Springtime Reminders

Summer months are quickly approaching so another reminder is in order. According to Illinois law, it is illegal to deposit grass clippings and debris onto any public roadway as it may cause injury to motorists or become a traffic hazard. Please do your part to eliminate this potentially dangerous situation for motorists. Not only is this a safety issue but landscape debris can also be washed into the storm drains, sewers and culverts and causes major issues in our system. We ask to ensure everyone does their part to not deposit any landscape debris on the roadways or culvert areas.

All residents are required to have all animals registered with the Village. This registration can be found on the Village website, if an animal is not registered with the Village a fine can occur. No owner or keeper of any dog or cat shall permit such dog or cat to run at large. We fully understand that an animal may run free from time to time. However, If anyone sees any animal running at large they have every right to call Bureau County Animal Control and are encouraged to do so. Animal Control should be doing their jobs but only can when they are notified of situations. Ordinance Violation warnings  will also be sent out to the animal’s owner and any proceeding occurrences will incur fines. The Village is currently working with Safe House Animal Resuce league and having all animals registered helps this program run more smooth and ensures only feral cats are capture in the program. Any cat captured that is not tagged or registered with the Village is assumed to be feral. 

 Anyone wanting to plan an event to use a pavilion at a park can call the Village office to do so. Keep in mind that the parks are a public place and everyone is allowed to use them, no one has the right to can kick anyone out who is safely and correctly enjoying the park. If you do hold an event you must clean up after yourself, any garbage and debris that does not fit into the garbage cans must be taken with you when you leave. In addition, alcohol is not allowed at any time in any Village park. No vehicles should be driven up to any pavilion at any time even if thats to unload the vehicle, this causes marks in the grass and ruins the park. Please do your part to keep our parks clean and looking nice.

Lastly,  Burning is permitted from April 1 through May 1 and October 1 through November 30 of each year on the designated days of Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Burning is permitted when atmospheric conditions will readily dissipate contaminants and if such burning does not create a visibility hazard on roadways, railroad tracks or air fields. NO fire shall be left unattended. You can find further clarification on burning and campfires in the Village ordinances on the Village website.