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Second Ward News

January, 2014

Dear Residents:   

A happy, prosperous and  healthy New Year to everyone.

New Law:  Beginning in January, using a hand held cell phone for calling or texting while driving is against the law.  This law prohibits the use of, but not limited to, hand-held wireless telephone, hand held personal digital assistants, and portable or mobile computers.

Weather:  Please check on neighbors, especially the elderly, during these extreme conditions.  Also, if pipes do freeze call city hall for advice and recommendations for plumbing services.  Call our Community Resource Department for referrals if furnaces go out.Do not use ovens for heat and keep space heaters away from anything flammable.  Do not use extension cords to connect heaters.

Maintenance:  Change furnace filters monthly.  Change smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries and also those that run with electricity.  Have a professional clean your chimney.

Parking:  Do not park on streets if there is a snowfall of 2 inches or more.  Parking is never allowed on city streets between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. If you must park on the street overnight, call the police so you will not get ticketed.Vehicle stickers: 

No Fee vehicle stickers are available at City Hall.

Food Pantry:  If you are having a difficult time with medical problems or loss of a job, call Beth at Savior Divine Church (598-0700) 10040 88th Ave. for food assistance.Emergency Assistance:  Call Sandy at he Community Center (430-4500) if you need assistance.  Plows is available for Seniors( 708- 361-0219) and CEDA is helpful for any age. (708-458-2736)

PATSE:  This special bus is for seniors and the disabled who have doctor appointments, shopping, hair cutting appointments, etc.  Call 430-3822 for more information.  Service is available Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. by appointment.

Addresses:  City Ordinance #917 requires all homes and businesses have their addresses clearly visible from the street.

Register to Vote:  If anyone is interested in becoming registered or changing their address, you should have 2 forms of i.d. ( one with a Palos Hills address).  For residents who are not naturalized citizens, you must also have citizenship papers. Feel free to contact us or any Deputy Registrar, or go to City Hall.  Pauline is a registrarSpeed Limits: 

All residential streets have a 20 m.p.h. limit.  The school zone limit is strictly enforced when children are present.Anonymous Information: 

Occasionally we are advised of information in the way of phone calls or letters.  It is difficult if we can't contact you after we receive data, so always leave your name and phone number when you contact us.  Your name will be kept confidential.

Snow:  please consider shoveling your sidewalks.  Children as well as adults must walk in the street if the sidewalks are not cleared.

Pets:  Licenses are required along with compliance of our leash and defecation removal laws.

Outside Lights:  No matter what time of year, consider having proper working lights. 

Lock windows and doors and be aware of suspicious activity.  Call 9-1-1 when you have concerns.  Take the time to be alert for family, neighbors, and yourselves.9-1-1:  Residents should call 9-1-1 when a police officer is needed.  The station is closed evenings and weekends.Park Activities: 

When you receive the Recreation Brochure, take the time to look for items of interest.  Enrollments and cut off dates might be in effect.Scams: 

With our society changing, scams also change and might involve good, innocent people.  Be cautious concerning repair  people, monetary awards, calls pretending to be family members or about family members.  These are just some examples where people have been separated from their money.

Thank you ever so much for keeping us informed and being the  Best Residents!                   

               Pauline A. Stratton   430-2240(aldpstratton@aol.com)                     

            Mark Brachman       233-0511(m.brachman@sbcglobal.net)                                                            

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Palos "Happenings"

Dear Residents,

We want to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Also we would like to remind you that the Winter Newsletter will be on line on the City's web page.  All newsletters can be found there.  We will be resuming delivery to individual houses in the Spring.

As always, thank you for keeping us informed of Ward concerns and questions, and we look forward to representing you next year and the years to come.


Sincerely,


Pauline and Mark

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Summer 2012

Dear Residents:


School is out:  Please watch out for bike riders, skateboarders,and  roller bladers.
Street Resurfacing:  Interlochen and part of Aspen will be resurfaced.
Speeding:  We regularly receive calls about speeding and ignoring stop signs.  All residential streets have a 20 m.p.h. limit.  We have requested special police patrols and watches.  Feel free to call us with any trouble spots.  With school out please watch for children
Julie:  Before digging on your property call Julie at 1-800-892-0123 or 8-1-1.
Pets:  Leash laws must be observed and defecation must be removed by pet owners.
Outdoor Lighting:  Some areas in our ward are extremely dark.  For everyone?s safety, please consider outdoor lighting.  By ordinance, addresses should be well lit in case of emergency.
Sprinkler Ordinance:  Outside watering is allowed based on your address.  Odd numbers water on odd numbered days and even numbers water on even numbered days from 7:00 A.M. to 11: A.M. and 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M..  This regulation is from May 15th to September 15th.
House Watch:  If you are going on vacation, you might want to contact the police dept. so they can set up  a special watch of your house.  (598-2992).
Scams and Proper Identification:  Be aware of potential scams.  Please advise all family members not to allow entrance to your home without proper Identification.  Call 9-1-1 if something seems to be illegitimate.
Blocking Sidewalks:  If sidewalks are blocked by vehicles, it is difficult to enjoy bike riding, walking, and jogging.
Child Safety Seat and Bicycle Stickers:  These i.d. stickers for bike and child safety seats are available at the police department, City Hall, and the Park Department.                                                          PATSE:  This door to door bus service is available for medical appointments,banking, hair appointments, shopping etc.  Call 430-3822 24 hours in advance.  Call ?Dial A Ride? at 1-866-248-6868 and for a small fee you can be driven out of the area if PATSE is not available.
Waterways and Ditches:  No dumping is allowed.  This includes grass and paper.
Circus:  Carson and Barnes will be performing August 6 and 7 at Roberts Road and Sunny Creek Drive (about 109th Street).
Thanks for your continued support and have  a great summer!

