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National Arbor Day is Friday, April 27th. The Village is accepting nominations to plant a tree in honor or in memory of a person or group that has made a positive contribution to the community, or whose achievements deserve special recognition.
The La Grange Park Fire Department is asking residents to consider becoming a state certified Paid-on-Call Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician. This is a part-time/paid-on-call position with the Village of La Grange Park. Applications are now available at the La Grange Park Village Hall (447 North Catherine). The Village of La Grange Park is an equal opportunity employer. You don’t need any previous fire or emergency medical experience. We provide all the required training for you to become a state certified Basic Operations Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician.
The Village is urging all residents to keep fire hydrants near your home in mind if you are shoveling snow. It is important to be able to find fire hydrants quickly, and utilize them quickly. Although our Village fire engines carry water to help firefighters start extinguishing fires, that water supply is limited, and in most cases, firefighters only have a few minutes to get additional water from the fire hydrants once they start using water from the tanks on fire engines.
La Grange Park is a community with a high percentage of walkers. It is the responsibility of each homeowner/business owner to keep the sidewalk and walkways adjacent to their property shoveled and clear of ice. Please keep in mind that many residents may use the sidewalk to walk their dogs, visit neighbors, walk to school, or commute to the train station. Please help ensure safe use of the sidewalk by clearing it of snow promptly.
With snow in the forecast, the Village would like to remind residents that parking on the street is prohibited during snowfalls of two or more inches. Parking cars on the streets makes it harder for our snow plow drivers to thoroughly clean the streets and endangers their safety by forcing them to zigzag across slippery roads, increasing the probability of accidents. Violation of the no parking regulation may result in a ticket.
The Village would like to remind residents that when removing snow from your driveway and sidewalks it is illegal to place snow in the street. Snow placed in the street, especially after the street has been plowed, creates a safety hazard for drivers. In freezing temperatures the snow becomes packed down and turns to ice. In warmer temperatures it becomes slushy and slippery. Please help keep drivers safe and pile snow onto your parkway or yard. Remember to keep hydrants visible and clear of snow piles and to clear your sidewalk and all walkways of snow.
If possible, please avoid driving during heavy snowstorms. The Village's primary focus is to clear streets for emergency vehicles. The less traffic there is on the street, the faster and more efficiently our snow plow drivers can clear them. If you must drive, drive cautiously. Drive slowly and take extra precautions at intersections. Leave plenty of extra room between cars and brake slowly. Don't follow plows too closely and use extreme caution when passing plowing and salting equipment.
Please be advised, ComEd is warning customers to be on high alert for scam artists claiming to be a ComEd representative seeking payment. Customers should be aware that scammers may call or come to their homes or businesses. Representatives from ComEd always carry proper identification and NEVER ask customers for cash or personal financial information.
With an estimated 30,000 coyotes currently living in Illinois and the Village of La Grange Park's proximity to nearby forest preserves, coyotes are a permanent fixture in the Village. Seeing a coyote does not necessarily mean a dangerous situation for humans or domestic animals. Residents are encouraged to take proactive measures to prevent attracting coyotes to residential yards by keeping the ground clear of pet and/or wild animal food and not leaving small pets unattended outside.
On Tuesday, January 23rd, the Village Board approved the transition of the responsibilities of the Plan Commission to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and renamed the ZBA the Planning & Zoning Commission. Historically, the Village has had both a Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. Due to the nature of their responsibilities, the Zoning Board of Appeals meets regularly, typically eight to ten times per year. The responsibilities of the Plan Commission are more limited and the Commission rarely meets and will often go several years without a meeting.
Winter can be a particularly challenging time for some of our elderly and disabled residents. Please consider signing up for our H.E.L.P. program. The program matches community volunteers with residents in need of assistance. When someone needs help with tasks like mowing, snow removal or brush clearing, the Village provides them the list of individuals who have indicated a willingness to be contacted and have signed up for the HELP program. The residents needing assistance contact the volunteers directly to arrange service. To sign up, please call Village Hall (708) 354-0225 or fill out the online form by clicking here.
