March 5, 2020
Meet the new Ward 1 Alderman

At the Monday, February 17 City Council Meeting, Bill Alvey resigned his seat on the City Council as Ward 1 Alderman and was sworn in as Mayor of Pontiac. Prior to this meeting he was the Acting Mayor.
At the Monday, March 2 City Council Meeting, Mike Barr was sworn in as Alderman for Ward 1. Since he's new to the City Council, we'd like to introduce him!

Mike Barr
Ward 1
How long have you lived in Pontiac?
My wife Jane and I have been residents of the City of Pontiac since April 2017. Moving here from Montgomery, Il. We raised our family in the Naperville/Aurora area since 1986. We retired to Pontiac to be around our daughter, her husband and their growing family of boys. 

Favorite thing to do in Pontiac?
My passion is that of an avid road bicyclist. Last year covering nearly 1,800 miles on Pontiac's country roads. If you haven’t seen me yet, its easy I’m the one in spandex. I’m a volunteer on two cycle related organizations, Midwest Athlete’s Against Childhood Cancer and Rails to Trails. I am also a devoted Blues fan and collector of all things blues. 

What else would you like people to know about you?
I fell in love with the peaceful pace of Pontiac. Few stop lights, friendly, helpful and welcoming people. Every one knows everyone, which is a warm departure from big city hustle. My wife and I have been busy visiting all the establishments in the city. Every time we entertain out of town guests we parade them around and encourage them to someday join us as residents.

I have always been active in my communities with a long list of serving on boards and volunteering. Soon after coming to Pontiac I began serving on the Pontiac Firefighters Pension Board. I am excited to bring perhaps some new perspectives to Pontiac City management. 
Unified Theatre Presents The Wizard of Oz

Students from PTHS' Life Skills class, along with students from Peers in Action, will be presenting The Wizard of Oz one day only! On Wednesday, March 18 you have two chances to see it; at 8:30AM they'll be performing in the PTHS auditorium and then at 6:00PM they'll be at The Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center. Both performances are free and open to the public.
The Pontiac City Council is proposing a major street improvement program. A Sales Tax increase of 1% is proposed to fund the improvements. 
The Sales Tax was chosen for the following reasons:
·  The tax will generate nearly $1.4 Million dollars.
·  It is estimated that Pontiac residents will pay less than 25% of the $1.4 Million of the Sales Tax collected.
·  The Sales Tax does not apply to necessities such as groceries, prescriptions and titled vehicles. 
·  One block of asphalt overlay costs $40,000.
·  New pavement, curb, and gutters average about $150,000 per block.
·  The City of Pontiac receives about $500,000 annually in Motor Fuel Tax Funds for street improvements.
Join Pontiac Parks and Recreation for this year's outer space themed Mother Son Date Night on Saturday, March 14! There will be dinner, a photo booth, inflatables, and dancing galore!
Stepmoms, grandmas, aunts are all welcome. "Outer space" themed attire is encouraged but not required. All ages are welcome.
$25 per couple / $5 per additional child
Optional: Participants who wish to get their photos developed may purchase them for $5 during the event.
Registration Deadline: Monday March 10th
Buy your tickets by stopping into the rec center at 900 N. Elm St.
or by calling us at 815-844-6818.
Doors open at 6:00pm
What's happening in Pontiac?
March 7: Grace Christian School Pancake Breakfast
March 13-14 : March Mellow Days
March 13-15: Brigadoon at PTHS
March 14 : Eggcelent Shop Hop Scavenger Hunt
March 14: Mother Son Date Night
March 16 : Music Booster's Euchre Tournament
March 18: PTHS Unified Theatre presents The Wizard of Oz
County Wide Electronic Recycling

The City of Fairbury will be hosting a county-wide electronics recycling drive on Saturday, April 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Street Department, 107 S Jackson Street, Fairbury. No appliances will be accepted.
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 Have you downloaded the rTown App? Since October of 2017, the City of Pontiac has been utilizing the rTown mobile app as another means of communication with our residents. Within the app are details about the community including business listings, contact information for city departments, an event listing, a map, and more! The app is free and is available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Download and select Pontiac, IL from the list of cities. If you allow notifications, you'll be alerted to upcoming events of interest, including City of Pontiac Council Meetings, Eagle Theatre Events, Parks and Rec events, and more! Click here to download on an Apple device. Click here to download to an Android device.
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2020 Census

Every 10 years, the United States counts everyone who lives in the country, from newborn babies to the oldest among us. It is important for everyone to complete the 2020 Census so that our community can be accurately funded and represented.

The 2020 Census will influence community funding and congressional representation for the next decade. Information collected in the census will inform the allocation of more than $650 billion in federal funds for states and communities each year. That includes money for things like:
  • First Responders
  • Medicare Part B
  • Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program
  • Libraries and Community Centers
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program

Beginning mid-March 2020, you can respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail. Choose the option that is most comfortable for you. From May-July 2020, census takers will visit households that have not yet responded. A census taker can assist you if you need help completing your form.

Your personal information is kept confidential by law. Your responses can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be shared with law enforcement agencies or used against you by any government agency or court in any way.

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