2015 LEAF PICK-UP PROGRAM
Fall leaf season will soon be upon us, bringing with its arrival the Village's 2015 leaf pick-up program. The program is designed to keep Village streets cleaner and safer and to help keep leaves out of sewers and storm drains. The most important thing to remember is that leaves cannot be placed in the street for removal!
The details on the Village's program are as follows:
- Free, unlimited, weekly curbside collection of leaves in kraft paper yard waste bags. Plastic bags will not be picked up.
- Please place bagged leaves in the parkway in front of your home, along the curb. Do not place in the street.
- Pick-up will run the week of October 19th through the week of November 23rd at the time of your regularly-scheduled weekly yard waste pick-up. Leaves will be picked up by our waste hauler, Republic Services. It is important to note that the last pick-up of bagged leaves for homeowners south of the train tracks will be Monday, November 23rd, and the last pick-up of bagged leaves for homeowners north of the train tracks will be Friday, November 27th (delayed one day due to the Thanksgiving holiday).
- While leaf pick-up is complimentary, all other yard waste will require a yard waste sticker.
- Bags may not exceed 34 gallons or 60 pounds.
- Please have the bags placed at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your scheduled pick-up date.
- In some cases, due to volume, collection may run behind (i.e., Monday collection being completed on Tuesday); however, every household will receive one collection in each of these six weeks.
- You may also choose to keep your leaves on your property to be composted for use as mulch. The Village Forester highly recommends the use of compost for keeping plants and trees healthy.
Remember, leaves should never be placed in the street. Homeowners or landscape contractors who place leaves in the street will be subject to a fine of $75 for the first offense, increasing for subsequent offenses.
With everyone's cooperation and the Village's fall street-sweeping operations, we expect to have a clean, safe fall leaf season.
Important Contact Information:
- Village of Hinsdale Public Services Department: (630) 789-7382
- Republic Services Customer Service: (708) 345-7050
Silent Parade to be held on Friday October 9th
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, Hinsdale, IL – On Friday, October 9th, the 21th Annual Silent Parade, which honors all fallen firefighters in the line of duty and any civilian who perished in a fire, kicks off at the Hinsdale Fire Department at approximately 7pm. This impressive parade has become a proud tradition in our area and is heavily attended by several Chicagoland area fire departments. Residents from all over are encouraged to line the streets with American flags and flashlights to pay their respects for lives lost, and to express their gratitude for the men and women who proudly serve their communities as first responders, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel.
The parade will kick off at 7:00pm, leaving from the Hinsdale Fire Department located at 121 Symonds and traveling west along Chicago Avenue in Hinsdale through Clarendon Hills, Westmont, Downers Grove and ending in Lisle. A brief ceremony will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1101 Kimberly Way (two blocks south of Route 53 and Maple Avenue), Lisle at approximately 7:45 p.m. This year's speaker is Lt. Matt Olson, Program Director of Illinois Fire Fighter Peer Support, presenting Emotional Wellness in the Fire Service.
Five years ago, the Hinsdale Fire Department experienced its second line of duty death in the over 100 year old history of the Department. Deputy Chief Mark Johnson suffered a heart attack in the fire station while on duty in 2010, and Firefighter Walter Flemming died while fighting a structure fire in 1946. Both men are immortalized in the Department's history and will always be remembered as men of honor who served this community with great pride.
Fire and Police Open House Set for Saturday, October 10th
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, Hinsdale, IL – The Village of Hinsdale Police and Fire Department's Annual Open House will be held on Saturday, October 10th from 11am to 3pm at the Village's fire station – 121 Symonds Drive. The theme for this year's Open House is "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep." The key message of this year's campaign, is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.
Come join the police officers and firefighters for the afternoon with an array of activities that the whole family can learn from and enjoy. Activities include demonstrations on various firefighting equipment, the fire safety trailer, and interactive programs for children. The fire department will also conduct a simulated live burn to demonstrate the advantages of a residential sprinkler system as well as present a simulated vehicle accident to show how the "jaws of life" are used. Police activities include a SWAT team demonstration, child fingerprinting, and station tours. Hotdogs, refreshments, balloons, and many other giveaways will be available.
