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NOTICE OF CEMETERY CLEAN-UP

The village of New Athens will perform the 2024 spring clean-up of Oakridge Cemetery and the New Athens City Cemetery during the week of March 18 th 2024. Anyone wishing to save any flowers or grave decorations should do so prier . . .

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Water and Sewer Fee Rate Increase

The village board passed an ordinance increasing water and sewer fee rates eight percent at the February 5, 2024, regular board meeting caused by several factors.  Most of the village water transmission and service lines, as well as . . .

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BOIL ORDER IN EFFECT

The public works department will be repairing a water main on February 1, 2024.  The work will start around 8 AM and the water will be completely shut off for approximately five and six hours to complete the work.  Immediately . . .

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MONROE RANDOLPH TRANSIT (MRTD) EXTENDS SERVICE TO NEW ATHENS

Monroe Randolph Transit (MRTD) Public Transportation comes through New Athens twice a week and can get you onto the Greenmount Road Corridor, anywhere from Eckert’s to St Elizabeth’s. Call today (618)443-9087 or visit  . . .

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Outstanding Traffic Citation-Officer Jason Berry

January 11, 20224 Officer Jason Berry conducted a traffic stop for speeding while on patrol.  During the traffic stop, Officer Berry was informed the driver had an FTA-warrant from Clinton County (Illinois).  Officer Berry . . .

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SPARTA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL MOBILE CLINIC SCHEDULE

Covid-19 appears to be "rearing it's ugly head" again.  Following is the schedule for the Mobile Clinic Service that is located in the parking lot of the New Athens Medical Building:  Tuesday afternoons 12PM to . . .

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VILLAGE CLERK APPOINTMENT

Paula Allard was sworn in as a Mayoral Appointed Village Clerk and Collector on December 7 th , her first day on the job was December 4 th .  Paula comes to the village with a wealth of experience in business management, customer . . .

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SPOTSYLVANIA RESURFACING UPDATE

We had two grant awards for the resurfacing project, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).  The DCEO award was for $585,000 and the IDOT award was for . . .

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BRUSH, PLANT AND LEAF DISPOSAL SITE TEMPORARILY CLOSED

The brush, plant and leaf disposal site has been temporarily  closed.  The closer is due to an inspection by the St. Clair County Health Department and a recommendation that it needs to be "cleaned up".  There . . .

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Hiring Office Administration/Village Clerk Position

Office Administration Position Available.  The Village of New Athens is seeking application for an office administrative position.  Bookkeeping/accounting background required and experience with QuickBooks and excel . . .

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New Athens village hall hours change

Effective Friday, October 20 th , 2023, New Athens village hall will be closed to the public at 3:00 PM every Friday.  The purpose of the closure to the public is to give the village clerk office and other department heads an . . .

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WATER BOIL ORDER

BOIL ORDER  BLOCK OF 200 NORTH JACKSON UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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SEEKING APPLICATIONS FOR A PART-TIME PUBLIC WORKS

The Village of New Athens is accepting applications for a part-time public works position. Duties include, but are not limited to, mowing grass, trimming, leaf vacuuming, picking up trash and other responsibilities related to the Public . . .

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VILLAGE HALL WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8:30-1 PM ON WED SEPT 27TH

VILLAGE HALL WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8:30-1 PM ON WED, SEPT 27

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SAT OCT 7, 2023 8AM

COMMUNITY YARD SALE

Community Yard sale.jpg   SAT OCT 7 8 AM

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Seeking Applications Full-Time and Part-Time Police Officers

The Village of New Athens Police Department is currently accepting applications to fill one full-time opening and multiple part-time openings. Preferred applicants are full time or part time police officers in Illinois as determined by . . .

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TRASH CONTAINER TAKE OUT AND PICK UP TIME WRONG ON WATER BILL NOTICE

There was an error on the recent notice on your water, sewer and trash bill regarding trash can take out and trash can pick up time.  The correct times are:   TAKE OUT TIME DAY BEFORE TRASH PICK-UP  AFTER 4:00 PM . . .

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Officers Renner and Berry Come to the Rescue

Detective Jake Renner and Officer Jason Berry on July 19, 2023 responded to a medical assist call in St. Clair County venue.  Upon their arrival, both officers observed a female victim whom was overdosing and not responsive.  . . .

