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The following email provides timely information on general news and community events from the Village of Wilmette. For more information, please visit the Village of Wilmette website.

Updates from Village Hall

As we all work to navigate this difficult time due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Village is providing more frequent communications to residents. Today, in addition to an update from Village Hall, we've included current service information.
Village Updates 

The Village continues to post up-to-date information about specific services and impacts, along with contact information on a dedicated COVID-19 web page Wilmette Village Hall remains closed while critical operations, including police, fire, public works and water services continue to operate as normal. Village staff is working remotely to support administrative functions. Residents can access some Village services online and  call or e-mail the Village with questions during regular business hours.

Reminders from our Police Depart ment
  • The front lobby of the Police Department remains open to the public. Please call 847-256-1200 before coming into the station.
  • Call 911 for emergency calls: The Village reminds residents who call 911 to inform emergency dispatchers of any risks for COVID-19 exposure to help protect first responders. Please tell emergency dispatchers if you have symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, have been exposed to someone confirmed to have COVID-19 or have traveled abroad in the past 14 days.
  • Call 847-256-1200 for non-emergency calls.
  • Officers will take telephone reports on certain incidents which do not require a police response or evidence processing.
  • The Police Department has suspended prescription drug drop-off, public fingerprinting, station tours and public presentations until further notice.
     
Residential Construction Projects Continue

Residential construction projects don't have to stop during this public health crisis. The Village is accepting permit applications and is continuing to conduct inspections to keep projects moving - exterior inspections will continue to be scheduled, interior inspections will only be scheduled and conducted for new construction projects and interior inspections of occupied homes will be conducted by Village staff. Owners and contractors are asked to document work with photos and videos and/or self-certification.  Contact information for Wilmette's Community Development Department  and information on permits can be found  here .

Water Services

The Village of Wilmette continues to provide clean, safe, great tasting Wilmette tap water to our residents and our neighbors. There are no concerns with the Village's ability to continue to provide safe drinking water.

Questions about Local COVID-19 Cases

We've received feedback from residents who would like more local information on COVID-19 cases. We understand that the outbreak is concerning and the Village is committed to providing residents with as much information as possible. In Wilmette's case, information on COVID-19 cases comes from the Cook County Department of Health. Some communities (like neighboring Evanston and Skokie) are able to report more details about local confirmed cases of COVID-19 because they are certified as municipal health departments in Illinois. There are only four municipal health departments in the state. By comparison, there are more than 1,300 total municipalities.

For the most up-to-date information on Illinois case counts, visit the  Illinois Department of Public Health  and   Cook County Department of Health  websites.
Carry On, Carry Out

The Village of Wilmette joins the Wilmette/Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce in helping our restaurants and their employees survive and thrive during this time of crisis. We are asking residents to remember to shop online at our local businesses and order from local 
restaurants for delivery, drive-thru and curbside pick-up. The Chamber has updated information on its website with a comprehensive list of local businesses. Visit  wilmettekenilworth.com  to view the list. 

The Village is also working on an interactive map with up to date information on local restaurants and businesses. We will share when it's ready! In the meantime, be sure to check out our directory of Wilmette restaurants and their to-go services here.
Update from Wilmette Park District

In accordance with the "Stay at Home" Order, the Wilmette Park District has canceled all programming, closed all facilities and playgrounds through April 12. Wilmette's parks and trails remain open.

The Park District is applying a prorated refund to household accounts for all programming, classes and rentals through April 12. All memberships will also be extended for time lost. For more information, visit the  Park District website.

Under the Order, families can still go outside, including to local parks and outdoor spaces that remain open, and take a walk, run, or bike ride, but should continue to practice social distancing by remaining six feet away from other people.  Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing COVID-19 transmission.
Message from Advanced Disposal: Garbage Needs to Fit in the Container

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Advanced Disposal is implementing the following changes to ensure the safety of their employees, customers and the public:
  • All trash/refuse and recycling must be placed in the company designated cart or a can with handles ONLY if you do not have a cart. **Loose items outside of the container WILL NOT be collected.** Customers with extra services such as back-door services will not be impacted.
  • All bulky item pickup/collection is suspended until further notice.
  • At this time, yard waste service is unaffected by the changes. Yard waste stickers can be purchased at Jewel stores and Millen Hardware.
Because it is believed that the COVID-19 virus may be able to survive on surfa ces for multiple days, Advanced Disposal asks that all garbage and recycling fit inside containers for the time being. This will ensure that all collections can be done by the refuse/recycling truck's automated arm.

If you need more containers so that all trash fits in a container for pickup, residents may want to consider temporarily renting an extra container, which would cost about $27 for the entire year. Residents can keep the container for as long as needed, and Advanced Disposal can pick it up upon request. For more information, please call Advanced Disposal at 847-272-4145 to schedule delivery.

The Village has also suspended weekend electronics recycling until further notice, but residents can still use the dumpster located at the Public Works Facility (711 Laramie Ave.) Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Questions? Please contact Public Works at pubworks@wilmette.com or 847-853-7500. Employees are available during regular hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The Village asks you to please throw wipes in the trash rather than flushing them down the toilet. Wipes, cloths and rags are being found in sanitary sewers at an alarming rate. Many of these products are labeled as flushable, but while they may clear the toilet, they will most likely cause problems downstream because they do not break down and will have to be removed at the treatment plant or in pumping stations. This can cause major problems that impact the sewer system. Please remember: No Wipes Down the Pipes!
Pace Service Remains Operational During 'Stay at Home' Order

Pace is considered an essential service and will continue to provide the vital services passengers rely on during the statewide "Stay at Home" order. Pace requests that riders practice social distancing and stay informed. Visit  PaceBus.com/Health  and subscribe to receive email and text alerts in case any changes take effect. 
Update on Illinois Roads from IDOT 

Illinois roads and bridges are open and will stay open and there are no plans to stop or suspend construction in Illinois due to the health crisis, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). In a message from IDOT concerning COVID-19 this week, the agency indicated that maintenance and operations staff remain on duty throughout the state, as usual, with the No. 1 goal of providing safe, reliable transportation for all users. Rest areas remain open 24/7 and janitorial crews are diligently and frequently cleaning and disinfecting each facility.

If you have to leave your home for essential work, visit GettingAroundIllinois.com to view the latest on road conditions, ongoing projects and other important traveler information. You can also visit idot.illinois.gov/covid19  for more information.