Pauline Stratton  430-2240             Mark Brachman 233-05

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Spring, 2012

Dear Residents:

Electricity:  The city is attempting to save taxpayers money by bringing in a company that will lower distribution costs.  Historically, towns have seen savings around 12 to 15%.  Com Ed will still repair power outages and maintain power lines.  The final public hearing will be May 3.  The city council will take action that night.

Garbage Cans:  A City ordinance requires you to keep cans away from public view.  Please be a good neighbor and abide by this ordinance.  $80.00 citations may result in  a violation.

Chipper Schedule:  The schedule is listed on the website.

Spring Spruce Up:  Hopefully nice weather will give us a chance to begin Spring Cleaning.

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January 2012

Dear Residents:

We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays, and we wish you all a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year.

Garbage: As you know by now Allied is the new company chosen by the City Council. Look through the materials you received so you can select the containers that fit your needs. Park Commissioner Vincent along with Public Works Commissioner Weakley worked very hard on getting you the best deal. Congratulations and thank you to them for a job well done.

Snow: If 2 or more inches of snow are on the ground, no vehicle should be parked on the street. The no parking ordinance from 2:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. is in effect all year. Also, shoveling snow into the street hampers snow removal.

Addresses: Please be advised that Ordinance #917 requires all homes and businesses to have addresses clearly visible from the street.

Register to Vote: You can register at city hall or with a deputy registrar. (Pauline is a deputy) Two forms of ID are required and one of them has to have your picture.

PATSE: This bus service is for seniors and those who are disabled. It runs until 2:00 P.M. Monday through Friday with a 24 hour reservation. Call 430-3822 for further questions.

Food Assistance: If you have a change in income or have lost a job and are in need of assistance, call Beth at Moraine Valley Church (598-4434)

Important Info: City Council meets on Thursday at 7:00 at 10335 Roberts Road.  The first and third Thursdays are council meetings and the second and fourth are committee meetings.  This is the administration building as well as Water and Public Works. When calling the police Department, dial 911 if you need a squad car.

Jury Duty: Anyone over 70 is no longer required to serve.

Budget: Once again your representatives and department heads continue to manage taxpayer money in a very frugal way without cutting needed services.

Businesses: Continue to support local businesses who are striving to succeed in these difficult economic times.

Thank you for keeping us informed!

Pauline (430-2240) Mark (233-0511)

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October 2011

Dear Residents:

Please observe all speed limits. School being back in session, Halloween excitement, and good weather make watching for children very important especially when they are too pre-occupied to be careful.

Code Red: A code red call was made to each Palos Hills resident some time back suggesting that our residents need to be more aware and take proper precautions with a changing society.

Scams: Because of economic reasons and changing values, precautions must be taken to remain safe. If a stranger comes to your door:

  1. Do not open it if proper identification is not shown and if you are not expecting them.
  2. Do not leave your garage door open, even if you are home.
  3. Consider leaving some valuables and large sums of money in a bank.
  4. Lock all doors and windows.
  5. If you see an unfamiliar vehicle or stranger, call 911 so they can be checked

Three scams are currently taking place:
You are called and the caller might state that they are with the police and a relative needs money.

Someone comes to your door and says that yard work or repair in
your yard is suggested and he wants to show you the problem while
an accomplice burglarizes yourhome.

A person claiming to be with the F.B.I. calls your home and says
there is a problem with your bank account. They suggest that your
money be removed from that account and they try to set up a meeting
with you to offer assistance after it is removed.

Halloween: Trick or Treat Hours in the City of Palos Hills will be Monday, October 31st from 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Check recreation brochure for all related activities.

Yard Waste: Yard Waste will be picked up until your last scheduled day in November. Your discarded Christmas trees will be picked up at the curb.

Shop Palos Hills: Support our businesses that have been here for a while and also the new ones that continue to make Palos Hils a great place to live.

Our next ward meeting is Wednesday November 2, at 7:00 at the Community Center (8455 W. 103rd street). The main topic will be safety with an emphasis on scams and identity theft. A Palos Hills police officer will be the featured speaker.

Your Second Ward Aldermen

Pauline A. Stratton

Mark Brachman

430-2240

233-0511

(aldpstratton@aol.com)

(m.brachman@sbcglobal.net)

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March / April 2011

Dear Residents:

Spring is here, but the nice weather can also bring tornadoes. Since these storms can form quickly please be aware of any impending changes.

Spring Spruce Up: Let's all take a hard look at our property. Could your home, fence, gutters, etc. use some fresh paint? Do your front doors need to be varnished? When was the last time you did some landscaping? Fresh colorful flowers make a real difference to you and anyone who is walking or driving by. Repairs, both small and large, will increase your property value as well as your neighbor's. Speaking of neighbors, it is a good time to help each other in times of need. Sometimes people are too proud to ask for help in maintaining their property.

Chipper Schedule: West side of 84th Ave. to 86th Ave. 4/18, 6/6, 7/25, 9/12, 10/31 81st Ave. to east side of 84th Ave. 4/25, 6/13, 8/1, 9/19, 11/7. Branches must be curbside by early Monday morning and pickup will continue through the week.

Elections: On April 5th, some alderman, school, and library board members are up for election. Please consider voting in these local elections since even one vote can make a difference. Precinct 7 votes at City Hall, Precinct 16 votes at The Community Center, and Precinct 28 votes at Green Hills Library.

Police and Fire: These two departments do not solicit by phone!

Sprinkler Ordinance: Outside watering is allowed based on your address. Odd numbers water on odd numbered days and even numbers water on even numbered days from 7:00 A.M. to 11: A.M. and 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. This regulation is from May 15th to September 15th.

Yard Waste: Free stickers are available at city hall and must be on containers between April 1st through November.

