03-15-2012

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GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES PROPOSAL TO DEVELOP CITY BRANDING STRATEGY

In Tuesday night’s regular, monthly meeting, the Greenville City Council continued a discussion from last month’s meeting regarding city branding and identity.  The city has used the same logo for the last 30-40 years to identify the city in various print, media, website, advertising and other marketing uses.  City Manager Dave Willey reported that there is an opportune window to review and/or change the city’s brand identity.  Willey said that the development of the city’s website, various print materials and low inventories of previous branded materials makes it an ideal time to change.

The Council received proposals from 6 entities to develop and finalize a brand strategy for the city and the creative deliverables to support it.  Interviews were conducted and materials reviewed to evaluate the effectiveness of each proposal.  The Council voted to accept the proposal from North Star Destination Strategies.

North Star’s proposal includes a scope of services at a cost of $68,000 in professional fees.  Funding for the proposal would be a TIF-eligible expense and would be spread between this and next fiscal year.  There would be no cost to the General Fund.  The North Star process would be implemented over 4-8 months and result in a brand identity and implementation plan unique to Greenville.


MEMORIAL BRICKS DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING

The deadline to order memorial bricks for the Bond County Veterans Memorial is Saturday, March 31.  We spoke with the Bond County Veterans Memorial Committee Chairman Tony Koonce who said the bricks honor a loved one who served in our nation’s military for any length of time.  They are eligible for this honor if they lived in Bond County for at least five years.  Applications are available at all Greenville banks and the Bond County Clerk’s Office.  The bricks cost $100.00 and funds from the brick sales goes toward upkeep of the Bond County Veterans Memorial.  If you have any questions, call Tony at 664-1976.

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FUNDING FOR 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION IN KPD 2012 BUDGET

At Monday's meeting, the Kingsbury Park District approved the 2012 budget, which included the 4th of July celebration.  The total cost for the 4th of July fireworks will be approximately $12,000.00 and has been budgeted from the general fund. Park Director Jerry Sauerwein said he hoped donations would help offset the cost of fireworks.


GREENVILLE TO HOLD TOWN HALL BUDGET MEETINGS

The City of Greenville will hold town hall meetings on Wednesday, March 21st at the Municipal Building.  At these meetings, City Manager Dave Willey will be discussing the state of the budget and will review a variety of budgeting options.  Two meetings will be held: the first will start at 12:00pm (noon) and the second will begin at 5:30pm.  The public is encouraged to attend.

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DEMOULIN MUSEUM TO BE ON ILLINOIS STORIES

A critically acclaimed television series is coming to the DeMoulin Museum.  According to John Goldsmith, the museum received confirmation it will be featured in an upcoming episode of WSEC’s “Illinois Stories.” WSEC is Springfield’s PBS station and “Illinois Stories” is an Emmy award winning series about the people and places of central and western Illinois.  The television crew will arrive at the museum Tuesday, March 20 to film the episode.


BASEBALL SEASON WILL BE SHORTENED TO SIX WEEKS AT KPD

The Kingsbury Park District Board passed their 2012-2013 budget in their March meeting Monday night. Director Sauerwein said the summer baseball season will be shortened to six weeks instead of eight allowing families more time for other summer activities.  Micro and midget soccer will be played this year at the Lutheran Church Field on Rt. 140. Sauerwein reported he will be meeting with the county board to seek a special use permit for the building donated to be placed at Patriot's Park.


BOND COUNTY FARM BUREAU OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP

If you are planning on an Ag or Ag-related Career, then the Bond County Farm Bureau may have a scholarship for you.  Ron Marshall told WGEL the $500.00 scholarship was started to help individuals who want to pursue and Ag or Ag-related career.  Farm Bureau members and their dependents are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.  Applicants must submit a transcript describing their courses and grades and a letter of recommendation.  The application is available at the Farm Bureau Office and is due by Sunday, April 1.   If you have any questions, call the Bond County Farm Bureau at 664-3100.

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