Garage sales are limited to three consecutive days and only two sales are allowed per person per calendar year. Sales may only be held between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm. Signs are permitted only on the private property at the address where the sale is being held. Failure to comply with garage sale regulations may result in a fine of up to $25.
Contest the Ticket – You may contest the ticket by contacting the police department either in person or by telephone (708) 485-8131 and request a hearing date for local adjudication.
Contest the Ticket in Writing – Write a brief explanation as to why you believe the ticket should be dismissed. Include the ticket number, name, address and telephone number. A decision will then be mailed to you.
- Gutters and downspouts
- Inspect yearly, check that they are in good condition/not obstructed, and ensure that they are extended away from the house (e.g., 2-5 feet away, to lessen ground water saturation near the foundation of the house)
- Disconnect any gutter downspouts that are currently connected to the Village sewer system – Note that disconnections are now mandatory per ordinance, with the requirement in place to mitigate flooding
- In and around the basement,
- Use window well covers to mitigate seepage
- Seal cracks in the basement foundation
- Inspect the condition of your sump pump and consider a back-up or emergency sump pump
- Check grading of the house – Ensure that the ground immediately adjacent to the house (e.g., first several feet) is graded so that it flows away from the house to either the front yard or back yard
- Inspect the roof, particularly if you believe shingles were damaged during the winter (e.g., due to “ice dams” compromising the roof integrity)
- Obtain an inexpensive water barrel (or 2) from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. MWRD offers deep discounts at mwrd.org. As mentioned, the Village is working to expand this program for Village residents and offer even greater discounts.
Per the 2015 Stormwater Ordinance, the Village now requires a variety of actions by developers and home builders, including but not limited to:
- Site Grading Plans for new homes, new driveways, and other improvements
- For new improvements (e.g. patios, home improvements, etc.) in excess of 300 square feet, homeowners shall provide storage for a 3” rain event through drywells, rain gardens, infiltration trenches, or other means.
- For new developments, any impervious areas for which it is not possible to achieve positive drainage to a village right-of-way shall provide storage for a 3” rain event through drywells, rain gardens, infiltration trenches, or other means.
- Site Plans for new commercial buildings and multi-family structures and other improvements
- Storage of stormwater is required depending on the size of the construction project, e.g., projects involving 1,500-21,780 square feet (half acre) require storage for a 3″ rain event over impervious area
Other actions are discussed below.
The water charge on your bill is determined by the readings on your water meter. For a single family home, or per unit of a multi-unit building, a bimonthly minimum water charge of $78.70 covers usage up to and including 4987 gallons of water. Any usage above 4987 gallons is charged at a rate of $0.01578 per gallon.
The sewer charge is 27.1% of your water charge, with a bimonthly minimum of $19.08 for a single family home or per unit of a multi-unit building.
Garbage charges are a flat rate charged on every utility bill, which is set based on the Village’s contract with Groot. Annual yard waste fees are equally distributed throughout the year.
If you are a Tenant: You will need to complete the Close Utility Account – Tenant form and submit it to the Finance Department. Your final bill will be calculated based on the meter reading on the final day of your lease and will be mailed to you at the forwarding address you provide.
If you are the Owner of a Rental Property: You will need to complete the Close Utility Account - Owner of Rental Property form and submit it to the Finance Department. Your final bill will be calculated based on the meter reading the day before the start date of your new tenant's lease and will be mailed to you at the forwarding address you provide.
The postcard will list the amount of the water deposit required to open your account as well as any garbage charges that will need to be paid at the time of signup. You will need to visit the Village Hall in order to make payment and sign a water contract. Residents who do not sign up for a water account within two weeks may have their water service interrupted.
If you do not receive a postcard, please contact us for more information about opening an account.
After late charges are assessed, delinquent notices are mailed to all utility customers with an unpaid bill. If your bill still has not been paid 14 days after the due date, your water will be scheduled for shut off and an additional fee of $45 will be assessed. The full balance must be paid in order to reinstate water service.
Accounts beginning with a 4 are billed monthly.
Renewals dropped off at the Village Hall will be periodically delivered to our fulfillment center; please allow up to 4 weeks for processing.
At all other times, stickers can be purchased over the counter. You will need to provide proof of residency and the registration for your vehicle.
Failure to receive a renewal form does not exempt you from sticker renewal or any late fees