Now that the holidays are over, we would like to wish all of you and your families a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2018.
Allied Waste: Some of the items which can be picked up at no additional charge are furniture, washing machines and dryers, microwaves, hot water heaters, lamps, mattresses, carpet rolls cut into no more than 4 foot lengths, refrigerators, air conditioners, small freezers, passenger car tires, electronics such as televisions and computers. You must call Allied Waste for a free pick up. (708-385-8252)
Handicapped Parking: The building department has gone to businesses in the city to make sure they are in compliance with handicapped parking laws. Remember, you are subject to a $350.00 fine if you do not have proper handicap credentials. The same fine is imposed in striped areas.
Phones: Using or holding a 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 telephones, hand held personal digital products and portable or mobile computers.
Weather: Please check on neighbors, especially the elderly, during extreme cold or hot conditions. Do not use ovens for heat and keep space heaters away from anything flammable.
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 (598-4434) at 10040 88th Avenue. for food assistance.
Emergency Assistance: Call Sandy at the Community Center (430-4500) if you need assistance. PLOWS is also available for seniors (361-0219) and CEDA is helpful for any age. (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 weekday from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. by appointment.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors: State law requires homeowners, landlords, and building owners to install carbon monoxide detectors within 15 feet of rooms used for sleeping. This law applies only to those occupancies that use fossil fuel to cook, heat, or produce hot water, or occupancies that are connected to an enclosed garage. The symptoms of CO poisoning include: dizziness, nausea, headache and coughing, irregular heartbeat, and pale skin with cherry red lips and ear tips. If you suspect CO poisoning, get fresh air, stay outside, and call 911 or the local fire department.
Addresses: City ordinance #917 requires all homes and businesses have their addresses clearly visible from the street.
Blocking Sidewalks: It is a local ordinance and a state law that sidewalks can not be blocked.
Safety: No matter what time of year consider having outdoor lights to illuminate your property and possibly timers on lights inside your home. Lock windows and doors and be aware of suspicious activity. If you see unfamiliar vehicles or individuals, call 911 so they can be checked. Also the police department provides a great service of a vacation watch while you are away.
Snow: If 2 or more inches of snow is on the ground, no vehicle can be parked on the street. Please do not shovel snow into the street. Consider shoveling your sidewalks. Children as well as adults must walk in the street if the sidewalks are not cleared.
Stop Signs: Your vehicle must be at least 15 feet from any stop sign; even if it is a school bus stop.
Maintenance: Please consider having your furnaces and fireplaces checked and serviced. Also check to see if your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are properly working. Change furnace filters monthly. Change smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries. Have a professional clean your chimney.
Update Phone Info: Many people are using a cell phone. as their primary phone and have eliminated the land line. It would be very helpful if the information was updated in the event the city or we need to contact you. Please call Margareth Morales at city hall, who is with the water department with your current info. (598-3400 extension 1106).
Water Main Breaks: If you donʼt have running water in your residence, check all of your faucets. Water main breaks can occur anytime, but are more likely during the cold weather. Call 911 after City Hall hours to report any breaks.
Water Pressure: After a water main break is repaired, and you realize that you donʼt have running water. check all faucets and shower heads and remove the screens and check for sediment. After the system is flushed, these screens can become clogged and water will not flow.
Refuse Containers: Both garbage and recycling bins cannot be stored in the front of your property.
Yard Waste: Yard waste pickup will resume the first week of April until the last week of November. Yard waste stickers are available at City Hall.
Shop Palos Hills: Please continue to support local businesses who are striving to succeed in these difficult economic times.
Thank you ever so much for keeping us informed and being the Best Residents!
Pauline A. Stratton