Dear Residents,

A Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Safe 2023 to all of you and your families.

SCAMS: Please be aware that if you receive a phone call or information concerning gift cards, it could be a scam, especially if you have been informed that you could “make some money.” Sometimes phone calls are being made to frighten residents by people who threaten that homes will be taken by the government if money is not paid. Please check with someone who might be aware since these are usually scam calls.

OUTSIDE LIGHTS: No matter what time of year, consider having proper working lights. Lock windows and doors and be aware of suspicious activity. Call 911 when you have any concern so the police can be dispatched to check the situation. Take the time to be alert for family, neighbors, and yourselves.

PATSE: This special bus is for seniors (60 and up) and the disabled who live in Palos Township and who have doctor appointments, and other errands. Call 430-3822 to register and receive more information. Service is available Monday through Friday 8:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. by appt.

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 Balan at City Hall, who is with the water department with your current info. (598-3400 extension 1106).

Sanitary Sewer Backups: Manufacturers can label items “flushable” but toilet paper should be the only item that should be flushed. Everything else should be put in the trash. Grease, oil, and fats should never be poured down the drain or in the toilet. Sewer backups and costly repairs can result and that could affect not only your home but many other homes.

Missing Packages: Since more and more people are making purchases on the internet, sometimes they are stolen. This is considered theft and should be reported to our police department.

Check Washing: Amounts on checks can be altered. Please check your bank statements carefully to make sure that the amount on the check is the same amount that you wrote on the check.

The Palos Patch posted an article with information on January 17, 2023. 5:27 pm CT

“Area residents who recently used the mailboxes in front of the Bridgeview or any post office and believe their mail to be stolen or altered, should immediately report the theft to their local police department. Police will initiate an investigation with the federal postal inspector. Here are more tips to safeguard checks when sending them through the mail:

  • Use a gel pen with ink resistant to washing, such as a UniBall Signo.
  • Get out of your car and mail checks from INSIDE the post office.
  • Don’t leave checks in your personal mailbox for the mail carrier to collect.
  • Collect your mail from your personal mailbox right away.
  • Talk to your bank about alternative payment methods.

YARD WASTE: Allied resumes this service on the first Wednesday in April and it will continue through the end of November.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS: Please remember our soldiers with snacks and other sundries while they are away from their families protecting our country. There is a wonderful list at Parks and City Hall for needed and wanted items. The Community Center has a box for any donation.

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

EMERGENCY LIGHTS: the OPTICOM (Traffic Preempt System) is a small light over the intersection, warning that an emergency vehicle will be approaching. Please be alert!

SCHOOL: School is in session. Please remember that ALL residential streets are 20 mph and watch for children.

SENIOR WATER PROGRAM: Seniors can pay for actual water usage as opposed to the basic minimum fee. Come to City Hall to enroll or call 598-3400 for information.

SHOP PALOS HILLS: Please continue to support local businesses who strive to succeed daily and especially during these very difficult times.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: It is very important that you call the police department at the non-emergency number (598-2992) if you need information, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After
hours and on weekends, please call 598-2151 or 911 so an officer can respond in a timely manner for any concerns that would require a police officer.

FREE WOOD CHIPS AND FREE FIREWOOD to residents at Stony Creek Drive and Roberts Road, south of the Township Building.

You are the BEST!!!
Stay safe and healthy!!!

Your Second Ward Aldermen

Pauline A. Stratton

Mark Brachman

708 430-2240

708 710-9844