NEW OFFICE HOURS

As of Monday, April 25, 2016, the village’s new office hours are:

Monday   9 a.m. to Noon
Tuesday  3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday  9 a.m. to NoonCome In We're Open Sign
Thursday   9 a.m. to Noon
Friday   9 a.m. to Noon

Other hours by appointment.

DEKALB COUNTY NEEDS YOUR INPUT

DeKalb County Government, the DeKalb County Community Foundation, the DeKalb County Picture of Survey LogoEconomic Development Corporation, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and Northern Illinois University are beginning an important phase in a recently launched county-wide economic development visioning project. The purpose of this effort is to shape an economic development vision document to guide planning, marketing and investments for the county over the next five years. Anyone who lives, works or attends schools in DeKalb County can complete the online survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DCED2016, which takes 10-15 minutes to complete. Your information will be anonymous.

Vehicle Stickers

It’s That Time of Year Again…

Picture of a VehicleEvery vehicle registered in the Village of Maple Park MUST have a vehicle sticker. Vehicle stickers are due May 31, 2016. Please review and complete the Vehicle Sticker Info/Application (57 downloads) , and return it to the village office. and return to the village office on or before Tuesday, May 31, 2016. You can place your form and your payment in the drop box, located at the front of the building; you can pay for your vehicle stickers online with a debit/credit card or an e-check (for a convenience fee); or you can mail your form and payment to:  Village of Maple Park, 302 Willow St., P.O. Box 220, Maple Park, IL, 60151. If you have any questions please call the village office at (815) 827-3309.

Animal Tags

It’s That Time of Year Again…

PIcture of a Dog & a CatEvery dog and every cat MUST have a tag, according to the Maple Park Village Code. Residents are limited to 3 animals total. In order to purchase your tag(s), you must show proof that the animal has been vaccinated. Please review and complete the Animal License Application (31 downloads) and return to the village office on or before Tuesday, May 31, 2016. You can place your form and your payment in the drop box, located at the front of the building; you can pay Dog & Cat Tagsfor your animal tags online with a debit/credit card or an e-check (for a convenience fee); or you can mail your form and payment to:  Village of Maple Park, 302 Willow St., P.O. Box 220, Maple Park, IL, 60151. If you have any questions please call the village office at (815) 827-3309.

Important Information

CIVIC CENTER GYM OPEN For Walkers November through April
Monday – Friday 6:00 A.M. to Noon and Closed on Holidays

Send Freedom of Information Act Requests to the Village Clerk
Liz Peerboom, Village Clerk
Village of Maple Park
Maple Park, IL  60151
Freedom of Information Act Request Form (102 downloads)

Village of Maple Park has E-Pay
epaylogoIn an effort to offer the most innovative payment options to Village Residents, we hope that you will find this service convenient and easy to use. Click here or on the permanent link in the Menu.

Kaneland District 302 brochure
Kaneland School District 302 Brochure (105 downloads)

Please send foreclosure notices to the Village Clerk:
Village of Maple Park
Attn: Liz Peerboom
P.O. Box 220
Maple Park, IL 60151

Maple Park Burning Ordinance
Ordinance 2013-02 Burning Ordinance (112 downloads)

Maple Park Garage Sales

Garage Sale SignThe Maple Park Garage Sales will be held the 3rd weekend in May. Please contact Kim Peyton at (815) 761-6098 or Betty at (815) 909-4976 for more information. The cost to participate is $7.00.

The Maple Park Garage Sales are not associated with the Village of Maple Park.

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF CERTAIN FEES

picture of workers building a houseOn March 1, 2016, the Maple Park Board of Trustees approved ordinances that temporarily suspend certain fees in an effort to help bring in some new residential construction to the village. The suspension of fees will expire on September 6, 2016. So, if you were thinking about building a house, now is the time!

Please carefully read the ordinances below for information. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Maple Park village office at (815) 827-3309.

Maple Park Hires New Police Chief

PIcture of Tony AyalaOn February 2, 2016, the Maple Park Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Tony Ayala as the new Police Chief. Ayala has worked for the Village of Maple Park for 2 1/2 years in the role of part-time office and Sergeant. Ayala comes from the Northern Illinois University Police Department, and has 20 years of law enforcement experience. Beyond Staff and Command training, Ayala has an Associate’s Degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

“I strongly believe in the value of partnerships and collaboration in order to achieve large scale, community-wide goals,” said Ayala.

Chief Mike Acosta said, “He will be good for the community,”.

Ayala replaces Chief Mike Acosta, who has been chief since December 2009. Chief Acosta was in law enforcement since 1976, including 31 years at the Kane County Sheriff’s Department. In his tenure at the Kane County Sheriff’s Department, Acosta was Commander of KCART, which is an accident reconstruction group; Commander of the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force; Captain of Investigations; Worked with Internal Affairs; and was Commander of Administration.

Chief Acosta’s retirement date is May 14, 2016. Ayala’s first day on the job will be May 3, 2016.

IRS Warns of Phone Scam

IRS Urges Public to Stay Alert for Scam Phone Calls

IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2015-18, October 21, 2015 *from the IRS website

IRS LogoThe IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. Here are several tips to help you avoid being a victim of these scams:

  • Scammers make unsolicited calls.  Thieves call taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls,” or via phishing email.
  • Callers try to scare their victims.  Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money.
  • Scams use caller ID spoofing.  Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official.
  • Cons try new tricks all the time.  Some schemes provide an actual IRS address where they tell the victim to mail a receipt for the payment they make. Others use emails that contain a fake IRS document with a phone number or an email address for a reply. These scams often use official IRS letterhead in emails or regular mail that they send to their victims. They try these ploys to make the ruse look official.
  • Scams cost victims over $23 million.  The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or TIGTA, has received reports of about 736,000 scam contacts since October 2013. Nearly 4,550 victims have collectively paid over $23 million as a result of the scam.

The IRS will not:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

Phone scams first tried to sting older people, new immigrants to the U.S. and those who speak English as a second language. Now the crooks try to swindle just about anyone. And they’ve ripped-off people in every state in the nation.

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov.

Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. These are your Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them on IRS.gov.

Is Recycling Worth the Effort?

Picture of Recycling BinIf you were wondering if recycling is worth the effort, read the article in Kane County Connects about this very issue. Spoiler Alert:  The answer from Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland is YES, it is worth the effort.

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