-Valley High School in Downs, or at the registration table at Tri-Valley Middle School on race day from 6:30 to 7:15 am.<br /> <strong><br /> T-shirts (100% cotton) will be given to runners and walkers who have pre-registered online by noon on 6/13/14, or who have mailed forms which have been postmarked by 6/13/14.</strong><br /> <br /> The 5k race will start in front of Tri-Valley Middle School at 7:30 am on 6/28/14. Walkers will start immediately following the runners. The 5k Run finish line is on the Tri-Valley High School track. The 1 Mi. Walk finish line is in the TVHS parking lot. The Kids Fun Run will be held after the 5k finishes on the TVHS track. It will be one lap around the track. Kids Fun Run participants do not need to register.<br /> <br /> Medals will be awarded to the Overall Top Female and Male, and the Top Age Group Finisher for Men and Women: 19 &amp; under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+. Ribbons will be awarded to all children participating in the Fun Run.<br /> <br /> If you would like to volunteer or make a donation to sponsor the event, please contact Amie Mouser at 309-824-1140 or amie.mouser@gmail.com.&nbsp; Registration Form<br /> <br /> Garage Sales Days: Registration Open - Updated http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3688 Registration is open for Tri-Valley residents for the Downs Area Garage Sale Days.&nbsp; $1 registration fee will get your home listed on the area map that will be distributed at the &quot;Welcome Center&quot; Dooley Park Community Center, posted on the website, etc.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> This event will held May 9th and 10th in the Village of Downs from 8 am - 4 pm. Residents will control their own &quot;open&quot; times and they need to be supplied when registering.<br /> <br /> There will be a &ldquo;Welcome Center&rdquo; in Dooley Park that will be kick-&shy;‐off point for all the Village garage sales. It will have maps, water and refreshments for sale and will open from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> If you want to be listed on the map or want to volunteer for helping at the welcome center, please contact Mike James or drop off your information and fee, at the Village Hall.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Please use the following form:&nbsp; <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/garage_sale_registration_2014.pdf" target="_blank">Garage Sale Days Registration</a><br /> <br /> FY2015 Event Plan is approved and available - Volunteers and Donation needed! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3668 The Village Board adopted the proposed <a target="_blank" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/downs_event_committee_plan_fy2015_04_final.pdf">FY2015 Event Plan</a> created by the Events Committee.&nbsp; Please take the time to review the plan and determine where you will help.<br /> <br /> Without your help, TV Community, it is possible that one or more of these events could be cancelled.&nbsp; If you can't help, please consider a tax-deductible donation to support your event.<br /> <br /> Thank you very much!<br /> <br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/downs_event_committee_plan_fy2015_04_final.pdf">FY2015 Event Plan</a><br /> Living Hope Christian Church Public Hearings http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3626 The Village of Downs Zoning Board of Appeals has set the rezoning public hearing for <a target="_blank" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/village_zba_public_hearing_notice_living_hope_cc_2014_03.pdf">March 31, 2014, 6:30 pm at the Village Hall</a>.<br /> <br /> The Village of Downs Board of Trustees has set the annexation public hearing for the Living Hope Christian Church property on <a target="_blank" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/village_board_public_hearing_notice_living_hope_2014_03.pdf">April 3, 2014, 6:30 pm at the Village Hall</a>.<br /> Beecher Trails Preliminary Plan Public Hearing http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3566 <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%">Public Notice is hereby given by the Village of Downs Board of Trustees that on March 6, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Village of Downs Hall, located at 211 S. Seminary St., a public hearing will be held on the request for approval of the Preliminary Plan for Beecher Trails subdivision.&nbsp; All interested persons have the right to appear and present evidence on such Preliminary Plan.&nbsp; The petition, Preliminary Plan and other supporting documents can be inspected by the public at the Village of Downs Hall during regular office hours. The Petitioner and Developer is MMBowers, Inc.&nbsp; The area is approximately 45 acres, located at the south half of the Living Hope Church Property located at the southwest corner of the IL RT 150 and N 2000 East Road intersection.</span><span style="font-size:16.0pt;line-height:115%"> <o:p></o:p></span></p> PSA: Heavy Rain and Melting Snow on Thursday 2/20/2014 - Flooding Expected http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3522 Please be advised that tonight and tomorrow we are expecting heavy and a large amount of rainfall in Downs.&nbsp; Rain predictions are of over an inch of rain.&nbsp; With that much rain, frozen ground and melting snow we expect to see flooding and in some areas significant flooding.&nbsp; The Village will try to be proactive in removing snow and ice dams where possible to help with water runoff. <br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you are in the corporate limits of Downs and have a situation where you are experiencing significant water backup please email, call or text the Mayor, Streets Trustee and/or Public Works Superintendent with your name, address and phone number.&nbsp; We will respond as soon as we are able.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Our phone numbers are located in the flyer or on the Village website.&nbsp; We appreciate your patience as this has been an extremely challenging winter for our budget, volunteers and employees.<br /> <br /> Regards,<br /> Mike James, Mayor<br /> Dan Lush, Streets Trustee<br /> Kevin Whitehouse, Public Works Superintendent<br /> Boy Scout Troop 53 Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Tickets on Sale http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3518 March 15, 2014 from 7am - 11am the Downs Boy Scout Troop will be hosting their annual pancake and sausage breakfast fundraiser at the Downs United Methodist Church at 102 S. Seminary St, Downs, IL 61736.<br /> <br /> The money raised is used to by equipment and help offset costs for the boys to attend camps and activities.<br /> <br /> Please support your local troop by purchasing your tickets from one of Troop 53 Boy Scouts.<br /> <br /> Tickets Costs: <ul> <li>Cost: Adults - $6.00</li> <li>Children (10 and under) - $4.00</li> <li>Seniors (60 and over) - $4.00</li> </ul> Tickets available from a Troop 53 Boy Scout or at the door.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" 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/><br /> <br /> John Wesley Powell Audubon Society http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3492 On Thursday, April 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the Center for Natural Science (CNS) C101 at Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU), Joel Greenberg, naturalist, author, and one of the founders of Project Passenger Pigeon will talk on &ldquo;The Echoes of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Once the most abundant land bird in North America, it is estimated that the Passenger Pigeon numbered in the billions. It&rsquo;s reported they darkened the sky for hours or even days at a time. Many birds aggregate into large groups but nothing like the Passenger Pigeon did, and yet their decline from billions to zero took only 40 years.&nbsp; The year 2014 is the centennial of the &quot;impossible&quot; extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.<br /> <br /> Mr. Greenberg will present Passenger Pigeon&rsquo;s life, habits, its interactions with other species&mdash;most inauspiciously humans&mdash;and its eventual demise.&nbsp;&nbsp; He will explore the story of the bird and highlight the important lessons that it presents to those of us in the 21st century.<br /> <br /> His book has received glowing reviews from the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and other notable publications.