Additionally, the Fire Prevention Bureau has arranged for Fox Valley Fire and Safety to check the fire extinguishers for your home or small business free of charge. Should the check indicate that service is necessary; representatives will be on hand to answer any questions or assist you further in making sure that your fire extinguisher is properly maintained and serviceable. There is a three (3) fire extinguisher limit, per person. Residents can purchase new extinguishers or have ones serviced at this time.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Village of Hinsdale Fire Department at (630) 789-7060, the Hinsdale Police Department at (630) 789-7070 or visit the Village of Hinsdale website at www.villageofhinsdale.org.
Tree Pruning Update
September 25, 2015
ComEd will be conducting vegetation management activities on an electrical distribution circuit in the north part of the Village during the months of October and November 2015. These vegetation management activities are a key component of ComEd's maintenance program to ensure system electrical reliability, as vegetation contact with ComEd equipment is a leading cause of outages.
ComEd recognizes that vegetation management activities sometimes create concern by residents because trees near electrical wires are significantly trimmed or sometimes require removal. Qualified line-clearance workers contracted by ComEd will be performing the tree pruning work. Supervisors and General Foremen will be in close contact with the crews, ensuring that the work is performed properly. Additionally, ComEd strongly advocates for proactive efforts to ensure that only appropriate vegetation is planted near electrical facilities. Trees that grow greater than 20 feet, for example maple, elm and blue spruce, should never be planted under or near distribution power lines. At full height, these trees could contact lines and cause a power outage or create a safety issue. On the other hand, trees and bushes that grow to heights of less than 20 feet, for example dogwoods or crabapples, can often be planted near distribution power lines. For more information about vegetation maintenance along power lines and ComEd's "Right Tree, Right Place" program, please visit: http://www.comed.com/trees. Property owners are encouraged to call ComEd directly at 1-800-Edison-1 with any questions.
Fire Hydrant Testing Update
September 24, 2015
Me Simpson Co will start hydrant flow testing Thursday, October 1st, 2015.
They will be testing the following quadrants:
Quadrant 10, and 14 (The area between County Line Rd , Mills St, Walnut and Bobolink.)
Quadrants 16 and 20 (The area between 55th st, Chicago Ave, Madison St, and Garfield.)
Quadrant 19 (The area between Madison St, Jackson St, 55th St, and 6th st.)
Residents are urged to slow down when approaching crews working around flowing fire hydrants, and to exercise caution when approaching standing and flowing water from fire hydrants throughout the village.
This testing is being performed in accordance with the Insurance Service Office and the National Fire Protection Association to ensure the available water supply for fire protection. Call the fire department (630) 789-7060.
Oak Street Bridge Removal
The main span of the old Oak Street Bridge was removed on Tuesday, August 25. Video footage of this historic event is available here.
Ravine Road Temporary One-way Eastbound
As part of the Village's 2015 Reconstruction program, Ravine Road will be designated as a one-way street (eastbound) for the duration of construction. Temporary signs announcing the change have been posted, and barricades are in place. Additionally, residents are requested to use alternate streets for daily and overnight parking due to concrete work. Construction is projected to be complete in mid-October. Any questions or comments can be directed to Assistant Village Engineer Al Diaz at 630-789-7029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released new Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps. The updated map and accompanying Flood Insurance Study are available online at www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata. FEMA has not provided any deadlines for comments to the preliminary plans at this time. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Village engineer, Dan Deeter, at 630-789-7039 or email@example.com.
Oak Street Bridge Replacement Project
The Oak Street Bridge Project is underway. The Bridge will be closed for the duration of the project, which is projected to be substantially complete in December 2015. For detour and parking maps, click here.
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Innovative Parking Strategies for Hinsdale
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