This week, the Cook County Assessor's Office mailed out the 2017 Senior Exemption Form to seniors who qualified for this exemption prior to last year. If the 2017 assessment year is the first time you qualify - having turned 65 at any point 2017 - you can download the form by clicking HERE. The Cook County Treasurer's Office now has applications for the The Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral Program. Senior citizens seeking property tax relief may defer up to $5,000 in property taxes this year. To see if you qualify, visit the Cook County Treasurer's Office website.
Winter is here! And winter usually means snow. And snow inevitably means dangerous ice on our sidewalks. Your first thought may be to go buy rock salt, but it's important to know that the stuff has its drawbacks. Yes, rock salt, the mineral form of sodium chloride, effectively melts ice, but it's also toxic. It sticks around and once the temperatures rise, can burn your grass and stress the plants in your garden. Dissolved salt can contaminate ground water and nearby streams and rivers. (It upsets the pH of the water - not good for the overall ecosystem.) Rock salt is also harmful to pets and their sensitive paws and is lethal if ingested.
Sunday, December 3, 2017, marks Illinois' 199th birthday, as Illinois became the 21st state in the union on December 3, 1818. To celebrate the occasion, the Village will be raising the Illinois Bicentennial flag on Monday, December 4th and flying the flag throughout the Bicentennial year. The yearlong celebration will occur between December 3, 2017, and December 3, 2018. To learn more about planned celebratory events and how to get involved, visit illinois200.com.
Baxter and Woodman recently completed a water and sewer rate study for the Village. The purpose of the study was to review the long term operation and infrastructure requirements of the Village’s water and sewer systems and provide rate options that will provide the necessary funding. Baxter and Woodman presented the study results to the Village Board at the July 25th meeting and the Board discussed the rate alternatives at the August 8th work session. The Village Board will have further discussions regarding water and sewer rate over the next year.
Charles E. Joern was very influential in the development of La Grange Park. From the Village Market to the Homestead Apartments to single family homes, his firm left its mark on the village.
The Village of La Grange Park is pleased to announce a program to assist single-family homeowners with the cost of plumbing improvements to address sanitary sewer related backups. The program is being administered on a “first come – first served” basis, and will provide 50% reimbursement of eligible sewer related costs, subject to a maximum reimbursement of $3,000 for backflow devices or $5,000 for overhead sewers.
Residents may have read the recent article in The Patch on Safewise’s "50 Safest Cities in Illiniois" Rankings. The Village of La Grange Park regularly ranks as one of the State's safest cities and 2017 was no different. La Grange Park ranked as the #19 safest community in the State. To view the article, click here.
In September, the Village Board approved a new three year contract with Constellation Energy for energy supply to the Village's the water pumping station, backed by 100% renewable energy certificates.
The Village recently solicited proposals from firms to assist us in updating and modernizing our Village website. The firm, CivicPlus, a leader in the field of municipal websites, has been selected to lead the project and work is already underway.
The La Grange Park Fire Department will be hosting an Open House to promote Fire Prevention Week. It will take place on Saturday, October 14th, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, at Fire Station No. 1, located at 447 N. Catherine Ave.
This morning the Village and Chamber hosted a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for The Wheel Thing located in the Village Market (417 N. La Grange Road). Store owners, Ginger and Kevin, expressed their appreciation for the community's support since being in town.
A permanent electronics recycling center has been established at the Burr Ridge Public Works Building located at 451 Commerce Street in Burr Ridge. It is open Monday thru Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The collection is sponsored by Eworks ESI. There is a charge for televisions, computer monitors and similar equipment.
Thinking about installing solar panels at your home or business? The Village is pleased to announce the recent Board approval to reduce the cost of solar panel installation for our residents and business owners, a rebate of 100% of building permit fees for installation of residential solar energy systems and 50% of building permit fees for non-residential solar energy systems. The rebate does not include plan review fees.
Join us Friday, September 15th, at 3 p.m. for a short ceremony and time capsule burial. This will take place at the north entrance at Village Hall . The time capsule which will be opened in 2067.
