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The City, on behalf of all staff and residents, would like to thank Canadian National Railway Company for funding the noise study on Division Street. With that assistance, the City is able to continue to improve the community for all its residents.

Memorial Day - Offices Closed - May 30

The City of Crest Hill Water Department, Public Works Department, Building Department and Administration Offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.

Regular Office hours will resume on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

Garbage pick up will be one day late due to the Memorial Day holiday.

The Lockport Park District Crest Hill Office will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.  Regular office hours will resume on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

Memorial Day Ceremony

THE CITY OF CREST HILL

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

WILL TAKE PLACE ON

MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016

AT

2:00 P.M.

IN THE MEMORIAL GARDEN

1610 PLAINFIELD ROAD

CREST HILL, IL  60403

 

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND

 

IN CASE OF RAIN

THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT

RICHLAND GRADE SCHOOL

1919 CATON FARM ROAD

CREST HILL, IL  60403

MAYOR SOLIMAN REPORTS ON THE FINANCIAL HEALTH OF CREST HILL

At the April 18 City Council meeting, the City of Crest Hill received recognition for excellence in its governmental accounting and financial reporting practices. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the City a Certificate of Achievement for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended April 30, 2015. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Less than 12% of municipal governments in the State of Illinois achieved this honor in 2015.
 
With the new fiscal year opening May 1, the City Council unanimously passed a balanced budget for 2016/2017. The City’s general fund shows revenue of $9,489,004.00 and expenses of $9,422,004.00. The water/sewer fund shows revenue of $7,864,368.00 and expenses of $6,902,823.00. Both accounts confirm a surplus.
 
The overall budget has allowed for the hiring of two additional police officers for public safety and $3.7M in construction improvements. The improvements to the intersection of Gaylord Road and Division Street as well as the reconfiguration of Enterprise Boulevard will progress the safety and traffic flow along the Division Street Corridor. Additionally, the intersection of Weber Road and Caton Farm Road will see major improvements that will help spur economic development along the Weber Road Corridor.
 
This is the second year continuing to fund for new vehicles, computers and other technology that ensures City employees have the most up to date equipment to provide better services to residents. A feasibility study is also in progress to assess space needs for a new public works facility.
 
Always committed to its police officers, the City has a long range vision and plan for a fully funded police pension by 2038. This will be done by adding $150,000 to that fund each year for the next ten years, which is above the requested annual amount. State law requires police pension funds be 90% funded by 2040.
 
One item always at the forefront for Mayor Soliman is the continuation of the City’s property tax rebate check program to all of its residents and property owners.
 
The Crest Hill budget maintains a six month reserve and, more importantly, comes without any tax increases to its residents. The overall fund balance is strong and the City has a high quality AA3 bond rating.
 
“The City of Crest Hill has come a long way over the last eight years and we are proud to continue our tradition of providing quality services to our residents, visitors, and businesses,” states Mayor Soliman. “We are fiscally responsible and conservative in our budgeting practices and are proud to have received an award that reflects this.”

Will County Electronics Recycling Drop-Off Site in Lockport

Electronics recycling drop-off site for Will County residents

Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:00a.m. to 11a.m.

17112 Prime Blvd. in Lockport

The program is limited to Will County residents.  Identification must be presented.  Limit of two TV's per vehicle.

For more information please visit www.willcountygreen.com

Crest Hill Recognizes Local Eagle Scouts

A highlight at the City Council meeting Monday night, Mayor Ray Soliman and the City Council recognized two Crest Hill residents who earned the honor of becoming Eagle Scouts. Anthony Bellos, 18, and Jerome Kolaski, 15, were both saluted by the Boys Scouts of America for their goal of earning its highest honor. Bellos earned this achievement through the creation of his Fossils of Illinois Display at the White Oak Library. Bellos has aspirations of becoming a paleontologist and working alongside those who have mentored and helped him with his fossil display.

Kolaski's achievement was earned for his brick paver installation and improvements to the entrance of St. Ambrose Church.  He raised a significant amount in the form of donations by selling bricks that would be engraved with the name of the donor then displayed at the site. 

Mayor Soliman and City Council members applauded each man's hard work and dedication to the Eagle Scout merit and expressed gratitude for their committment to the community. 

Congratulations to both Anthony and Jerome.

