The Village of Oak Park | 123 Madison St.  Oak Park, IL 60302 | village@oak-park.us

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March/April 2015

In an emergency such as a fire, minutes count. While one’s instinct might be to immediately try and help, calling 9-1-1 first usually proves to be the most effective action. Oak Parkers who call 9-1-1 get more than just a dispatcher. The telecommunicators who answer the phones in the dispatch...
Volunteers now are being sought to join the community emergency response team — or CERT — that helps support response efforts after an emergency or natural disaster. Working with the Police, Fire, Public Works and Public Health departments, Oak Park’s CERT provides not only required assistance, but...
Collection of yard waste will begin April 6. Bundled brush no larger than two feet in diameter and four feet in length and yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves, shrubs and vines will be picked up on regular refuse collection days. A green yard waste sticker must be attached to each brush...
publicworks@oak-park.us Paint exchange…Safely dispose of unwanted, but useable latex paint or get free paint at the Great Paint Exchange, scheduled for Sat., April 11, at the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd. Half-to-full cans of latex paint will be accepted from 9 to 11 a.m. Anyone in need of...
Applications are now being accepted for three-year terms on the Oak Park Township Youth Services and the Senior Services advisory committees. The Youth Services Committee, which meets the first Wednesday of each month, advises the township board on funding for local agencies that sponsor programs...
The annual Green Tuesdays public lecture series returns to the Oak Park Public Library in April to take on a range of important environmental challenges and issues specifically relevant to the community. All lectures will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. The...
A survey arriving soon in the mailboxes of all Oak Park property owners is essential to protecting the community’s drinking water. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires communities to survey all its water customers every two years to identify and eliminate connections that...
Cell phone use regulations enforced…Oak Park Police aggressively enforce state laws that make it illegal to use a hand-held cell phone while driving. Under state law, motorists are prohibited from using a cell or smart phone while driving unless via a hands-free device. With research supporting...
Volunteers are now being sought to become Friends of the Oak Park Farmers’ Market, with plans well underway for the May 23 opening of the 40th season. The annual Friends’ of the Market recruitment night is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thurs., May 14 at the main Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St....
Discrimination complaints…Village Code defends the rights of individuals within the protected classes of race, sex, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status or disability in the purchasing, leasing, securing a loan, renting...
Daylight Saving Time will begin at 2 a.m., Sun., March 8. Clocks should be set ahead one hour. The Oak Park Fire Department recommends using the time change as a convenient reminder to replace the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. More than 90 percent of homes in the United...
The Village’s sixth annual celebration of green living — Earth Fest — is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat., April 25, in the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd. This year’s event will include food trucks, vendors and information booths highlighting local environmental organizations and...
Oak Park residents who disconnect downspouts from the sewer system are eligible to receive up to four rain barrels and hardware from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. With roofs representing more than 40 percent of the impervious surfaces in Cook County, diverting...
Oak Park residents and business operators are invited to share their views on regulating single-use plastic shopping bags in our community as has been done in Chicago and Evanston. Residents are invited to take an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/community-bag-survey. Business operators are...
Planning is well underway for the 42nd annual A Day in Our Village, Oak Park’s annual festival celebrating diversity and community involvement, scheduled for Sun., June 7. Local groups wishing to attract volunteers, clients or new members, and civic-minded volunteers are invited to participate....
Residential rental licenses required…All rental property in Oak Park must be licensed annually by the Village as part of the Crime Free Housing Program, which offers a powerful tool to help reduce the chances of criminal activity in individual rented units. Property owners must include a crime-free...
In-person registration…Oak Parkers planning to vote in the April 7 municipal election can register from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Tues., March 10 at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. Voter registration also is offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays at Oak Park Township, 105 S. Oak Park Ave. and at...
Renew licenses online…Oak Park pet owners who receive an animal license renewal notice via email are encouraged to renew online by following the included link. Pet owners without an email address or who do not respond to the electronic renewal reminder will receive a notice via regular mail urging...
Report graffiti…Graffiti can be reported online at www.oak-park.us/reportgraffiti or by calling 708.358.5429. Village staff will remove graffiti from Village-owned properties. A removal solution will be provided at no cost to private property owners. Email community@oak-park.us to learn more. Signs...
March 13 is the deadline to nominate someone for a Fitzsimmons Award, which honors those who made exceptional contributions to improving the health of Oak Parkers during 2014. The Oak Park Department of Public Health will honor those individuals and organizations with the William Fitzsimmons Award...