<br /> <br /> All programs, unless otherwise noted, will be held in room C101 at the Center for Natural Science (CNS), 201 Beecher Street, Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU), Bloomington, Illinois.&nbsp; Enter from Emerson Street to East Street.&nbsp; Free parking is available in the lot just north of the CNS on the corner of Beecher and East Streets.&nbsp; This program is co-sponsored by the Beach Lewis Fund of the IWU Biology Department, IWU Environmental Studies program, and JWP Audubon Society.<br /> <br /> Contact:&nbsp; Paula Wager<br /> &nbsp; Publicity Chair<br /> &nbsp; John Wesley Powell Audubon Society<br /> &nbsp; Paula.Wager@Heartland.edu<br /> &nbsp; (309) 530-6615<br /> <br /> Information Letters Regarding Beecher Trails Subdivision http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3486 All,<br /> See below for links to factual information in regard to the annexation of Beecher Trails.&nbsp; These letters document the many discussions and research performed by the Board.&nbsp; Please feel free to call me if you wish to discuss this further. <br /> <ol> <li><a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/water_capacity_beecher_trails.pdf">Village Public Works Superintendent Analysis</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/fgi_beecher_trails_memo.pdf">Village Engineer Review and Analysis</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/tvs_letter.pdf">Tri-Valley School Superintendent Information</a></li> </ol> Regards,<br /> Mike James,<br /> Mayor Do You Want to Help Tornado Victims? http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3260 If you would like to donate, here are some options for you to consider:&nbsp; <br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; go to redcross.org/donate ,<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; call 1-800-RED CROSS,<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; mail your check payable to the American Red Cross of the Heartland to One Westport Court, Bloomington, Illinois&nbsp; 61704-3626 (be sure and list Disaster Relief or Illinois Tornadoes in the memo line),<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A group or organization can help raise funds for these disaster relief efforts by contacting Kendra Henson at Kendra.henson@redcross.org, or<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If you want to do your own online fundraising, visit http://www.redcross.org/support/donating-fundraising/fundraising-licensing/online-fundraiser <br /> <br /> Remember, every little bit will help.&nbsp; Thank you for your support. <br /> <br /> Village Hall Rededication and Special Presentation http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3235 Please click on the <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/village_hall_rededication_and_special_presentation_2013_11.pdf" target="_blank">following to see information regarding the Village Hall rededication and special presentation</a> on December 5, 2013, 6 pm at the Village Hall.<br /> Town Hall Meeting - December 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm, Village Hall http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3234 Please click on the link to see the <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/town_hall_meeting_2013_11.pdf" target="_blank">information regarding the next Town Hall meeting</a> set for December 14, 2013 at 1 pm at the Village Hall.<br /> Need Help with your NICOR Bill? http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3200 At Nicor Gas, they believe there is more than a good way to do business; there is a right way. If you or someone you know is struggling to pay your Nicor Gas bill, you may qualify for financial assistance.<br /> <br /> Please click on the following <a href="http://nicorgas.aglr.com/Home/EnergyAssistance.aspx" target="_blank">to get more information</a>.<br /> Congratulations to the Tri-Valley Football Team http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3186 The Village of Downs is proud of the success of the Tri-Valley Football Team!<br /> <br /> We wish you continued success and hope you will bring home a Class 1A State Championship trophy on Friday November 29, 2013.<br /> <br /> GO VIKINGS!!&nbsp; TIF Project Funding Application - Now available http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3170 The new TIF&nbsp;Project Funding Application has been approved.&nbsp; Please use the <a target="_blank" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/ordinance_approving_tif_application_process_2013_11_exhibit_a.pdf">following link</a> to access the application.<br /> Thank you to all our veterans! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3169 <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Thank you to our veteran&rsquo;s and their familiest!</strong></div> <br /> On Novenmber 11, we take the special opportunity and time to thank our approximately 23 million vererans for their service and sacrifice to our wonderful country.&nbsp; A day set aside to commemorate the end of WW I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Armistice Day.&nbsp; On this day we should stop our busy day to remember, appreciate and thank a veteran in your special way.&nbsp; Although there are many ways you can thank a veteran, the easiest is a heartfelt &ldquo;Thank you for what you have done for our country.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> November Board Meeting Legislation Available http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3158 The Ordinances, Resolutions and Exhibits for Legislation at the November 7, 2013 is now available.&nbsp; <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/meeting_agenda_2013_11_07_weblinks.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to access</a>.<br /> Salvation Army Supportive Services for Veteran Familes http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3122 The Salvation Army provides financial and support services to Veteran Families through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.&nbsp; The program is a housing stability-focused service delivery program for very low-income veteran families throughout Central Illinois.&nbsp; This program will serve veteran families that are homeless or imminently at-risk of being homeless.&nbsp; The goal is to stabilize these families in housing, while providing on-going support as needed to sustain independent living.<br /> <br /> You May Qualify&nbsp;if... <ul> <li>You or your spouse are a Veteran</li> <li>You have a very low income that does not exceed 50% of Area Median Income</li> <li>Your housing status is in one of the following three categories: <ul> <li>You reside in housing and lack the ability to pay all of your bills</li> <li>You are currently homeless</li> <li>You have left permanent housing within the past 90 days to seek other housing that better meets your family's needs or preferences</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <div>Services The Salvation Army may include:</div> <ul> <li>Rental and Utility Deposits</li> <li>Time and Amount Limited Rental and Utility Assistance</li> <li>Amount Limited Moving Costs and Emergency Supplies</li> <li>Case Management Services</li> <li>Transportation Assistance</li> <li>Information and Referrals to Community Resources</li> <li>Assistance in Obtaining VA Benefits</li> <li>Assistance in Obtaining and Coordinating Other Public Benefits</li> <li>Assistance in Securing Permanent Housing</li> </ul> Please contact The Salvation Army Unit for more information:&nbsp; <ul> <li>601 W. Washington St., Bloomington, IL 61701, (309) 829-9476</li> </ul> <br /> <div>&nbsp;</div> 2013 Halloween Trick or Treating Hours http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3117 The Village of Downs will use the hours set in 2012 for Trick or Treating for 2013.&nbsp; Trick or Treating should be observed from 5-8 pm on October 31, 2013.<br /> <br /> Please make sure your kids understand that homes that do not have any external lights on should not be visited.<br /> 150th Anniversary of the Gettsyburg Address http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3110 A group trip to Springfield, IL on Tuesday, November 19 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is being coordinated by First State Bank located on Hershey Drive. <br /> <br /> The day includes a guided tour of Oak Ridge Cemetery, which includes Lincoln's Tomb, memorials for WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War Memorials.