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Village Hall will be CLOSED Aug 16, 2023

Sorry for the inconvenience.....Village Hall will be closed on Aug 16, 2023

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Officer Stories and New Athens EMS Outstanding Performance

On May 28, 2023 Officer Aaron Stories was dispatched to assist a male subject with a hand injury on River Road.  Upon Officer Stories' arrival to River Road, he located the injured person as a passenger in a vehicle in which he had . . .

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Detective Jake Renner - Outstanding Investigative Work

On May 25.2023, Detective Jake Renner began investigating a retail theft case which occurred at Dollar General in three separate incidents. During Detective Renner's lengthy investigation, he conducted . . .

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Funds available to help low-income resident homeowners with repairs to their homes

The Housing R ehabilitation Program is designed to assist eligible low-income resident homeowners of St. Clair County with funds to be used . . .

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BURN BAN IMPLEMENTED IMMEDIATELY!!

UPDATE......BAN HAS BEEN LIFTED   Effective Immediately, The New Athens Fire Protection District is implementing a BURN BAN. No Outside burning of any kind including Fireworks! This covers The Village of New Athens . . .

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Help Wanted-Public Works

The Village of New Athens is seeking qualified applicants for the position of full-time public works employee.  The position has competitive wages and excellent fringe benefits which includes, but not limited to, Health Insurance, . . .

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NEW ATHENS HOMECOMING

"NEW ATHENS HOMECOMING"                 JULY 7 & 8 CARNIVAL BY SWYEAR AMUSEMENTS

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KASKASKIA RIVER FESTIVAL

COME JOIN IN ON THE FUN JULY 23RD 3-8 PM FOR THE KASKASKIA RIVER FESTIVAL AT THE NEWLY OPENED KASKASKIA RIVER CAMPING & RV PARK IN NEW ATHENS, IL BANDS THAT WILL BE PERFORMING ARE "CONFEDERATE RAILROAD" . . .

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EMA Co-Coordinator Mayoral Appointments

Trustee Arlene Geppert and public works employee Devin Brown was sworn in at the June 5 th village regular board meeting for the mayoral appointment of co-coordinators of the EMA (St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency).  The . . .

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Officer Storie awarded Life-Saving Award

 New Athens Police Chief Tim Buehler presented Officer Aaron Storie with a Life Saving Award and pin for actions he demonstrated on a service call on April 29, 2023, at the June 5 th regular board meeting.  Officer Storie . . .

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Tim Buehler appointed Police Chief

New Athens Police Lieutenant Tim Buehler was appointed by Mayor Joe Behnken to the office of Chief of Police at the May 15 th village regular board meeting.  Former Chief Leo Simburger resigned from the office.  We lost a great . . .

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Full and Part Time Police Officers Wanted

  The Village of New Athens is seeking qualified applicants for the position of full-time and part-time police officers.  These positions have competitive wages and excellent fringe benefits for the full-time position which . . .

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IMMEDIATE BOIL ORDER

A water main break early this morning, March 26, 2023,  causing immediate water boil order for south side of Spotsylvania between Clinton and East Street for two blocks south of Spotsylvania.

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Higher Real Estate Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV)

Page 3 of the Freeburg Tribune, Thursday, March 2 nd edition, has an article that details the township multipliers for the twenty two townships in St. Clair county.  Township multipliers are computed by determining that average . . .

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Treasurer and Village Board Appointment

Long time New Athens Treasurer, almost twenty- three years, Sandy Stolte has retired. Sandy was a dedicated, capable, popular mayoral appointment and will be missed by all.  Mayor Joe Behnken at the Monday, February 6 th regular . . .

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No quorum at regularly scheduled village board meeting

The January 3, 2023 regular village board meeting could not be held due to a lack of quorum.  A quorum is the presence of at least one-half of the village trustees, in this case three trustees.  Only one trustee was present at . . .

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Village of New Athens Continues Efforts to Conserve Tax Dollars through Partnership with Ameren

October 19, 2022 Ameren hosted their Annual Business Symposium in Springfield, IL. The symposium draws nearly 5oo attendees throughout the state. Representatives from several municipalities, school districts, small and large businesses, . . .

