Tremont News

Tremont Community Garage Sale

The Tremont Community Garage Sale will take place on Saturday, April 26. Download Garage Sales Map

TBA - Press Release

On Monday, April 7, the Tremont Betterment Association disbursed a portion of the proceeds of the 2013 Tremont Turkey Festival. View Press Release Here.

Tremont Senior Socialites

The Tremont Senior Socialites meeting will be held Thursday, February 27 at noon at the Tremont Community Building, which is located across from the library. Since it is a Pot Luck meeting, please bring a dish to pass, and your own utensils and cups. Drinks will be provided.

The program will be provided by Kenny Crawford, who will be presenting a video by comedian Yakov Smirnoff.

Please come and bring a friend. If you are able to arrive early, we need help with drinks and assistance at the door to help others as they arrive.

Tremont Betterment Association Disbursements Meeting

The Tremont Betterment Association (TBA) will have its annual Disbursements Meeting on Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Tremont Community Center. This year, TBA will be donating the proceeds from the 2013 Tremont Turkey Festival.

Local organizations are invited to submit their requests for donations by submitting a Disbursements Forms attached to this article. Requests will be granted based on funds available, and the answers provided on the Disbursements Form. Download form here.

Forms should be submitted to TBA by March 31, 2014 via:

E-mail: JillAndBillBarr@gmail.com

Mail to:
Tremont Betterment Association
P O Box 611
Tremont, IL 61568
ATTN: TBA Disbursements

St Jude Fundraiser in memory of Lexi Wendel

There will be a fundraiser on Saturday, November 9th, 2013 from 10 till 2 at the Methodist Fellowship Hall in memory of Lexi Wendel.

5Th Annual - Trees At The Tiber

5th Annual TREES AT THE TIBERLighted Christmas trees will again be available this holiday season to local businesses, organizations, and families.

For $100 you can sponsor a 7-8 foot lighted tree which will be placed along the Tiber and remain lit from late November until early January. Your business, organization or family’s name will be displayed at your sponsored tree.

Contact Jane Butts at 925-3779 or janebutts@frontier.com by November 9, 2013 to reserve your tree. Download Flyer.

Sponsored by Tremont winning communities

Tremont Mini-Tri Results

The Tremont Mini Triathlon took place on Saturday, August 8 in the Tremont Park. The Race included a 100 yard swim, a 4 mile bike, and a 1 mile run, and provides a good introduction to the sport of Triathlon for children and adults.

According to Race Director Glen Gullette, "This is such a fun event for participants and spectators. Today, 45 triathletes crossed the finish line in age from 6 to 41, and I saw smiles on 100% of their faces." Each
finisher received a finishers medal, and the right to call themselves a "Triathlete".

Tremont Mini-Tri Results

Bridge the Gap

Bridge the Gap – Letter from the Superintendent
Bridge the Gap – Agenda
Bridge the Gap – Race Registration Form

Tremont Village Board adds ordinance for Golf Carts on Village Streets

View here.

Checking in on Illinois Accredited Degree Programs Resource

http://www.AccreditedOnlineColleges.Org/Illinois/, is a comprehensive and informative resource that ranks each university in America by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission rates, graduation rates, and retention rates.

According to the 2010 Census, a reported 18.2% of the state's residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school, 5.9% have at least an associates degree, 4.7% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree. This is why when searching for online and traditional programs for Colleges and Universities, you should look for accreditation to protect both your future and the value of your educational dollar. This type of information is very valuable to today's students who are not only dealing with a more competitive higher environment, but also with the rising costs associated with them.

Flanagan South Pipeline Project, by Enbridge

Enbridge approached Winning Communities. The following is Notes from Informational Meeting 5/9/13 at Tremont High School

Enbridge is the North American Leader in Energy Transportation. They have interest in 50,000 miles of pipelines. The pipelines are monitored and controlled round-the-clock; any anomalies are visually inspected and repaired. Presently the pipeline coming from Flanagan is 22-24 inches in diameter and carries 195,000 barrels/day.

Enbridge has found increased supply of oil in Canada, North Dakota and Montana.