&nbsp; We will then travel to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum which offers various special events throughout the day including the reading of the Gettysburg Address by Fritz Klein as Abraham Lincoln.&nbsp; <br /> &nbsp;<br /> The cost is $45 per person.&nbsp; We will depart Normal at 8:00 am and return around 6:00 /6:30 pm.&nbsp; The fee includes the Guided Tour of Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln Museum entrance fee, special activities for the celebration, transportation, taxes, and tips.&nbsp; Travelers are responsible for lunch.&nbsp; (There will be a complete list of close options which includes Subway conveniently located inside the museum).&nbsp; <br /> &nbsp;<br /> This is a last minute trip planned by us.&nbsp; Therefore, the deadline to register is October 31st.&nbsp; Please see the following for more <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2013_november_gettysburg_address.pdf" target="_blank">information</a>.<br /> Village of Downs Seeking Qualified Applicants for Assistant Treasurer http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3056 Please click to see the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.villageofdowns.org/village-of-downs-employment.htm?jobId=517">Job Posting</a><br /> Alert: Washington Street Traffic Pattern to Change 9/27/2013 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=3024 On Friday, September 27th the traffic pattern on Washington Street will change. On Friday, the McLean County Highway Department will open Washington Street to traffic from Route 150 to Woodlawn. Washington Street will close on Friday from Seminary to Woodlawn.<br /> <br /> High School and Middle School Traffic - There will be no change to the current traffic pattern. All vehicles will be asked to enter from the middle school.<br /> <br /> Elementary School - All traffic to the elementary building will enter from 150 on to Washington Street. You will be asked to drive past the elementary school and turn left into the drop off lane. 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proclamations celebrating their achievements and dedication. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color:black">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The 21<sup>st</sup> Infantry is made up of students, alumni and parents from Tri Valley High in Downs. Each spring they dedicate a day to Civil War reenacting called &ldquo;Civil War Daze&rdquo;. Under the direction of <b>Mark McBride, Robin Roberts and Krissy Vaux</b>, more than 50 girls and boys from Tri Valley High and middle school work with professional re-enactors to present a day dedicated to the Civil War.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color:black">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color:black">&ldquo;The 21<sup>st</sup> Infantry has selflessly worked to ensure we remember </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">all the brave souls who fought in the War Between the States<span style="color: black">,&rdquo; Topinka said. &ldquo;Their efforts have made a difference to thousands of military families in Illinois and beyond, and it is my honor to salute their volunteerism.&rdquo;</span></span></p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> 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font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";} </style> <![endif]--> Complete our Public Safety and Police Survey http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2892 Please print and complete the <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/police_and_public_safety_citizen_survey_2013_09.pdf" target="_blank">Police and Public Safety Survey</a> and return it to the Village Hall.<br /> <br /> Thanks,<br /> Maureen Roach<br /> Public Safety Trustee<br /> Village of Downs Seeking Qualified Applicants for Treasurer http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2887 <a href="http://www.villageofdowns.org/village-of-downs-employment.htm?jobId=517 " target="_blank">Please click to see the posting for this position.</a><br /> Boil Order from July 10 lifted http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2814 A boil order, in place since July 10 due to a break in the Washington Street water main, was lifted over the weekend.<br /> ALERT: Water tower painting July 12-15 may affect quality http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2809 Maguire Iron, our water tower maintenance contractor, is in town this weekend to complete touch-up painting on the water tower behind the village hall. During this time, customers may experience some temporary fluctuations in water quality as a result of the water tower being taken out of service. Your water service should not be interupted. If you have questions, email them to publicworks@villageofdowns.org.<br /> Results: 5K Freedom Run, 1 Mile Walk & Kids Fun Run http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2769 The following are the results of this great event.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered for this kickoff event of the <br /> Downs July 4th activities.<br /> <br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2013_freedom_run_roster_results.pdf">Click to see the complete results</a>.<br /> <br /> <style type="text/css">table { }td { padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 1px; padding-left: 1px; color: black; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif; vertical-align: bottom; border: medium none; white-space: nowrap; }.xl63 { font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; font-family: Calibri; }.xl64 { }</style> <table width="292" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0" style="border-collapse: collapse;width:292pt"> <colgroup><col width="138" style="mso-width-source:userset;mso-width-alt:5888;width:138pt" /> <col width="89" style="mso-width-source:userset;mso-width-alt:3797;width:89pt" /> <col width="65" style="width:65pt" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr height="15" style="height:15.0pt"> <td width="138" height="15" class="xl63" style="height:15.0pt;width:138pt">Top Runners</td> <td width="89" class="xl63" style="width:89pt">Runner</td> <td width="65" class="xl63" style="width:65pt">Time</td> </tr> <tr height="15" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="15" style="height:15.0pt">Top Female</td> <td>Holly Sinn</td> <td align="right" class="xl64">21:01.0</td> </tr> <tr height="15" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="15" style="height:15.0pt">Top Male</td> <td>Cade Martens</td> <td align="right" class="xl64">18:32.0</td> </tr> <tr height="15" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="15" style="height:15.0pt">&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td align="right" class="xl64">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr height="15" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="15" style="height:15.0pt">Top Female 19 &amp; under AA</td> <td>Holly Sinn</td> <td align="right" class="xl64">21:01.0</td> </tr> <tr height="15" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="15" style="height:15.0pt">Top Male 19 &amp; under A</td> <td>Cade Martens</td> <td align="right" class="xl64">18:32.0</td> </tr> <tr height="15" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="15" style="height:15.0pt">Top Female 20-29 BB</td> <td>Britney Villhauer</td> <td align="right" class="xl64">25:40.0</td> </tr> <tr height="15" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="15" style="height:15.0pt">Top Male 20-29 B</td> <td>No Entry</td> <td class="xl64">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr height="15" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="15" style="height:15.0pt">Top Female 30-39 CC</td> <td>Kristen Myers</td> <td align="right" class="xl64">26:31.0</td> </tr> <tr height="15" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="15" style="height:15.0pt">Top Male 30-39 C</td> <td>Gary Savage, jr</td> <td align="right" class="xl64">19:10.0</td> </tr> <tr height="15" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="15" style="height:15.0pt">Top Female 40-49 DD</td> <td>Katie Norman</td> <td align="right" class="xl64">23:54.0</td> </tr> <tr height="15" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="15" style="height:15.0pt">Top Male 40-49 D</td> <td>Jeff Trask</td> <td align="right" class="xl64">18:54.0</td> </tr> <tr height="15" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="15" style="height:15.0pt">Top Female 50-59 EE</td> <td>Debra Lowell</td> <td align="right" class="xl64">23:54.0</td> </tr> <tr height="15" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="15" style="height:15.0pt">Top Male 50-59 E</td> <td>Ken Endrizzi</td> <td align="right" class="xl64">18:33.0</td> </tr> <tr height="15" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="15" style="height:15.0pt">Top Female 60-69 FF</td> <td>No Entry</td> <td class="xl64">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr height="15" style="height:15.0pt"> <td height="15" style="height:15.0pt">Top Male 60-69 F</td> <td>No Entry</td> <td class="xl64">&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> 3 on 3 Competitions Signup http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2752 Click on the following link to get to the signup sheet for the <a target="_blank" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2013_3_on_3_basketball.pdf">4th of July 3-on-3 Competitions</a>.