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Residential Electronic Collection – May 16, 2020

Spring electronics recycling will be coming up soon and residents of Tolono are eligible to participate. You must register online in advance!

Register online to bring TVs and Electronics Items to the May 16th Residential Electronics Collection

  • Tolono residents, residents of other participating municipalities, and residents of unincorporated Champaign County are eligible to participate.
  • Residents must register in advance online at https://ecycle.simplybook.me. At this website, residents will select an available 15-minute time-slot during which they plan to arrive at the REC.
    • If you visit the page and no slots are available please try back the following morning, the City uses an automated booking system that opens new windows when the available slots posted are filled.
  • Online registration for the upcoming May 16th REC will open on Monday, April 6, 2020!

Click here for Residential Electronics Collection Event Details and Registration (includes list of approved and non-approved items)

Click here for the Resident E-Guide

New Electric Aggregation Rate To Be Lower for Residents

News Release,

Tolono residents who participate in the village’s Municipal Electric Aggregation program will see their electric rate drop from 4.88 cents per kilowatthour to 4.584 cents, a decrease of 6 percent, beginning with meter readings in April. The village won the new rate, submitted by Homefield Energy of Collinsville, in competitive bidding by four major electric suppliers. The new rate will continue through June 2022.

Homefield in February will send information to village residents and eligible small businesses about the program, including no-cost ways to opt out for those who wish not to participate. Enrollment is automatic, and eligible participants will not need to do anything to be enrolled. Residents who receive their electricity from other suppliers will not be enrolled. Ameren, which operates facilities to distribute electricity within the village, will also mail information to participating residents.

Village of Tolono Trustees implemented electric aggregation in November 2018 to provide a competitive choice in electric supply and prices to Tolono residents. Under the program the board adopted, residents are not obligated to participate. They can opt out at any time and at no cost by contacting the supplier.
Customers will continue to receive only one bill from Ameren, which will include the electricity, transmission, and other supply-related charges are in the new rate. Ameren will continue to handle calls related to billing and service problems.

Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.pluginillinois.org or by calling MidAmerican Energy at 1-800-342-3346 or Homefield Energy at 866-694-1262 toll free.

Tolono Police Department Accepting Applications

The Tolono Police Department is now accepting applications for full-time and part-time Police Officers.  To apply please go here to fill out an application and then choose the option to either email* or print your completed application.  If you have any questions please e-mail Police.Chief@tolonoil.us.

*If you wish to email the application, you will need to open the PDF in Adobe Reader, opening in a web browser such as Edge or Chrome may not allow the “Email Application” button to work correctly.  You may go here to download adobe reader if you do not have it installed already.  We recommend not selecting any of the “Optional Offers” when downloading.

Sign up for Tolono Alert

Tolono Alert, powered by Smart911 and RAVE, is the official emergency notification system used by the Village of Tolono to communicate with community residents during emergencies. Sign up now to receive free alerts from the Village of Tolono via text message, email, and/or voice message.

  • Add your address to receive geo-targeted alerts.
  • Indicate what types of alerts you want to receive including weather, traffic, emergency, and more opt-in options.
  • Indicate how you want to be notified by text, email, and/or voice message.

Sign up to receive emergency notifications here.  

https://www.smart911.com/smart911/ref/reg.action?pa=tolonoil

 

Already have a Smart911 account and need to update your notification preferences? Click here to log in to your existing account.

 

If you are a business owner or know of an organization/group that would be interested in sending alerts out to it’s own group of people, please have the person who is responsible for sending communications out email Brian.Booher@tolonoil.us to express interest in utilizing this system as well.

 

Fun Day Golf Cart Usage Reminder

With Fun Day weekend quickly approaching the Village of Tolono would like to remind you of Village regulations that apply when operating golf carts and utility vehicles for the safety of you as the operator, as well as the general public. If you operate a golf cart or utility vehicle in the Village of Tolono, please read the ordinance in its entirety by clicking the link. Below are some of the highlights to remember.  The following also applies to any rental units that you may obtain during the Fun Day Festival weekend. 

  • Crossing Route 45 is allowed ONLY at Holden Street.
  • You must have a valid driver’s license to operate a golf cart or utility vehicle on the roadways.
  • Your golf cart or ATV must be registered at Village Hall (Permits are valid January 1-December 31 of the current year. If your sticker does not say 2019, your permit is expired.)
    • Fun Day weekend permits may also be purchased at Village Hall.
    • Golf Car parade entrants without a permit will be valid Friday night for the parade with paid entry.
  • You must carry insurance on the golf cart or utility vehicle.
  • You must obey all traffic laws of the State of Illinois while operating the golf cart or utility vehicle.
  • For the safety of Fun Day patrons there shall be no vehicles operated in the park unless authorized by the Tolono Park District.

Operators of a golf cart or utility vehicle without a current permit can be fined $250. Any other violations of the ordinance is subject to a $100 fine for each violation.

A copy of the most recent ordinance regarding golf carts can be found here: http://tolonoil.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Golf-Cart-Ordinance-2016-05-with-Exhibit-A.pdf

Tolono Electric Aggregation Press Release

Ameren Illinois has announced a residential electric rate of 4.6 cents per kilowatthour for the 12-month period beginning with June meter readings. The rate is 2.8 tenths of one cent less than Tolono’s electric aggregation rate of 4.88 cents per kilowatthour, or a difference of approximately $28 annually for a typical customer using 10,000 kilowatthours a year.

The contract Tolono negotiated in December 2017 with MidAmerican Energy, the low bidder to supply electricity for the Village’s electric aggregation program, gives residents who participate in the program an opportunity to opt  out at any time and at no cost. To opt out, participants can call MidAmerican toll-free at 800-342-3346. Callers will  need only their account number, found at the top of their electric bill, to opt out.

 

Read the full press release here.