Decatur Sister Cities Partners with DPS61 and Invite Decatur Students to Informational Meeting at Eisenhower High School for Summer 2015 Student Exchange Trip to Seevetal, Germany
Decatur Sister Cities and Decatur Public School District 61 announced their partnership in presenting an upcoming informational meeting which will be held for high school students who wish to become Decatur Ambassadors to Seevetal, Germany for approximately 3 weeks next June. Parents and students who are interested in this student exchange opportunity are encouraged to attend a meeting to be held on November 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Eisenhower High School in Decatur, IL. The application period for this trip ends on December 15, 2014, so students are strongly encouraged to become fully informed by attending the informational meeting and submitting their applications early.
“Decatur Sister Cities is part of an international program and the local non-profit branch boasts a 40-year history of continued friendship and collaboration with Seevetal, Germany,” said Linda Hasenmyer, Decatur Sister Cities Committee Chairperson. “Both cities are eager to provide more Decatur high school students with a travel abroad experience next summer that promotes cultural understanding and enhances international relationships.” The Decatur committee organizes regular short-term exchanges and periodic adult exchanges with Germany and Japan.
You may also contact Linda Hasenmyer at Decatursistercities@gmail.com.
About Sister Cities International
Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for over 500 individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States with relationships in 2,000 communities in 140 countries. This sister city network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers who work tirelessly to promote peace and understanding through programs and projects focusing on arts and culture, youth and education, economic and sustainable development, and humanitarian assistance.
MEGA Recycling Event Set For Saturday, Oct. 25
Residents will have an opportunity to get rid of electronics, tires, batteries, confidential documents and other items as part of the Mega Recycling event from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, October 25 at the Progress City USA site on the campus of Richland Community College.
Now in its 3rd year, the event represents a drive through, drop off collection opportunity for a number of difficult-to-dispose-of household items. For example, electronics are now banned from landfills, which means that residents can no longer place electronics items in their regular garbage for pickup. Additionally, tires and electronics represent two of the categories of materials often found to have been illegally dumped in the community.
Items accepted as part of the Mega Recycling event include:
For more information on the Mega Recycling event or to find options for proper disposal of electronics, tires or other items visit the Macon County Environmental Management web site at www.MaconGreen.com or call (217) 425-4505.
The Mega Recycling event is being sponsored by Midwest Fiber Recycling, Macon County Environ-mental Management Department, Progress City/Richland Community College, Waste Management, Mer-vis Industries, Boy Scouts of America, USAgain and Confidential On-Site Paper Shredding.
City to Investigate Possibility of
Noise Ordinance Amendment
The Decatur City Council on Monday called on city staff to look into ways that the city’s noise ordinance might be amended as related to punishment for violators as part of a study session on the issue Monday night.
For the last several months council members have engaged in a public discussion with community members about the ordinance, which prohibits the operation of a sound amplification system that can be heard outside the vehicle from 75 or more feet. Both the driver and owner of a vehicle found to be in violation of the ordinance currently face fines of $250 each and have their vehicle impounded upon citation for the offense.
Over the last several months, a number of residents have attended meetings and contacted both city staff and council members to request a review of the ordinance. While most agreed that an ordinance governing loud music was warranted and that it has been effective in reducing noise in the community, a number of individuals had requested that the towing requirement be eliminated, suggesting that the hardship created by towing did not fit the crime.
Council members on Monday directed city staff to investigate a number of options for graduated fines or punishment for violators up to and including the possibility that vehicles would not be towed for a first offense or second offense. Staff will also investigate whether it would be possible for officers to check the number of offenses from squad cars.