Committee of the Whole Meeting – Cancelled

The Committee of the Whole meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:00p.m. has been cancelled.

The next meeting of the Village Board will be Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:00p.m. at the Civic Center, 302 Willow Street.

Golf Cart License and Inspection Schedule

It’s that time of year again everyone! Golf cart license renewal letters and applications have been mailed out to those residents that have previously submitted for a golf cart license. If you would like to renew a new golf cart, please fill out a Golf Cart License Application that can be found on the website. All golf carts must pass an inspection through the Maple Park Police Department prior to a license being issued.

The schedule for golf cart inspections is as follows:

Saturday, April 10th from 9am to 3pm and Sunday, April 11th from 10am to 5pm.

Saturday, May 1st from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday May 2nd from 9am to 3pm.

No need to make an appointment, just show up with your application form that includes the inspection form and your golf cart. Once the inspection has been completed, bring both the application form and the completed inspection form with your payment to the Village Clerk’s office and you will be issued your sticker.

Invitation for Webinar in Spanish – IRS Tax Info re: Covid Payments and Guidelines

The Internal Revenue Service and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will present a webinar discussing Co-Vid Tax Relief for Employers and the Economic Impact Payments and Recovery Rebate Credit. This webinar is intended to provide information to business owners and tax preparers alike.  The webinar will be scheduled for an hour and a half, allowing for two separate topics to be discussed. Namely; (1) Co-Vid Tax Relief for Employers and (2) The Economic Impact Payments and Recovery Rebate Credit. Specialist Maritza Rabinowitz from the Internal Revenue Service will lead the presentation. Please share with anyone you deem appropriate.

Date and time: Wednesday, April 7th at 6:00p.m. To register for this webinar, click the following link: Registration Link

Wanted! Applicants for Zoning Board of Appeals

The Village of Maple Park has a Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), that consists of seven (7) members that serve staggered five (5) year terms.  The ZBA is responsible for hearing an appeal of any decision, order or interpretation by a Village official enforcing the Village’s Zoning Ordinance*.  A majority of the previous members of the community are no longer able to serve on the ZBA and we have six (6) vacancies that need to be filled.  In order to establish a quorum and conduct business, the ZBA needs a minimum of four (4) members in order to hold a meeting.

ZBA meetings are on an as-needed basis so no need to worry about a large monthly time commitment. If you’re concerned that five (5) years is a long-time commitment and aren’t sure you want to participate, the Village Board will be considering the consolidation of Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals into one (1) commission, so the appointment to the ZBA may be just temporary.

If you’re interested in learning more about how zoning is used in the Village and in helping out your fellow residents, please complete a Zoning Board of Appeals Vacancy Application and submit it to Village Clerk Terri D’Amato, villageclerk@villageofmaplepark.com, by Sunday, March 28, 2021.  The Village Board would like to make the appointments at the April 6, 2021 Village Board Meeting.

New Hours for Village Hall

Beginning on March 1st, Village Hall will have new hours of operation for Tuesday. We will maintain the same 3:00pm to 7:00pm hours for the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month to coincide with the Village Board meetings, and the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays will be from 9:00am to Noon. Hours of operation will be the same for the remaining days of the week, being closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Update on the Village’s Water System

As you know, the Village has already replaced valves and installed an additional valve at the water treatment facility.  This did not alleviate the cloudy water/excess oxygen in the water; however, it did replace valves that were not functioning properly and did need to be replaced.  We have continued to look further into our system to determine the cause of the excess air that generates the cloudiness in the water.

The Village has two (2) wells.  Well #4 was installed in 1983 and was replaced in 2003.  Well #5 was installed in 2003.  The Village has had a contractor pull and evaluate the pumps, column pipe and check valves for Well #4.  The Village is currently operating on Well #5.

As part of the evaluation, Well #4 has also been televised and the Village will receive and review the video and have it for future reference.  Per our contractor, the well hole appears to be in good shape; however, the evaluation of the existing equipment has determined that the pumps, bowl, several sections of column pipe and the check valves need to be replaced. The contract believes that the holes in the column pipe are creating a back drain situation which is what is generating the excess oxygen in the system.  The Village Board authorized the repairs to Well #4 at the January 19, 2021 Committee of the Whole Meeting.  The Village’s contractor, has all but one part in stock and has confirmation that the lone part will be shipped next week.  Once the part is received, the well will be reassembled, the well will be disinfected and tested, and then brought back on-line.

Knowing that Well #5 is the same age as Well #4 and is a deeper well, that the evaluation and equipment replacement is expensive, the Village will budget to have the same evaluation procedure and repairs made to the Well #5 after May 1, 2021.  May 1 begins the new fiscal (budget) year for the Village.

How is the Village paying for these repairs? The Village will be using the Water Improvement Fund; these funds, per Village Code, are paid by you when you pay your water bill.  The Village recently adopted a Capital Improvement Plan/Maintenance Plan (CIP/MP), and both Well #4 and Well #5 will be added to the CIP so that they are regularly scheduled for evaluation and preventative maintenance every 10 years, which should prevent this type of situation from transpiring again in the future.

The water is safe to drink and the Village continues to have the water tested daily, monthly, quarterly, and every third year as required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA.)

Waste Management Monthly Rate Change

Pursuant to the Municipal Solid Waste, Recycling and Yard Waste Agreement between the Village of Maple Park and Waste Management, an annual rate adjustment is scheduled for February 1, 2021.

Effective February 1, 2021 the new monthly rates for service will be:

Monthly Rate                       $20.32


Monthly Senior Rate            $18.31

*Rates include IL Fuel Tax of $0.17 per unit