The La Grange Park Fire Department is pleased to announce that our new Ambulance was placed in-service last week, and is now ready to respond to emergencies. The Village Board approved the purchase of the new ambulance last December, and the order for the vehicle was placed later that month. The purchase was made possible by the overwhelming support of residents, who approved a referendum for tire safety vehicles and equipment in April of last year. To see the complete press release, please click here.
Have a great photo or drawing of your family? Why not submit it and become a part of art? This November, the Art Committee is planning on transforming a wall in the Village Hall into a piece of art. We are asking current and past residents to submit images of their families.
Starting on Thursday, crews will begin lining portions of the sewer mains on La Grange Road south of 31st Street. This lining is placed to reinforce the existing pipe and extend the life of the pipe. Affected homes will receive a door hanger prior to work starting. Please click here for a list of locations.
NICOR will be replacing gas lines on selected streets this Fall. This is the same work that they did on the west side two years ago. They will be installing new gas lines and then transferring services to the new line and abandoning the old gas line.
Ogden Avenue between La Grange Road and East Avenue is scheduled to be closed from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the next three Sundays (8/13, 820, 8/27), so that the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad can perform repairs to their bridge. The scope of work includes the replacement of all railroad track, ties, crossing mats and asphalt. Traffic will be detoured to East Avenue, 47th Street, and La Grange Road.
Next week contractors will be performing cracksealing on select streets throughout the Village. A map of locations is available here. The contractor will be posting no parking signs in advance of the work. In order to get the cracks filled properly, crews come in ahead of the hot liquid asphalt and blow out all loose dirt from the cracks.
On July 20, 2017, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus reported in Illinois for 2017. A Will County resident in his 60s became ill at the end of June. To read the full press release, click here. The Village encourages residents to be informed regarding Wes Nile Virus (WNV). The Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District (DVMAD) regularly tests mosquitoes for the presence of WNV in our area.
Reassessment of real estate property (for the 2018 tax year) will be mailed on or around July 14th. Residents may file an appeal within a 30 day period. The Township Assessor can assist residents with this appeal.
As part of the Village Board's economic development efforts, the Board approved four Business Development Districts in March of this year. These districts cover all of the commercial areas in La Grange Park. For a map of the areas, click here. Effective July 1st, an additional 1% sales tax will be charged on general merchandise sold within these districts.
On Tuesday, June 13th, the Village Board approved an ordinance amending the Village's Municipal Code to define the sick leave and minimum wage regulations that apply to employers located in the Village as being those set forth in State and Federal law. As such, Cook County Ordinances 16-5768 and 16-4229, creating a minimum wage and establishing paid sick leave for employers in Cook County will not apply employers within La Grange Park municipal boundaries.
West Side Street Resurfacing Program
Crews will be grinding down the old pavement on Tuesday and Wednesday next week on Stone, Waiola, Spring, Oak, Park, and Harding. PLEASE - DO NOT PARK ON THE STREET ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, until all the grinding work is complete.
The Village has contracted with United Meters Inc to replace the transmitter which allows the village to read your water meter each quarter. The current equipment is over 15 years old and has begun to fail. The equipment is inside your home adjacent to the water meter. The work typically takes less than a half hour. The contractor will also knock on doors between appointments to see if residents have available time for them to complete the work.
Every resident must purchase a La Grange Park vehicle sticker for each vehicle they own and use in the Village, including leased or company-owned vehicles registered elsewhere. New residents and residents who buy a new vehicle have 60 days to purchase a sticker. Vehicle stickers must be purchased by July 31st each year.
The Village would like to congratulate the graduates of our 1st Citizens Police Academy. Over the course of four weeks, twenty residents participated in the Academy, learning about a variety of topics including: community policing, traffic stops and patrol techniques, safety at home, and investigations and criminal law. The Village would like to extend a special thank you to Officer Chris Dempsey for coordinating the Academy.
The Village Board recently approved an 5.0% increase to the Village’s water and sewer rates effective June 1, 2017. This increase is primarily a pass-through of a rate increase from the Village’s water supplier, the Brookfield North Riverside Water Commission (BNRWC), which purchases water from the City of Chicago.The BNRWC increased its rate by 4.25% (effective June 1st), which includes a 1.83% increase in the cost the City of Chicago charges the Commission for water.