<br /> July 4th Parade Route http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2744 This following is a map for the <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2013_4th_of_july_parade_route.pdf" target="_blank">4th of July Parade route</a><br /> <br /> Contact Mary Goveia for more information.<br /> 5K Freedom Run, 1 Mile Walk & Kids Fun Run http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2720 <u>LOCATION, DATE &amp; TIME</u><br /> &bull; Moraine View State Park, LeRoy, IL<br /> &bull; Saturday, June 29, 2013<br /> &bull; 5K Run/1 Mile Walk: 7:30 a.m.<br /> <br /> <u>REGISTRATION</u><br /> &bull; Early race bib pick up: June 28, 5-6 p.m. at Dooley Park in Downs.<br /> &bull; Race Day Registration: June 29, 6:30 &ndash; 7:15a.m.<br /> &bull; 5K Run/1 Mile Walk Donation: $18 (+ $1.98 fee) if registering online before 6/28/13 at noon. $20 on race day using this entry form.<br /> &bull; Cash or checks accepted on race day. Please make checks payable to: Village of Downs. All proceeds will benefit the Village of Downs 4th of July Celebration.<br /> <br /> *&nbsp; <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2013_village_of_downs_freedom_run_registration_form.pdf" target="_blank">Click to access the registration form</a><br /> <br /> <u>DESCRIPTION</u><br /> &bull; The 5K (3.1 mi.) course is in scenic Moraine View State Park in LeRoy. The starting line will be near the concession area. The nontimed 1 mile walk will be incorporated into the 5K route. A free Kids Fun Run (1/4 mi) will be held immediately following the5K.<br /> <br /> <u>AWARDS</u><br /> &bull; Medals awarded to Overall Male and Female Winner<br /> &bull; Recognition will be given to the Top Age Group Finisher for Men and Women: 19 &amp; Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+<br /> &bull; Ribbons given to all Kids Fun Run participants.<br /> <br /> <u>VOLUNTEERS</u><br /> &bull; If you would like to volunteer please contact Marla Brotherton.<br /> <br /> <u>CONTACT INFORMATION</u><br /> Marla Brotherton<br /> Phone: (309) 261-3968<br /> E-Mail: mr_broton@hotmail.com<br /> July 4th Co-ed 4's Sand Volleyball Tournament http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2719 Village of Downs is having a four-person sand volleyball tournament, with at least two female<br /> players on the court at all times. <br /> <br /> Entry fee is $25, with an early bird registration fee of $20 for all entries received by June 25, 2013. <br /> <br /> Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Limit of 10 registered teams.<br /> <br /> Thursday, July 4th starting at 9:00 AM in Downs Dooley Park on the Sand Volleyball Court.<br /> <br /> Mail entry fee to Marla Brotherton at PO Box 288 Downs, IL 61736 or drop off in the mail slot at<br /> the Village Hall and fill out the roster below or email mr_broton@hotmail.com:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/2013_sand_volleyball_tournament_reg_2.pdf" target="_blank">Please click to access the Registration Form.</a><br /> 2013 Water Consumer Confidence Report available http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2707 The<a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/ccr_2013.pdf"> 2013 Consumer Confidence Report</a> for the Village of Downs has been mailed to all water consumers. 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The Board representation is required for sponsorship of legislation to the Village Board.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">The Development Committee will be responsible for developing plans and recommendations for commercial and residential development and beautification for the Village.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The meeting location, frequency, date and time will be set once the Development Committee has been formed.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">Publication for the Development Committee and solicitation for interested individuals will be published in the May Village Flyer.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The Mayor and another Trustee will meet with those interested and present those selected to the Board in June.</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">&middot;<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">Membership: 3-5 community members, 1-2 Trustee(s) and Mayor (not to be chair)</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">Village of Downs Events Committee</span></u></b></p> <p style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">&middot;<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">Purpose: </span></b><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">This committee will be a committee that will have representation from the community, Board and the Mayor.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It will be subject to the rules and procedures of Chapter 2, Section 11 of the Village Ordinances. The Board representation is required for sponsorship of legislation to the Village Board. </span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">The committee will be in charge of planning, management, solicitation of funding, and overall budgets for all Village events.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>A special fund will be created and used to manage expenses, donations, and grants.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The committee will be in charge of establishing a fiscal year plan of all community events in January, submit to the Board for discussion in February, and submit final plan and budget to the Board for action in March to align with the Village budget process. Special events outside the yearly plan can be considered and must be approved by the committee and the Board. </span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">This Events Committee may create, at its discretion, subcommittees or run event(s) themselves. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>The subcommittee is responsible for all event planning, resource needs, volunteers, and low level budgeting.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Since several community events have already started planning (i.e. 4<sup>th</sup> of July and Car Show), the Events Committee will need work with these existing subcommittees, build out the overall plan and budget for the rest of the fiscal year and present it to the Board for approval ASAP.</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">The Events Committee will need to work with the Park Committee and Board to ensure coordination of Village resources. The meeting location, frequency, date and time will be set once the Events Committee has been formed.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Publication for the Events Committee and solicitation for interested individuals will be published in the May Village Flyer.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The Mayor and another Trustee will meet with those interested and present those selected to the Board in June.</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">&middot;<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">Membership: 3-5 community members, 1-2 Trustee(s) and Mayor (not to be chair)</span></b></p> May Village Newsletter available http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2628 <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Click <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/flyer_2013_05.pdf">here to view the May issue</a> of the Village of Downs newsletter. Beginning in June, the newsletter will only be mailed on request. It will be available on this website or can be picked up at the Village Hall or post office.