Village Trustee Open Candidate Position – 2-Year Unexpired Term

Are you interested in being a part of the direction of Maple Park? Do you want to have your voice heard in matters of the village?  Well then, there is still an opportunity for you to become a part of the Board of Trustees! Write-in Candidate Declaration of Intent can be accepted on or before February 4, 2021 for the April 6, 2021 Consolidated election. This declaration needs to be turned into the Election Authority of both DeKalb and Kane Counties iin order to secure a position on the ballot. The link to the Declaration of Intent to be a Write-In Candidate can be found at the link below.,

Declaration of Intent to be a Write-In Candidate Form

President Signed the Additional Stimulus

On December 21, 2020 , Congress passed additional stimulus legislation and the President has signed it. The Stimulus provisions in total have an estimated price tag of $900 billion. Key provisions  in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (The Act) are:

  • Small Business Loans
  • Expenses Associated with Forgiven PPP Loans
  • Employee Retention Credit
  • Individual Tax Rebates
  • Unemployment Benefits

You can read the entire article at the link below for further details and information.

Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021

Christmas Tree Recycling

MAPLE PARK – Residents may set out one Christmas tree per home or unit to be collected on the designated collection day during the first two weeks of January of each year. Trees must be clean (no ornaments, lights, tinsel), unbagged and under 6 feet in length (or cut into 2 pieces, each under 6 feet in length)​.

Water System Update

This week, the Village’s contractor completed the installation of the valves in the water treatment plant.  Immediately upon installation of the first two (2) valves, a great deal of pressure was released from the system. Knowing that the older valves, that were no longer working as they had in the past, were replaced and an additional valve was installed would release pressure built up in the system, the Village still believes that the cloudiness may also be triggered by the swings in temperature the Midwest has been experiencing over the last several months.

The Village would like to ensure its residents that the Village continues to test our water and it continues to meet Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) standards and is safe to drink.  The Village completes testing as required by the IEPA monthly, quarterly, yearly and every three (3) years for the water treatment facility, our wells, and a couple of locations outside of the facility.  If any of these tests were not within IEPA standards the Village would receive a Notice of Violation.  The IEPA requires that a Notice of Violation be posted on the Village’s website and we would also post a copy at the Village Hall.  The IEPA would then request immediate remediation of the identified violation and would remediate any violations as quickly as possible.  Also, the Village, as required by law, posts its Annual Water Quality Report in June, you can locate the 2019 Water Quality Report at the link below.

Maple Park CCR 2019

State of Illinois to Begin Vaccination Process

The State of Illinois will begin the vaccination process on December 10, 2020.  Here’s some general information about the vaccinations.

  1. The State will not be issuing a vaccine mandate.
  2. Priority Group 1A is Healthcare workers and healthcare support workers and long-term care facility residents (skilled nursing), followed by assisted living facilities
  3. Priority Group 1B is First Responders – Firefighter/Paramedics, Police Department and Public Works employees and food and agriculture workers
  4. Shots are for those 18-years or older.  State is waiting on guidance for children younger than 18.
  5. Testing is not a pre-requisite to obtain a vaccination.
  6. This is a two (2) shot process. Both shots have the same dosage.
  7. Shots need to be administered three (3) to four (4) weeks apart.
  8. There will be a State registry to track who has had the vaccine (first and second doses).
  9. Known side effects:
    1. Pain at injection site
    2. Some people have experienced a more pronounced malaise for 24 – 28 hours after the shot has been administered.
  10. The State expects the process for Groups 1A and 1B could take up to four (4) to six (6) months to complete, depending on the number of doses available.

While we’re waiting for vaccines to be available to people not in Groups 1A and 1B, please remember:

  1. Only to go out when necessary
  2. Wear a mask
  3. Maintain social distancing
  4. Wash your hands
  5. Be sure to assist the Maple Park restaurants and bars by ordering food and beverages, and increase your safety and theirs by utilizing delivery, curbside pickup or pickup . Remember, no indoor dining.

State of Illinois Vaccination Planning Guide

Safe Winter Driving Suggestions

We want you to stay safe under dangerous driving conditions. Snow, ice and darkness can be a scary combination while on the road. OSHA states that motor vehicle crashes cost employers $60 billion annually in medical care, legal expenses, property damage and lost productivity, which drive up the cost of benefits such as workers’ compensation, Social Security, and private health and disability insurance. According to OSHA, the average crash costs an employer $16,500, but when an employee is injured the average cost increases to $74,000, and costs can exceed $500,000 when a fatality is involved.Winter Driving Clip Art

 

Some Things to Remember While Driving in Winter Conditions

  • Adjust your speed and distance behind other vehicles for conditions.