Anthnony Bellos                                              Jerome Kolaski

 

BASSET TRAINING REQUIRED FOR LIQUOR LICENSE HOLDERS

City of Crest Hill Liquor License Holders:

State Training Law was passed last year requiring all on premises servers and ID checkers to be BASSET (Beverage Alcohol Seller/Server Education and Training) certified every three years.  In Will county, this law takes effect on July 1, 2016.

Please provide a copy of the certifications to the office of the Mayor prior to the July 1, 2016 deadline.  If you fail to comply with this request, your liquor license will be terminated effective July 1, 2016.

Please visit the State of Illinois website for more information on BASSET training. https://www.illinois.gov/ilcc/Education/Pages/BASSET/Home.aspx

 

Crest Hill Receives Award for Financial Reporting

April 19, 2016–Crest Hill taxpayers can now have confidence in how their tax dollars are being managed. The City of Crest Hill is receiving recognition for excellence in its governmental accounting and financial reporting practices. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is awarding the city a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended April 30, 2015.

 

This Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The award is presented to Finance Supervisor Ashli Motyka who along with the City’s elected officials and staff that are primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR and as such deserve the recognition. The GFOA insures that the CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel of peers and that it meets the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "Spirit of Full Disclosure" clearly communicating the City’s financial story. The format and depth of detail are designed to motivate citizens to read the CAFR and better understand the resources being utilized in providing essential municipal services.

 

“Residents see all the improvements across the City and read about the awards and recognitions but they perhaps don’t connect that to the great financial management that makes the City’s success possible,” said Mayor Ray Soliman. “I have an appreciation for the standards of the GFOA and appreciate the dedication the finance staff put forth in the pursuit of transparent financial reporting.” For further award information, visit the City Web Site at www.cityofcresthill.com.  

 

“The finance staff endeavors to present the City’s financials in a constructive format that all citizens can understand and evaluate,” Treasurer Glen Conklin said. This 2015 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award is the first GFOA recognition received by the City of Crest Hill. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C. Details of recent recipients of the Certificate of Achievement and other information about Certificate Program results are available in the "Awards Program" section of the GFOA website, www.gfoa.org. For further information, contact John Harrington, GFOA Representative at (815) 828-3175.

From left to right: John Harrington, President of the South Suburban Chapter of GFOA; Ashli Motyka, Crest Hill Finance Supervisor; Mayor Ray Soliman;City Treasurer Glen Conklin. 

 

Free Shred Day-Saturday, June 4, 2016

Crest Hill City Clerk's Free Shred Day

The Crest Hill CIty Clerk's Office will be hosting a FREE shred day for Crest Hill residents on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. 

The Shred Day will be held at the City Hall parking lot, 1610 Plainfield Road, Crest Hill.

Please limit the items to be shredded to three (3) boxes.

For further questions please call 815-741-5100.

Thank You!

Vicki L. Hackney
City Clerk

 

Sponsored By:  Crest Hill Lion's Club

Residential Safety Tips

Staff from Working America will be in the Crest Hill Area

Working America is the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO National Trade Union, will be in the Crest Hill area.
Staff from Working America advised they will be in the Crest Hill area for the next 4 to 5 weeks.  They said they are not soliciting from the residents and are not required to have a solicitor permit. They state they are providing information about their organization and looking to increase their membership.

Staff members will have identification showing their affiliation with Working America.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact the Crest Hill Police Department at 815-741-5111.
 

 

 

Please review these Residential Safety Tips 

If you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood please contact the Police Department.  The Police Department can be reached at (815) 741-5115 with any questions during business hours.  As always, please call 9-1-1 with any emergencies. 

 

Lockport Township Wellness Clinic

Baby/Youth wellness clinic. Click here for details.

Robert Morris Grants for Crest Hill Residents

2016 Recycling Calendar

New Garbage Can Placement Video

Hydrant Flushing

Hydrant Flushing will be conducted throughout the City of Crest Hill during daytime hours.  The program begins Monday, September 29, 2014 and will take approximately 5 weeks.  Any questions please contact Public Works at 815-741-5108.

Click to view Hydrant Flushing Schedule

Potential Fraud Alert

At least one resident has received a phone call from a caller stating he was with the Internal Revenue Service Tax Division in Washington D.C.  The caller informed the resident that she owed a fee of $795.00 and if she did not pay it, she would be arrested.  Additionally, he threatened to freeze her assets if she did not pay the fee. 