<br /> </span></span></p> Village of Downs 2013 Car Show http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2610 See the following <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/dooley_park_car_show_2_2013.pdf" target="_blank">car show flyer </a>for more information<br /> Streets Department Hiring Part-Time workers http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2600 See the <a href="http://www.villageofdowns.org/village-of-downs-employment.htm">following</a> for list of current openings, requirements and deadlines.<br /> Kickapoo Park Dedication Cancelled http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2547 Due to weather, the dedication of the Kickapoo Park, scheduled for 4/21/2013, has been cancelled. &nbsp;It will be scheduled for a later date.&nbsp; Governor Quinn Activates Flood Emergency Response http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2541 Governor Quinn Activates Flood Emergency Response<br /> <br /> Governor Pat Quinn this morning activated the State Incident Response Center (SIRC) in Springfield to assess flooding and severe weather in several areas of the state and expedite assistance that may be needed by local public safety officials to protect citizens. The SIRC will remain open as long as needed to support local responders.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &quot;I urge everyone to stay alert and avoid flooded areas,&quot; Governor Quinn said. &quot;Residents should tune in to local TV and radio stations for updated information about any closed routes or evacuations.&quot;<br /> <br /> The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) would like to warn motorists against driving into flood waters and urges extra caution on the roads today. Flood warnings and watches are in place throughout the state, causing flooding on numerous roads, and temporary road closures. As of mid-morning, most flooding problems and weather-related transportation delays were occurring in the northern two-thirds of the state.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &quot;Driving into flooded portions of roads can be dangerous and even deadly, as flood waters can quickly carry your vehicle away,&quot; said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. &quot;Our crews are working diligently to ensure flooded roads are closed off to the motoring public and will continue to monitor the conditions to ensure safety across Illinois throughout the duration of this storm.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Flooding-related driving tips: <ul> <li>Do not drive through flooded areas</li> <li>If a road covered by water seems shallow enough to cross, do not attempt to do so</li> <li>If your car stalls, do not attempt to push it out; seek higher ground</li> </ul> For a list of road closures, please visit<br /> http://www.dot.il.gov/road/roadClosures.htm.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For more information on flood safety and real-time updates on today's storms, please visit<br /> http://Ready.Illinois.gov.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Early Voting for the April 9th Consolidated Election Starts Today thru 4/6/13 http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2471 <p style="margin: 0px; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 14px; "><b>Early Voting:&nbsp;</b></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 11.5px; font-family: Georgia; ">March 25<span style="font-size: 8px; ">th </span>- April 6<span style="font-size: 8px; ">th&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 11.5px; font-family: Georgia; "><br /> <b style="font-size: 11px; "><i>Early voting </i>locations and times: McLean County Clerk&rsquo;s Office, 115 E Washington St, Rm 102; 9:00 am-4:30 pm Mondays through Fridays, &amp; Saturdays from 9-12.&nbsp;</b></p> <br /> More information on early voting: &nbsp;http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1756 <br /> March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2430 <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt"><a 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Eagle Scout project. He replaced the welcome signs coming into town on each end of Seminary Street. Thank you Ben for your service to the community and dedication in obtaining your Eagle Scout rank. State Farm Sponsored Recycling Day http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=2038 State Farm is sponsoring a &quot;America Recycles Day&quot; on:&nbsp; Saturday, Nov 17 8 a.m.&mdash; 1 p.m. IWU Hansen Center Parking Lot 300 East Beecher Street<br /> <br /> Click <a target="_blank" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/ard_mega_recycling_event.pdf">here</a> for more information.<br /> Help Wanted: PT Village Billing Clerk http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1940 Please see the following <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/billing_ad.pdf" target="_blank">link</a> for more information.<br /> Next Park Meeting http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1935 <span id="yui_3_2_0_1_1349830203600353" style="font-size:14.0pt;color:black;">Next meeting October 29, 2012 7:00 Youth Center</span><br /> Polling Place moves to Fire Station http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1920 Please note the polling place has been permanently relocated to the Downs Fire Station. This move came about as a way to provide the optimum voting environment. The new polling location is now in the center of town, in a new building with handicap access, parking, climate control, good lighting, wi-fi and many other features. <br /> <br /> See the McLean County Election Commission website for more information or contact Kathy Michaels at the McLean County Clerk's office or Mike Sumner at the Village Hall. <br /> 2013 Downs Community Haunted House http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1918 <style type="text/css"><!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Arial; panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Arial; panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-unhide:no; color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:purple; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --></style> <style type="text/css"><!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Arial; panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:1; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:0 0 0 0 0 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-unhide:no; color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:purple; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --></style> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 18pt;"><a href="http://www.villageofdowns.org/module/news.htm?newsId=4917" target="_blank">For 2015 Information click here</a></span></strong><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial;">The 2013 Downs Haunted House has set five dates this year for the Halloween Season.&nbsp; We will be open from 6:00PM to 10:00PM on 10/13, 10/20, 10/26, 10/27. &nbsp;There will be activities and concessions in Dooley Park.&nbsp; The Haunted House tickets will need to be purchased at Dooley Park prior to taking the Hay Rack ride to the house (except for Friday, 10/26 will need to purchase tickets at the haunted house).&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">The admission price for the Haunted House will be $2.00 per person.&nbsp; The hayrack ride is free. A campfire is available, with hot dogs and s&rsquo;more ingredients available for a mere 50 cents each.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You get to fix your own!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This year we are offering an unlimited wrist band option for the Haunted House, which will be available for $5.00 per night.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">On Saturday, 10/13 and 10/20, there will be children&rsquo;s activities in the Dooley Park Pavilion from 6:00 to 8:00, along with concessions until 10.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Friday, 10/26, only the Haunted House will be open, no events or hayrack will be available that evening. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">On Saturday, 10/27, The Fedoras will be playing popular 60s and 70s music.