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June Newsletter

June Newsletter

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Save the Date

June 9, 2018 is this year’s free bulk waste curbside pick up!  Area Disposal will be picking up any large or bulky items you leave on the curb, up to 6 cubic yards. “6 cubic yards equates to approximately the volume you can pack get into an 8’x4’ bed of a pickup truck.  For example, you can get a couch, a decent size chair, an old desk and a box-spring/mattress in a pickup truck bed.

They cannot pick up the following: Tires, Paint, Batteries, Appliances, Yard Waste, Hazardous materials (oil, gas etc.), E-waste/Electronics, or concrete

Loose Material must be bundled into less than 5’ in length and weigh less than 50 pounds per bundle.

The 50-pound limit is for bundled material or single items one man would lift on site.  We understand that two men are needed to lift a couch or entertainment center.   And we will have two men crews at each stop.   

But loose items like clothing need to be bagged and easy to lift.

As a general rule, the bulky item cleanup is meant to get rid of items that will not fit in your cart during regular weekly pickup.  Old couches, chairs, entertainment centers, mattresses are the typical items we expect to see at the curb.

Please place your items on your curb or at the end of your driveway before 6 am!

Waste Update

Now that we are 2 weeks into the new residential waste and recycling service, we are hopeful we are getting the “bugs” out and its becoming smoother.  Here are some items of note to remember as the weeks progress:

Totes should be placed at the curb or end of your driveway, with the lid opening facing the street

Totes should also be placed on the address or front door side of your street

Pickup begins at 6 am on Thursdays (Recycling every other Thursday – see calendar on other side) – you cannot leave your totes on the curb for more than 48 hours

Thank you again as we work together to make this a successful program!  Please feel free to call City Hall at (309) 928-3412 with questions or concerns!”

Reading Buddies once again

Each year, Outreach partners with the School and offers a reading program to help students who are struggling with reading skills the opportunity for some extra help. Outreach has volunteers that meet with students and listen to them read and help with pronunciation and comprehension. These times are very rewarding to both the student and the volunteer and some great friendships have been made over the years. If you would like to volunteer to be a Reading Buddy just give Outreach a call at 309-928-9400. The dates for this year’s program are June 11 – July 20. You would meet with the student one on one for a half hour twice a week or one hour once a week (depending on age). If you think this is something you would be interested call 309-928-9400.

Basket Binga

I know it is early, but the early bird catches the worm they say. Basket Binga 2018 will be  Oct. 13. This is a fundraiser for Outreach and enjoyed by all who participate. It is a fun filled afternoon so bring your family, friends, and neighbors. Lunch is provided by Two Reds BBQ of Mansfield. They offer some pretty awesome pulled pork, chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, and potato salad. Doors open at 11am for you to shop the vendors that are here to show off their wares and enjoy your lunch and visit as you get ready for some great Bingo. Winners receive Longaberger Baskets and we have some pretty awesome baskets this year so mark your calendar now so you won’t forget. More reminders and information will be in future newsletters.

Community Care Systems in Farmer City

Community Care Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce that Diane Cusey will be adding another day in Farmer City. Besides being at Outreach on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, she will be adding the 2nd Monday of each month from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  She will be available  to anyone at the Caregivers Support Group as well as others if they are in need of assistance. This service will start May 14th. Mark your calendar so y don’t forget and remember, we all need a little help sometimes and there is no shame in asking for it.   

April Newsletter

April Newsletter

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OUTREACH NEWS

$5 Shopping Trips to Clinton

WE NEED MORE RIDERS TO KEEP THIS GOING! Get door to door shopping trips to Clinton. The bus will pick you up at your house drop off and pick you up from these areas: IGA; Save-A-Lot; Walmart or anywhere you want to shop in Clinton, you can go to more than one store per trip. They will bring you back to your house, and help you bring in your groceries. The cost is $5. You do not need to go and get to the bus, it will come to you. We need at least three riders to have a trip.

This bus is handicap accessible so if you are in a wheelchair you can ride. To sign up for rides or want more information call: 309-928-9400.