Garbage: Seniors are eligible for a $1.00 per month discount if you include a copy of your state ID or drivers license with your next payment.

Watering: From May 15 to Sep. 15, the following plan is in effect: Watering only on an odd/even basis with the last digit in your address being linked to the odd or even calendar day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

State Officials: Beginning March 28, Senator Ed Maloney and State Representative Bill Cunningham will have an office at the Green Hills Library. Their staffs will be available Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 2:30 to assist residents with any concerns.

Thank You for Keeping us Informed

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January / February 2011

Dear Residents,

Now that the holidays are over we would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy new year.

Curfew Enforcement: Curfew will be enforced for any teens less than 17 years of age.
1. Between 11:30pm Friday and 6:00am Saturday
2. Between 11:30pm Saturday and 6:00am Sunday
3. Between 10:30pm on Sunday to Thursday, inclusive, and 6:00am the following day.

Coyotes: Coyotes are living in many areas of Palos Hills. They typically will not harm or attack humans, but they have been known to sometimes grab small pets. For this reason your pets should be supervised. Coyotes are mostly active at night but they may be seen during the day.

Snow: When 2 or more inches of snow accumulate, all vehicles must be removed from the street.

Register to vote: Two forms of I.D. must be shown and one of them must have your current address. if you are 18, you can register at City Hall or with the deputy registar. It is a 2 or 3 minute process.

9-1-1: Residents are asked to call 9-1-1 anytime there is an animal problem or anytime a squad car needs to be dispatched.

Recycling Bins: Broken Bins will be exchanged free of charge from Waste Management. Call 1-800-796-9696 for details.

107th Street: At this time, Cook County is leaving the speed limit alone. Periodically, we ask for a special watch on this county road.

Storm Water Sump Pump: City ordinance requires all storm water sump to discharge storm water outside your home. It is illegal to connect these sump pumps to the sanitary system. These pumps that are connected to the sanitary sewer system could cause basement flooding and manhole overflows.

Park Watch Program: Some of our parks are surrounded by homes which makes it difficult for our police to patrol. If you see suspicious people or activities call 9-1-1. If you find any damage or vandalism call the park department 430-4500.

Yard Waste: Yard waste pickup will resume in April and continue through the last week of November on your pickup day. Free yard waste stickers are available at City Hall.

Carsons and Barnes: This circus will return this summer.

Ice Skating: Volunteer and Glacier parks will have ice skating this winter.

Please Shop in Palos Hills!

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July 2010

Dear Residents:

With school out for the summer please be vigilant and watch for children who are typically too busy playing to watch out for you. ALL residential streets have a 20 m.p.h. limit. If you think cars are not obeying this law call us and we will request a "special watch" in your area. If the problem persists call again and another watch will be requested.

Curfew: Curfew hours in our city are 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is unlawful for a person less than 17 to be present at or upon any public assembly, building, place, street or highway unless accompanied and supervised by a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible companion at least 18 years of age approved by a parent or legal guardian unless engaged in a business or occupation which the laws of Illinois authorize a person less than 17 years to perform.

Recycling Bins: Damaged bins which are suitable for use shall be replaced free of charge if the damaged bin is turned in for exchange. A fee of $5.00 per bin will be charged if a customer desires more than one bin. Call 1-800-796-9696.

Speeding: We regularly receive calls about speeding and ignoring stop signs. All residential streets have a 20 m.p.h limit. We have requested special police patrols and watches. Feel free to call us with any trouble spots. With school out please watch for children

Digging: Before digging on your property call Julie at 811 or 1-800-892-0123.

Pets: Licenses are required along with compliance of our leaseh and defecation removal laws. All dogs must be kept on a leash when off the owner's property. An appropriate device to remove animal excrement must be on the person walking the dog. No matter what time of year pets should not be left outside for an extended time period.

Fly the Flag: Please consider flying the American flag to support our troops and demonstrate patriotism.

Sprinkler Ordinance: Outside watering is allowed based on your address. Odd numbers water on odd numbered days and even numbers water on even numbered days from 7:00 A.M. to 11: A.M. and 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. This regulation is from May 15th to September 15th.

No Parking: City ordinances prohibit parking on city streets between the hours of 2:A.M. until 6: A.M.. If you need to park overnight, call our police department at 598-2992 to request permission.

Proper Identification: Be aware of potential scams. Please advise all family members not to allow enterance to your home without proper identification. Call 9-1-1 if something seems to be illegitimate.

Yard Waste: Free stickers are available at city hall and must be on containers between April 1st through November. No yard waste or garbage may be burned in your back yard patio pit.

Child Safety Seat and Bicycle Stickers: These i.d. stickers for bike and child safety seats are available at the police department, City Hall, and the Park Department.

PATSE: This door to door bus service is available for medical appointments, banking, hair appointments, shopping etc. Call 430-3822 24 hours in advance.

Parks: All parks have great equipment. Take pride in our city property. If you witness loitering or vanalism. contact the police. Also, if you see equipment in need of repair, don't hesitate to call us or the park department directly.

Flooding: It is illegal and a violation of a city ordinance to direct sump pumps into the sanitary system. This increases the chance for flooding.

Termites: If you have termites please alert your neighbors so they can check their home.

Voting: Naturalized citizens who want to register to vote need 2 forms of i.d. (one with your address). Citizenship papers must be presented if you have them. Call us or go directly to City Hall. One Vote Can Make a Difference! This process takes only a few minutes and is not linked to jury duty.

Waterways and Ditches: No dumping is allowed ...not even grass or paper.

Home Security: With many people on vacation, property may go unattended for hours. Check locks on windows and doors, replace light bulbs and consider timers. Inform neighbors you can trust and the Police will check your property if requested.

Police Department: To save money, the department closes at 5:00 every night and is not opened on weekends. Residents should call 911 for any police matter. Central Dispatch will notify our police department. All calls or questions should use the 911 number.