The new pipeline will be 36 inches in diameter, 600 miles long, going through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. (Flanagan, IL to Cushing, OK.) It will carry 600,000 barrels of oil per day. Construction will begin on August 7th, 2013. We in Illinois are Spread 1. They anticipate getting 2 miles done per day. There will be 500-600 people working at each spread, 6 days/week 10 hour days. If all goes as hoped, each spread should take 2 months. Tazewell County is 25 miles, and the nearest pipe yard is South Pekin. The pipeline will be buried a minimum of 4 ft. below the surface.

Potential Business Opportunities
Clear, log, and salvage
Access road development
Catering
Janitorial and security services
Trucking
Skid & swamp material production
Equipment rentals
Equipment servicing
Gravel and granular
Pipe stock piling
Reclamation and re-vegetation
Fuel Supply
Consumables supply
Accommodation and food supply
Surveying

Go to Flanagan South Pipeline Project to keep informed about the project.

Hospice Volunteers Needed

Comfort Plus Hospice is seeking caring dedicated volunteers who would enjoy being a part of our hospice team. Those choosing to volunteer will work in their own community on a schedule tailored to their availability. We offer a free comprehensive training program providing you with the information you will need to have a rewarding volunteer experience. Volunteer opportunities include: patient and family visits, holding a hand, providing caregiver relief, pet visits, playing bingo, sharing memories, and providing musical entertainment. The personal rewards of volunteering are endless. If you have a caring heart and would like more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, at (309) 620-9821

Municipal Aggregation Announcement

Save on your electric bill!
The Village of Tremont wants to tell you how...Download/print flyer here.

Effective January 1, 2012 -  all IMRF employers...

Effective January 1, 2012 all IMRF employers must post the total compensation package for employees whose compensation package exceeds $75,000 per year. In compliance with P.A. 97-0609 the following employee packages are noted:

Brian Hild (Superintendent of Public Works)

Salary 51,480.00
Insurance 32,934.00
Pension 8,283.00
________________
$92,697.00

Michael Dodwell (Chief of Police)

Salary 49,400.00
Insurance 27,086.00
Pension 7,948.00
________________
$ 84,434.00

IDOT project

Upcoming IDOT work for 2013 to 2015

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced a large project at the intersection of I-155 and I-74 during the next several years. Watch this video for more information.

The “Tremont Village Center” project is well under way!

Through co-operation and collaboration between the Village of Tremont and Tremont Winning Communities, the newly remodeled Community Center is nearing the first stage of completion and is now available for use by the public.

The grocery store and liquor store building was donated to the village for the purpose of developing a new Community Center. Now, in order to help defray the conversion costs, the donor has pledged to contribute $1.00 for every $2.00 raised by the community. Estimated cost to complete the entire project is nearly $230,000. This generous pledge from the donor has prompted a one-time fund drive.

The next phase of the Tremont Village Center Project will be the demolition of the old grocery store, and the addition of new landscaping, parking lot, and a patio area. This project will also include the removal of electrical poles on the 200 block of South Sampson.

Please consider making a generous tax deductible contribution to the Tremont Winning Community Village Center Project Today!

Please make your Tax-deductible donations to:

Tremont Winning Communities, Inc.
P O Box 76
Tremont, IL 61568

Help The Tremont School District And Save Money

The Tremont Education Foundation has entered into a partnership with Constellation Energy. This agreement will allow Ameren electric customers to lock into lower prices with Constellation Energy, and earn each utility customer a $25.00 Prepaid VISA Card. Constellation Energy will then make a $25.00 donation to the Tremont Education Foundation for every utility customer who signs a 12-month or 24-month contract.

Sign-up is simple. Log onto home.constellation.com and enter your member promo code SupportTremont. You can also call 866.577.4700 to sign up by phone. Make sure you have your current electric bill nearby.

Due to recent deregulation of public utilities, you may have received other invitations from other companies. Ameren CILCO will continue to be your electricity supplier and they will continue to maintain the power lines. In fact, your bills will continue to come from Ameren, however the rate will be locked in at a lower rate that has been negotiated based on the entire Constellation customer base.