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They are awesome, come in costume and enjoy this free concert! </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">On Sunday,10/28,</span><span style="font-family: Arial;">from 1:00PM to 3:00PM, this will be an un-Haunted<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>House version for the younger kids to have the opportunity to walk through with the lights and no scares (this special event is free and the children are encouraged to dress in costume. As they come through each room, we will pass out candy).&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Down Community Haunted House Volunteers Needed &ndash; 16 &amp; over</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">We are asking for volunteers that are 16 and over to help us make this another successful year at the Haunted House.&nbsp; No need to be afraid our volunteers are well trained and supervised.&nbsp; We have positions available for tour guides, scene actors and crowd walkers.&nbsp; If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Jill Kasprzak at 825-5783 or Cyndi Miller at 212-5003 (or email at </span><a href="mailto:scmillr88@gmail.com"><span style="font-family: Arial;">scmillr88@gmail.com</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial;">).&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp; </span></p> Proclaim Sept 19th as "No Text on Board - Pledge Day" http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1874 <strong>Proclaim Sept. 19th as &ldquo;No Text on Board &ndash; Pledge Day&rdquo; or proclaim September as &ldquo;Texting and Driving Awareness Month&rdquo;&nbsp; </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> We&rsquo;re pleased to inform you of a partnership between the Illinois Municipal League and AT&amp;T Illinois that is designed to raise awareness to ensure that everyone arrives to their destination safely. <br /> &nbsp;<br /> AT&amp;T&rsquo;s &ldquo;IT Can Wait&rdquo; campaign&rdquo; provides a clear message to motorists of the dangers of texting and driving.&nbsp; Now, on September 19th, AT&amp;T is holding its national &ldquo;No Text on Board Pledge Day.&rdquo; On this day, people will vow to never text and drive again. The goal of this initiative is two-fold: to encourage people to make a commitment to keep themselves and others on the road safe, and to spread awareness of the dangers of texting while driving.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Gov. Quinn is supporting the effort by urging drivers to take this pledge, and proclaiming <strong>September as &ldquo;Texting and Driving Awareness Month&rdquo; in Illinois and, specifically, proclaiming Sept. 19 as &ldquo;No Text on Board Pledge Day&rdquo; in our state.</strong><br /> Ice Cream Social Fundraiser http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1845 When:&nbsp;&nbsp; Sunday, September 9, 2012<br /> Where:&nbsp; Dooley Park, Downs, IL<br /> Time:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3:00-6:00 p.m.<br /> <br /> Featuring Country Favorites by: Eric Gordon, Ray Prince, Terry Lynn Barton &amp; Amanda Mines<br /> <br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/ice_cream_social.pdf">Click here to see the flyer for this event.</a><br /> McLean County Burn Ban Lifted http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1825 &nbsp;Please see the followng article in the Pantagraph for more information: &nbsp;http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/county-burn-ban-to-be-lifted/article_7c9afc9c-e66c-11e1-bc5c-0019bb2963f4.html&nbsp; Farnsworth Presents to the Village Board - Bronze Plaque and Sewer History http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1798 <p class="MsoNormal">On August 2, 2012 Farnsworth engineers presented the Village Board a bronze plaque commemorating the completion of the Village Sewer System.&nbsp; They also gave the Board and interesting history letter on the sewer.&nbsp; Click on this <a href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/1071/Farnsworth_Sewer_History_Letter.pdf" target="_blank">link</a> to see this very interesting history compared to where we are today.<o:p></o:p></p> <!--EndFragment--> New Stop Signs on Harvey Rd http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1746 The Village has installed stop signs on Harvey Rd and Fox Run. &nbsp;This will create an&nbsp;All-Way stop for this intersection and was installed due to local resident concerns and complaints: <ol> <li>The blind hill on Harvey and close calls with accidents for the residents that live in Indian Hills on Harvey Rd.</li> <li>The school bus stop at the top of the hill</li> </ol> Please exercise caution and don't assume cars will stop on Harvey as drivers get used to this change. &nbsp;Police presence will be increased.<br /> <br /> All questions should be directed to Mike James at 309-830-7374 or mike.james@mchsi.com.&nbsp; Public Hearing Notice: 7/12/2012 6 pm at the Village Hall http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1740 <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'"><span style="font-size: medium; ">NOTICE</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; min-height: 15.0px"><span style="font-size: medium; ">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'"><span style="font-size: medium; ">Public Notice is hereby given that the Village of Downs will hold a public hearing on the Preliminary Plan for Cross Creek Subdivision submitted by Mallard Point Development, Inc for the property described as:<br /> &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 36.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'"><span style="font-size: medium; ">That part of the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 4, Township 22 North, Range 3 East of the Third Principal Meridian, McLean County, Illinois, lying south of the South Right-of-Way Line of County Highway 27 (Formerly County Highway 21A) as taken by the Department of Public Works and Buildings of the State of Illinois for and in behalf of the People of the State of Illinois by Chancery No. 68-169-H and as shown on Right-of-Way plat for F.A.I. Route 74 Section 57-22 recorded as Document No. 68-93 in the McLean County Recorder&rsquo;s Office, except Cross Creek Plaza Phase I recorded as Document No. 2009-8537 in said Recorder&rsquo;s Office and:&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 36.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'"><span style="font-size: medium; ">That part of the West Half of the Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of said Section 4, lying south of said South Right-of-Way Line of F.A.I. Route 74 and lying west of Savidge Bridge Subdivision recorded as Document No. 2000-9037 in said Recorder&rsquo;s Office, McLean County, Illinois<br /> &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'"><span style="font-size: medium; ">Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held upon said Preliminary Plan on Thursday July 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall, 211 S. Seminary St. Downs, IL 61736, at which time all interested parties may present their views upon such matter pertaining hereto.&nbsp; Said Preliminary Plan is on file and available for public inspection at the Village Hall during regular business hours.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; min-height: 15.0px"><span style="font-size: medium; ">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'"><span style="font-size: medium; ">Tammie Keener</span></p> <span style="font-size: medium; "> Downs Village Clerk&nbsp;</span> 2012 Downs Freedom Run Results!! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1703 Thank you to everyone that participated and came to cheer on their favorite. &nbsp;Click here to see the <a target="_blank" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/01071201207031028403501.pdf">results</a>&nbsp; Huff Rd to be Closed for Road Work 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2<sup>nd</sup>, 2012 and will continue until completed, which is expected to be July 6<sup>th</sup>, 2012.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>No work will be done on July 4<sup>th</sup>. This work is weather dependant so dates and times may change.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:16.0pt"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:16.0pt">Huff Rd will be closed to thru traffic and <u>all residents who do not live on Huff Rd</u> are asked to take alternative routes to avoid delay in the completion of the project.<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:16.0pt"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:16.0pt">Please respect signs and show workers your patience and consideration.