City Budget: The city council has approved a budget with no salary increase for city workers. We are working very hard to cut costs during these difficult economic times.

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER AND SHOP IN PALOS HILLS!

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April 2010

Dear Residents:

Spring Newsletter

Spring Spruce Up: Let's all take a hard look at our property. Could your home, fence, gutters, etc. use some fresh paint? Do your front doors need to be varnished? When was the last time you did some landscaping? Fresh colorful flowers make a real difference to you and anyone who is walking or driving by. Repairs, both small and large, will increase your property value as well as your neighbor's. Speaking of neighbors, it is a good time to help each other in times of need. Sometimes people are too proud to ask for help in maintaining their property.

Chipper Schedule: West side of 84th Ave. to 86th Ave. 4/19, 6/7, 7/26, 9/13, 11/1 81st Ave. to east side of 84th Ave. 4/26, 6/14, 8/2, 9/20, 11/8. Branches must be curbside by early Monday morning and pickup will continue through the week.

Speeding: We regularly receive calls about speeding and ignoring stop signs. All residential streets have a 20 m.p.h. limit. We have requested special police patrols and watches. Feel free to call us with any trouble spots.

Julie: Before digging on your property call Julie at 1-800-892-0123

Pets: Licenses are required along with compliance of our leash and defecation removal laws.

Fly the Flag: Please consider flying the American flag to support our troops and demonstrate patriotism.

Sprinkler Ordinance: Outside watering is allowed based on your address. Odd numbers water on odd numbered days and even numbers water on even numbered days from 7:00 A.M. to 11: A.M. and 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. This regulation is from May 15th to September 15th.

No Parking: City ordinances prohibit parking on city streets between the hours of 2:A.M. until 6: A.M.. If you need to park overnight, call our police department at 598-2992 to request permission.

Proper Identification: Be aware of potential scams. Please advise all family members not to allow enterance to your home without proper identification. Call 9-1-1 if something seems to be illegitimate.

Yard Waste: Free stickers are available at city hall and must be on containers between April 1st through November.

Food Pantry: If you are having a difficult time with medical problems or loss of a job call Beth at The Moraine Valley Church (598-4434) for food assistance.

88th Ave. Construction: Major construction is scheduled to begin this year. The resurfacing will be from 103rd to Hickory Hills.

Tornadoes: For information write or visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adm. website at www.nws.gov.

Misc. Info: If you are over 70, you are not required to serve on a jury. Every homeowner is entitled to a homestead exemption. Exemptions are also granted to seniors 65 and over. Circuit breaker forms to help with prescription drugs are also available at the Community Center. (430-4500)

Outside Lights: No matter what time of year, please consider having proper workable lighting on your homes and apartments.

Friendship Fest: Our annual Friendship Fest will be held from July 8 to July 11.

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July 2009

Dear Residents:

Summer is here and with the warm weather comes traffic concerns. While walking throught the ward, it appears our number one item is speeding and not coming to a complete stop at stop signs. This has been an ongoing agenda item for us and at council meetings.

SPECIAL SPEED WATCHES: Our ward has the most "special watches" in the city. Please be vigilant... All residential streets have a 20 m.p.h. speed limit and a complete stop is required at stop signs. Special watches typically last for two weeks and if you feel one is needed let us know. Please watch for children riding bikes, roller blading, playing ball, etc.

WATERWAYS & DITCHES: No dumping is allowed... not even grass or paper. Blocked waterways and ditches could be very problematic to our neighborhood.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: Although the city posts signs for this function, the very best neighborhood watch is for neighbors to know neighbors and to watch for suspicious vehicles. If on vacations stop newspaper delivery (or have someone pick them up) and leave some lights no. The police department provides an excellent service to our residents if you need your home checked while on vacation. Call the non emergency number (598-2992) if you are interested.

No Parking: City ordinances prohibit parking on city streets between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. If you are repairing your driveway or have overnight guests, call our police department (598-2992) so you will not be ticketed.

JULIE: Call Julie before digging on your property. (1-800-892-0123)

FLY THE FLAG: Our freedom is protected by those who serve in the Armed Forces. Please consider flying the American flag to show support and patriotism.

Telemarketing Calls: If you would like to eliminate these calls, dial 1-888-382-1222 from your home or cell phone.

WEATHER: With extreme heat, please be aware that some residents might need assistance. Let's "watch out" for each other.

CON ARTISTS: Be aware that unsavory people sometimes approach residents (especially seniors) with empty promises and proposals. If this should happen to you, contact the police at 9-1-1. Remember not to allow repair people into your home without picture ID, identification cards and some assurance from the agency or company they represent.

RESURFACED STREETS: They city will soon begin resurfacing the streets that are in the worst condition. The money will come from the Motor Fuel Tax.

BARKING DOGS: When your pet is left outside for extended periods of time, neighbors get concerned with constant barking which is considered a disturbance.

Circus: The Carson and Barnes Circus will be performing August 24th and 25th. The performance will be at Roberts Road and Sunny Creek Drive (about 109th Street on the west side). There will be almost 100 performers and animals. You can watch the circus arrive and set up on the 24th shortly after dawn and early morning. This is free and most enjoyable for people of all ages. Some of the acts will include aerial trapeze, motorcycle acrobatic teams, clowns, jugglers, high wire acts, elephants, dogs, horses, camels, and much more. Call 430-4500 for more information.

Food Assistance: If you have a change in income or have lost a job and are in need of assistance, call Beth at Moraine Valley Church. (598-4434)

Child Safety Seat and Bicycle Stickers: These identification stickers for bike and child safety seats are available at the police department, City Hall, and the park department.

PATSE: This door to door bus service is available for medical appointments, banking, hair appointments, shopping, etc. Call 430-3822 for more information.

