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Information of general use.

Building Permit information added to site

In light of questions I have received about building permits, I added a page outlining the general situations in which a building permit is and isn’t required in the Village of Broadlands.  Also included is a link to a downloadable building permit application form, for your convenience. The permit page is accessible from the menu on the right-hand side of this page and entitled ‘Building Permits.’  A link to the Broadlands Zoning Ordinance is also included on that page, as well as on the Ordinances page.

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Past Minutes, Bills, and Financial Reports online

Where available, the monthly minutes of the Village of Broadlands meetings, bill listings, and financial reports have been posted here, spanning from 1993 to the present.  Links to those pages are in the menu on the right-hand side.  All items are downloadable Adobe pdf files.

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An Official Website for Broadlands? Your input requested.

At the April Village meeting, I proposed the idea of an official Village of Broadlands website.  Ideally, this would be a site residents could visit to find whatever information they need about our village. Of course, all village minutes, ordinances, and financial information would be available.  I believe residents have a right to easy access to all of this information (which was my motivation in starting this small site). I also think that if the Village plans to enforce its rules, then the Village must ensure that residents have complete availability to all the relevant information.

Your input would really be appreciated.  Are there any features or information you would like to see presented on a village website?

I have several ideas.  First, the village should look into accepting water bill payments online.  I proposed installing a slot for in-person payments at the Village Hall, but due to security concerns, that idea has not been acted upon to date.  Second, there should definitely be an online comment/complaint/suggestion form, so residents can express their opinions (anonymously, if they wish) to the village. There could also be a page or section devoted to community events or organizations.

If anyone has any suggestions, or if anyone even thinks a website would be useful (or not), please feel free to contact me or post a comment here.  Thanks for your help.

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Residents entitled to free Post Office boxes

Residents living in more rural towns may find that the U.S. Postal Service does not deliver mail to their homes.  Instead, those residents must obtain a Post Office Box in order to receive mail. Unfortunately, I have heard about people in this situation, in nearby communities and beyond, being charged a yearly fee for the post office box. If the U.S.P.S. refuses to deliver mail to your home, it must provide a no-fee PO box. Continue reading

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2010 Village Minutes posted

As they become available, the 2010 Broadlands Village Board meeting minutes will be posted here.

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Frontier seeks approval to buy Verizon’s landline services

Today’s News-Gazette reports that Frontier Communications and Verizon are closer to finalizing Frontier’s purchase of Verizon’s landline telephone service.  Verizon plans to sell its rural telephone service lines to Frontier, while keeping the more urban areas to itself.  There are questions about Frontier’s ability to pay for the purchase. Another issue is whether Frontier can manage to provide reliable service to such a large area.  Finally, prior instances of Verizon’s sale of landlines to other companies have ended up terribly.  The Illinois Commerce Commission invites the public to comment on the proposed deal.

My own letter to the Commission is below.

My main concerns are:

  • the possibility of increased prices (Frontier has to pay for the deal somehow)
  • the chance that Frontier might end up distressed or even bankrupt — what happens to our service then?
  • whether Broadlands will EVER get high-speed internet; it seems even less likely under Frontier than under Verizon

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2006 – 2008 Broadlands Village minutes posted

The Village Clerk has kindly provided the minutes for village meetings from 2006 to 2009. The minutes from 2006-2008 have been posted here. Also, the gaps in the 2009 minutes have been filled in.

2006-08 minutes page

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