The Marengo Community Farmers Market has been going strong this year and we’ve added many new vendors and farms to our weekly lineup. The support from our community and neighboring communities has been great and shows no signs of slowing down. Once a month we host a special themed market to keep things fresh and exciting. We are very excited to announce that on August 25, 2018 we will be having our “Picnic in the Park” themed market, which will include many fun activities. Chief Solarz and Sergeant Fritz, with the Marengo Police Department, have agreed to be in the dunk tank at this market to help raise money for the farmers market! For those unaware, the Marengo Community Farmers Market is not run by the City of Marengo, or the Marengo/Union Chamber of Commerce, but rather by a private group of citizens, who created a 501(c)3, Community First Project, Inc, with the goal of restoring Marengo and making it a better place! This year, the farmers market brought back the hanging flower baskets to the downtown area for the first time in 10 years! The flowers were bought and paid for, by the market and donated to the city. 3 members of the market committee also volunteered their time to plant all 28 baskets, so the city workers could hang them. In addition, the watering of those baskets is done by members of the farmers market committee. In 2017 we were able to raise $1,100 for Marengo FFA at our “Fall Fest” market. Week after week, these volunteers, work to make this a great thing for both the City as a whole as well as the people who live here. As always, we appreciate your support and hope to see you on August 25th!

McHenry County’s history ground zero is November 18, 1834 – that’s the date when the first permanent settler, Samuel Gillilan, came from Virginia and settled on the west side of the Fox River in Algonquin Township. The Gillilan party consisted of Samuel, his wife Margaret, their nine children, and several others. Gillilan himself didn’t participate too long in shaping our county’s history because he passed away a few years later on September 6, 1837. Soon after Gillilan’s arrival more settlers followed = first setting up their farms, then various institutions such as schools, churches, businesses, and communities. As is the habit of man to keep records; it was their written personal experiences and institutional records that formed the foundation of our history.

We know that the Potawatomie roamed these lands before the Gillilan’s arrival. Early settlers in Coral Township discovered what they thought to be an abandoned Indian village, and to their surprise in the spring of the following year the inhabitants returned. For a very short time the settlers and their Potawatomie neighbors coexisted. But, what about before the Potawatomie; before written history – who lived in McHenry County? The answer to that question can be found in a small pamphlet published by the McHenry County Conservation District in 1976 titled An Archaeological Survey of McHenry County. The pamphlet reports on the archaeological survey conducted in the county in 1973 and 1974. Archaeology of McHenry County, a more detailed work, was published in July of 2006, and for those interested it can be found on the internet.

The earliest evidence of human presence in McHenry County dates back approximately 12,000 years to the Paleoindian period. The Paleoindians were nomadic hunters and gatherers and roamed the area as the last glacier retreated into Wisconsin. According to the US National Park service the Paleoindian people hunted megafauna such mastodon, mammoth, great bison, giant beaver, and saber-toothed-tiger. Very little evidence of megafauna slaughter has been found east of the Mississippi River, but the large beasts did roam McHenry County. People of the Paleoindian period produced stone tools, such as knives, spear points, and scrapers. Artifacts believed to be from this era have been located at two sites in McHenry County.

The next classification of culture that had a presence in McHenry County is from the Archaic period (8,000 BC to 1,000 BC). It is not known from where these people came, and one source states that they possibly could be the descendants of Paleo Indian people. During this period the hunters and gatherers were less mobile, and it’s possible that they seasonally subsisted on deer and small game from the county’s oak forests, and fish from its waterways. Abundant artifacts from this period have been found in the county to include spear points, flint knives, and axe heads. Additionally, more interesting finds are a bannerstone and birdstone, and both are believed to symbolize rank.

The Woodland period spanned from 500 BC to AD 800, and the mid 1970’s survey revealed nine sites in McHenry County. The people of this period tended to settle near rivers and made first attempts at gardening – not farming. Additional food sources were deer, fish, small mammals, birds, nuts, and seeds. The Woodland people also produced pottery in addition to tools associated with the previous cultures. Another feature of the Woodland culture is the effigy mounds; examples of these mounds can be found in Rockford, Illinois, and southern Wisconsin.

In the Mississippian period which spanned from AD 800 to 1650 populations of people declined in the McHenry County area. One reason given is that in the 1400’s herds of bison migrated into western Illinois, and the people became dependent on this resource. The mid 1970’s survey found six sites of Mississippian cultures in McHenry County. An additional feature of the Mississippian culture was the cultivation of plant foods such as maize, squash and beans.