 

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

Whether you are a caregiver for a spouse, relative, or friend, this group is for you! The Caregiver Support Group welcomes anyone who is caring for an older adult and is in need of support from others in the community. All caregivers are welcome to attend to share their experiences, learn coping techniques, and to receive emotional support from fellow caregivers.

2nd Mon. of each month from 2-3pm at Outreach Ministries – 701 E. Clinton Ave, Farmer City

Cost: FREE!

For more information contact Wonea Garrett, Caregiver Advisor at (309) 661-6400.

This support group is sponsored by Community Care Systems, Inc., Outreach Ministries, and the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging.

 

Exercise

We have several opportunities to exercise at Outreach for you to consider. One group is called FC Group Fitness. On  Mon. evenings at 5pm is Strength and Cardio with Danielle Harden, instructor; Tue. at 7:30 pm is Circuit Training with Annie Bowns ; and  Wed. at 7 (sometimes 7:20) is Beach Body Insanity live with Veronica Daughtery.

For more information on these you may contact Andrea Weedman on Facebook.

 

TOWN NEWS

Growing up in Farmer City

NOTICE to all Farmer City Genealogical and Historical Society members and friends new or old:

28 March, Wed. at 7pm a meeting is scheduled at the VFW headquarters on the Square.

Purpose:  A panel discussion of “Growing up in and near the one and only Farmer City”. This panel will include local assumed grownups, and invited outlanders. All expert on growing up.  They might even comment on how others became  grownups. Perhaps you know them.  Maybe, you were friends??  Maybe in the interest of self protection, and to get the facts out,  you should attend.

There may be some reports, short, short, from the Board.  The main event is the fun of reunion and remembering. The end is when the stories end or Don Judd says goodnight. Come for the fun of it.,

His and Hers Dinner

On Sat., Apr. 7, the American Legion Joe Williams Post 55 in Farmer City will be serving their His & Hers Dinner starting at 5p and serving your choice of rib eye steak or chicken until 7p.  You may purchase your tickets at the door. The Legion is located at 755 Stensel Dr. and Rt. 150 near the fairgrounds on the north edge of Farmer City.  Carryout is available, either in person or call ahead to 309-928-3055.

Farmer City Heritage Days Festival!

This year we will be featuring Drake White with Darryl Worley co-headlining.

Show will be in Downtown Farmer City on May 26. Darryl Worley will take the stage at 7:30pm followed by Drake White. This show is free to the public with a limited number of VIP tickets available for purchase.

For more information please visit farmercityheritagedays.com

 

CITY NEWS

Brush Pickup

Brush pick up will start the last Wed. of March through Nov. 1.

Leaves must be paper bags. If you have a large pile of limbs or bag leaves please call city hall to advise.

All pick up must be in front of home You may call city hall at 309-928-3412 to advise of pick up

Council Meetings

Next Council Meetings, April 9, 23 at 6 p.m.

Burning

You can burn landscape waste every month BUT July and Aug., on Thur., Fri., and Sat.  between 8a – 7p

Coming Soon: Area Residential waste & recycling pickup!

By early April, Area Waste & Recycling will be sending a postcard to all single-family and duplex residential homes to sign up for totes. The address side of the postcard will look like the picture attached here.

This postcard will provide options for the sizes of recycling and garbage totes you would like to have delivered to your door.

Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions:

When will service start? Thursday, May 3, 2018

How much will I be charged per month? You will be charged $14.75/month, or $13.27/month for seniors and disabled, directly on your utility bill. You will pay for the service along with your payment for water, sewer and electric.

How do I get a senior citizen discount? You will need to apply at City Hall and provide proof of age or disability. You must be 65 years of age or older or be receiving SSI.

Where will Area pick up my garbage? Your garbage should be picked up in the same location as is currently. However, if you have unusual circumstances, Area will work with you to find a solution.

Area will be providing contact information for detailed questions on the postcard. Or feel free to contact City Hall at (309) 928-3412. Thank you!!