  • Clear your windshield and windows to aid visibility.

  • Keep your windshield fluid reservoir filled with solvent good to -20°.

  • Clear snow from headlights and tail lights including high break light so others can see you.

  • Pump breaks only if vehicle does not have an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).

  • For additional information, please refer to the Snow Removal Link on the Village of Maple Park Website.

*This article is from the inaugural edition of Risk Report, the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association (RMA) quarterly newsletter

Update on the East DeKalb Drive Sanitary Sewer

The Village was successful in removing the blockage in the sanitary sewer main located in the 400 block of East DeKalb Drive.  The Village removed a large quantity of gravel from the system, the main is clear and waste is now flowing properly.  The Village will continue its investigation of how and where the gravel entered the system so that this type of situation does not occur again.  It is now okay to go back to your regular water usage.

Also, the Village will soon begin a new preventative maintenance program by jetting, televising and root cutting the mains throughout the Village.  The Village has been broken up into Work Areas and each year a different Work Area will be jetted, televised and root cut.   This program will clean the mains and allow the Village the ability to see the condition of the mains so that we can prepare to repair/replace the mains as needed, and then allow us to make any repairs before we remove and replace streets. This will also prevent cutting open newly laid asphalt.

Kane County Grant Program – Round Two

Kane County is now accepting grant applications from businesses under Round Two of its CRF Business Grant Program. The Kane County Board has allocated $5 million for this initiative. In order to be eligible, businesses must be for-profit and have a physical place of business within Kane County. They must have been established on/before January 1, 2020, have experienced a decline in revenue and/or increase in expenses since March 1, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and be in good standing with federal, state and local standards and requirements. Businesses may apply for up to $25,000 to cover certain operating expenses and costs associated with responding/adapting to the COVID-19 health emergency. The county has streamlined the process for Round Two in order to assist as many businesses as possible. Businesses that participated in Round One may apply under Round Two, provided they have eligible expenses that were not already reimbursed by the county or another source of financial assistance.

Applicants should review the Program Guidelines and Application Instructions​ for additional terms and conditions. All applications must be completed using the ZoomGrants application portal established for this initiative. Submissions will be reviewed and funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-eligible, first-served basis. While an application deadline has not been established for the Round Two program, the county anticipates closing the application portal when funds are exhausted, or when it is no longer feasible to process applications and issue awards before the end of calendar year 2020. Questions regarding Round Two of the Business Grant Program may be directed to:

Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment

630-762-2084

CRF2@co.kane.il.us

Sanitary Sewer Blockage – 400 Block of East DeKalb

The Village had a blockage of the sanitary sewer main along the 400 block of East DeKalb.  The main appears to be full of gravel and the gravel then acts as a block to which things like toilet paper and waste which then stick and further plugs the sewer main.  We are in the process of clearing out the gravel so that the sewer water will flow through the sewer main.  While we are clearing out the sewer main, the main is being televised so that we can pinpoint the location where the gravel is entering the system.  While the Village’s contractor is televising the line, we are also having the sewer mains pumped so that the sewer water does not flow into the area we’re working in – this ensures that the televising camera can see the condition of the sewer main. Pumping also prevents wastewater from backing up into homes.  Once the televising camera pinpoints the problem, we can go in and repair the sewer main.  In the meantime, we ask that residents on East DeKalb between County Line and East Ashton use as little water as possible.  We will provide updates on the sewer system as soon as we have something new to report.

 

Leaf Pickup and Disposal

Fall leaves are once again upon us!

 As we all start to rake our yards and clean up all the fallen leaves, please remember that the Village of Maple Park does not have a curbside leaf pick up service. Raking your leaves into the street can cause blocked storm drains which can be a a safety hazard. If you have already raked your leaves into the street, we ask you to please rake them back up and bag them for proper removal. Also, leaf burning is prohibited in the Village of Maple Park. We recommend either mulching (which is much healthier for your lawn), or utilizing the leaf pick up program offered through Waste Management.

The link below has the Waste Management guide which outlines the yardwaste program they offer, which ends on November 30th.

Refuse, Recycling and Yard Waste Services