Customers of Cornbelt Electric are not eligible, however many other utilities throughout the United States are eligible. Go to home.constellation.com to check availability in your area. You can save energy costs, receive a $25.00 prepaid VISA card, and help the Tremont Education Foundation with each account you sign. Make sure you use the Promo Code SupportTremont.

Burning is Prohibited

The Tremont Police Department would like to remind the citizens of Tremont that Burning of Grass and Leaves is Prohibited by law within the village limits.

Leaves can be dumped just south of the Tiber on the east side of Harris Street as before. THIS IS FOR LEAVES ONLY. Sticks, grass, and other refuse are not allowed to be dumped in the leaf pile.

Tremont Veterans Memorial

On Wednesday, August 31, 2011, a group of local volunteers broke ground for the new Tremont Veterans Memorial in the Tremont Park. This project is being funded by Tremont Betterment Association, Tremont Commerce Association, Tremont Community Bank, and the sale of $100 granite bricks dedicated to veterans who have served in various branches of the armed services.

A web site has been developed for the Memorial at www.TremontVeteransMemorial.com. This site will allow people to e-mail a complete biography of each veteran who has been honored at the memorial.

Tremont Fire Department 2011 Calendars Available

Looking for a unique holiday gift? Tremont Fire Department 2011 Calendars are now available for sale. The calendar features photos of the department’s trucks and personnel along with a history of the department. All profits from the sales of the calendars are going to be donated to Tremont Rescue 702.

“Originally we were just taking some photos of the trucks and then we decided we should make a calendar from them. That idea snowballed into printing the calendars and selling them to the public,” said Steve Bechtel, Fire Department President, “ Because we are tax-supported and thus don’t need to raise money by other means, we decided to give the profits to Rescue 702.”

Tremont Fire Department 2011 CalendarsThe calendars are available at the following locations:
Beecham’s Market
Dazzle Me Boutique
Mary Ann Vance REMAX Office
Miss Fancy Plants
Tremont Community Bank
Tremont First National Bank
Tremont Fitness / TAPD
Tremont Village Hall
Tremont Village Pharmacy

Dazzle Me Boutique & Salon is Now Open

Dazzle Me Boutique & Salon is now open in downtown Tremont, next to the Post Office. A full service salon, with tanning, children's hair bows, purses and jewelry. Tremont Turk Gear is now available in all sizes, hoodies, t-shirts and gym clothes just in time for Homecoming. Running monthly specials, stop by to shop and be pampered!

Rescue 702 is looking for a Few Good Drivers

Tremont Rescue 702 is in need of some new ambulance drivers. Drivers do not require EMT training, however a Class “C” drivers license is required. Call Brad Huette (309.202.4530) or Dave Kaeb (309.925.5915) for more information.

EMT Basic Class – Tremont Rescue 702

Class begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evening, held at the Tremont Fire Station at 300 S. Sampson St. Class size is limited to 15 students. view more information >>

Tremont Turkey Festival Photos

We've updated our Tremont photos page with some new 2010 Tremont Turkey Festival photos sent in by a Tremont photographer, Lisa Herbst.

Tremont Examines Sewer Rates

The Village Board has approved a new sewer service rate of $16 per month for up to 10,000 gallons per month... read more >>

Tremont Family Named March of Dimes 2010 Ambassador Family

The Rennie family from Tremont was selected as this year's Peoria March of Dimes Ambassador Family... read more >>

Thank You to Veterans and Soldiers

Tremont Grade School Students Say Thank You to Veterans and Soldiers

In honor of Veterans Day November 11, over 150 Tremont Grade School students have created drawings, letters and posters thanking Veterans and those currently serving in the Military. Students learned about the sacrifices made by local Tremont residents when they accepted the call to military duty. This activity was especially meaningful because TGS students personally know neighbors, family and friends who have served. Nearly all of those now in the military or recently discharged had attended Tremont Grade School. You can read the students’ messages at http://tremont.il.schoolwebpages.com/Veterans.