Farmer City Police

Please help the City address ordinance violations, such as illegal burning, by contacting the Farmer City Police Department at (309) 928-2111.  They will address these violations based on personal observation and citizen complaints.  In the case of leaf burning, with the wind and depending on the size of the fire, it can be nearly impossible to locate individual fires amongst 1,100 residences.

The Police Department will continue to identify ordinance violations such as nuisance properties, excessive weeds and abandoned vehicles, to name a few.  We seek the community’s cooperation in addressing these matters.  Please call the non-emergency number to report violations; we will not release your name.  Again, that number is (309) 928-2111.

Thank you for helping us keep Farmer City safe and clean!

Farmer City Camp Grounds

Campgrounds reopened March 1.

We will also be looking for volunteers to help keep the sites trimmed up and mowed again this year.

We keep mowers at the campground shed along with fuel.

Let Scott know if you would like to take a site or two, mowing a site takes about 5 minutes.

The campgrounds will be closed Fri., April 20 @ 7a until Sat., April 21 @ 1p . We will post it on the board at the camp grounds a few days in advance.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

March Outreach Times Newsletter

March Outreach Times Newsletter

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Shopping Trips

Get door to door shopping trips to Clinton. The bus will pick you up at your house drop off and pick you up from these areas: IGA; Save-A-Lot; Walmart or anywhere you want to shop in Clinton, you can go to more than one store per trip. Then bring you back to your house, and help you bring in your groceries. The cost is $5 You do not need to go and get to the bus, it will come to you.

This bus is handicap accessible so if you are in a wheelchair you can ride. To sign up for rides or want more information call: 309-928-9400.

 

2018 Spring Chicken Dinner

Outreach is once again offering a free Spring Chicken Dinner to be held at the Joe Williams Post 55 American Legion on Rt 150 in Farmer City on March 19.  The Chicken Dinner will be served beginning at 5:30 pm and will be followed by entertainment by Me-n-Him.

This is an annual event and enjoyed by many senior citizens of the area. You MUST reserve your spot so call Outreach at 309-928-9400 and let us know how many will be in your party. Reservations will need to be called in by March 12th so mark your calendar now.  We look forward to seeing you on the 19th of March.

Cluck Cluck.   

 

His and Hers Dinner

On Sat., March 3, the American Legion Joe Williams Post 55 in Farmer City will be serving their His & Hers Dinner starting at 5p and serving your choice of rib eye steak or chicken until 7p.  You may purchase your tickets at the door. The Legion is located at 755 Stensel Dr. and Rt. 150 near the fairgrounds on the north edge of Farmer City.  Carryout is available, either in person or call ahead to 309-928-3055.

Future dinners: Apr 7

 

Santa Anna Township
Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption

• You are 65 years of age or older in 2018

• You are liable for the payment of the property taxes

• Are the owner of Record or have Legal Interest in the property

• Property was principal place of residence as of January 1, 2018

• You are qualified to receive a $5,000.00 exemption on your assessed evaluation

• Please stop by my office on the following dates and time or call me to make arrangements.

• We have the forms and will fill them out for you

Santa Anna Township Senior Citizens
You May Be Eligible for Senior
Citizens Assessment Freeze

• You are 65 years of age or older in 2018

• You are liable for payment of the property taxes.

• Are the owner of Record or have legal interest in the property.

• Your total household income was $65,000 OR LESS

• The property was improved with a permanent structure which was used by you as your principal place of residence as of January 1, 2017 and January 2018.

If you meet these qualifications and file income tax bring your income tax papers form number 1040 or 1040A an your social security form with you received in January (form number 1099) and any other income in your household. This will give us your total income. If you did not file income tax bring your total income.

We have the forms and will fill them out for you.

