Waterman Community Chest receives $2,000 Monsanto Fund grant for to assist with Annual Fund Drive
Waterman, Illinois – July 16, 2018– Employees from Waterman Monsanto Corn Production recommended Waterman Community Chest to receive a $2,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund. Funds from the grant will be used to benefit organizations that provide services that benefit the citizens and Waterman community. The Waterman Community Chest previously received a Monsanto Fund grant in 2017 to assist with the 2016-2017 Annual Fund Drive. The Waterman Community Chest supports non-profit organizations and groups that provide services for the people in and around the Waterman area. It is a 501(c)3 qualified tax-exempt charitable organization.
“We’re fortunate to have a group like the Waterman Community Chest working in our community” said Troy Dukes, Site Lead at the Waterman Seed Production site. “We’re proud to partner with them and support the great work they do in our community with this Monsanto Fund grant.”
This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations in rural communities to help address essential needs in Food & Nutrition, STEM Education, and Community Development. Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $7.5 million through this program over the last five years.
About Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.
Update to Village Water Issue July 18, 2018
The Village of Waterman and the Board of Trustees has been working to correct the water quality issue for several months. As detailed at the last several Village Board meetings numerous steps have been taken to identify and resolve the problem. Public works, the village engineer, Test Inc. (water system operator) and others we have been working through progressive steps with mixed results.
The Illinois EPA was consulted at the triennial (every 3 years) review in June. The IEPA worker was informed of the issue, the steps we were taking, and offered some suggestions.
Several valves were changed at the filtration system at the well house to minimum effect. We contracted with Tonka Water, out of Minnesota, to inspect the filtration system. Tonka was involved in the construction of the system but there was a wait of 4-6 weeks for them to get here after contracting. Tonka is here today, July 18, 2018, inspecting and servicing the system. Hopefully, this will alleviate the problems we are having throughout Waterman.
Thank you to the residents who have called Village Hall, the Village President, or a Trustee to report their water problems. We are able to ask for needed information to include addresses, date/time, duration, and severity at a minimum. Please contact us at any of the emails or numbers listed on the website, even on weekends.
Hopefully these steps will resolve our problem. It has been a long and expensive search for which we apologize. Thank you.
Darryl Beach, Village President
Waterman Board of Trustees
The retirement celebration for Chief Breese was held on June 3, 2018 at Indian Creek Middle School in Waterman. The community, fellow police officers, co-workers, family, and friends all showed up to honor Chief Breese’s 37 years of service to Waterman. A lunch was held with a ceremony following where Chief received many tokens of appreciation, from kind words of appreciation, to certificates, badges and many other momentos. It was clear Chief was appreciated and well liked by the community. The celebration ended with 21 firework salute!
Groundbreaking has begun on the new pavilion at
Waterman Lions Community Park at 420 S. Birch St.
If you have seen the pavilion at the Village of Maltas park, this one will be similar!
The new pavilion at Waterman Lions Park is funded by the Lions Club, a grant from DeKalb County Community Foundation and funds from the Carl Olson legacy, which is administered by the Village of Waterman for the benefit of the park.
New Shelter Groundbreaking May 2018 – Pictured above from left to right, VOW Trustee, Dr. Sarah Radtke, Lion, Craig Rice, Lion, Bob Bend, Mayor, Darryl Beach, Lions President, Shawn Blobaum, Lion, Richard Smith & Community Foundation Rep., Beth White.
This will make a great addition to Waterman Lions Community Park!
The pavilion is expected to be open by the annual Waterman Lions Summerfest, July 21st, 2018.
We are looking forward to seeing the end product!
Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen!
Due to changes in the recycle market, we can no longer
accept plastic bags or shredded paper in the recycle containers we service. -DC Trash
Contact DC Trash with any questions
The Village of Waterman Board of Trustees and Village President are acutely aware of the water supply problems. We have been working with the Public Works Department, Village Engineer, and outside resources to find the cause of the discoloration. We have been taking steps to try and alleviate the problem.
The discoloration of the water can be caused by multiple problems. High winds, broken pipes, cold temperatures, filtration issues, and an aging infrastructure. The Village is taking steps to limit and eliminate the discoloration as quickly as possible. During the winter there were 6 water main breaks throughout the village which contributed to the problem. All that we are aware of have been fixed. Since the temperatures have warmed (slightly) we have done a hydrant flush and will do so regularly. The valves in the filtration system are nearing the time to be changed and we have begun that process. We will also be changing the system “media” as it is also at the beginning of the change window.
A new well has been drilled; this is the first phase, at the Deerfield Crossing subdivision. This well was in the original annexation agreement and was never completed. It has begun but may be a long time before it is on-line. The drilling of the well has completed and the process used large amounts of water. This may have contributed to some of the water discoloration.
We will try and keep you informed as we learn the causes and complete some of the remedies. Thank you for your patience.
Waterman Community Chest
The Waterman Community Chest would like to thank the community for all the generous donations, which make this program possible!
The recipients of the donations were:
Ben Gordon Center
CASA Youth Advocacy
DeKalb County Nursing Home Activity Fund
Family Service Agency
Indian Creek Education Foundation
Indian Creek Recreation
Northwestern Medicine Hospice
Open Door Rehab Center
Open Hands Preschool
Voluntary Action Center
Waterman Area Heritage Society
Waterman Summer Recreation
Youth organizations (scouts, 4H, etc)
The Waterman Community Chest have funds set aside for local youth organizations such as scouts and 4H.
If your youth organization is interested, please print the form attached and mail it for consideration to:
Waterman Community Chest
P.O. Box 311
Waterman, IL 60556