E-Newsletter: August 14, 2020

August 10th Storm Update
The City of Elmhurst is working towards clean up and restoration of damage from the storm on August 10th. As of this morning, 633 of Elmhurst residents are without power. ComEd is working around the clock to restore energy to affected customers. 

Public Works and Forestry Crews are removing debris that may cause public safety hazards. The City has also hired additional contractors to assist with the clean-up. Crews are working with ComEd to remove trees that are tangled in power lines. Crews cannot remove these trees until ComEd has de-energized the power circuit. Any resident that sees trees tangled in power lines or exposed power lines should dial 9-1-1 and stay away from the area.

The City’s refuse contractor, Republic Services will begin a full city-wide clean up starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, August 15th. Residents are asked to place tree debris in the parkway by 7 a.m. that morning. Tree material does not have to be bundled; however, we are asking residents to cut them into manageable piles if possible. In the event that Republic Services does not finish clean up on Saturday, they will return next week. City crews will be doing an additional pickup next week to collect tree limbs that are larger than 8 feet long and over 3” in diameter. 

This City is also asking residents to avoid parking on the street during the clean-up. Parked vehicles make it difficult for large trucks and equipment to move through and also hampers with the removal of debris as the equipment operators have to work around parked vehicles. If there are too many parked vehicles to work safely, clean-up on that street will not be completed and crews will return at a later date to remove. 
ComEd continues to work towards restoring power to all of Elmhurst. As power is restored to the area, traffic signals are being reset to control traffic. ComEd has advised that this is a multi-day repair process.

The following information was posted on ComEd’s Facebook page: Crews are working diligently to restore power as quickly and safely as possible after severe thunderstorms and winds caused significant damage across our service area. Customers in the same neighborhood may be restored before some neighbors, due to different transformers providing power to different sections of the street or the power line directly feeding electricity to your property being damaged. As crews work to repair our equipment, restoration times will be updated to provide customers more accurate estimates on when their power will be back on. Please continue to monitor ComEd.com/Map to get the latest information about your outage.

The City is working closely with our ComEd representative to ensure that power is restored in our community as soon as possible. Residents should make accommodations to prepare for multiple days of loss of power. The City is monitoring this situation closely and will provide updates as they become available. 

Please continue to track ComEd’s website for outages and updates: https://www.comed.com/
Public Meeting on Preliminary Engineering Study for New Sidewalk
The City of Elmhurst is performing a Preliminary Engineering Study for the construction of a new sidewalk along North York Street from U.S. Route 20 (Lake Street) to I-290 Westbound Ramps/Crestview Avenue. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the project to the public, present the project schedule, the existing conditions and proposed improvement, and to seek public input and comments regarding the project. The meeting will be held on August 24th from 5-7pm at City Hall and details can be found here...

The DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 dashboard, shows the number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in each municipality. There have been a total of 575 lab recorded cases of COVID-19 in Elmhurst as of 8/13/20.

Please continue to follow healthcare professional advice to protect yourselves. Practice social distance and wear a mask in public places. Wash your hands frequently and do not touch your face with unwashed hands.

In order to maintain progress made regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, residents are urged to follow safety guidelines and protocols in place, to help minimize the spread of illness. Failure to do so may result in increased cases of COVID-19 and the implementation of State restrictions.
Wear a mask, Watch your distance, and Wash your hands

  • Wear a face mask when social distancing cannot be maintained and where required, specifically in public places. 
  • A minimum of 6-ft of social distancing is required from any individual who does not reside in your home.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Clean and sanitize commonly used surfaces.
  • If you have traveled to a COVID-19 hotspot, the Illinois Department of Public Health recommends a stay home period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
  • Group gatherings of more than 50 persons are to be strictly avoided.
  • Stay home when you are sick or experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
  • Avoid contact with others that are sick or experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

You can check on Elmhurst’s (region 8) current status. The map includes information regarding ICU bed availability, illness admissions, and daily increases. View the map at www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics.
Impact Your Community: Complete Your 2020 Census

It’s not too late to complete your 2020 Census. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. School lunches, housing assistance for older adults, transportation planning, support for first responders and families in need; these are only a few examples of how Census funding shapes different aspects of the Elmhurst community every day. The 2020 Census is happening now. You can self-respond to the Census online, by phone, or by mail through September 30, 2020. 

The 2020 Census asks a few simple questions about you and everyone who was living with you on April 1, 2020. If you are responding for your home, count everyone who was living and sleeping there most of the time as of April 1, 2020. This includes young children, foster children, roommates, and any family members or friends who are living with you, even temporarily. 

Right now, Census takers are actively visiting households (single family, apartments, condos, townhomes) that have not yet self-responded to the 2020 Census. Census takers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit your home. All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in communities. If someone visits your home this year to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. If you still have questions about their identity, you can contact the regional census center to speak with a Census Bureau representative at (312)579-1500. 

The 2020 Census belongs to us all. If you know someone who has not yet responded, please encourage them to do so today online at my2020census.gov, over the phone, or by mail. Everyone Counts Elmhurst.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan - Submit your photos!
In August 2019, Elmhurst began an update of its Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, with the goal of developing a roadmap for improving streets and intersections to promote walking and biking safety. During the summer and fall, hundreds of residents, business representatives, and local agencies participated in identifying areas in need of improvement by responding to a survey, an online map, attending the open house, and talking to the project team at community events. 

Using that feedback, the City and project team developed draft recommendations, which were presented to the community for feedback in the spring and summer of 2020. Again, hundreds of residents reviewed the recommendations and provided feedback during one of two webinars, through an online survey and emails. The input is now being incorporated into a draft plan, which will be available for residents to review early this coming fall at www.bikewalkelmhurst.com.

As Elmhurst’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan winds down, the City invites residents to hit the streets and snap pictures of their top priorities for implementation. Check out the Story Map or view the PDF for detailed improvements recommended for intersections and streets, visit the site of your favorite improvement (walking or biking there encouraged!), snap and submit a photo, and tell us why it matters to you. All photo submissions will be entered into a sweepstakes with five winners selected at random to win a gift card and goody bag. Select photo entries and stories may be included in the final plan.
ComEd Offers Bill Payment Assistance
To assist residential customers who are past due on their accounts, ComEd will provide additional bill assistance for eligible, limited-income households earning up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. To verify if you meet the income criteria, visit HelpIllinoisFamilies.com.
Upcoming Public Meetings:
Public comment options for public meetings City Hall continues to be open during public meetings and for public comment opportunities. There are several ways to provide public comment during these meetings including online and in person. The City recently added a call-in option for public comment. A list of public commenting options can be found on the City's Agenda Center/Boardocs. If you any questions or require assistance, please contact the City's Deputy Clerk at 630-530-3010.

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