We have set up dates to fill these out

March 3rd 8:30am to 3:00pm

March 10 8:30am to 3:00pm

March 17 8:30am to 3:00pm

March 24 8:30am to 3:00pm

April 7th 8:30am to 3:00pm

April 14th 8:30am to 3:00pm

April 21st 8:30am to 3:00pm

April 28th 8:30am to 3:00pm

At my office

443 S. Woodward Ave.

Farmer City, IL

Robert W. Bob Scarbrough, Assessor

Any questions Call: 309-928-2211

Farmer City Heritage Days Festival!

This year we will be featuring Drake White with Darryl Worley co-headlining.

Show will be in Downtown Farmer City on May 26. Darryl Worley will take the stage at 7:30pm followed by Drake White. This show is free to the public with a limited number of VIP tickets available for purchase.

For more information please visit farmercityheritagedays.com

 

Farmer City Camp Grounds

Campgrounds reopening will be March 1. Scott Kelley is looking for volunteers for a spring clean up of downed stick and limbs from the sites. Anyone interested please contact him as we will have a weekend of cleanup coming in the next few weeks.

We will also be looking for volunteers to help keep the sites trimmed up and mowed again this year.

We keep mowers at the campground shed along with fuel.

Let Scott know if you would like to take a site or 2, mowing a site takes about 5 minutes.

The campgrounds will be closed Fri., April 20 @ 7:00am until Sat., April 21 @ 1pm . We will post it on the board at the camp grounds a few days in advance.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Farmer City strategic planning retreat

On Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, the City Council and staff participated in a very successful strategic planning retreat. Why do this?  Because a strategic plan focuses the energy, resources, and time of everyone in the organization and community in the same direction.  Consultants from Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental Studies facilitated the workshop, which was the 2nd step in the process for setting goals, a vision and an action plan for the City’s future. The first step included 3 focus group workshops consisting of community stakeholders, organizations, businesses and residents.  We look forward to sharing these goals and vision in the near future.

A big thank you to the Blue Ridge School District for the use of their high school library!  They were terrific hosts and we appreciate it!

 

Farmer City Police

Please help the City address ordinance violations, such as illegal burning, by contacting the Farmer City Police Department at (309) 928-2111.  They will address these violations based on personal observation and citizen complaints.  In the case of leaf burning, with the wind and depending on the size of the fire, it can be nearly impossible to locate individual fires amongst 1,100 residences.

The Police Department will continue to identify ordinance violations such as nuisance properties, excessive weeds and abandoned vehicles, to name a few.  We seek the community’s cooperation in addressing these matters.  Please call the non-emergency number to report violations; we will not release your name.  Again, that number is (309) 928-2111.

Thank you for helping us keep Farmer City safe and clean!

Outreach Times – Feb

Outreach Times – Feb

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Due to bad weather, ice, snow, cold etc that people should call Outreach to be sure scheduled programs are still going to be held before venturing out. The safety of our seniors is very important to us. 309-928-9400

DO YOU NEED A RIDE?

Outreach has made arrangements with Show Bus to come to Farmer City and pick up passengers and take them to Clinton so they can shop for groceries etc. If you don’t drive or don’t drive out of town give outreach a call 309-928-9400 and sign up for a ride to Clinton.

For groceries you may shop at IGA or Sav a Lot. If you want to go Wal-Mart that is possible also. The bus will pick you up at your home and deliver you back there. This bus is handicap accessible so if you are in a wheelchair you can ride.

The first trip will be Jan. 25th and the bus will start pick ups at 9:45am and will leave Clinton for the return trip home at 1:00pm. There is a small fee ($5 for those over 60, those under 60 its $7) to ride the bus.   You must sign up for the ride and can do so by calling Outreach 309-928-9400. I need reservations by the 23rd if you would like to be picked up.  At this time we are planning on going twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Thu. of each month. This is subject to change depending on your feedback , right now we are just trying to get it going. Again, if you want to go grocery shopping give me a call at 309-928-9400 and reserve your seat. If you want more information just give me a call.

His and Hers

Dinner

On Sat., Feb. 3, the American Legion Joe Williams Post 55 in Farmer City will be serving their His & Hers Dinner starting at 5p and serving your choice of rib eye steak or chicken until 7p.  You may purchase your tickets at the door. The Legion is located at 755 Stensel Dr. and Rt. 150 near the fairgrounds on the north edge of Farmer City.  Carryout is available, either in person or call ahead to 309-928-3055.

