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16 December 2019

  • Park board learns of $1,282 grant
    PRINCETON — The Princeton Park District has received more than $1,200 through a safety grant program with the Illinois Public Risk Fund.

    The exact amount, $1,282, was announced at last week’s park board meeting.

    The money is designated to promote safety and education programs at the district, and can also be used for the purchase of safety and educational equipment, according to a letter from the IPRF.

    “This is a grant we qualify for due to our good safety record,” Executive Director Elaine Russell stated.

    It was also announced that at its upcoming meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, the park board will review the audit for the fiscal year from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.

    In other business, the board:

    • Approved an ordinance for “aircraft, manned or unmanned,” identical to the ordinance approved Nov. 4 by the Princeton City Council.

    • Approved an easement agreement, restricted to residential use, for the Heaton property that abuts the Zearing Park entrance road.

    • Adopted an annual abatement ordinance for $1.8 million in general obligation park bonds (alternate revenue source) series 2018.

    • Approved payment of checks in the amount of $31,872.60.

  • Upcoming village tax levy will bump up rate by 2%
    WYANET — Wyanet residents will see a small increase in the village’s portion of their property taxes next year.

    During Wednesday night’s meeting, the Wyanet Village Board approved the 2019-20 tax levy, which is a 2 percent increase from last year.

    Residents will see their tax rate increase from $1.72 to $1.77 per 100 of equalized assessed valuation. The increase will put a total of $2,708 extra into the general fund for projects around the village.

    Trustee Lynette Thompson said she has been hearing people discussing village problems and complaints about the board around the village. Other trustees mentioned seeing complaints on Facebook as well.

    Thompson said, “If someone has a problem with the board, please attend a meeting instead of just complaining or discussing on Facebook. Come through the door and talk to us.”

    Board members agreed that problems cannot be addressed unless they are brought to their attention in an appropriate manner. Residents can also stop by Wyanet Village Hall or even call village hall (815-699-2631) with issues.

    In other news:

    • The board approved the purchase of trees for the cemetery to block off the ravine, not to exceed $400. It’s estimated that there is a need for 20-25 trees to create the privacy fence of trees.

    • Advanced Asphalt completed work on Walnut Street. Village Engineer Jack Kusek requested approval to pay $79,864.75 in Motor Fuel Tax money to Advanced Asphalt for the project.

    • Police Chief Todd Marquez has been monitoring the speed of drivers on the newly fixed Walnut Street. There have been several complaints of drivers speeding on the road, and residents have suggested a stop sign is needed. The board has decided against a stop sign at this time, but Marquez will continue to watch the area.

    • Residents are reminded that the dumping area at Forest Hill Cemetery is closed. No dumping of any kind is allowed. Citations will be issued.

    • The board approved the 2020 meeting schedule. Meetings will take place on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

  • ‘Giving table’ makes a difference at holidays
    PRINCETON — When Lori Boekeloo sees a need in the community, she does her best to fill it.

    The owner of Tanks Pet Store in Princeton is on a holiday mission to help those who can’t help themselves with a need this year. She’s using her South Main Street store as a meeting place for anyone in the community who wants to meet up to exchange or drop off goods.

    It started as a simple Facebook post asking “What is one thing you NEED that you cannot afford?”

    The response so far, she said, has been great.

    Volunteers rushed to help a family that was displaced from their home, bringing toys and even gift wrap to her store for the kids.

    A woman who hasn’t had new glasses for eight years now has an appointment set up to get some.

    “The person who is buying the glasses doesn’t even know her,” Boekeloo said. “She knows of her, and said is able and wants to pay it forward.”

    Boekeloo herself was blessed with a new carpet cleaner.

    “I never had the thought that this was self-serving, and I hesitated because I didn’t want anyone to get that impression,” she said, “But it’s been wonderful to see. I love my pet store family for this very reason.”

    Boekeloo, a Hennepin native, said giving has always been in her nature. She says she never has seen the point in making another’s life harder than it has to be.

    “I grew up in a very self-reliant family, so giving was always in my nature, but receiving was another story.”

    Years ago, when Boekeloo unexpectedly became a single parent, she said she was thrust into a position of needing help — something she wasn’t used to and didn’t like.

    Her philosophy changed, though, after an eye-opening conversation with a friend.

    “She asked me, did I enjoy giving to others, and of course I do,” Boekeloo said. “And she asked me, why would you deny that pleasure to someone who wants to give to you?

    “And my perspective changed then. You’re not a taker, taking something away from someone, you’re a receiver, receiving what another wants to give. It can be difficult to be a gracious receiver, but you’re going to give someone that pleasure.”

    Right now, Boekeloo said she doesn’t have an end date in sight. She says she’ll keep the giving table at the store open as long as it’s being used.

    “I love that it’s paying off for so many people,” she said. “You’re never going to become poor from giving too much.”

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16 December 2019

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