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Annual Treasurer's Report: May 1, 2021- April 30, 2022

Annual Financial Report FY 2021.pdf

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Ordinance No. 2022-05: Board Meeting Times

Beginning October 03, 2022 Regular and Special Board meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. 

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Village of New Athens Prefiling Notice

2022PREfiling notice.pdf

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County Roadwork on New Baldwin Road

The New Baldwin Road (road in front of Ed Morse Jr Auto Dealership) is owned and maintained by St. Clair County but is within the corporate limits of the village.  I talked with Norm Etling, County Engineer, regarding the road work . . .

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Energy Saving Technology

V illage Clerk Amy Benwell spearheaded a project with Ameren Illinois which resulted in the village saving $3,650 per year in energy cost through the implementation of a smart thermostat, technology used for automation which can . . .

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Outstanding Traffic Investigation

On 8/02/2022 Officer Brad Penet conducted a traffic stop while on patrol.  During the traffic stop Officer Penet arrested the passenger for two warrants (Perry and St. Clair County).  Officer Penet conducted a vehicle search . . .

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Oil & Chip Notice

The Public Works Department will be oiling and chipping village streets on August 10, 2022. Streets highlighted in yellow will be completed this project cycle. In order to efficiently and effectively complete the maintenance of village . . .

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Ordinance No. 2022-03 Deposit of Funds

Ordinance No. 2022-03 Deposit of Funds 2022.07.18.pdf

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Ordinance No. 2022-04: Municipal Tree Ordinance

Ordinance No. 2022-04 Municipal Tree Ordinance.pdf

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Pavement Sealing Notice for Hidden Lake Estates

Please contact Village Hall at 618-475-2144 for any concerns. Thank you! 

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Rising Power Supply Prices

Remember when public coal powered power utilities like Illinois Power, Union Electric and Central Illinois Public Service actually generated electricity.  Those days are over and the successor, Ameren Illinois does not generate . . .

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Who will be the Next New Athens Yard of the Month???

Do you have a penchant for pansies? A zest for zinnias?        Does your front lawn rival the finest golf course this side of the Mississippi? Do you pride yourself on a well kept yard . . .

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New Athens Homecoming Parade Huge Success!

It was a hot day, but the Village of New Athens looked cool in the Homecoming Parade! We extend our gratitude to Justin Majzel and all who put in so much hard work and effort to make Homecoming a great success. Mayor Behnken and . . .

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Illinois Electric Vehicle Rebate Program

I llinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Director John J. Kim announced the opening of Illinois’ Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate Program. The program was created under the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) passed by the . . .

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Ordinance No. 2022-02 Residential Refuse Policy

The Village Board of Trustees voted to approve Ordinance No. 2022-02 Residential Refuse Policy at the June 20, 2022 board meeting.

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Okaw Valley Park Upgrades

Superintendent of Public Works, Chris Remick is excited to announce lighting upgrades to the hockey rink at Okaw Valley Park. Chris has been working diligently alongside Ameren to implement energy saving infrastructure upgrades to the . . .

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Electric Vehicle Charging Station Rebate

Beginning July 1, 2022, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) will offer rebates to public and private entities for the installation and maintenance of Level 2 and direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations. Rebate awards . . .

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Girl Scouts Spread Summer Sunshine Around Town

The Girl Scouts have been BUSY this summer with their projects around town. We want to extend our sincerest thanks to our local troop for their hard work and dedication. The gorgeous planters full of bright blooms certainly add to the . . .

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Superintendent of Public Works Completes Class 1 & 2 of Wastewater School at SIUE

Superintendent of Public Works, Chris Remick recently completed Class 1 & 2 of Wastewater School at the Environmental Resources Training Center located at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Chris has excelled in his role . . .

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

VILLAGE OF NEW ATHENS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is given that a public hearing will be held on the 30th day of June 2022 at 7:00pm at the Village Hall 905 Spotsylvania with reference to the Annual Appropriation . . .

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Canine Courtesy

We are very lucky to have a great village with so many recreational opportunities! With the beautiful summer weather, many of us are enjoying long walks with our four legged best friends. As a friendly reminder, whether taking Rover for a . . .