Future dinners: Mar 3, Apr 7,

CAREGIVER
SUPPORT GROUP

Whether you are a caregiver for a spouse, relative, or friend, this group is for you! The Caregiver Support Group welcomes anyone who is caring for an older adult and is in need of support from others in the community. All caregivers are welcome to attend to share their experiences, learn coping techniques, and to receive emotional support from fellow caregivers.

2nd Mon. of each month from 2-3pm at Outreach Ministries – 701 E. Clinton Ave, Farmer City

Cost: FREE!

For more information contact Wonea Garrett, Caregiver Advisor at (309) 661-6400.

This support group is sponsored by Community Care Systems, Inc., Outreach Ministries, and the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging.

Volunteer

Opportunity

Sewing

Do you like to sew? Can’t sew but could cut out a pattern?  We will be making  Angel Gowns.

At Outreach in the near future (date to be decided) and welcome anyone interested in helping to give me a call at 309-928-9400.  Angel Gowns  provide comfort to bereaved families through the gift of a beautiful custom made gown for final photos and burial services.

Angel Gowns are made from donated wedding gowns so if you or someone you know would like to donate a gown please have them contact Outreach at 309-928-9400.

Help needed

Outreach is in need of someone to clean the activity room. This is a volunteer position and will require you to dust, vacuum, and mop three small tile areas. It takes an hour to hour and a half and is only required once a week. If you are interested just stop by and speak with Sharon or give a call to 309-928-9400.

Exercise

We have several opportunities to exercise at Outreach for you to consider. One group is called FC Group Fitness. On  Mon. evenings at 5pm is Strength and Cardio with Danielle Harden, instructor; Tue. at 7:30 pm is Circuit Training with Annie Bowns ; and  Wed. at 7 (sometimes 7:20) is Beach Body Insanity live with Veronica Daughtery.

For more information on these you may contact Andrea Weedman on Facebook.

Farmer City Police

Please help the City address ordinance violations, such as illegal burning, by contacting the Farmer City Police Department at (309) 928-2111.  They will address these violations based on personal observation and citizen complaints.  In the case of leaf burning, with the wind and depending on the size of the fire, it can be nearly impossible to locate individual fires amongst 1,100 residences.

The Police Department will continue to identify ordinance violations such as nuisance properties, excessive weeds and abandoned vehicles, to name a few.  We seek the community’s cooperation in addressing these matters.  Please call the non-emergency number to report violations; we will not release your name.  Again, that number is (309) 928-2111.

Thank you for helping us keep Farmer City safe and clean!

 

Time change for Council meetings – now 6 pm

Beginning at the next regularly scheduled City Council meeting on January 15, 2018, the meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. rather than 7:00 p.m.  The schedule of meetings will be as follows for 2018:

January 2 and 15

February 5 and 19

March 5 and 19

April 2 and 16

May 7 and 21

June 4 and 18

July 2 and 16

August 6 and 20

September 4 and 17

October 1 and 15

November 5 and 19

December 3 and 17

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact City Hall at (309) 928-3412.

 

FROZEN PIPE POLICY

As temperatures plummet, homes can become subject to frozen water pipes.  Extended cold weather increases the risk of watermains or service lines freezing.  Residents should consider running their water to prevent frozen pipes.

* Run the cold water at a rate of one gallon every four minutes – about the stream width of a pencil

* Keep your drain clear of debris to prevent overflow or flooding

What’s my
responsibility?

* Frozen lines from the water main though the B-box are the responsibility of the City

* Frozen lines from the B-box to the home are the responsibility of the homeowner

If the pipe freezes, the property owner may call the Water Department to thaw the pipe at (309) 928-3412.

During regular business hours, if the blockage is the property owner’s responsibility, he/she will be billed $150 flat fee.  If the blockage is determined to be the City’s responsibility, the fee will be waived.

