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New Stop Intersections Implemented Within City Limits

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Garbage Proposal Bids


Please see the attached spreadsheet with details of the proposed garbage bids. There will be discussion on this topic at the next City Council meeting on October 7th at 7:00pm. We welcome input from all city residents at this time. Thank you.

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Garbage Disposal Notice


There has been a recent flood of information and mis-information spread across social media platforms stating the City of Athens is attempting to dictate who residents will use for their garbage disposal service.  Residents who participate in their city government and attend council meetings know the facts of this possibility.

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Brush Pick Up


Beginning July 1, 2021, brush pick up will be done every other Monday of the month.

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To all Athens Water Customers:

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New Stahl Foundation Board Members Announced


The Stahl Athens Community Park Charitable Foundation announces a change in board membership effective January 1, 2021. Two board members, Richard Dennis, treasurer, and Donald Porter, chairperson, have tendered their resignations effective December 31, 2020. New board members who have been appointed are Austin Hemberger and Richard Henning. Foundation officers effective January 1, 2021, are Al Keller, chairperson; Holly Henning-Buhr, secretary; and Austin Hemberger, treasurer. Scott Laird and Richard Henning will also serve on the board as trustees.

2021 Athens City Council Meeting Dates


Jan 7                      July 8

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April 2021 Election


Those wishing to run for office in The City of Athens in the upcoming April election can pick up petition packets by calling 217/636-8429 and arranging a pick up time at City Hall. Due to previous City Council positions being vacated and appointments being made, please ensure you specify if you are running for one of the 2-year terms. The following positions are open for election and their term expiration date is listed:

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Election Day


The Athens Community Park building will be open for voting on Tuesday, Nov 3rd from 6:00am - 7:00pm. 

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Pet Pantry


The Animal Abusive Protection Program Pet Pantry is open for business! A huge thank you to Jim Roles for designing, building and donating the new pantry.

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Stahl Foundation



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Small Business Stimulus Plan


On Monday the Athens City Council voted to adopt a Small Business Stimulus plan in an attempt to help some of our City’s small businesses that weren’t able to qualify for any state or federal assistance during this difficult time. The application and information on the plan is available on our City website. I’d like to thank Alderman Chris Reichert for coming up with this wonderful plan and the rest of the council for their overwhelming approval of it.

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Parks Open


Athens parks are open (effective immediately) for walking, biking, etc. We regret to inform you at this time that the basketball courts and playgrounds are still closed due to Covid 19. Please ensure you follow Governor Pritzker's Executive Order in regards to masks, social distancing, etc. Thank you.

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