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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!

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

Snow Routes

With the approaching weather system today through noon Thursday, the Village Maintenance Department asks that residents respect the posted snow routes. Please do not park along these streets if our maintenance crew must plow snow or apply salt for icing. This is for the safety of our crew and to protect homeowners. Thank you for helping us keep this process safe!

Snow Routes

  • Allison Drive from Central Avenue to Rocket Road
  • Bourne Street from Main Street to Walnut Street
  • Bryce Lane (Entire Length)
  • Central Street from Washington Street to River Road
  • Condit Street from Walnut Street to Deerpath Drive
  • Deerpath Drive from Long Street to Condit Street
  • Holden Street from Railroad to Bourne Street
  • Main Street from Vorcey Street to Bourne Street
  • Vorcey Street from Main Street to Holden Street
  • Walnut Street from Railroad to Central Street
  • Walnut Street from Long Street to Condit Street
  • Washington Street from Bourne Street to Central Street

 

 

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

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.

IEPA-Sponsored One-Day Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event

This IEPA-sponsored One-Day HHW Collection event is open to all Illinois residents.

Residents must register to attend this event!   The online registration is open at hhwevent.simplybook.me.

The IEPA One-Day HHW Collection event will be held at a designated Market Place Mall parking lot in Champaign. Participants registering will select a 15-minute appointed time to arrive, between 8AM and 3PM.  An entry ticket and details will be provided to all those who register online by email and/or text immediately upon completion.

For more information about this event, please visit the event website hhwevent.simplybook.me.  Reminder, the site updates dynamically as slots are filled. If there are no slots available please check back the following day. The site resets when all spots are filled. If you still are unable to get registered you can also contact Susan Monte using the contact information below.

Acceptable HHW Items: Oil-based paints, paint thinners, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, old gasoline, pool chemicals, cleaning products, mercury, household batteries, lead-acid batteries, used motor oil, drain cleaners, lawn chemicals, solvents, antifreeze, hobby chemicals, aerosol paints, fluorescent lamp bulbs, old and outdated medicines and pharmaceuticals.

Non-Acceptable Items: Latex-based paints, agricultural chemicals, business/commercial sector wastes, institutional wastes, explosives, fireworks, propane tanks, smoke detectors, farm machinery oil, fire extinguishers, controlled substances, needles and potentially infectious medical wastes.

Additional Information or Help to Register Online: If you have questions about the event or would like assistance in registering online to attend, please contact Champaign County Recycling Coordinator Susan Monte at smonte@co.champaign.il.us or (217) 819-4127.

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.