Outside of regular business hours, for property owner liability, residents will be billed at Water Department billing rates plus overtime.  The charge will be waived if its determined to be the City’s responsibility.

The Water Department will make reasonable efforts to accommodate all requests for thawing in a timely fashion.  If the Department determines that they cannot respond reasonably, or available equipment is not suitable, the City may authorize the property owner to contract with another party to thaw the pipe.  But the City will not be held responsible for any damages resulting from pipe thawing attempts by a contractor.

Remember – once a line freezes, and has been thawed, it is essential to keep water running continuously.  However, the City does NOT give a discount for the water used if you let your water run, but allowing it to drip, at the very least, could be your best insurance against frozen pipes.

Jan. Community Times

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His and HersDinner

On Sat., Jan. 6, the American Legion Joe Williams Post 55 in Farmer City will be serving their His & Hers Dinner starting at 5p and serving your choice of rib eye steak or chicken until 7p.  You may purchase your tickets at the door. The Legion is located at 755 Stensel Dr. and Rt. 150 near the fairgrounds on the north edge of Farmer City.  Carryout is available, either in person or call ahead to 309-928-3055.

Future dinners: Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr 7,

PUBLIC LIBRARY UPDATE

Please stop by the library to welcome the new director, Amy Johnson.  If you don’t have a library card, now is a great time to get one and get to know Mrs. Johnson!

CAREGIVER
SUPPORT GROUP

Whether you are a caregiver for a spouse, relative, or friend, this group is for you! The Caregiver Support Group welcomes anyone who is caring for an older adult and is in need of support from others in the community. All caregivers are welcome to attend to share their experiences, learn coping techniques, and to receive emotional support from fellow caregivers.

When: 2nd Mon. of each month from 2-3pm, beginning December 12th, 2018

Where: Outreach Ministries – 701 E. Clinton Ave, Farmer City

Who: Any and all caregivers of older adults

Cost: FREE!

For more information contact Wonea Garrett, Caregiver Advisor at (309) 661-6400.

This support group is sponsored by Community Care Systems, Inc., Outreach Ministries, and the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging.

Volunteer Opportunity Sewing

Do you like to sew? Can’t sew but could cut out a pattern?  We will be making  Angel Gowns.

At Outreach in the near future (date to be decided) and welcome anyone interested in helping to give me a call at 309-928-9400.  Angel Gowns  provide comfort to bereaved families through the gift of a beautiful custom made gown for final photos and burial services.

Angel Gowns are made from donated wedding gowns so if you or someone you know would like to donate a gown please have them contact Outreach at 309-928-9400.

Help needed

Outreach is in need of someone to clean the activity room. This is a volunteer position and will require you to dust, vacuum, and mop three small tile areas. It takes an hour to hour and a half and is only required once a week. If you are interested just stop by and speak with Sharon or give a call to 309-928-9400.

Like to play cards?

We have had some people ask about getting together to play cards so I have set aside Thur.  afternoons from 1 to 3 or 4 for that purpose. Give me a call and let me know if you are interested. This will be weekly/ bi weekly, whatever the group decides after getting started. This sounds like a fun time and good socialization. Again, let me know your thoughts 309-928-9400.

Gentle Stretching

Seniors we have a low impact Gentle Stretching on Wed. at 12:30 pm.  And another group on Thur. evenings at 5:30pm doing Tai Chi.

Exercise

We have several opportunities to exercise at Outreach for you to consider. One group is called FC Group Fitness. On  Mon. evenings at 5pm is Strength and Cardio with Danielle Harden, instructor; Tue. at 7:30 pm is Circuit Training with Annie Bowns ; and  Wed. at 7 (sometimes 7:20) is Beach Body Insanity live with Veronica Daughtery.

For more information on these you may contact Andrea Weedman on Facebook.

City News

FROZEN PIPE POLICY

As temperatures plummet, homes can become subject to frozen water pipes.  Extended cold weather increases the risk of watermains or service lines freezing.  Residents should consider running their water to prevent frozen pipes.

