On Tuesday, the Village of Maple Park passed an ordinance that restricts how long you can have your garbage cans out at the curb. This is a normal rule that many municipalities have. The wording in the ordinance, like many ordinances, says that the village can fine you up to $750.00. This language is in many of our ordinances where enforcement may be necessary. The Village of Maple Park will NEVER start out with a fine of any amount. The first thing we will do is let you know, most likely via letter, explaining the rule. We only want compliance, this is not a revenue maker for the village. The only time a fine would be assessed is if you do not comply after the village has tried to work with you.
The meat of the ordinance reads as follows:
Containers for Collection. No person shall dispose of any garbage, refuse or ashes anywhere in the Village except as herein provided. Such material shall be placed in secured or in covered containers, as herein provided, for collection by a licensed garbage and refuse collector. All containers for garbage, yard waste and refuse shall be placed by residents at the curb line of the premises served not earlier than 3:00 p.m. on the day before the scheduled collection, and shall be removed on or before 9:00 a.m. the day after the collection is made. No container shall be placed so as to constitute a nuisance to adjacent property or to the occupants thereof.
Please, if you have questions please call the village office at (815) 827-3309.
On May 7, 2019, the Village of Maple Park swore in three new trustees. Please welcome Jen Ward, Suzanne Fahnestock, and Chris Rebone.
Jen Ward being sworn in on 5-7-19
Chris Rebone being sworn in 5-7-19
Suzanne Fahnestock being sworn in 5-7-19.
Vehicle stickers in Maple Park are $25 per vehicle, if purchased by May 31, 2019. After June 1, 2019, vehicle stickers will go up to $35 per vehicle. Don’t get caught having to pay a late fee.
Golf cart stickers are $15, if purchased by May 31, 2019.
After June 1, the cost is $25.
Due to the Memorial Day holiday, garbage / recycling pickup in Maple Park will be delayed by one day. Therefore, garbage / recycling pickup will be on Thursday this week.
How Parents Can Help Kids Make Healthy Choices
An Article by Amanda Henderson
Parenting comes with an abundance of responsibilities, and one of the most important ones is teaching your kids to make healthy choices. Establishing these practices early on will make it easier for them to maintain; ideally, all the way through adulthood. One of the ways you can ensure the success of your efforts is by trading a lecture-like conversation for one that allows your kids to make choices on their own. Of course, you’ll need to step in when necessary to help explain the importance of right from wrong. While this may be difficult at first, your discipline will pay off for years to come. Read on for some of the key elements that contribute to a healthy lifestyle now, and for the long-term.
While making healthful food choices may seem like an obvious contributor, it’s worth a mention because of fact-based research that suggests that American toddlers are more apt to eat french fries, sugar, and salt in lieu of fruits and vegetables. While there’s room for a slice of birthday cake and a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day, it’s important that your kids understand the fundamentals of healthy eating, especially what contributes to a balanced meal and why it’s vital for optimal internal and external health. For a more interactive experience, take your kids with you to the grocery store and let them help you plan meals. By allowing them to participate and put in their two cents, they’ll be more enthused about what’s on their plate come mealtime.
There’s a stigma that to eat healthy foods, you have to spend a lot of money, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. For example:
- Stock Your Pantry With Low-Cost-Yet-Healthy Staples: Think brown rice (never white), whole-grain pasta, canned beans (rinse to reduce sodium), quinoa, and couscous.
- Eat A Budget Breakfast: Steel cut oats or old-fashioned oats (sans sugar) are satisfying in price and taste. Jazz up a bowl with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or a dash of agave syrup. Bonus points for letting kids dress their own bowl with the healthy toppings of their choice.
- Take Advantage Of Deals: Peruse those sale papers! This strategy is great for in-the-moment meal creation as well as purchasing freezable staples like meat and fish for future use. Exercise The U.S. is experiencing a weight crisis regardless of age — the country has the highest proportion of overweight and obese people — so it’s important that you are a role model for your children by practicing what you preach. There are several ways you can get moving as a family that won’t make your kids feel like you’re giving them military-like instruction.
