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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.

Crest Hill's First Winter Festival Lights Up City Hall

The weather could not have been better for a late November evening. Clear skies, no precipitation and 40 degrees made conditions near perfect for Crest Hill's Inaugural Winter Festival. As residents and visitors started strolling in, they were met by local businesses who were serving hot chocolate, popcorn, bbq meats, and many other goodies and giveaways. Others were lined up for a ride down Knapp Drive on a horse and hayrack while some stopped by to get a close look at real reindeer. Mayor Soliman kicked off the night by counting down and flipping the switch with three lucky students from Richland, Chaney-Monge, and Joliet Montessori schools. As the countdown reached its exciting pinnacle, the Mayor and his special guests flipped the seven foot tall custom light switch to see City Hall come alive with holiday lights. And so began the evening!

Chief Ed Clark put in an emergency phone call to the Mayor to let him know a very important individual had stopped by. Sure enough, it was Santa Claus escorted by the Chief of Police in his SUV, blue and red lights flashing to give the man of the hour a red carpet entrance. Nearly 200 kids endured the wait in line to sit on Santa's lap and pronounce their wishes for Christmas morning. The night pushed forward with the joy of the season as the band Acoustic Avenue engaged the crowd in holiday songs. These were the sights and sounds of the very first Crest Hill Winter Festival. Stay tuned for next year...

    

Holiday Lights Contest 2016

It's that time of year again! Get out your string of lights, life size plastic reindeer, giant Santa's, jolly snowmen and inflatable elves to put the Griswold's home to shame. Once again Crest Hill will be having a holiday light's contest. Fill out your entry forms and return them to Tina Oberlin by Friday December 9, 2016 to be in the contest. The secret elves will then comb the neighborhoods looking for their personal picks. Winners will be announced at the December 19 City Council meeting. You may contact Tina Oberlin at 815-953-4257. HO HO HO to all and good luck!

The entry form for the contest can be found here.

ComEd Performing Work along Route 53

ComEd Performs Work in Critical Habitat Area along Route 53 – Roadside Parking Prohibited
 
Between November 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017, ComEd will be performing work in a Critical Habitat Area that is home to endangered species, including dragonflies and turtles. The work involves removing five miles of wood H-Frame utility structures and an electrical conductor alongside State Route 53 between 135th street in Romeoville and Caton farm in Cresthill. Helicopters will be used on this project to ensure endangered species are not disrupted.  While we know this may be an interesting site to see, ComEd is advising motorists in communities along Route 53 that there is limited space and parking will be prohibited – motorists should not stop and try to view the operation.  We appreciate your commitment to safety.  For questions please contact  Mr. Philip J. Workman from ComEd at 630-576-8220. 
 

Operation Care Package Christmas Cards

United Meters Letter Regarding Installation of New Remote Reading Water Meter

Attention Crest Hill Residents: 
 
The City of Crest Hill wanted to make its residents aware of a letter being sent out from United Meters to schedule an appointment for installation of a new meter remote.  A sample of the legitimate letter can be viewed below. Any questions please feel free to contact the Sewage Treatment Plant at 815-723-8671 or the Water Department at 815-741-5124.
 
 
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Dear Water Customer:
 
The City of Crest Hill at no cost to you, needs to replace your current Water Meter and/or Remote Automatic Meter reading device in your home or business. The new remote reading water meters will allow the city to more accurately read the water meter and to eliminate any estimated bills.
 
The City of Crest Hill has contracted with UNITED METERS, INC. to install the new water meter remotes. In order for UMI to complete the installation of the new meter remote, access to the water meter inside your house is required.  Also, the water may have to be shut off during the meter replacement, which is expected to take 30-60 minutes. UMI technicians will be driving white company trucks with the UMI logo and will carry UMI ID badges. UMI’s technicians will also be going door-to-door to complete the replacement of the water meter remote readers.
 
You are requested to contact UNITED METERS, INC. toll free at 1-877-533-8964 to set up an appointment to have work completed. UMI’s office hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday and 8:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturday. Please call to make your appointment when you receive this letter.
 
If you have any questions regarding this installation project, please contact the City of Crest Hill Public Works Department at (815) 741-5108. Your cooperation in calling UMI to schedule an appointment is vital to the success of this important project. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Tony Torres,
Public Works Director 
City of Crest Hill
1610 Plainfield Rd.
Crest Hill, IL 60403
 

Petition Packet Information-April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election

Crest Hill:
 
This is to inform the residents of the City of Crest Hill that the petition packets for the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election will be available for pickup beginning Tuesday, September 20, 2016.  Petition packets can be picked up at the City Clerk’s Office, 1610 Plainfield Road, Crest Hill, IL 60403.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Petitions must be filed between December 12th and December 19th, 2016.  Crest Hill residents will be voting for the following offices:
 
Mayor (1 office – 4 year term)
City Clerk (1 office – 4 year term)
City Treasurer (1 office – 4 year term)
Alderman – Ward One (1 office – 4 year term)
Alderman – Ward Two (1 office – 4 year term)
Alderman – Ward Three (1 office – 4 year term)
Alderman – Ward Four (1 office – 4 year term)
 

Comed Routine Tree Trimming Notification

Tree Trimming to Begin Soon..
 
Trees and branches that interfere with power lines
can create safety hazards and cause power outages.
Preventative tree maintenance helps avoid power
outages.
• Within the next 3 months we will trim trees,
branches and vines that interfere or have the
potential to interfere with power lines.
• In some cases, tree removal may be required.The
remaining tree stumps are treated with an approved
herbicide to prevent future regrowth. Herbicide will
be applied by state-licensed applicators.
• All work is performed by trained, qualified arborists.
 
 
Property owners call1-800-Edison-1 for questions.

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

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.

2016 Recycling Calendar

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.

 

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.