As we work to make improvements for members at the Recreation Center, the City of Bushnell kindly asks patrons to turn off gymnasium lights upon exiting.
Thank you for helping cut costs and prolong the life of the lighting in that space.
With the holiday season running on us, I would like to take a minute to remind all card users of the many kinds of card fraud scams that are out there. As a police department we see multiple kinds of scams that are reported to us.
We all know that phone scams are rampant and have been for some time. Whether it is a new spin on an older story or inventing a new scam, the tried and true phone calls are still out here. It is strongly recommended to not give out personal or financial information over the phone. Most businesses, charities and government agencies do not operate this way. Many phone scams are phony charities that are trying to take advantage of the holiday season and cheer.
More in-depth scams range into the internet and card based fraud. Be sure to use safe websites and secure internet hotspots. Around the holiday season many people shop online. Be wary of the "too good to be true" sales and the pop ups that are a hard to find item. Some of these can be fraudulent and an attempt to gain bank information. If you feel your card has been compromised, contact your bank or credit company.
Another scam that is out there is what is referred to as a "skimmer". A skimmer is a device that can be placed on a card reader at a gas pump, register or any point of sale location. The skimmer looks like a regular checkout register but the addition of the device allows thief's access to your account and PIN. While some skimmers look like the regular machine, you can look for loose faceplates, extra wires sticking out and parts that don't line up or look unusual. With the use of chipped cards and some simple precautions, you can minimize the risk of unintentionally using a skimmer.
As with all things, a little awareness and personal safety can go a long way to help keep you and your accounts this holiday season.
The Christmas Light Parade will be December 2, 2023, line up will be at 5:00 and Parade starts at 6:00
During severe weather, the storm sirens in McDonough County are activated by the 911 call center in Macomb. When a warning from the National Weather Service includes a specific community in the county, the dispatcher activates the sirens for that town. Bushnell ESDA was in contact with the Director of McDonough County 911 shortly after the storm on June 29th, to question why the sirens were not activated in Bushnell and Prairie City, as we were included in the warning area. The director has assured me they are investigating the incident. Further, we have a tech coming to work on the malfunctioning siren at the Recreation Center that activated during the night of July 5th. The remaining 3 sirens in Bushnell and the siren in Prairie City have been tested and are working as they should.
PLANS FOR REID BREWER MEMORIAL PARK APPROVED IN BUSHNELL
At the City of Bushnell’s June 5, 2023, Council meeting, council members unanimously approved a proposed plan to begin construction to support the Reid Brewer Memorial Splash Park in conjunction with Team Reid Charities. The Splash Park is to be located adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Park and Bushnell Swimming Pool in Bushnell, Illinois.
The long-awaited memorial splash park requires infrastructure work for water sourcing that will be completed by the City of Bushnell and Team Reid Charities NFP together. Construction of the splash park itself will follow, by Team Reid Charities NFP.
Team Reid Charities co-chairs, and parents of Reid Brewer, Jim, and Katie Brewer said, “We are proud to be able to bring the Reid Brewer Memorial Splash Park to our wonderful community. Reid's undeniable compassion and love for others will live on through the children as they splash and play. He will be splashing right along with them.”
The City of Bushnell is making security improvements at the Rec Center!
Read below to find out what impacts you:
Attention current members under the age of 18
Due to increased safety and security measures, the minimum age requirement for holding a Rec Center Membership is increasing to 18 years of age, effective Monday, March 6, 2023.
The City of Bushnell understands that under previous policy, individuals as young as age 15 have been permitted to hold memberships. We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this causes, but are moving forward with this new policy as a part of our commitment to members' safety.
If this new minimum age requirement impacts you, please visit City Hall to receive a prorated refund of any remaining membership fees that were pre-paid on your account.
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