- Take a post-dinner stroll together to digest, burn some extra calories, and bond as a family unit
- Engage in fun endurance challenges (think highest number of sit-ups or longest wall sit) during commercial breaks
- Turn household chores like gardening or cleaning the floor into a functional workout
- Walk and play with the dog
- Throw a dance party by turning on upbeat tunes and burning off energy — and calories
Have a weekly sports session — this could be anything from tossing the ball around, shooting hoops, or doing yoga in the backyardIf you find your kids are enjoying sports, sign them up for a local sports league, whether it’s for baseball, soccer, or flag football. Not only will playing a team sport keep your child in shape, it also can teach them about teamwork and raise self-esteem. Check out online reviews to find the best sporting equipment. Drug And Alcohol Awareness It’s never too early to start a conversation about the dangers of drug and alcohol consumption — even smoking and social drinking. While most schools have programs that cover this territory, the true education comes at home. There are many online activity-based tools geared toward the younger generation that can have a visual effect. Older kids may react better to first-hand stories of recovery survivors and/or their loved ones, for better or for worse. No matter what outside sources are used, nothing will replace the heart-to-heart conversations you have with your children. Make it a family affair so they don’t feel like they’re being attacked or treated like “babies.” When educating your kids on healthy habits, come armed with statistics — even a third party of a professional nature if possible. Having information that comes from a source other than yourself can be more effective in some cases. Whatever you do, don’t give up. It takes more than two months for a new habit to form.
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Municipal Clerks week is May 5-11, 2019, and this year it is cause for celebration! Municipal Clerks week will turn 50 in May. Do you know who your municipal clerk is?
The purpose of Municipal Clerks week is to recognize the vital and appreciated services performed by the Municipal and Deputy Clerks in serving the changing needs of their communities.
Municipal Clerks week was initiated in 1969 by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), and is endorsed by all of its members throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries. In 1984 and in 1994, Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, respectively, signed a Proclamation officially declaring the first full week in May and recognizing the essential role of Municipal Clerks play in local government.
IIMC is a professional association of City, Village, Town, Township, Borough, and County Clerk, Secretaries and Recorders. IIMC prepares its members to meet the challenges of the diverse role of the Municipal and Deputy Clerk by providing services and continuing professional development opportunities to benefit members and the government entities they serve. Founded in 1947 in French Lick, Indiana; IIMC has 14,500 members throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries.
The Maple Park Village Clerk is a Certified Municipal Clerk and is a member of the Northwestern Illinois Municipal Clerks Association, Municipal Clerks of Illinois, and IIMC.
Proclamation 2019-01 (451 downloads)
EARTH DAY 2019
Over the past 20-years, China became the primary market for recyclables from across the globe. In real numbers, China consumed 28.5 million tons – 50% of all paper recycled in 2016. By 2017, the U.S shipped 30% of all recyclables to China. Today, Waste Management is shipping less than 3% of total recyclables collected to China.
The world of recycling changed as China banned the import of all mixed paper and plastic imports in January 2018. What hasn’t changed is the demand for recycling services by consumers. Recycling is the right thing to do…and it’s good for the environment. But change requires how we recycle and what we recycle.
Recycling Doesn’t Happen When You Place Materials In Your Container.
Recycling Happens When the Material Placed in Your Container Becomes a Feedstock For a New Product!
What should we recycle?
- Clean paper and cardboard that does not have a wax film
- Clean plastics
- Clean cans
Common contaminates found in recycling:
On this Earth Day, let’s commit to recycle right! When in doubt — leave it out and then go find out at www.recycleoftenrecycleright.com.
Check out their educational videos about recycling: Don’t Be A Tangler, Bowling Balls are Not Recyclable, No Liquids Please, Batteries and Co-Mingle Recycling Don’t Mix
Some of the more interesting — NON-RECYCLABLE items found at recycling processing facilities in 2018!
A life-sized dept. store mannequin
5,000 Bowling Balls
Waste Management Recycling Plants received 28,000 lbs. of batteries last year