City Newsletter for March, 2020

Mike Heisler Mayor

Ward 1
Tyler McLaughlin

Truman Phillips

Ward 2
Kim Nagel

David Krum

Ward 3
Alan Leffler

Linda Schrader

Hancock County
Sheriff Department
217-357-2115 or 911

Warsaw City Hall

Warsaw Public Utilities


The City Council will meet Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at Warsaw City Hall, 210 N 4th Street

City of Warsaw Newsletter


Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Hill-Dodge Bank and the Warsaw VFW will be on Saturday, April 4, 2020 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at  Ralston Park. Age groups are 0-4 years old, 5-7 years old, and 8-10 years old.  For more information or donations contact the VFW at 217-256-4593 or the Hill-Dodge Bank at 217-256-4224. Cash donations can be taken to the Hill-Dodge Bank for the Children’s Fund.

Food Pantry Needs

The Warsaw Township Food Pantry wishes to thank all the people who have donated food and or money to the Food Pantry.  Sincere thanks also to those who volunteer and help on the give away day.  The Food Pantry distributes food every second Wednesday of the month between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Bott Community Center, 705 Lafayette Street. For more information contact Karen Torbeck at 217-256-4438, Stephanie Doyle at 217-440-3410 or the Bott Community Center at 217-256-4593.

The St Paul’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry, 240 South 4th Street,  is held the third Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for 2020. The exceptions to this are April 11, (2nd Saturday) and June 6 (1st Saturday). For emergency requests, please call 217-575-0045. We deliver to those who are homebound or who cannot carry the food box.

The First Warsaw Presbyterian Church,  210 South 4th Street sponsors a Blessing Box located on the north side of the church by the steps.  Please feel free to take what you need.

Warsaw Water Department

The City of Warsaw Water Department is accepting debit/credit cards along with on line water bill payments.  A payment service fee is added by the Utility Bill Company pending the balance of your bill.  Go to the following address to set up your account  Water bill shut off date is March 19 for residence who are 2 months late on water bill payments.

Spring is On The Way

Once the snow starts to melt, and trees are still bare, yards with garbage and junk will be visible again.  It is time to “Spring” clean  your properties!  A City Wide Clean Up is tentatively set for April 2020.  More information in the next newsletter.

Warsaw Fireworks

Hello Warsaw,

Believe it or not it’s almost fireworks time again.   The Thump Junkie Pyro Crew has been busy through the winter on the beginning preparations for this year’s show.   It will be held at the Warsaw Fairground on July 11, 2020. 

I truly hope everyone enjoyed last year’s show as much as we enjoyed putting it on.  Some of the enhancements that we have made for this year’s show include almost doubling the amount of launching equipment we have so we can add more of the special effects everyone loves.  We also doubled the wattage of the sound system for the event.  All of these things were done at our expense so we can spend every penny of donated money on the fireworks themselves.

We would like to raise $5000 for this year’s show in order to make it even better than last year.  Our fireworks display is 100% volunteer so every penny donated goes directly into fireworks for the show.  We currently have $350 in the fireworks account and I would like to thank everyone that has already donated, but I am afraid a bit more will be required.  Donations can be made at Warsaw City Hall or at the Hill Dodge Bank.  We purchase the fireworks at the end of April to take advantage of early bird specials and this also allows the time needed to put the show together.

Volunteers are severely needed as well.  Due to military deployment we are losing one of our most reliable members for this year.  And with such a small crew that makes a huge impact on us.

There is a ton of work that goes into show prep and setting up, ranging from putting up barricades, building props, to helping wire the fireworks to the shooter modules and about everything in between.  And fireworks tend to be a bit messy so there is a ton of cleanup the next day.  If someone has a pull behind yard vac or rake that would be outstanding.   80% of the prep for the show is done in advance at my shop though.

We will be having a meeting at my shop located at 215 N. 4th Street  (across from City Hall) on May 2nd at 1PM for anyone that might interested in volunteering.  If you cannot make the meeting you can also give your information to Kathy at City Hall to pass along to me.  We have some pretty ambitious projects for the show this year, but we will only be able to make them possible if we can the volunteers to help.

Thank you in advance,

Thomas Bell and the Thump Junkie Pyro Crew

Warsaw Public Library

The Warsaw Public Library monthly book club is held the first Monday of each month.  Everyone is welcome!  Please stop by and get a copy of each month’s selection. If you have questions, feel free to call 217-256-3417


This is a reminder, unused or expired medication can be disposed of at Warsaw City Hall, 210 North 4th Street Monday through Friday 8:00 a. m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. No syringes are allowed.