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.
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
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 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
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.
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.
On November 17th, Governor Pritzker announced new Tier 3 mitigation procedures that will go into effect at 12:01a.m. on November 20, 2020. Below is a link to the new mitigation procedures and restrictions from the State of Illinois Department of Health website, and some additional information from the DeKalb County Health Department in coooperation with Northwestern Medicine.
Because of these new restrictions, Maple Park Village Hall will be closed to the public beginning on Friday, November 20, 2020. We will still be here to answer your calls, emails, or any questions you may have. Please remember we have the dropbox located at the front of the building for you to utilize for payment of your water bills, ordinance violations, etc.
Lets stay safe and healthy Maple Park!
The Village is aware of recent complaints of “cloudy” drinking water. This is likely due to air being trapped in the system and is a temporary condition. The water treatment plant has currently two (2) older air release valves,-the Village is the process of replacing these values and is adding an additional air release valve to further alleviate the issue. The process to replace the valve may take up to four (4) weeks depending on the availability of the valves. The Village has the water tested by an IEPA approved laboratory and the required daily chlorine residual testing and the monthly coliform (bacteria) testing; all our water tests have come back well within IEPA safe drinking water parameters.
The Village will keep residents informed of the progress of valve replacement/installation. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Village at 815-827-3309.
RECYCLE YOUR TVs, COMPUTERS, ELECTRONICS, CLOTHES, AND BOOKS
Kane County’s last Recycling Event of the year is scheduled for Saturday, November 14th, 2020.
Where: 540 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174
When: Saturday, 11/14/20, from 8am – 12 noon
Rules of Use: Please click, review and follow these rules in the name of health and safety.
- TVs and Monitors ($25-35). Pay online and bring printed receipt or pay at the event with card or exact cash. All other items except TVs and monitors are free to drop off.
Kane County’s Recycling Centers are open on weekdays for dropping off electronics and clothing to be recycled.
Central Location: 517 E. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia, IL
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm (except holidays)
Northern Location: 900 Angle tarn, West Dundee, IL
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7am-3pm (except holidays)
Costs: Fees apply for TVs and Monitors only ($25-35). Pay online and bring printed receipt. All else is free to drop off.
A schedule of events for 2021 will be published online before the start of event season (April 2021). Please check the Kane County Recycles webpage for information www.countyofkane.org/recycling
The Village has received recent complaints regarding the drinking water quality. Our operators have tested the water and assure it is safe to drink. The water treatment system is operating normally and the chlorine residual is within acceptable range. If you are experiencing cloudy water, this is likely due to air trapped in the system and should clear up after a few minutes of settling. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Village Hall at 815-827-3309.