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I apologize for any inconvenience, but this work must be completed in order to repair this road to pre-sewer construction status.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Please use caution once roadwork has been completed, as there will be loose gravel.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:16.0pt"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:16.0pt">For more information or questions, please contact Mike James at 309-830-7374 or mike.james@mchsi.com.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <!--EndFragment--> Boil order lifted: Oak, East, Indian Hills http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1668 The boil order put in place for Oak and East streets and Indian Hills on June 22 has been lifted. 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table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Calibri;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--></div> <div style="text-align: left; "><!--EndFragment--></div> 2012 Car Show Registration Open http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1513 Registration for the 2012 Car Show is open. &nbsp;Please click on the following <a href="http:// http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/01071201204141024070941.pdf" target="_blank">link </a>to see the flyer and registration form.&nbsp; Sewer system update http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1361 Residents have received letters explaining connection.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.villageofdowns.org/public-works.htm">Read More</a><br /> Garbage and Recycling Services Contract Bid Letting http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1316 <span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14pt; line-height: 21px; ">NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on February 23, 2012, bids will be let for garbage and recycling services for the Village of Downs. Bidding instructions are available on the Village&rsquo;s website at&nbsp;</span><a style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14pt; line-height: 21px; " target="_blank" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/01071201202220848002058.pdf">www.villageofdowns.org</a><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14pt; line-height: 21px; ">&nbsp;or by contacting Village Hall, 211 South Seminary Street, Downs, IL. Bids submitted in accordance with the bidding instructions will be accepted until noon on April 5, 2012. F</span><font face="'Times New Roman', serif" size="4"><span style="line-height: 21px;">urther questions relating to the submission of bids should be directed to Village of Downs Trustee Mike Sumner at (309) 378-3221.&nbsp;</span></font><br /> <br /> <font face="'Times New Roman', serif" size="4"><span style="line-height: 21px;">Click the followng for the&nbsp;</span></font><font face="'Times New Roman', serif"><span style="font-size: 19px; line-height: 21px;"><a target="_blank" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/01071201202220858589036.pdf">Garbage and Recycling Services Proposal Bid Form</a>.</span></font><br type="_moz" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14pt; line-height: 21px; " /> UPDATE: Downs Park District Announces New Date for the FUN’D RAISER http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1281 <div style="text-align: center; "><b style="text-align: center; "><span style="font-size:26.0pt;color:red">F</span></b><b style="text-align: center; "><span style="font-size:26.0pt; color:#548DD4;mso-themecolor:text2;mso-themetint:153">U</span></b><b style="text-align: center; "><span style="font-size:26.0pt;color:red">N</span></b><b style="text-align: center; "><span style="font-size:26.0pt">&rsquo;D RAISER</span></b></div> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center" style="text-align:center"><b><span style="font-size:22.0pt">TO SUPPORT THE DOWNS PARK DISTRICT<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" align="center" style="text-align:center"><font color="#066ea9" face="Arial, sans-serif"><br /> </font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Arial; "><b>When: April 14, 2012, 2-4 pm</b></span></span><b><span style="font-size:20.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Arial; "><b>Where: &nbsp;Merlot and A Masterpiece in Bloomington, IL</b></span></span><b><br /> <span style="font-size: 20pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <div><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Arial; ">The park district will be sponsoring a painting class fund</span></span><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Arial; ">raiser&hellip;. An artist from the studios of Merlot and a&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Masterpiece in Bloomington will guide you through creating a&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Arial; ">masterpiece all your own!!!<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </span></span></div> <div><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Absolutely no experience necessary, fun relaxed atmosphere!</span></span></div> <div><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Refreshments provided to keep the creative juices flowing.<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </span></span></div> <div><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Cost per individual is $45, which include canvas, paints,&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Arial; ">brushes and instruction&hellip; you take your painting home and a&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Arial; ">portion of the proceeds will go to fund projects by the park&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Arial; ">district in Downs. Everyone wins!<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </span></span></div> <div><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Arial; ">A minimum of 15 students is needed to hold the class. &nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Registration will close on April 10th. You may sign up and pay</span></span><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Arial; ">&nbsp;on the Merlot and a </span></span><span style="font-size: medium; "><a target="_blank" href="http://www.merlotandamasterpiece.com"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Master Piece website</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial; ">.</span></span></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Arial; ">For more information, contact </span></span><span style="font-size: small; "><span style="font-family: Arial; "><a href="mailto:mr_broton@hotmail.com"><span style="font-size: medium; "><b>mr_broton@hotmail.com</b></span></a><span style="font-size: medium; "> or text Marla Brotherton @ 309-261-3968.</span></span></span><b><span style="font-size: 22.0pt;font-family:&quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></p> Park Committee Agenda for 01-30-2012 Meeting Posted http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1277 &nbsp;Click on the <a href="/parks-and-recreation-106.htm">following </a>to see next week's Park Committee Meeting Agenda Sewer Financial Assistance http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1235 Are you looking or needing financial assistance installing your sewer?<br /> <br /> As stated in a prior newsletter, &nbsp;you may be eligible for assistance through the USDA house assistance program.<br /> <br /> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="500"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="BodyTextBlack" valign="top" colspan="3"><a href="http://usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=HOUSING_ASSISTA"><strong>Housing Assistance</strong></a><br /> <p>USDA provides homeownership opportunities to low- and moderate-income rural Americans through several loan, grant, and loan guarantee programs. The programs also make funding available to individuals to finance vital improvements necessary to make their homes decent, safe, and sanitary. USDA Multi-Family Housing Programs offer Rural Rental Housing Loans to provide affordable multi-family rental housing for very low-, low-, and moderate-income families; the elderly; and persons with disabilities. In addition, rental assistance is available to eligible families.