An area southeast of Marengo was home to people of the Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian cultures. The story of these cultures is much more complex than can be presented here in a few hundred words. I encourage interested readers to conduct more research on this fascinating topic.

While exploring this topic I uncovered a few tidbits about life in McHenry County before the arrival of the Paleoindian people. In 1989 mastodon teeth and bone fragments were uncovered west of Woodstock. A male mastodon could grow up to ten feet, and could weigh over ten tons. Another interesting discovery occurred in 2004. A McHenry County Conservation District worker uncovered a giant beaver tooth in a field near Marengo. This giant beast is officially known as Castoroides Ohioensis and it became extinct approximately 13,400 years ago. The giant beaver could grow to about eight feet in length and weigh over 200 pounds. Imagine running into this creature on a leisurely walk through Marengo Ridge or Coral Woods!

Our Park District is pleased to provide programs for Dance, Soccer, Performance Arts, Volleyball, and Basketball for kids, as well as Seniors Activities and the Fitness Center. The green space of our 4 park facilities is welcoming to those looking to walk, picnic, jog, disc golf or even just relax in the shade. Our community can be proud of these successes.

The future of the portion of the Indian Oaks Park facility that includes the in-ground pool can best be determined by discovering the needs and opinions of the residents of the district. Residents have been more than willing to express their thoughts about the pool situation. There will be an opportunity for the residents to answer a question on the November election ballot in the form of a non-binding referendum. This type of referendum is designed to gather information from the residents. No commitment is made by the residents in answering this question.

There are a few possible scenarios for the future of the park space that currently houses the pool. It could be restored to a functioning in-ground pool. This will require assessment, repair, replacement and upgrade of equipment. It could be removed and returned to green space. It could be removed, in part, and turned into another type of water feature. It could be removed and turned into a facility for another type of activity. All this would require breakup and removal of tons of concrete. Whichever of these scenarios is determined to be the best for the park's and resident's communal future, there will be costs involved to achieve it. Payment for these expenses could come from many sources including sponsorship, grants, fundraising, tax levy dollars, or programming income.

The current financial situation of the park district does not include funds to cover any of these scenarios fully. So, the staff is researching possible options. To even begin to assess the pool's function, maintenance needs to occur to start up the filters. Then, an architectural engineer would evaluate the body of the pool and the water filtration system. If the pool was to be removed and replaced, there will be costs incurred in removing the body of the pool and refilling with dirt and grass and other equipment.

• The future of the pool site is up for discussion and the residents of Marengo are welcome to share their thoughts. The next monthly Marengo Park District Board Meeting will occur at 6:00 PM on August 16th, 2018


Jordan Hill                                  Tesfaye cooper


The last two defendants have pleaded guilty in a kidnapping and assault case deemed a hate crime by prosecutors against a Crystal Lake teen that was video-streamed live on Facebook Jan. 2, 2017. The incident involving the special needs teen drew national attention, and condemnation from thenPres. Barack Obama, as four individuals terrorized the youth at an apartment shared by two sisters over the New Year’s 2016-17 weekend.

Jordan Hill, 20, pleaded guilty to a hate crime and one count of aggravated kidnapping July 5, and Tesfaye Cooper, 20, pleaded guilty to the same charges July 12, both within the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. Tanishia Covington, 25, earlier pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison but is now free on parole, due to time served. Her sister, Brittany Covington, 20, was sentenced to four years of probation but is now jailed and awaiting an Aug. 7 hearing for violating conditions stipulated in her verdict.

The original charges filed against the four assailants included aggravated kidnapping, a hate crime, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and unlawful restraint. Prosecutors indicated that Hill was the instigator for the attack.

Several police reports, culled from several jurisdictions, showed Hill was involved in a crime spree beginning Dec. 30, when a Marengo man lent his mother’s 2009 red Chevrolet Impala to Hill and two others, whom he had met on social media. He was dropped off at the Hampshire Mc Donald’s for his job, and picked up in a white Nissan Sentra, following the shift. They went to a Rolling Meadows BP Fuel Station, and the Marengo man was told to look for marijuana in the restroom. According to a Hampshire police report, the others drove off and took his iPhone.