G.A. Paving has indicated that they will be in the Village tomorrow to replacement pavement sections that were rejected by the Village.
The Village's contractor, M. E. Simpson, will be hydrant flushing and testing hydrant floes on the east side of the Village starting May 16th.
The Village has entered into two paving contracts for road construction with K-Five Construction Corporation and Davis Concrete Construction. Construction will commence from April to November 2017.
Road construction will be performed on the following streets.
The Village has contracted with United Meters Inc to replace the transmitter which allows the village to read your water meter each quarter.
Do you have stories on your home, your neighbors house or a local business? Don't let that information slip away, share it.
Interested in getting more involved in your community? If so, the Village is seeking applications to fill vacancies on our Sustainability Committee, as well as our Youth Commission Committee.
The Village is pleased to announce Cork, Keg & Spirits is now open at 1000 E. 31st Street, across from Ace Hardware. Cork, Keg and Spirits offers a wide variety of wines, spirits and craft beers. Please stop in to check out the new store and welcome our newest business! More information may be found at their website: www.corkkegspirits.com.
The Village would like to take a moment to thank all of the residents and businesses who have so far contributed their time and money to the Village's Anniversary. Your contributions will make this celebration be one to remember.
The Villages of La Grange, La Grange Park, and Western Springs announce the launch of consolidated emergency dispatch services effective March 20, 2017. The Lyons Township Area Communications Center is a new state-of-the-art telecommunications center located in the La Grange Police Department.
On Tuesday, March 14th, the Village Board approved the establishment of four Business Development Districts (BBD's). The four BDD's cover all of the Village's commercial areas. For a map of the areas included, click here. Business Development Districts, like TIF Districts, are a public financing tool used to promote redevelopment and reinvestment in public infrastructure, and fund other community-improvement projects.
Because of the high clay content in our soil, the La Grange Park Sustainability Commission has scheduled a presentation by Jeff Swano of Dig Right In at the La Grange Park Library on March 21 from 7:00 to 8:00.
As a reminder, due to the fire that occurred at the Village's brush pile last fall, there will be no free mulch available this year.
Under the Village's contract will Allied Waste/Republic Services, the minimum monthly refuse charge that appears on homeowners water bills will increase to $5.63 (from $5.41). The cost for refuse and yard waste stickers will increase to $3.20 per sticker (from $3.10). Both changes will be effective on April 1, 2017.
Dr. Jim Discipio, President of the Village of La Grange Park, awarded an inaugural Green Spotlight Household Award to an environmental student group at the Ogden Avenue School during lunch hour on November 29, 2016. The award, sponsored by the Village of La Grange Park Sustainability Commission, will be given quarterly to recognize residents, businesses or institutions that have taken notable actions to become more sustainable. Winners receive a specially designed yard sign to be displayed for three months and publicize their award status to the community. A permanent garden stone is also awarded.
Midway airport has confirmed that flight patterns have not been reconfigured, but that the airport is undergoing continued pavement maintenance. Midway plans to conduct maintenance on three additional occasions before the end of the year which may or may not impact flight patterns over our community (October through December). Not all maintenance work will necessitate the use of the flight path over La Grange Park, only as wind and weather conditions warrant it. For example, Midway explained that maintenance took place in early October (1st and 2nd) but our airspace was unaffected as the winds were out of the south east. During these periods of maintenance, there may be prolonged and consistent use of the flight path over La Grange Park.
The Village has been notified that runway maintenance at Midway Airport required a temporary change to air traffic patterns. Planes were arriving from the northwest. This is usually the direction in which planes takeoff. The maintenance is now complete and air traffic patterns have returned to normal.
Recently, the Village of La Grange Park received a number of complaints regarding the number and frequency of aircraft flying low over our community. As a result, the Village has filed complaints with the Chicago Department of Aviation and has inquired about recent changes in the flight pattern.
The Village received word from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency that funding for Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant Program has been reinstated. As a result the Village will begin issuing reimbursements to eligible homeowners whose applications were approved after 7/13/15.
