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Author: Rena Anderson

COVID-19 Update: Village Office Closed

Tolono Alert: The Village of Tolono has implemented operational changes to ensure the safety of their residents and employees during the COVID-19 crisis. Effective, March 18, 2020, 1:00 PM through March 30, 2020, 8:00 AM, the Village office will be closed to the public.

We urge all residents that are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis to contact us by calling 217-485-5212 or email info@tolonoil.us to discuss payment arrangements. We urge residents to use the drop boxes located outside the Village Hall at 507 W Strong Street or the parking lot of TraxSide (corner of West Holden Street and North Vorcey Street). Residents may also visit the Village’s website at https://www.tolonoil.us to set up online bill payments or through your financial institution’s bill pay service.

Payments made by cash that are more than current billing amounts will be credited to your account and deducted from the next billing cycle.

We encourage all residents to complete a Smart911 profile on the Village’s website by clicking the, “Stay Informed” picture. Follow the easy-to-use wizard answering the questions as presented. We encourage everyone to help anyone that may not have the means available to sign up or may have difficulties with the process.

The Village of Tolono thanks you for help and patience during this time.

Ameren & Unsafe Trees in the Right of Way

If you have a tree or trees in the right of way that interfere with Ameren power lines or may be unsafe, please call the Village office at 217-485-5212. Our maintenance staff is currently creating a list of possible trees that Ameren will evaluate and possibly take down if close enough to their lines. If your tree does not interfere with power lines, but does pose a threat, our crew will come take a look at the trees, determine the severity and take down as time allows.

Tolono Masonic Lodge #391 A.F. & A.M. Breakfast Information

The Tolono Masonic Lodge #391 A.F. & A.M. welcomes everyone to attend breakfast. A family friendly place for food and fellowship. The Masonic Lodge is located at 102 E Main Street, Tolono, IL.

Breakfast hours are 8:00 AM-Noon on the fourth Sunday of the month except May and June. Dates are as follows:

  • March 22
  • April 26
  • May 17 (Third Sunday)
  • June 27 (Last Saturday): 7 AM – 10:30 PM
  • July 26
  • August 23
  • September 27
  • October 25
  • November 22

The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children (ages 5-12) and children under five are free.

The upcoming breakfast in March will help support The Giving Place (TGP). If you bring three or more items of food, adults can eat for $5 instead of the normal $9. Please check with The Giving Place (TGP) or see the next issue of the B.E.S.T. newsletter for needed food items.)

The May breakfast will support the Tolono Masonic Scholarship Fund.

The June breakfast is held on Fun Day, the last Saturday of the month. Breakfast has become one of the all time favorite events of the day.

There is no breakfast in December as it is a very busy month for Santa and his merry helpers!

Notice to the Residents of Tolono Regarding Trash Service

The Village is not making everyone switch to Republic for trash service. There was a presentation at the Village Board meeting on January 21, 2020, by a representative from Republic as to how a Franchise Agreement would work. He spoke under the Public Comments portion of the meeting, like anyone else can. On Facebook, you can go back and watch the replay of the Board meetings.

If the Board started looking further into a Franchise Agreement, there would be a Public Hearing to gather the thoughts of the residents surrounding the matter before we would proceed. If we did proceed, we could not just call Republic and give them the contract. We would have to compose a bid document with everything we want in a contract, and companies would have to send in their bid for service.

If you have questions, we urge you to call the Village Hall or watch the February 4, 2020, Board meeting on Facebook live replay for clarification from the Board and not rely on what is being put out by other groups and social media.