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Author: Brian Booher

Tolono Weather Alert Changes

Tolono Info: We have received feedback requesting that weather alerts for warnings and watches be separated out to give more options for residents to choose what they are alerted on.  Residents who have previously subscribed to “Weather Alerts” will still receive alerts for warnings without any additional steps needed.  However, if you would like to receive alerts for watches and advisories that impact our area, please log into your smart911.com account and opt-in to the new “Weather Alerts – Watches” category.   If you have not yet signed up for the Tolono Alert system, you can create your free account by going here: https://www.smart911.com/smart911/ref/reg.action?pa=tolonoil

Champaign County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Survey

Residents are invited to complete a short online survey regarding perceptions and ideas about certain potential hazards that may impact you and your community.  The survey includes questions about preferred methods for reducing the risks and losses associated with these hazards.

The questionnaire should be completed by an adult, preferably the head of household.

Your responses to the survey will be valued as public input during the plan update process of the Champaign County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

This survey will be closed on March 16th, 2020.

To complete the survey, please use this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZLHB3LZ

BE A 2020 CENSUS TAKER!

Champaign County needs AT LEAST 507 more applicants. Applicants must go through a background check, so applying as soon as possible is important in order to be cleared prior to applicant selection which has already begun.

Getting an accurate count for the census is very important, particularly for small communities, as each resident NOT counted results in approximately $1,800 in federal funds LOST for your community that could have been used towards schools, roads, hospitals, etc.

If you would like to be a Census Taker, APPLY ONLINE at 2020census.gov/jobs

For assistance/questions, call the Area Census Office at 309-573-0422

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.