The Village’s Downspout Disconnection Ordinance requires all single family homeowners to disconnect their downspouts from the Village’s combined sewer system by January 2017. The Village’s Downspout Disconnection program was put into place in 2015 to provide residents with partial reimbursement for the cost associated with disconnection, through an Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant (IGIG).
Summer is great time to tackle home improvement projects. The Village encourages residents to take a few minutes to look over the exterior of your property to ensure that it is good condition and well maintained. The Village would also like to remind property owners that many home improvement projects may require a building permit. To inquire about whether a permit is needed for your project, call the Building Department at (708) 354-0225.
Pesticides (including weed and bug killers) can be effective tools for controlling pests such as insects, weeds and diseases. Be sure you need a pesticide before you use it. On-going pest problems are often a sign that your lawn or garden is not getting what it needs to stay healthy. You need to correct the underlying problem to reduce the chance of pests re-appearing. Remember, a holistic - or integrated pest management - approach is the most effective way to manage pests.
For those residents interested in installing rain barrels on their property, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) has created a short instructional video to assist with the install. Click here to view the video. Don't have a rain barrel? Click here to apply for a free barrel from the Village through a program sponsored by the MWRD.
In order to support the new paperless agenda process, the Village recently installed wi-fi in the Village Hall. Residents and community groups visiting Village Hall will have the ability to access the free wi-fi by simply requesting the guest password from a staff member. The wi-fi will also be used by Village Staff and Board members for conducting community meetings and presentations.
Last year, the Village was awarded a $416,500 Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant. This grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) supports a new Downspout Disconnection Assistance Program. The program will assist residents in disconnecting their downspouts from the Village's combined sewer system and redirecting them to overland flow. As a result of the disconnection, water flowing into Salt Creek will be reduced and water quality will be improved. This program could have an impact on how storm water is managed in our community. Once implemented, the Village anticipates that the capacity of the combined storm sewer system will increase as much as 12% during storm events.
The Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund (IMET) is a local government investment pool created in 1996 to assist Illinois local governments with the investment of public funds. The Village is one of nearly 300 local government entities that participate in IMET. On September 29, 2014 IMET was informed of defaults on certain guaranteed loans resulting from fraud on the part of an approved lender of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services assigned its 'AA+' credit rating to the Village of La Grange Park earlier this week. The 'AA+' rating is an upgrade from the Village's previous credit rating and was based on several factors which included the overall economy, budgetary performance and overall management. The Village was rated strong or very strong in all factors.
Winter can be a particularly challenging time for some of our elderly and disabled residents. Are you willing to help out a neighbor in need with some occasional snow shoveling or snow blowing? Please consider signing up for our H.E.L.P. program. The program matches community volunteers with residents in need of assistance.
Temporary storage containers (also known as “PODS”) are permitted in any zoning district when used for loading or unloading. Residents should know that these containers are permitted on site for a period not to exceed seventy-two (72) hours.
The La Grange Park Police Department, in cooperation with the United States Department of Justice, has installed a Prescription Drug Disposal Box in the lobby of the Police Department.
The Village recently released its first "Business Resource Guide" which is available for download by clicking here. This comprehensive document provides key information for starting, expanding and operating your business in the Village of La Grange Park. It includes information on building permits, inspections, signage, liquor and tobacco licenses, property maintenance standards, opportunities for business promotion within the Village and much more. The Guide also includes a "New Business Checklist" to assist new business owners in understanding how to proceed with opening their business in the community.
The Village now has "No Soliciting" stickers available for purchase at Village Hall. Stickers are available for purchase for $1.00 and should be affixed to your front door or adjacent window in a clearly visible location. It is unlawful for any person, whether registered with the Village or not, to engage in soliciting when a "No Solicitors" notice is exhibited at the residence.
LTTV has created a YouTube page for the La Grange Park Village Board Meetings. A link has been placed on the Village's home page for quick access.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. The US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) states that radon is associated with 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths in the US each year. Almost 50% of the homes in Illinois and nearly 30% of the homes in Cook County that were tested by professionals had radon levels higher than what is recommended by the US EPA, according to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
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