Carpentersville police contacted the Nissan owner at 1:05 a.m. Dec. 31, who said that “Jordan” may have taken the phone and also borrowed the Impala, from the Marengo man. At 8:33 p.m., Hill was pulled over in the Impala by Streamwood police, at a Burger King parking lot. The passenger was ticketed for open liquor, and Hill, with no driver’s license, was not arrested. The police did take the vehicle keys, for return to the owner.

One hour later, at a Schaumburg McDonald’s, the Crystal Lake special needs teen informed his mother that he would be staying with a friend. On Jan. 2, at 9:45 p.m., a video camera from Streamwood’s MDZ Welding Co., depicts a van being stolen from their lot. The teen was picked up in the van, and taken to an apartment in Chicago where he was beaten, assaulted, and tortured. Hill also called the teen’s family and allegedly ordered them to pay a $300 ransom.

Three videos were streamed showing physical abuse against the teen, making him drink from a toilet bowl, and Cooper threatening the teen with a knife. Hair was cut from his head leaving a scar. Laughing, drug use, and racist taunts were also displayed on the videos. The victim was later found walking the streets outside the apartment shirtless.

A victim impact statement was read at Cooper’s hearing and highlighted that the teen suffers from depression, and post-traumatic stress.

Hill received an eight year sentence in exchange for his guilty plea, after previously rejecting the terms. Cooper will be sentenced July 26, before Circuit Court Judge William H. Hooks. Last Apr., Tanishia Covington pleaded guilty to intimidation, aggravated battery, and a hate crime in receiving a three-year sentence. Last. Dec., Brittany Covington pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with intent to disseminate on video and a hate crime. Her plea deal included four years of probation, completion of her general equivalency degree, and 200 hours of community service.

The Marengo man also had contact with the Hampshire police, and the report varied from the Rolling Meadows report in that he was picked up after work by a white man, with three black passengers. The man’s identity is not being released, due to privacy requests.

The original charges filed against the four assailants included aggravated kidnapping, a hate crime, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and unlawful restraint. Prosecutors indicated that Hill was the instigator for the attack.

In April of 1943 World War II was in full swing, and the need for soldiers to fight the war created a labor shortage for American industry and agriculture. One untapped resource for labor was the detainees in the seven relocation camps that were created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s authority to house native born American citizens of Japanese descent; these Americans were referred to as Nisei. Roosevelt also created the War Relocation Authority (WRA) by executive order, and the agency was responsible for relocating Japanese-Americans from their homes and into the various camps.

Last month I presented a brief history of the Curtiss Candy Company, which was founded in Chicago by Otto Schnerring in 1916. Over the decades the company expanded and owned vast holdings in McHenry County to include a farm of over 2,400 acres on Route 20 approximately three miles west of Marengo. WRA officials approached Schnerring and pitched the idea that the Curtiss Candy Company employ some Nisei farmers to relieve the company’s manpower shortage. Prior to making a decision Schnerring approached “leading citizens” of the Marengo area, and received an assurance that the Nisei would be “favorably received.”

The sixteen workers that were slated for relocation to Marengo were all residents of the state of Washington, and were being held in Tule Lake, California. They were all born in the United States, and spoke English. An article in the April 22, 1943, edition of the Marengo Republican News reported that “all were prosperous farmers and land owners until Pearl Harbor,” and their experience included growing potatoes, asparagus, and “intensified chicken raising.” One owned “complete drainage equipment,” and it was anticipated that this equipment would be delivered to Illinois, and put to use on the Marengo farm. The overall tone of this article had a very positive tone.

In the vanguard of this labor force were three farmers; Earl Ishino, Atsusa Sakuma, and his brother Tsukasa Sakuma. After these three men arrived resentment surfaced in the press. Marengo Mayor W.L. Miller and Park Board President Charles H. Doolittle were the most outspoken, and the most often quoted in press coverage on the issue.

In the April 25, 1943, edition of the Chicago Tribune the editor attributed the following quote to Miller; “…I don’t think they should be allowed to come to town. Too many people here have boys in the service…” In the same article Doolittle was quoted as saying; “They may be good citizens, but it is just their tough luck that they have Japanese ancestry.” The Curtiss Candy Company immediately removed the three men, and the other thirteen Japanese farmers were halted in Rockford.

