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PALOS PARK WEEKLY | JUNE 10, 2022
Chipper Service June 20

The next Chipper Service will be Monday, June 20. The Chipper will start on the West side of the Village and will continue East until all public streets have been serviced. The list of dates for the entire season are on the Village website. 

Election Day is Approaching
 
Election day for the Primaries is Tuesday, June 28 – Polls are open from 6am to 7pm. 
 
Early voting starts June 13. Anyone wishing to vote early can do so at the Palos Heights Recreation Center, 6601 West l27th in Palos Heights. The nearest “Ballot Drop Box” is also at the Palos Heights Recreation Center.
 
If you wish to vote the day of the election, there are 8 polling places determined by where you live. If you are not sure on your polling location, feel free to call the Village Hall at 708-671-3700 for assistance-please have your voting card handy. 

If you wish to vote by mail, you can apply online at 
cookcountyclerk.gov/votebymail.gov - You must submit this application by June 23 and it must be postmarked by June 28 to be counted.
 
By now everyone should have received an information form from the Cook County Clerk's office which includes your polling place. It’s important to get out and vote!

IMPORTANT DATES
June 12 is the last day to register to vote online.
June 13 marks the start of early voting.
June 23 is the deadline to request a mail in ballot.
June 27 marks the final day of early voting.
June 28 is primary Election Day, also the latest date a mail in ballot can be postmarked to be counted.
Smoke Testing

On July 7, 2022, Dukes, the contractor hired by the Village, will begin smoke testing the sanitary sewer in several areas of the Village. This testing is used to determine if there are problems with the system that allow storm water to infiltrate the sanitary sewer. The testing will be completed in the area’s tributary to the following lift stations: Ramsgate, Partridge, Romiga, and 91st Street. The sewers in the three phases of the Commons will also be tested. The company will start hanging the attached door tags on July 7 & 8. Further information will be forthcoming. If you have any questions, please contact Public Works 708-671-3721.
Metra to sell $100 flat-rate monthly pass

Metra will start offering a $100 flat-rate “Super Saver” monthly pass valid for unlimited travel throughout the Chicago area. The new pass will be offered for a three-month pilot period starting in July.

For the price of a tank of gas, or a trip to a baseball game, you can travel all over the Chicago area on Metra for a month,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Jim Derwinski. “High gas prices already make Metra an affordable option versus driving, but this new monthly ‘Super Saver’ pass makes the choice even clearer.”

Full fare “Super Saver” passes will cost $100, while a reduced fare pass for eligible seniors, K-12 students and children will cost $70. Buying the new pass during the pilot program will be the same process as buying the regular Monthly Pass via the Ventra app and from ticket agents, with only a different price.

To read the full press release, click here.
2022-2023 Vehicle Stickers Now on Sale

Village stickers, motorcycle tags, and dog tags for the 2022-2023 year are now on sale at the Village hall. By June 30, 2022, all vehicles registered in the corporate boundaries of the Village of Palos Park must display a current Village sticker or tag.

Please call the Village hall at (708) 671-3700 for any questions. More information as well as application forms for new vehicles or new residents can be found here.
On June 4 Mayor Mahoney attended National Trails Day, where attendees were able to ride bikes with Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail and ribbons were cut on five new commemorative benches from Palos Park to Alsip!

There are seven more benches looking for a home at someone's favorite spot on the trail. Use this link to start the process: http://calsagtrail.org/benches
Did you know the Palos Park Police Department has a “You Are Not Alone” senior citizen/vulnerable population program? The program includes well being checks by officers, either by phone or in-person.

Call for more information (708) 671-3771 or email jmiller@palospark.org
PPPD Officer Kevin Green goes from Police Cadet to Police Officer Overseeing the Police Cadet program

While a high school student, working on being an Eagle Scout, Palos Park Officer Kevin Green still found time to join the Villa Park Police Cadet program and move up to the Cadet rank of recruitment Sergeant. Officer Green spent several years with the Villa Park Police Department Police Cadet program and eventually attained Eagle Scout as well. Kevin Green pursued his career goal of being police officer and attended Western Illinois University majoring in Criminal Justice. Green obtained his bachelor’s degree at WIU and began testing for police officer positions.

Palos Park Police Officer Kevin Green is now overseeing the PPPD Police Cadet program as the senior adviser to the Cadet Program, part of the Exploring program, which gives participants ages 14 through 20 a preview of what it’s like to work in law enforcement.

Officer Green held his first planning session with the PPPD Cadet Commander Jacob Zemgulis and Officers Ross Chibe (a PPPD Cadet program alumni) and Officer James Van Howe, Range Master and US Army veteran. Officer Green said goals for this year include PPPD Cadets in the program learning how to conduct field interviews and traffic stops, as well as honing their physical fitness, run through crime scene scenarios, interview for promotions and more.

It’s gotten me to realize the extent of work that goes into being a police officer,” said one cadet. If the success of former cadets is any sign, the odds should be in most PPPD cadets futures. Many PPPD cadets have gone on to work in law enforcement, including at the Chicago Police Department, Illinois State Police, Las Vegas Metro, FDNY, Lockport Police, LaGrange Park, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Alsip and Amtrak Police, where former cadet Jeremy Maske just recently became a Sergeant.

Officer Green said the cadet program provides skills that can apply to many fields, and he's glad to give young people an opportunity to explore a potential career.  Officer Chibe noted, “If you do want to be a law enforcement officer, this is the program for you.”

Cadet Jake Zemgulis said he’s passionate about the cadet program because he believes in it. He balances the program with his duties as a student, and a part time job.  He finds the cadet program very rewarding and preparation for the police academy and joining the police profession.
If You Haven't Already, Please Remember to Complete the Water Cross-Connection Survey

In order to comply with the IEPA the Public Works Department requests all households to complete the Cross-Connection survey. The Water Cross Connection Survey is on-line at palospark.org. Please complete the survey and submit to the Village. The cross-connection survey asks questions about RPZ Valves (water back flow prevention), Sprinkler Systems, fire protection systems, etc.


Kean Avenue Road Construction

The Illinois Department of Transportation will be overlaying, making ADA improvements, and milled rumble strips to Kean Avenue from Routh 83 to 119th Street. The anticipated start date is June 8th and estimated completion date is July 13, 2022.
Support the Palos Park Woman's Club with their Ted's Flower Fundraiser

The Palos Park Woman's Club is a 501(c)(3) charity and relies on various fundraisers to fund its many community endeavors. The annual Ted's Flower Fundraiser is one of the best ways for the club to do just that! Think about filling your flower beds and pots with annuals from Ted's all while helping out a club that serves your community.

The sale runs through June 15. Simply print this form and present it at checkout, and the Woman's Club will receive 20% of your net purchases.

The Woman's Club thanks you in advance for your support! Ted's is located in Tinley Park at 16930 S. 84th Avenue.
Job Opportunity - Recreation Supervisor

This position is for a full-time, benefited Recreation Supervisor for the Department of Recreation and Parks. We are looking for a candidate that is eager to help grow existing programs and offerings and help develop new ones. The Village has various programs and events from small niche to large signature events. The candidate should have experience in managing staff, programs, projects, and special events. 

For a full description of this position and information to apply, visit our website here.
Coming up in the Village:
Autumn in the Park 2022

Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17 join us for food, drinks and a full line-up of entertainment.

Shop Local in The Park

Palos Park has a variety of local restaurants and fast food establishments for your dining pleasure, whether you are in the mood for American, Chinese, Italian, Thai, or seafood. Many of the restaurants offer delivery and carry out services, as well as great casual dining.

For a full listing of all Palos Park Businesses, visit our website.
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