HENNEPIN — The Hennepin Village Board started its April 16 meeting by announcing the winners of the Deck Scholarships. The scholarships are subsidized through proceeds of the Adam and Ira Deck Fund for the purpose of promoting educational and recreational activities. Although the Decks had no children of their own, they believed in the importance of education for Hennepin students.
“Since 1974 when this grant began, 88 students have received money from the grant,” Regional Office of Education Superintendent Phyllis Glazier said. “I want to commend the winners for the work they’ve done the last four years to earn this scholarship and for committing yourself to college.”
The first place winner of the Deck Scholarships is Alicia Mallery, daughter of David and Denise Mallery. She will receive $1,200 each year for the next four years to help defray college costs. Mallery will attend Illinois Valley Community College and plans to attend the University of Illinois in Champaign to study counseling.
The second-place winner is Nathan Ward, son of David and Debbie Ward. He will receive $1,000 each year for the next four years to help with his college expenses. Ward will be attending Drake University where he will study business.
In other action, the board:
• Received a plaque and thanks from the Putnam-Bureau Health Department and the Community Partnership Against Substance Abuse. Hennepin is the first community in Putnam County to adopt a no smoking ordinance for village parks as part of the health department’s We Choose Health program. Signs designed by Putnam County Elementary School students will be put up in village parks asking visitors not to use tobacco products in Hennepin parks. The plaque was presented by health department Administrator Becky Piano.
• Received the annual Hennepin Park District report and budget request from Director Sandy Hrasch. Hrasch told the board the renovations at the pool building were progressing well and asked for a slight increase from last year’s $8,000 budget to $8,050. The board approved the request.
• Set the meeting schedule for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Meetings will continue to be held at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.
• Reminded residents a tree dedication will take place at 4:45 p.m. April 25 in commemoration of Arbor Day at Walter Durley Boyle Park. The tree will be dedicated to the memory of former village President Jack Grant.
• Heard a report from Harold Fay on the concession stand project. Fay outlined the materials and work needed to replace the current stand. The board agreed to the project, placing a ceiling of $15,000 on the project.