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.
HOMES FOR HEROES CELEBRATION IN CREST HILL
Megan Johnson of Village Realty Shoppe, 12 Handles Ale House, and the City of Crest Hill partnered to host a National Homes for Heroes Day event on Tuesday, May 3. Homes For Heroes is a real estate services program that honors military, law enforcement, first responders, teachers and health care workers by providing significant savings during the real estate process.
Johnson, who is the designated real estate agent for Crest Hill, has partnered with Homes For Heroes by offering up 30% of her gross commission when she helps a local hero buy a home. She believes in the responsibility of serving those who have served the country and their communities because they do what most cannot. By providing this service to local heroes, Megan is able to give back to the men and women who are brave enough to be military, first responders, teachers and healthcare professionals.
The event kicked off at the City of Crest Hill Memorial Garden on City Hall grounds at 3:30pm and carried on down the street from 4:30pm to 8:30pm at 12 Handles Ale House in the South Weber Plazal.
“This is a tremendous program,” Mayor Ray Soliman said. “When this was first brought to me I couldn’t have been more willing to be a part of it. It’s great for the City, it’s great for Megan, and most importantly, it’s great for our heroes.”
“We have a responsibility to give back in one way or another and Crest Hill is a fantastic community for a program like this,” said Scott McMaster who is the Economic Development Manager for the City.
Megan presented the Mayor and the City with a plaque showing her gratitude for its participation in the event. City of Crest Hill Chief of Police Dwayne Wilkerson and Deputy Police Chief Ed Clark were also saluted as local heroes.
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.
Vicki L. Hackney
Sponsored By: Crest Hill Lion's Club
Hydrant Flushing-Spring 2016
ATTENTION ALL CITY OF CREST HILL WATER CUSTOMERS
APRIL 28th HYDRANT FLUSHING UPDATE
The City of Crest Hill flushing crews completed the following zones last night:
Zone 9: Big Richland Area( Green, Greengold, Circle, Fern), Persico (Connie, Susanna, Ardaugh),The Village, Caton Crest, Waterford, and Little Richland (University and Parkrose)
Zone 10: Fox Meadow and All Areas South of Theodore
Hydrant Flushing of the entire city has now been completed.
We ask that you please check your water prior to using it on days when hydrant flushing is in your area since some residents may notice water discoloration.
If you need any additional information or have any questions, please call the City of Crest Hill, at 815-723-8671x2 from 7:30am to 3:30pm, or the non-emergency City after hours phone number: 815-741-5111.
Window World Opens on Caton Farm Road
WINDOW WORLD OPENS LOCATION IN CREST HILL
Chicago White Sox Legend Stops By
Crest Hill, April 9, 2016– Window World has found another home in the City of Crest Hill. Based in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the company has over 200 locations nationwide. Window World is known for offering windows as well as siding, doors, and gutter products.
The showroom located at 2363 Copper Court in Crest Hill has officially opened to the public. Franchisee Scott Williamson also owns another store in Rockford. Brian Hopkins, the Crest Hill store manager, said he is excited about the new store and believes it will bring more success to the Window World chain.
“I think a service like Window World will be successful in a City like Crest Hill,” said Scott McMaster who is the Economic Development Manager for the City. “The area has many businesses of trade that could benefit from a partnership with Window World.”
On hand for the Grand Opening was Chicago White Sox Legend, Ron Kittle. Known for his crushing home-run power, Kittle used his power of personality to mingle with the public and the Window World staff while Jody’s Hot Dogs of Joliet provided refreshments. Also on hand for the event were many of the City of Crest Hill’s elected officials, including Mayor Ray Soliman and his wife Vicky. City Alderman present included Charles Convery, Claudia Gazal, Barbara Sklare and City Clerk, Vicki Hackney.
To find out more about Window World of Joliet, visit the showroom located at 2363 Copper Court in Crest Hill or visit them online at www.windowworldjoliet.com.
From left to right: Economic Development Manager Scott McMaster; Ward 4 Alderman Charles Convery; Ward 2 Alderwomen Claudia Gazal and Barb Sklare; Ron Kittle; City Clerk Vicki Hackney; Franchise owner Scott Williamson; Mayor Ray Soliman; Vice President Brian Hopkins.
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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 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.
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.
Ventra: The Easy New Way to Pay for the CTA and PACE
Consumer Affairs recently launched a toll-free hotline to address any questions involving government and services:
XFINITY WiFi Hotspots
Press Release-Illinois Building Blocks Program
Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Programs
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
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.
Created 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.