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March / April 2009

Dear Residents:

Spring is here and children will be outside. Please be aware to make complete stops at stop signs and remember that all residential streets are 20 m.p.h. If you are aware of a problem with speeding or not stopping completely at stop signs, call us and we will request a SPECIAL WATCH from the police department.

Spring Spruce Up: Take time to look at your property to see if it needs paint, bush trimming, or general maintenance. It is a pleasure driving through the ward to see that more and more homes look so nice. More flowers are planted, and holiday decorations are evident. Keep up the good work! Continue to take pride in family, property and our country.

Correction: Please note that the correct phone number for Parks and Recreation and Community Resource is 430-4500.

Driveways: Be aware that family and friends do not block your neighbor's driveway.

Tornadoes: High winds, thunderstorms, potential flooding and lightning are all dangerous situations. Be aware of weather alerts on TV and radios. Watch for changing weather conditions if you are outside.

Election: On April 7th there will be an election for alderman, mayor, clerk and treasurer as well as Township and School Boards. Polling places are: Precinct #7 City Hall, Precinct #16 Community Center/Park Dept., Precinct #49 Community Center/Park Dept.

Animal Licensing: Horses, dogs, cats, and ferrets must have a yearly license effective May 1st. Cats, dogs, and ferrets, must have proof of rabies vaccination. All licenses are now $5.00.

Water Usage: From May 15th through September 15th, the following plans will be in effect. Sprinkling only on an odd/even basis with the last digit in the street address being tied to the odd or the even calendar day. Sprinkling will be allowed only from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. These regulations refer to outside usage.

Chipper Schedule: 107th St. going north to 103rd street. West side of 84th Ave. going west to 86th Ave. 4/20, 6/08, 7/27, 9/21, 11/09

107th St. going north to 103rd St. West side of 81st Avenue to east side of 84th Avenue 4/27, 6/15, 8/03, 9/28, 11/16

Free Tutoring: On Tuesday and Thursdays from 4-5 p.m., assistance is available for our students. Please call 430-4500 for information.

Termites: If you have termites, Please notify your neighbors so they can check their homes.

Pets: There is a leash law in Palos Hills. Also any defecation must be removed by the owner. Playground equipment is for our children and not pets. Please keep pets away and remember they should not be outside for extended time periods.

Register to Vote: Please consider voting in all elections. One vote can and does make a difference. To register you will need two forms of identification; one with your address, and 2 minutes of your time. If you are not a naturalized citizen, you must also have your citizenship papers. You can register at City Hall or the Library. Pauline is also a deputy registrar.

Lighting: Some of our streets are extremely dark. Check all exterior lights to see if they work properly so it will be brighter and safer.

Community Service: If you know of any student in need of community service or any youth willing to lend a hand, have them call the community center to volunteer. 430-4500

"Spring Cleanup Date" The city is sponsoring a "Spring Clean Up Day" on Saturday, April 25th from 8:30 until 2:00. Yards and gardens of seniors and disabled residents will be the focus of the project.

Important Dates:
Easter Egg Hunt                    March 28 11:30 a.m. (free)
Spring Clean Up                    April 25th (Volunteers needed)
Kite Fly                                April 25th 11:00 a.m.-noon (pre-registration)
Touch a Truck                      April 25th 10:00 a.m.-noon
Friendship Fest                      July 9th-12th
Carson and Barnes Circus    August 24th and 25th
Pleasure Lake Activities
Please call 430-4500 for detail on all activities

Sump pumps and Sewer Systems: Because sump pump discharge overtaxes the MWRD's ability to properly process and treat sanitary waste, it is illegal to have a sump pump hooked up to the sanitary sewers. A fine of $500.00 could be imposed on a homeowner who has an illegal hook-up. Storm water, surface water, ground water, roof runoff, and subsurface drainage should all be discharged outside your home or business.

Thank You For Keeping Us Informed!

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January 2009

Dear Residents:

We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays, and we wish you all healthy, happy, and properous new year.

Lights: Please consider using timers and outdoor lights to keep your home illuminated. Recently there have been a few burglaries in our city. If you see unfamiliar vehicles or individuals call 911 so they can be checked. Get to know your neighbors so they can check your property if you are away. Also the police department provides a great service of vacation watch if you are on vacation.

Snow: If 2 or more inches of snow is on the ground, no vehicle should be parked on the street. The no parking ordinance is 2:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. throughout the year. Please do not shovel snow into the street. This hampers city snow removal.

Ward Meeting: Thank you to the residents who attended our meeting in November. Speeding, failure to stop at stop signs, and Nicor improvements were the main topics. As your alderman, we would have appreciated some notification of the size as well as the disruptions of the project, but we had no idea of the project or how overwhelming the repairs were in our ward. Our October newsletter and the city newsletter could have been used to inform everyone.

Com Ed: Once again Com Ed has notified us that they will be replacing 4,212 feet of cable in our immediate area and possibly 656 feet more. This should improve the service substantially.

Special Watch: The speed limit on all residential streets is 20 m.p.h. If you feel that cars are speeding or ignoring stop signs, we will be happy to request a special watch for that particular area. Please keep in mind that when tickets are issued the initial problem subsides for a period of time. After some time passes you might see the problems reoccur. Do not hesitate to call us again so that we can continue to assist you.

Register to Vote: Every vote does make a difference. If you are a citizen and are not registered, the process takes only a couple of minutes. You will need two forms of identification and one of them must have your address. If you were not born in the U.S., you must also present your citizenship papers at the time of registration. Do not wait until the last minute... Voter registration ends one month before an election. You can register to vote at City Hall or see a deputy registrar like Pauline.

Patse: This bus service is for seniors and those who are disabled. It runs until 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday with a 24 hour reservation. Call 430-4500 for further information and questions.