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Lt. Buehler Presented with the "Friend of Education Award"

On May 10, 2022 the Illinois Education Association - NEA (Region 4,  Edwardsville) presented the 'Friend of Education Award' to Lt. Tim Buehler, D.A.R.E. Officer with the New Athens Police Department.  New Athens . . .

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New Athens Homecoming July 15 & 16

The HIGHLY anticipated New Athens Homecoming is BACK July 15th & 16th! The parade will be Saturday the 16th at 5:00pm. If you would like to register a float, please contact Village Hall at 618-475-2144. We cannot wait to see you there!

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Trash Collection Moving from Alleys to Streets

  After much consideration, the Board of Trustees voted to approve moving trash and recycling collection from residents' alleys to the street beginning May 20, 2022. Superintendent Remick reported to the board that the alleys . . .

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Gary Kearns Appointed as Trustee

   Gary Kearns was sworn in at the April 4, 2022 New Athens Village Board meeting to replace Terry Hamon, who resigned as village board trustee. Mayor Behnken stated that Kearns will be a great addition to the team. He has expertise . . .

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Welcome to the new web home of The Village of New Athens!

Hello New Athens! The birds are chirping and the tulips are blooming- Spring is in the air! We are so excited to welcome you to our new website. Thank you for your patience as we complete our build. Our hope is that this will . . .

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Community Camera Program

CCP  – Do you currently utilize private video surveillance at your home or business? If you do, we’d like to hear from you. Video surveillance is one of the best methods for apprehending criminals and convicting . . .

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D.A.R.E. – Drug Abuse Resistance Education

Lt. Tim Buehler D.A.R.E. envisions a world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance use, and other dangerous behaviors.

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House Check -Vacation and Extended Absence

When you are away from your residence for an extended period of time, the New Athens Village Police Department will periodically check your home during your absence. This is a free service for the residents of the village. Note: The . . .

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Letter of Valor for Officer Jake Renner

Letter of Valor for Officer Jake Renner

Chief Leo Simburger presented Officer Jake Renner with a Letter of Valor at the March 21, 2022 Board Meeting.  The letter reads: “On March 2, 2022 at 1408 hours Officer Renner conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Dollar . . .

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Code Red

The CodeRED Community Emergency Alert system is used by the Emergency Communications Center to notify residents and businesses of critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions. With this system, a specific geographic . . .

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Special Needs Registry

The Special needs registry is a tool being developed for use by St Clair County that enables emergency responders to locate and service those with special needs. This partnership will allow first responders to know of any special needs . . .

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Citizen Marina/Campground Vision

A concerned citizen placed some correspondence in the village water deposit slot on March 1st regarding some great ideas for the Marina/Campground area.  Following is the information: In the past, our town has experienced many . . .

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NA Old Grade School Building being Auctioned

The iconic old grade school building located at South Market and Belsha is being auctioned, online only, by Adam’s Auctioneers.  This all-brick building was converted into eleven apartments which were closed after a fire. . . .

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Now Hiring EMTs!

The Village of New Athens is accepting applications for the Ambulance Service. If you have a passion for saving lives and love for your community, please consider joining our team!   NAAmbulance2022.2.pdf  

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Outstanding Traffic Investigation

Police Officer Jake Renner conducted a recent traffic stop while on patrol, during the process Jake observed drug paraphernalia in plain view in the suspect vehicle.  Officer Renner searched the suspect vehicle and removed the drug . . .

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Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Program

In conjunction with the village’s ongoing sanitary sewer rehabilitation program the village is awarding a contract to Visu-Sewer of Missouri LLC for completing 1600 feet of 8 and 10 inch cured in place pipe.   . . .

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Village Grant Opportunities

The village is researching several grant opportunities.  We currently have grant applications outstanding in the amount of $1,500,000.  $550,000 is for the funding of Spotsylvania resurfacing.  The Van Buren resurfacing project . . .

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Village of New Athens Proposed Financial Plan 2021-2033

There was a financial workshop for the Village Board this evening.  Attached is the proposed financial plan that was distributed at the workshop. Mayor Joe Finanical-Plan-08.12.21-FINAL.pdf  

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