* Run the cold water at a rate of one gallon every four minutes – about the stream width of a pencil

* Keep your drain clear of debris to prevent overflow or flooding

What’s my
responsibility?

* Frozen lines from the water main though the B-box are the responsibility of the City

* Frozen lines from the B-box to the home are the responsibility of the homeowner

If the pipe freezes, the property owner may call the Water Department to thaw the pipe at (309) 928-3412.

During regular business hours, if the blockage is the property owner’s responsibility, he/she will be billed $150 flat fee.  If the blockage is determined to be the City’s responsibility, the fee will be waived.

Outside of regular business hours, for property owner liability, residents will be billed at Water Department billing rates plus overtime.  The charge will be waived if its determined to be the City’s responsibility.

The Water Department will make reasonable efforts to accommodate all requests for thawing in a timely fashion.  If the Department determines that they cannot respond reasonably, or available equipment is not suitable, the City may authorize the property owner to contract with another party to thaw the pipe.  But the City will not be held responsible for any damages resulting from pipe thawing attempts by a contractor.

Remember – once a line freezes, and has been thawed, it is essential to keep water running continuously.  However, the City does NOT give a discount for the water used if you let your water run, but allowing it to drip, at the very least, could be your best insurance against frozen pipes.

 

Farmer City
Police

Please help the City address ordinance violations, such as illegal burning, by contacting the Farmer City Police Department at (309) 928-2111.  They will address these violations based on personal observation and citizen complaints.  In the case of leaf burning, with the wind and depending on the size of the fire, it can be nearly impossible to locate individual fires amongst 1,100 residences.

The Police Department will continue to identify ordinance violations such as nuisance properties, excessive weeds and abandoned vehicles, to name a few.  We seek the community’s cooperation in addressing these matters.  Please call the non-emergency number to report violations; we will not release your name.  Again, that number is (309) 928-2111.  Thank you for helping us keep Farmer City safe and clean!

Community Times – December

Community Times – December

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DO YOU NEED A RIDE?

OK folks, its crunch time. Winter is fast approaching and we I know there are people out there who don’t drive or don’t drive out of town so, how are you getting your groceries?
I have transportation available for you to be picked up and taken to Clinton to shop at IGA or Save-A-Lot. You can also go to Walmart or anywhere you want to shop for other things beside groceries.
This bus is handicap accessible so if you are in a wheelchair you can ride. If you would like to sign up for rides or want more information about this give me a call at 309-928-9400.

2017 Christmas Shop

Outreach will once again host their Christmas shop for families that are struggling to make ends meet. We know how important it is to make the Holidays fun and exciting for the little ones so we offer a shopping experience for parents or legal guardians to shop for their children free of charge. To make this possible we ask for donations so we can buy toys and gifts for children 6 mos. To 12 years. If you would like to donate please drop off at Outreach or mail to Outreach, P.O. Box 101, Farmer City, IL 61842. All donations need to be into Outreach by Nov. 30.
The date of this year’s Christmas Shop is Dec. 9 with doors opening at 9 am and will close at 12 pm. To be eligible children MUST be in the Blue Ridge School district.

Refuse and Recycling Pickup Program

The City of Farmer City has adopted a new program for all single family residences to utilize a single garbage hauler for refuse and recycling pickup. In this way, the City was able to help lower the monthly cost for garbage collection and provide recycling and curbside bulk waste pickup. More information will become available soon, but here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions:
Area Disposal Residential-only Refuse and Recycling
The new refuse & recycling program will begin the week of
April 30, 2018 (May 3, 2018 to be exact)
Area Disposal will be reaching out to every residence with information regarding the program in the coming months
Area Disposal will provide 1-96 gal refuse and 1-96 gal recycling tote – you also may choose a smaller tote. If you need more, you can rent them for $2.50/ea Refuse will be picked up weekly; Recycling will be picked up every other week
There is no additional cost above $14.75 for 2018 (unless renting extra totes) – no taxes, no extra fees to resident
Any finance charges for late utility payments will only be applied to electric, water and sewer usage as currently handled
There will be a new line item on the utility bill for this service
A form will be provided to qualify for the senior citizen discount
Yard waste will be picked up
(1) 2 weeks in spring, 2 weeks in fall dependent on weather
(2) must be placed in biodegradable kraft lawn bags or waterproof plastic/metal containers
(3) brush pickup on the last Wednesday of every month will remain as is
Area Disposal will provide a customer service number to address any concerns or questions. Our contract with them requires them to keep us up to date on complaints and how they are addressed. The City will also have a direct line with a municipal representative to address concerns and emergencies.