Please exercise caution when disclosing any bank account or financial information to an unidentified individual. Please visit http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts/ for information regarding potential tax scams.

Trash and Recycling Services

Beginning May 1, 2014 Crest Hill residents will begin new automated trash and recycling services as part of a new contract with Allied Waste/Republic Services.

Allied Waste/Republic Services will deliver one 96-gallon cart for trash and one 96-gallon cart for recycling.  Residents will be able to trade their cart for a smaller 65 gallon or 35 gallon cart if the 96 gallon cart does not suit their particular needs.  Households will be provided one wheeled blue cart for household refuse and a second wheeled blue cart with a green lid for recycling.  Directions on the new cart program will be provided at delivery.  Carts will be dropped off prior to the May 1st start date.

Recycling will be every other week and Yard Waste will continue to be on regular trash pickup day.  

If residents want to get rid of their old containers after they have received their new containers, place them at the curb on your normal pickup day and simply leave a note saying "Garbage man please take this container" and it will be included with your normal pickup.

Note:  When using the new automated trash/recycling containers, please make sure containers are placed at the curbside with handle and wheels against the curb and also containers should not be next to mailboxes or any stationary objects such as cars. For questions please contact the Water Department at 815-741-5104.

 

Operation Care Package Christmas Cards

The Crest Hill City Clerks Office is collecting blank unused Christmas cards with envelopes.  These cards will be earmarked for Operation Care Package for the 2015 Holiday Season.  Operation Care Package sends out roughly 10,000 Christmas packages to those who are serving our country.  If you have any questions on how you can help us with this project please contact the City Clerks Office at (815) 741-5100.  

Consumer Affairs

Consumer Affairs recently launched a toll-free hotline to address any questions involving government and services:

1-855-IL-ASK-US   (1-855-452-7587)    

XFINITY WiFi Hotspots

Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Programs

Click here for information on  Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network.

Trouble Paying your mortgage?

Brochures are available at City Hall, for more information visit www.keepyourhomeillinois.org. or call toll-free 1-855-KEEP-411.

 

Energy Impact Illinois

Huge Rebates Help You Save On Energy Use

Click here for more information

Richland School District 88A Information

Parents of children of Richland School District 88A in grades 5-8 

As a result of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, your child can receive extra help in the approved subject areas.  You can receive this free tutoring because your child’s school is in its second year or later of school improvement (the school has not made adequate yearly progress on state tests for at least three years), and your family meets the income limits under the law. 

If your child has qualified for free or reduced lunch and you are interested in this program, packets may be picked up at the Richland District 88A office at 1919 Caton Farm Road in Crest Hill. 

For more information regarding this program, please contact Ms. Medina at 815-744-7288 ext. 2212.

POWER Program

POWER Program - Illinois Comptroller - Judy Baar TopinkaCreated through legislation recently signed by the Governor, POWER (Providing Opportunities for Work through Education and Resources) teaches business owners about the Illinois certification and procurement process, provides counseling and guidance from leading executives, and alerts members of state contract opportunities.  It was created to expand the state’s contractor network while helping our small and minority-owned businesses thrive.

POWER recognizes that no two businesses are the same, and adapts to address individual needs. Our counselors form relationships with business owners and tailor plans that put companies in the best position to succeed. By partnering with experienced private sector executives from SCORE Chicago, POWER is a one-stop shop for support and information to grow and enhance businesses.

Given today’s economic challenges, there is no better time to launch this important initiative – and I am excited about the possibilities. Please take the time to check out POWER, and do not hesitate to contact us with questions, or to enroll, at 312-814-5920 or illinoiscomptroller.com.

ALERT: Warning of Water Bill Scam

Warning to All Crest Hill Residents

There is a nationwide scam that is often referred to as "Obama Will Pay Your Bills" and it has hit the Joliet area. Residents are being asked to hand over their social security information in exchange for a bank routing number and account number for a Federal program that will pay your water bill. This program that promises to pay utility or other bills does not exist.

Residents are reminded to never forward private information, such as social security numbers, in response to random e-mails and other unknown requesters. This scam appears to pay your water bill, but the payments are eventually rejected and the victim is left with an unpaid bill and their sensitive private information has been compromised. City of Crest Hill water customers are always encouraged to safeguard their private information.