Not all of Marengo sided with the mayor and Doolittle, and there was another sentiment vocalized in this debate. The Marengo Kiwanis Club hosted Curtiss Candy Company representatives at a meeting, and those in attendance received information on the program. Prior to the conclusion of the meeting the club held a vote and unanimously supported a resolution to allow the candy company to employ the Japanese Americans. It seems that even Doolittle had a change of heart because he made a motion that stated, “…all citizens of this country are entitled to the privileges of citizenship without respect to color, creed or antecedents.” Later that same day the Pastors of the Protestant Churches of Marengo held a meeting, and afterward issued a public statement that included the following; “We express our own good will towards these ‘Americans with Japanese faces,’ and hope that the way may become clear for them to take up their work here.”

Probably the best testimonial of a Marengo welcome to these Japanese farmers came at a mass meeting held to debate the issue on the evening of May 4, 1943. Near the conclusion of the meeting Marengoans were given an opportunity to vote on the matter. When the ballots were tallied by City Clerk Arlie Shearer, Alderman Vernon Kays, and a Miss Charlotte Miller it was determined that the community endorsed the plan to allow the workers into our community 62 to 21.

Eventually the three young farmers that were removed, and the thirteen that were held in limbo in Rockford came to Marengo where they worked the Curtiss Candy Company farm and produced food for the war effort. Some of the products that they produced were made into candy, and distributed to US military personnel.

Summer is here along with colorful butterflies including those cute white ones with a black spot on the wings. The white butterflies have a downside. They deposit eggs on your cabbage, broccoli and other cruciferous plants that will hatch in 4 to 8 days to become the dreaded green cabbage worms that munch your plants and leave behind large amounts of brownish-green excrement called frass. After munching for up to 14 days they pupate and repeat the process.

There are several strategies for addressing cabbage worms. Nature provides a natural way. Yellow jackets love to eat the worms. If you are not into yellow jackets, Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT) is a bacterial pathogen that is used for biological control over larvae. BT needs to be reapplied every 1 to 2 weeks for control. It is widely used by organic growers.

We have had good success with floating row covers over plants in the cabbage family. If you can keep the moths from laying eggs you will get no damaging worms. The plant can grow under the row cover until harvest.

If the number of worms appears manageable, you can handpick the worms and eggs. Sticky traps will catch the adult butterflies, but, will also catch beneficial insects. Interplant thyme among your cabbages as a deterrent. The worms are repelled by thyme. They are also attracted to mustard plants which can be used to draw the little critters away from your cruciferous plants. Once they take over the mustard plant, destroy it.

When all else fails, try planting red varieties of cabbage. The green worms won’t be able to camouflage, so they may stay away.

I’ve visited farmers’ markets all over the Midwest, so I have a critical eye. I went to the Marengo Farmers Market on June 30, just to see what it was like. Of course it isn’t the largest market I’ve ever seen, but it is delightful in the variety and quality of goods offered, and exciting in its potential for growth. It is also local. To me, that says it all.

If you’ve never been to a Farmers’ Market, the one in Marengo is a perfect way to start. You need to know that these markets are not for a shopping list. Farmers Markets are for discovery. What will I find? What’s in season right now? A larger market can be overwhelming— often too many choices, if truth be told.

I brought home lettuce from Blue Barn Farm, owned by Eric and Sheila Debelak; and raspberries and green beans from Nichols Farm and Orchard. These were the discoveries that caught my eye that day from among their offerings. Both farms promise there will be lots more vegetables as they come in season. Tomatoes are only a few weeks away and corn on the cob will follow, along with onions, carrots, summer squash. . . you get the picture.

Hasselmann Family Farms is selling meat— beef, pork and chicken raised on their farm here in Marengo. And remember Troy Umland from our last issue? He’s selling Umland’s Cheesy Bites at the market. Come and get a sample and buy all three flavors.

Looking out for my pets, I discovered some homemade treats created by Angela Johnson, owner of Wholesome Petz, Inc in Marengo. Both poodles enjoyed their doggie cupcakes. The market is pet-friendly, by the way. I saw several customers with dogs on leashes, enjoying a walk in Calvin Spencer Park where the market is located each Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


The breeze in Calvin Spencer park under the shade trees was enhanced by live music. Mary Lai was playing her guitar and singing the Saturday I visited.

Rather than being overwhelmed with craft and artisan products, this market offers several vendors of a wide variety, from essential oils, to handmade pillows and quilts. I couldn’t resist the soaps created by Courtney Vettere of Bubbly Designs. I almost made it past Broken Twig Gifts and More till a beautiful hand crafted cutting board caught my eye. I’m glad I stopped because I met Kevin and Melissa Schultz who are just starting their business and have begun by selling wood working, jewelry, and other items at the Marengo Farmers Market this summer.