Flooding: It is illegal and a violation of a city ordinance to direct sump pumps into the sanitary sewer system. When residents do this, it increases the chances for flooding.

Important Info: City Council meets every Thursday at 7:00 at 10335 Roberts Road. This is the administration building as well as Water and Public Works. The number at City Hall is 589-3400. The Police Dept.(8555 W. 103rd street) can be reached at 598-2992. 911 must be used if you need a squad car. Parks and Recreation as well as Community Resources(8455 W. 103rd street) can be reached at 430-5400.

Parks: All of our parks now have great equipment. Take pride in our city property. If you see some individuals loitering or damaging these areas, please contact the police department. Also, if you see any equipment in need of repair, don't hesitate to call us or the park department directly.

Christmas Decor: Congratulations to the Hanson Family (10532 81st Court) and to the Davia family(10403 Broadmoor) for winning the Holiday Lights Decorating Contest.

Garbage Containers: Please remember garbage containers cannot exceed 33 gallons.

Second Ward Valley Inn Scholarship: There will again be three $500.00 scholarships offered to graduating high school seniors in our ward. The scholarships will be funded by the owner of the Valley Inn Restaurant and your two alderman. Look for the application on the City of Palos Hills Website. ( www.paloshillsweb.org/city/index.html)

Appealing Your Tax Assessment: The Township Deputy Assessor can help you with appealing your property tex assessment. Evelyn Dibbern is located at 10802 S. Roberts Road and her phone number is 598-4418. You have until Januaty 28 and there is no charge for this service.

Happy New Year!

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April 2008

Dear Residents:

Now that spring is approaching, we would like to once again remind you of SPRING SPRUCE UP!!! Please take the time to walk around your property. Is it time to paint gutters, fences, windows, replace your mail box, refinish your front doors, trim your grass and bushes? Consider planting some colorful flowers. Your property's appearance is very important, not only to you, but to the entire community. When you make small as well as large repairs, your property value will increase. TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR PROPERTY.

ADDRESSES: Please be aware that according to Ordinance #917, numbers must be VERY VISIBLE... at least 3" in height on your home and 1" in height on your mailbox.

SPEED LIMIT: All residential streets are 20 m.p.h. If you have a concern feel free to call us and we will request the large automated speed sign and a special watch. If there is a situation where the police are needed, call 911.

CHIPPER SCHEDULE:
81st Ave & 81st Court
Please put your branches at the edge of the road by Monday morning:
04/07/08     05/05/08     06/02/08     08/30/08
07/28/08     08/25/08     09/22/08     10/20/08

Please put your branches at the edge of the road by Monday morning:
03/31/08     04/28/08     05/26/08     06/23/08
07/21/08     08/18/08     09/15/08     10/13/08

YARD WASTE: Pick up begins April 1. Containers MUST have a visible yard waste sticker. Free stickers are available at City Hall.

SPRINKLING: Even numbered addresses can water on even numbered days from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. & then again from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Odd numbered addresses can water on odd numbered days from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. & then again from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 15th to Sept. 15th.

SCHOLARSHIP: The First Annual 2nd Ward Valley Inn Scholarship is available online or at the Park Department Office. There will be three scholarships offered and are being funded by the Valley Inn Restaurant and your two alderman. Please thank the owners of the restaurant when you dine at The Valley Inn.

WATERWAYS & DITCHES Please be aware that ditches free from debris are very important for proper drainage. Grass clippings, branches, refuse of any sort impede ditch flow and usefulness.

BARKING DOGS: When your pet is left outside for extended periods of time, the neighbors are concerned with constant barking which is considered a disturbance.

TERMITES: Our area does have the problem of termites. If by any chance you have a problem please consider telling your neighbors so they can check their home as well.

NEW NEIGHBORS: When you welcome your new neighbors, please inform them about garbage, recycling, yard waste pick-up and no street parking from 2:00-6:00 a.m.

Your friends and neighbors.

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July 2006

Dear Residents:

With school out for the summer please be vigilant and watch for children who are typically too busy playing to watch for cars. ALL residential streets are 20m.p.h. If you think cars might be speeding or not stopping at stop signs call me and I will request a “special watch” in your area. If the problem should return call me again and I will request another “special watch”.

DOGS: All dogs must be kept on a leash when off the property of the owner. An appropriate device to remove animal excrement must be on the person walking the dog and pet’s defecation MUST BE removed. Be considerate of your neighbors & pets. No matter what time of year…do not leave them outside for any extended period of time.

WATERING: May 15th to September 15th even numbered addresses can use outside water on even days 7 to 11 a.m. and 7 to 11 p.m.…odd addresses can use water on odd days 7 to 11a.m. and 7 to 11 p.m.

FIRE PITS: No yard waste or garbage can be burned in your back yard patio pit.

TERMITES: If you have termites please alert your neighbors so they can check their home.

VOTING: If you are a naturalized citizen and would like to register to vote you need 2 forms of identification (one with your address). If you have citizenship papers those must also be presented. This process takes only a few minutes and has nothing to do with jury duty. ONE VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Call me or go to city hall to register to vote.

WATERWAYS AND DITCHES: No dumping is allowed… not even grass or paper.

HOME SECURITY: With many people working or going on vacations, property is unattended for hours. Check locks on windows and doors, replace light bulbs or add lights and/or timers and consider informing your neighbors if you will be out of town. Our police offer a very convenient program where your property will be checked daily.

FLY THE FLAG: Our freedom is protected by those who serve in our Armed Forces. Please consider flying the American Flag to show support and patriotism.


HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!

SHOP PALOS HILLS!!!!!!!!!!