Tremont Marketing Campaign

During the past several months, many local Tremont businesses have been advertising on WMBD Channel 31. This is the result of a special program put together by WMBD and Tremont Winning Communities.

“We feel that Tremont is still one of the best-kept secrets in Central Illinois” said Dr. Brock Butts, president of Tremont Winning Communities. “It’s time to make Central Illinois aware that Tremont would be a great place to raise a family, or to bring a new business. This video project allows us to show off some of the things that Tremont residents have taken for granted for so many years.” The project also allows Tremont area businesses to spotlight their business with a theme that carries into the 30 minute video.

The project was initiated by Tremont Winning Communities, but also received funding assistance from the Tremont Commerce Association, Tremont School District, and Tremont Betterment Association. According to Don Beard, Superintendent of Tremont School District, “In order to maintain optimal services for our students, we need to maintain a district enrollment of 1000 to 1200 students. We feel this project is a good investment, that will ultimately bring more families to Tremont, thus increasing our student population and tax base.”

A True Recycling Effort

FIRST, formerly the Kiwanis Club of Tremont, is pleased to announce a new aluminum recycling center has been installed at city park near the restrooms by the small shelter. Under the direction of Tremont High School teacher, Mr. Vedder, the shop class renovated a former ATM machine donated by Dr. Darren Camden to create the new recycling center. Don DuBois of Village Autobody donated his time to paint the recycling center in order to match the restroom facility at City Park.

All proceeds from the recycled aluminum will be donated to the Tremont Pool. Every piece of aluminum you save will help offset the expenditures of building and operating our community pool. Aluminum cans should be bagged and dropped into the recycling center. Already over $1500 has been donated to the Tremont Area Park District in support of the community pool. FIRST would like to thank Mr. Vedder and his class, Donny DuBois and Dr. Darren Camden for their donations to this project. If you should have any questions please call 925-5540.

Tremont Gives Thanks

We would like to thank the all of the businesses and individuals that helped make the Tiber Creek Project possible with their generous donations of time. In addition, we want to thank the hundreds of people that donated cash or volunteered to rake dirt, pick up rocks, and plant grass seed. The community spirit and enthusiasm for this project was exceptional!

More information here and be sure to visit the Winning Communities page to view some recent photos.

Tremont Winning Communities Board of Directors
Brock Butts, President

Tremont Education Foundation Awards Grants

The Tremont Education Foundation recently awarded $11,500 in grants to District # 702 teachers for the 2008-09 school year. The TEF received fourteen requests totaling over $ 43,000 which is an all-time record. The amount awarded each year is based on the amount of interest income earned the previous year. No principal funds are used as part of these grants. The grant requests funded for 2008-09 are as follows:

  • SMART Board Interactive Whiteboards to Enhance Diverse Student Learning Abilities to Julie Watkins, middle school special education teacher.
  • Mobile Laptop/Projector Cart to Susan Bishop, Tremont Grade School Technology teacher.
  • Exploring Math with Geometer’s Sketchpad to Kathy King, high school mathematics teacher.
  • SMART Board to Nichole Roller, high school art teacher.
  • Mathematics Manipulatives to Heather Rice, middle school mathematics teacher.
  • Adobe Dreamweaver Program to Amber Eve, high school technology teacher.
  • Motivational Productions Media Program to Jeremy Garrett, middle school principal.
  • The Tremont Education Foundation has awarded over $200,000 since 1993 in support of Tremont Schools.

Tremont Horseshoes

The Tremont horseshoe courts are open to all area residents. The Tremont Horseshoe League will begin play on May 6th at 6:30 p.m. and will play every Tuesday night. For more information, please call Don Fawer at 925-5398.

Tremont Winning Communities Published as Bankers Notes Magazine Cover Story

January, 2008


Jim Dittoe said, “Working with the people of Tremont has been one of the most pleasurable experience in my professional career. The leadership has been outstanding, particularly Jim Shafer of The First National Bank in Tremont and Rick Jameson of Tremont Savings Bank. They have put into action what they stated in the Winning Communities process. They are an example of ideas that work!”

View the published article.