All the vendors report how they enjoy meeting their neighbors. They just wish more of us would come. I know I’ll be going back. I hope to see you there! 

Park districts represent communities. They represent health, education, fun and interaction, and are also a thread of togetherness.

In the more than three years I have been serving as a Commissioner of the Marengo Park District Board, the question I hear more often than any other by far is, "Will the pool be reopening?". The question is asked by adults and children alike and is sometimes accompanied by a recounting of memories of fun times spent at the Marengo Pool. Some inquiries take a more critical tone. Recent comments on the town's social media pages have even suggested that residents make an effort to raise the money and materials to rejuvenate the pool.

Marengo is in the Midwest, where our summers are limited and the weather is unpredictable. Even the most interested swimming families couldn't always make use of the pool. Research of public pool records throughout Illinois show that most public pools finish the season at a financial loss due to weather closures, overhead costs of personnel, water treatment and ongoing maintenance and replacement costs regardless of pool attendance.

The Park District is also financially burdened by loan and bond payments which are repaying monies used to make changes to the facilities many years ago. One such repayment will not even begin until 2020, leaving the Park District with only the resources to make absolutely necessary expenditures on facilities and program development.

Still, we hear the residents who are interested in having the pool open again, and they will have the chance to voice their opinion this November as the Park District is planning to post a referendum to the ballot asking residents if they want the pool to be restored to working order and re-opened. This would include increasing the tax levy to cover pool renovation and maintenance costs. The results of the referendum vote will be published and the Park District will use this information for future planning.

Residents of the Marengo Park District are always welcome to attend the Regular Park District Board Meeting held on the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Indian Oaks Park Building to learn about the district's latest developments.

A proposed 235-acre solar farm on two parcels at the intersection of Johnson Road and Route 20 was approved in principle by the Marengo City Council, during its June 25 session. The action included annexation agreements for 110- and 126-acre sites, each containing three parcels, along with a text amendment to the existing Estate Residential (ER) zoning designation allowing the solar farm and a forty-year term special use permit for its operation.

The project is being presented by Marengo Solar LLC, a consortium comprised of SunEast Development, Energy Renewal Partners, and Enel Green Energy. Cost estimates range from a $25-$30 million investment would place approximately 60,000 solar panels on either side of Johnson Road. The location under contract contains three parcels owned by Richard Johnson and Judith Feddema, and another three parcels owned by Nelligan Investments LLC.

The council’s full approval, with 4th Ward alderman Dennis Hammortree casting a dissenting vote, follows the Marengo Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation made during an Apr. 16 special meeting. After a public hearing on the proposals, the zoning text amendment to allow the commercial project in an (ER zoning district, and a special use permit contingent upon annexation were approved. It was then forwarded to the full council for disposition.

“Also in the annexation agreements is that they have a 36-month window to finalize the details on the facility, the operational end, and its agreement with Commonwealth Edison,” said Marengo city manager Josh Blakemore. “There are other contingencies as well, but the time period was set for their completion of all the necessary requirements.”

One primary concern that has been raised is the soil quality of the parcels, after it is decommissioned. The group has indicated that the life expectancy of the solar panels in the array is 40 years. The special use permitting also carries a forty-year term, coinciding with provisions of the zoning text amendment.

The annexation agreements also contain a clause stating that if the solar farm fails to transmit energy to the electrical distribution system within a period of twelve, or more, consecutive months, not pursuing repairs, or refutes the contention within thirty days, the site will be presumed abandoned.

The group must also finalize an agreement with ComEd, through its parent company, Chicago-based Excelon, Inc., for energy transmission and connection to the Marengo power substation.

A benefit for the county and the municipality is state legislation, passed by the General Assembly. House Bill 5284, which “Provides the equation for the fair cash value of commercial solar energy systems in counties with fewer than 3,000,000 inhabitants.” Its offshoot, Senate Bill 0486, allows the property tax code amendment that a commercial solar energy system should be calculated at $218,000 per megawatt generated. Both bills await Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature.

The Marengo ground installation is expected to produce up to 40 megawatts of energy, and could factor out to $330,000 in property taxes on an annual basis, relative to area’s the taxing rate.

“That could translate to $30-$40,000 per year for the city of Marengo, for the general fund and police pension for the property tax revenue line items,” said Blakemore. “The assessed value of $218,000 per megawatt is a similar assessment for wind power generation as well.”