 

Your friend and neighbor,
Pauline A. Stratton
2nd Ward Alderman
Phone:708.430.2240
E-mail: aldpstratton@aol.com

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March 2006

Dear Residents:

On March 21st, 2006 there will be a referendum question on the ballot which will ask if the City of Palos Hills should reduce the City Council from 10 to 5 aldermen with a savings of approximately $60,000 in a yearly budget of roughly $10,000,000. Although I am typically a frugal person I am AGAINST REDUCING the Council because three officials will be able to make decisions for nearly 18,000 residents. I vigorously opposed Home Rule a few years ago and I am certainly OPPOSING the idea of cutting the City Council from 10 to 5 for the reason mentioned.

CHIPPER SCHEDULE:
82ND AVE TO 86TH AVE:
Please put branches out on Monday morning the week of 4/03… 05/01…05/29…06/26…07/24…08/21… 09/18…10/16
81ST AVE AND 81ST COURT:
Please put branches out on Monday morning the week of 04/10… 5/08…6/05…7/03…7/31…8/28… 9/25…10/23.

SUPPRESSION UNIT: The water hammer suppression unit has been installed on Sun Valley Drive. This unit should reduce the number of water main breaks in the area of Sun Valley. If you do encounter a problem please call City Hall or after hours the Police Department for assistance.

SPRING SPRUCE UP: With Spring approaching please take the time to check your property for possible painting projects, bush trimming, papers that have blown unto your property—and please do not forget to check your mailbox-should it be replaced, straightened or might it need a new coat of paint?

BEAUTIFICATION CONTEST: Thank you to Marie Tinman for being a judge in this contest. There were 5 homes that were recognized from our ward. They are Koutoulogenis family at 8554 Broadmoor, the Latsis family at 10306 82nd Ave, the Petros family at 10355 Winter Park, the Siergey family at 10530 81st Ave, and the Kelly family at 10601 86th Ave.
CONGRATS FOR A JOB WELL DONE

LOCAL BUSINESS: Please patronize our local businesses. If we support them, we as tax payers reap the retail tax dollars which in turn keeps the City’s portion of the property tax bill low. We are an established community and compared to approximately 25 other suburbs we have, I believe, the lowest city portion of the property taxes. Keeping the cities part of the tax bill low does not happen by accident; it is a combined effort by the Mayor, Treasurer, aldermen and department heads. The budget hearings are open to the public.

PARK AND REC: The new brochure has great activities, trips, classes, etc. Take time to look it over for something that will interest your friends and family. Feel free to call 430-4500 with suggestions. Commissioner Vincent and staff work diligently to meet the needs of our residents.

CONSUMER FRAUD HOTLINE: Before signing a contract or agreeing to home repairs call Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s toll free number to see if any complaints have been registered against a company 1-800-386-5438.

IDENTITY PROTECTION: Consider investing in a shredder – do not carry a Social Security card in your wallet or purse. The three credit reporting agencies are Experian 888-397-3742. Equifax 8000-525-6285 and Transunion 800-680-7289. Carefully check credit card bills and bank statements.

YARDWASTE: Pick up begins April 1st with containers that are marked with a yard waste sticker available at no charge at City hall.

RESURFACING STREETS: Breckenridge, (Interlochen to 8531)…83rd AVE (106th and 105th St.)…82nd AVE (10306 to 105th St.)

16TH PRECINCT VOTERS: Please be aware that your voting place has been moved from the Green Hills Library to the Palos Community Center located at 8455 W 103rd Street.

Your friend and neighbor,
Pauline A. Stratton
2nd Ward Alderman
Phone:708.430.2240
E-mail: aldpstratton@aol.com

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October / November 2005

Dear Residents:

School is back in session; please remember.. School zones and all residential streets are 20 m.p.h.

HALLOWEEN: Trick or Treat will be Monday, October 31st from 3 until 7 p.m.

COMMONWEALTH EDISON: Some of you on Alta, Broadmoor & Sun Valley have experienced power outages for the past few years. Noreen, the Com-Ed representative for Palos Hills immediately pulled records for the affected areas & spoke with the engineers & staff. This project included two sections of underground cable which totaled about 1300 feet. Commonwealth Edison will continue to monitor the situation for reliability. Thank you to Noreen & staff for a job well done & thank you to my wonderful residents for keeping me informed.

YARD WASTE: Waste Management will collect yard waste till the end of November depending on your garbage day. They will also pick-up your Christmas trees.

IDENTITY THEFT TIPS: Guard your social security number; photocopy all important information in your wallet; do not leave bill payments or checks in your home mailbox. One of the newest scams is that someone from the court system calls you & states that you missed jury duty. They proceed to ask you for important information---- DO NOT answer any questions concerning your social security number. This is a hoax!!

107 th STREET: I have requested the Mayor to contact Cook County to reduce the speed limit from 35mph to 30mph. Within the next year or two 107 th street will be resurfaced, it will remain two lanes, lighting will be improved, curbs & sidewalks will be added where applicable.

2" SNOW: If snow levels are 2: or more all streets must be cleared for our plows.

BURNING: Burning of leaves is NOT allowed & if you use an outside patio pit or burn unit NO YARD WASTE can be burned in it.

PATSE: This wonderful bus service accommodates senior citizens & disabled residents from 8:30a.m. until 2:30p.m. with a 24 hour reservation. Please call 430-4500 for more information.


WARD MEETING

There will be a ward meeting for all 2nd ward residents & anyone who would like to attend on Tuesday, November 8 th at the Community Center at 8455 W 103rd Street at 7:00p.m. Look forward to seeing you.


Please help your elderly neighbors & shop in Palos Hills.

 

Your friend and neighbor,
Pauline A. Stratton
2nd Ward Alderman
Phone:708.430.2240
E-mail: aldpstratton@aol.com

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July 2005

Dear Residents:

The city is in the process of adjusting water bills to a 30 day cycle as opposed to a 60 day cycle. If there are any questions feel free to call City Hall at (708) 598-3400.