 

His and Hers Dinner

On Sat., Dec. 2, the American Legion Joe Williams Post 55 in Farmer City will be serving their His & Hers Dinner starting at 5p and serving your choice of rib eye steak or chicken until 7p. You may purchase your tickets at the door. The Legion is located at 755 Stensel Dr. and Rt. 150 near the fairgrounds on the north edge of Farmer City. Carryout is available, either in person or call ahead to 309-928-3055.
Future dinners: Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr 7,

PUBLIC LIBRARY UPDATE

After 20 years of service our director, Catherine Hoffman, will be retiring Dec. 22.
Please stop by the library to extend good wishes.

Downtown Christmas Events

Santa will be in his house on the square Nov., 26 , Dec 9 and Dec. 15, Goodies bags and cookies for each child.
Christmas Tree Decorating contest on Sun., Nov. 26 using the trees in the lot by the Santa House. Trees are limited so reserve yours early.
You are welcome to bring your own tree, but you will be responsible for setting it up, I can arrange for it to be given to a needy family if you don’t want it back.
I would love to have carolers on the square during the tree decorating contest, free hot chocolate, and a few games.
On Fri., Dec. 15, Free horse and carriage rides around the square. I would also like Carolers, and of course free hot chocolate.
I would love suggestions or other ideas to make this a fun activity for the whole Family.
Mary Kimble
309-826-0395

Outreach is going to offer a Make – it Take- it

On Dec. 2, at 1 pm Outreach is offering a make- it- take- it where participants will be making a Christmas wreath using the popular mesh that everything is made from now. If you would like to join us give me a call and reserve your spot as class size is limited. These wreaths are beautiful and can be used year after year so call 309-928-9400 and reserve your spot now.
I have had inquiries about someone that does mending/sewing. If you like to sew and would be willing to mend or sew for others please let me know. Again, call 309-928-9400.

 

Fruit sales once again at Outreach

Outreach is once again taking orders for fresh fruit that will be delivered the second week of Dec., in time for Christmas giving. This fruit is wonderful! Very juicy and if kept cool will last a long time. We have some new items this year, Honeycrisp apples, Mangos, Maple Cherry Elk bites, White Cheddar and Jalapeno Ranch Cheese curds. Stop by Outreach or call 309-928-9400 for more info or to place your order.

Volunteer Opportunity – Sewing

Do you like to sew? Can’t sew but could cut out a pattern? We will be making Angel Gowns.
At Outreach in the near future (date to be decided) and welcome anyone interested in helping to give me a call at 309-928-9400. Angel Gowns provide comfort to bereaved families through the gift of a beautiful custom made gown for final photos and burial services.
Angel Gowns are made from donated wedding gowns so if you or someone you know would like to donate a gown please have them contact Outreach at 309-928-9400.

Help needed

Outreach is in need of someone to clean the activity room. This is a volunteer position and will require you to dust, vacuum, and mop three small tile areas. It takes an hour to hour and a half and is only required once a week. If you are interested just stop by and speak with Sharon or give a call to 309-928-9400.

Like to play cards?

We have had some people ask about getting together to play cards so I have set aside Thur. afternoons from 1 to 3 or 4 for that purpose. Give me a call and let me know if you are interested. This will be weekly/ bi weekly, whatever the group decides after getting started. This sounds like a fun time and good socialization. Again, let me know your thoughts 309-928-9400.