 Solar farms considerations for Mc Henry County areas are being viewed by specialized provider companies. Another site is being proposed for a leased 16-acre section of a 29-acre larger parcel in Marengo Township, owned by Michael Grismer. The California-based firm of Borrego Solar Systems Inc. seeks county zoning approval for the site on Route 20, near Burma Road, and is planned to generate 2 megawatts

California-based Shabadoo Solar/Cypress Creek Renewables Development LLC, and the Wisconsin-based firm of West Grant Development, Inc. have gone through the McHenry County Zoning Board of Appeals process and now are awaiting a date for the county board to consider their project. They seek to place a solar panel array on 90 acres near the intersection of West Ringwood Road and South Solon Road.

The Marengo ground installation along Route 20, on either side of Johnson Road, is listed as unincorporated McHenry County, until the annexation agreements are effectuated to bring them into the municipality’s fold.</p>


The civil litigation filed by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office against 300 West LLC and Arnold Engineering, Inc. remains set for the next status hearing, following an Apr. 4 continuation that would give the state agency more time to review a 1,339-page report, submitted by the Marengo-based company. The report was submitted by the defendants in Mar., after a time-extension for its completion.

Entitled, “The Comprehensive Site Investigation and Remedial Objectives Report,” it outlines site contamination and the scope of mitigation with data regarding on- and offsite testing well locations and potential contaminant spread. The civil litigation, under docket# 13CH1046, was filed in 2013 by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office on behalf of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency stemming from groundwater contamination at the plant site.

Annie Thompson, press secretary for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, said the companies had submitted the report ahead of a scheduled Mar. 8 trial date, and more time was required to review the documents.

The issue surfaced when Marengo crews attempted to install a well on Ritz Road and discovered the condition. In May 2010, Arnold retained a consultant group with monitoring wells to produce on-site samples. The subsequent findings detected concentrations of the vinyl chloride, PCE, TCE, and other carcinogens that contaminated private and commercial wells in the area of Ritz Road and Railroad Street.

As a remedial action, Arnold Magnetics Engineering, Inc., and its property holder, 300 West LLC did complete a Feb. 2016 agreement with the city of Marengo to pay for a water main along Railroad Street that connected with the municipal water system. It also allowed for a “no-fee” hookup for impacted well owners, and billing charges at the “in-town” rate with annexation.

“It’s slow going while they are getting easement access along the road, the main is in,” said Marengo city manager Josh Blakemore. “They’re still on the hook for the connections and the water main, as well as securing a letter of credit.”


Union-based INTREN has completed an acquisition and merger June 18 with the Miller Construction Company, Inc., in an effort to expand its marketplace base. INTREN is a specialty utility contractor and a certified Women’s Business Enterprise, as is Miller, a third-generation electrical contractor offering a full-service operation.

“With Miller Construction, we have found a culture match and an experienced execution partner…a company that shares our values and our vision of transforming the way business is done,” said Loretta Rosenmayer, INTREN founder and chairperson, in a statement. “Our goal is to not only build the best women-owned and women-controlled board, but to be the best overall solution-provider for our customers.”

 The press release further states, “Miller Construction’s 175 employees join INTREN’s 1,700-strong team to provide more to complete service offering through a wider geographic reach. Company President Andy Carmean will continue to oversee Miller activities, and will join INTREN as Regional Vice-President serving the Indianapolis and St. Louis markets. Christina Ernst, CEO of the Miller Construction Company, will join the woman-controlled INTREN Board of Directors, one of the few in America’s utility contractor space.”

INTREN was also involved with the replacement and rebuilding of the playground at Marengo’s Indian Oaks Park in 2017. They provided work crews and materials in erecting the new playground equipment, which arose from fundraisers and community involvement as a project that replaced swings and other activity riggings that had deteriorated and outlived their safety factors.


The Marengo city council approved an amendment to the chapter pertaining to water and sewer rates that establishes an annual adjustment, based on the consumer price index, during its June 11 meeting. The 5-2 vote, with two absentees, allows the increase to take effect for meter readings June 1, for bills due in Aug., and amends the current rates by 1.7 per cent.

The ordinance stipulates that subsequent years will be adjusted by the previous year’s CPI, with an increase of not less than 1 per cent, and not more than 3 per cent. The increase was cited as due to operation and maintenance costs, along with employment and insurance costs.</p>


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