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> See the following link to the USDA website for further information: &nbsp;http://usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=HOUSING_ASSISTA &nbsp;or by contacting the Pontiac USDA Office at:<br /> <br /> <font class="textb">PONTIAC SERVICE CENTER</font> <br /> 1510 W REYNOLDS ST <br /> PONTIAC, IL 61764-9674 <br /> <img src="http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/images/spacer_none.gif" width="1" height="3" alt="" /><br /> (815) 844-6127<br /> (815) 844-6344 fax<br /> <img src="http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/images/spacer_none.gif" width="1" height="9" alt="" /><br /> <br /> Regards,<br /> Mike James<br type="_moz" /> Signup for Village Notification System!! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1233 <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-no-proof:yes">In order to keep the residents of the Village better informed, the Village Hall will now be able to utilize a telephone and email notification system.&nbsp; This system will be used mainly to notify residents of boil orders and when they are lifted, but can also be used for road closures, etc.&nbsp; This information will still be posted on the Village and Tri-Valley website, the Village Hall and on Radio Bloomington.&nbsp; Not all residents have internet access or check the websites daily, therefore, this system will allow us to proactively notify residents that WANT to be contacted by telephone and/or email.<o:p></o:p></span><font face="Calibri, sans-serif"><br /> </font></p> <span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; ">Please complete the following request to opt-in to being contacted with information regarding the Village of Downs.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; ">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; ">Once completed you can click to send this request to the Village Hall email address.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; ">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; ">This information is considered confidential and we will utilize our best efforts so that it will not be used for any purpose than stated above.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; ">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; ">I hope you enjoy this service and we want to thank the Tri-Valley School and Mr Pearson for their help.</span>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Regards,<br /> Paul Myszka<br /> <br /> <a href="/village-notification-request.htm"> Click here to signup online</a><br type="_moz" /> Mayoral and Street Report Posted http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1223 <ul> <li>Click <a href="/village-mayor.htm">here </a>to read the Mayoral Report for January 2012</li> <li>Click <a target="_blank" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/01071201201080724034922.pdf">here </a>to read the Street Report for December 2011&nbsp;</li> </ul> Speed Limit Change Coming!! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1222 <p><span style="font-size:22.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"><span style="font-size: medium; ">In November of 2009, the Village Board passed an ordinance to lower the Village speed limit to 25 mph (Chapter 8, Article IV, Section 4). Implementation would happen as signs were replaced due to Federal MUTCD code changes.&nbsp; We are now ready to start replacing these signs. <br /> <br /> In February 2012, we will start change the speed limit on the West side of town, at the suggestion of our Police Chief, to 25 mph. &nbsp;This means that EVERY street West of Seminary Street will be 25 mph.&nbsp; The signs will be marked with red flags, for several weeks, to draw attention to this change.</span></span></p> Friday January 6 Garbage Pickup http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1216 Garbage pickup will be on normal schedule this friday morning. <br /> Village Ordinances - updated http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1213 The village ordinance page has been updated with the latest ordinance changes, updates and additions.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> See them by clicking <a href="/village-ordinances.htm">here </a>or navigating to them from the &quot;Quick Links&quot; on the home page or via the &quot;Documents&quot; menu item.<br type="_moz" /> 12/13/2011: Boil Order lifted for all of Downs http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1183 The boil order imposed last week due to pump maintenance has been lifted, effective Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. 12/7/2011: Boil Order imposed for all of Village of Downs http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1172 <p>Due to a pump maintenance issue at the village water plant, the entire Village of Downs is under a boil order until further notice. We expect this boil order to last up to 4 days.</p> 11/26/2011 - Boil Order LIFTED for Cleveland, Lincoln, Garfield, N. Seminary, Woodlawn, Oak, Dool http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1171 The boil order for streets: &nbsp;Cleveland, Lincoln, Garfield, N. Seminary, Woodlawn, Oak, Dooley and all of Indian Hills has been lifted as of 11/26/2011.<br style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 16px; " /> Gingerbread House - Volunteers Needed http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1145 <span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Do you want to give of your time during the Christmas Season?&nbsp; The Gingerbread House needs volunteers to bake Gingerbread Cookies and sell them Thursday through Sunday night each week in December.&nbsp; It is a fun time and you get to see the kids being greeted by Santa.&nbsp; Call Janice at 378-4500 today to get your name on the schedule.</span> Job Posting: Public Works Superintendent http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1144 The Village of Downs is seeking candidate for the full-time position of Public Works Superintendent. For more information, see the <a href="http://www.villageofdowns.org/village-of-downs-employment.htm?jobId=207" target="_blank">job listing</a>.<br /> Boil Order: Starting 2011-11-18 for Cleveland, Lincoln, Garfield, N. Seminary, Wood http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1136 <span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Repair of a water main on Woodlawn has required water to be shut off, and a boil order will be in effect when the service returns.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Streets affected are: &nbsp;Cleveland, Lincoln, Garfield, N. Seminary, Woodlawn, Oak, Dooley and all of Indian Hills.<br /> <br /> Downs Village Hall <br /> 211 S. Seminary <br /> PO Box 18<br /> Downs, IL 61736-0018<br /> <br /> Phone 309-378-3221 <br /> Fax 309-378-3221 <br /> <a href="mailto:downsvillagehall@hotmail.com">downsvillagehall@hotmail.com</a></span> LIFTED - November 11/Veteran's Day Boil Order!!! http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1123 *** Boil Order Lifted ***<br /> <br /> Stark Excavating broke a water main while doing sewer related work today. Boil order in effect in the East Washington area by Tri-Valley. <br /> <br /> Call Village Hall for more info. <br /> <br /> Will post when ban is lifted. <br /> <br /> Mike Sumner<br /> Washington Street Reconstruction - 11/7/2011 Update http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1112 <p>The McLean County Highway Department has pushed the Washington Street reconstruction project to the summer of 2013. &nbsp;Engineering and design will begin shortly for this new curb and gutter road.</p> August 17, 2011 Visit from Confederate Railroad http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1090 On August 17, 2011, a local citizen did a little online selling of an antique bicycle. Little did they know they were selling it to the lead singer of the Confederate Railroad, a touring country/rock band from the south. The band stopped and visited the Ups N Downs Roadhouse where they picked up the bike and spent some time with us. <br /> <br /> A good time was had by all. Thanks Steve Timmermann for the photos. <br /> <br /> Mike Sumner<br /> <img style="width: 632px; height: 329px;" alt="" src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/01071201110250332397719.JPG" /><br /> May 25, 2011 Storm http://www.villageofdowns.orghttp://www.villageofdowns.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=999 The evening of May 25, 2011 an erie storm rolled through Downs, IL. &nbsp;This video was captured by a family coming down I-74 and posted to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m143wyz3SfI">You Tube</a>. &nbsp;It was reported that a tornado did touch down to the East and West of town.&nbsp;