Although I no longer deliver my newsletter to your door, which I certainly preferred, I am ALWAYSavailable to you. Feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to assist you. My phone number is (708) 430-2240, which is also listed in the phone book and at City Hall.

REVERSE 911: We recently used the reverse 911 with the water problems that we experienced; although there were a few glitches the service seemed to work quite well. This specialized phone message will assist us to notify our community for various emergencies and important information at no cost to us through Southwest Central Dispatch.

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN: Elsie's Pantry which is located at the Moraine Valley Community Church on 107th Street provides food to needy families in our area. In our Community Activity Center ( 8455 W 103rd Street ) is a jar where pennies can be donated to benefit the Pantry.

SCAMS: Please be very cautious about giving personal information to a stranger & DO NOT give anyone your Social Security number. At our last ward meeting Officer Taylor answered questions and gave us very important information, including IDENTITY THEFT which is on the rise. If you receive a phone call to donate to our local Police and Fire Departments be aware - I have been told that they DO NOT SOLICITby phone. To report scams please contact our police department. If you need to contact the attorney general their number is 1-800-386-5438. The DO NOT CALL REGISTRYnumber is 1-888-382-1222.

STREETS: 111 th Street will be resurfaced by the state hopefully by August. 107th Street will be improved with sidewalks and lighting. The second phase will be from 103rd Street to 95th Street. Our city will have some of our local streets resurfaced as well.

SCHOOL IS OUT: Please watch for children riding bikes, skateboards, roller blading, playing ball, etc., etc.

NO PARKING: 2:00 A.M. TO 6:00A.M. throughout the year. If you repair your driveway or have guests, call the police department at (708) 598-2992 with the vehicle information on your cars so that they will not be ticketed.

CHILD SAFETY SEAT AND BIKE STICKERS: The stickers are available at city hall, the police department and the park department.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: Although the city posts signs for the function, the very best neighborhood watch is for the neighbors to know their neighbors. Watch for suspicious vehicles. When going on vacation, remember to stop newspaper delivery (or have family or friends pick them up) and remember to leave some lights on. Also, you can contact the police department and they will also check on your home while you are away.

BARKING DOGS: When your pet is left outside for extended periods of time, your neighbors are concerned with constant barking. This is considered a disturbance and you can be ticketed for this offense.

WATERWAYS AND DITCHES: No dumping is allowed.not even grass or paper. Blocked waterways and ditches can be very problematic to you and your neighbors.

PLEASE SUPPORT AND SHOP OUR LOCAL BUSINESS.

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER.

 

Pauline A. Stratton
2nd Ward Alderman
Phone:708.430.2240
E-mail: aldpstratton@aol.com

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March 2005

Dear Residents:

Before long Spring will arrive and once again I am requesting that we all take a good look at our property including our mailboxes. Our property value is affected by our home and lawn appearance, painting, bushes, papers blown especially on garbage day, etc. Please continue to spruce up your property, easements and ditches. It also has been suggested that we have a group of volunteer residents do a paper pick-up in our City. If any of you would like to volunteer please call me so we can organize a clean-up; if that is not convenient please check your property, take a ride or walk in the neighborhood. Think of your neighbors; please check not only your front property, but the sides and backyard as well.

Concerns: Every time you call me with an idea, concern or problem I take it very seriously. Rest assured that if you call me with a neighbor problem you are NOTmentioned in the complaint; I list myself as the complainant in order to keep peace in the neighborhood. Another very important fact...when you call me, if I do not have the answer I call the department head or ordinance officer, etc. and they are the one who will advise or rectify the problem. If by any chance you feel the situation has not adequately been addressed PLEASEcall me again. If you prefer to drop me a note PLEASE SIGN ITand leave a phone number so that I can contact you. Your information is appreciated and definitely confidential but I get frustrated when I cannot respond because of inadequate information.

CHIPPER SCHEDULE:82nd AVE TO 86th AVE Please put branches out on Monday morning the week of 4/4.05/02.06/27. 07/25.08/22.09/19.10/11. 81st AVE AND 81st COURT: Please put branches out on Monday morning the week of 04/11.05/09.06/06.07/04.08/01.08/29.09/26.10/24.

TERMITES: Our area does have the problem of termites. If by any chance you have a problem please consider telling your neighbor so they can check their home as well.

YARD WASTE: Pick up by Waste Management begins April 1st . The containers must have a visible sticker which is available at no charge at City Hall.

WATERING: From May 15th through September 15th , the following plan will be in effect. Sprinkling only on an odd/even basis with the last digit in the street address being tied to the odd or the even calendar day. With the odd/even measure, sprinkling will be allowed only from 7a.m. to 11a.m. and from 7p.m. to 11p.m. These regulations will refer to the outside use of water.

REVERSE 911: In the near future if an emergency exists residents will be notified via the telephone by an automated message at no additional cost.

NEW BABY: Our Community Resource and Recreation Dept. would like to welcome all new babies born to Palos Hills residents with a welcoming gift, hoping they will participate in future activities and programs.

MAGNETIC RIBBONS: To support our military these ribbons are available for purchase at our Community Resource and Recreation Dept.

TORNADOES: We can't prevent them or even predict them where or when they will strike. For more information write or visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA) website at www.nws.noaa.gov.

MISC. INFO: If you are 70 years old or older you no longer are required to serve jury duty.Every homeowner is entitled to a homestead exemption Seniors are also entitled to senior (65+) exemption.if your income is under $40,000 you are entitled to the senior freeze. Circuit breaker forms are also available at the Community Center. The names of any of your family members who have served to add them to our list.

Thank you for keeping me informed

 

Pauline A. Stratton
2nd Ward Alderman
Phone:708.430.2240
E-mail: aldpstratton@aol.com

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