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PALOS PARK WEEKLY | JUNE 24, 2022
Election Day is Tuesday, June 28
 
Election day for the Primaries is Tuesday, June 28 – Polls are open from 6am to 7pm. 
 
Early voting started 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. 
 
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 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.
WATER-SAVING TIPS FOR RESIDENTS

Be water-wise and save money on your utility bill. Chances are your household could be using more water than necessary for comfort. Flowing freely from pipes and taps, water seems an endlessly convenient resource. However, the fact is too much water goes down the drain, and out-of-your pocket. In the course of a single day, a family of four consumes an average of 400 gallons of water—and that excludes outdoor usage.

Through a combination of improved usage practices and water saving devices, a family could save 100 gallons of water per day or 6,000 gallons of water per average 60 day billing cycle. At current 2022 utility rates, this means a savings of about $78 per bill in water and sewer charges.

Regularly review your water bill to determine your average daily water usage. Divide your water usage by the number of days in the billing period, and multiply by 1000. Then divide your answer by the number of residents in your household. For example, if your usage reads 15 for 62 days: Divide 15 by 62 days and multiply by 1000; this gives you approximately 242 gallons of water usage per day. Next, divide 242 gallons by the number of people in your household—let’s use 4 people for this calculation. The result is about 60.5 gallons of average water usage per person per day over the billing period.
Awareness of your water usage is the first step in water conservation and, water conservation saves you money!

Click here to see a list of ways to save water indoors and out.
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.
Palos Park Police Vacation Crime Prevention Tips

Summer is a time of year that many families go on vacation. Being on vacation can lead to crime victimization if appropriate crime prevention measures are not followed. Most families do not think about being victimized while on vacation because of all the excitement of going on vacation. The following crime prevention tips are designed to allow the vacationer to enjoy a safe and secure trip and to return to a secure residence. Call us for a Vacation Watch.

  • Ask a trusted family member, friend or neighbor to keep a watchful eye on your home or have your mail held at the local post office until your return.
  • Put your mail on "hold" at the Post Office while you are out of town
  • Put lights on timers to give the impression that someone is home.
  • Don’t post on social media that you are leaving town, and wait to post photos until after you return from your trip.
 
Secure Your Residence
  • Make sure all the locks on the doors and windows function properly and use them.
  • Make sure your residence looks lived in and not empty.
  • Leave the shades and blinds on doors and windows in a position that you would normally have them.
  • Ask several neighbors to keep an eye on your residence while you are away. Leave your vacation address and telephone number with the neighbors so you can be reached in an emergency.
  • Make sure your smoke and burglar alarms are functioning properly and armed.
  • Arrange for a neighbor to pick up your deliveries: mail, newspaper, and any other packages.
  • Arrange for someone to maintain your yard so your home appears occupied.
  • Have someone place your garbage cans at the curb for normal pickup and put them away after the pickup has been made.
  • Make sure you have timers for lights, television, or radios so they turn on and off at the appropriate times.
  • Turn the ringer on the telephone down low or off. A possible intruder will not be alerted to your absence by a ringing telephone. If you can, forward your calls to your cellular phone or a trusted individual.
  • Leave a normal message on your answering machine; do not announce your absence on the answering machine.
  • Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway while you are gone so it will appear that someone is home. If you leave your car at home, park as you normally would.
  • Consider taking valuables that you cannot live without to a safety deposit box.
 
Car Security
  • Always lock your vehicle after entering or leaving it.
  • Park in well-lighted areas.
  • Check the backseat before entering your vehicle.
  • Always place valuables out of sight, preferably in the trunk. Do not leave wallets, checkbooks, or purses in your vehicle.
  • Try not to advertise that you are a tourist.
 
Vacation should be an enjoyable relaxing experience. If you are prepared properly, you will lower your chances of being victimized and having your vacation ruined.
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.
A new study out of Denmark found that living near and spending time in nature is measurably better for your mental health, both short and long term.
The study followed more than 900,000 Danish people from 1985 to 2013 – taking into consideration their education, income, family history of mental illness, and how much green space surrounded them growing up. You can find the full study on the PNAS website.
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.
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:
Hot Dog Day

Thursday, July 21 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm on the Village Green. Music provided by LEGACY, playing vintage rock and soul. Enjoy fresh grilled hot dogs with friends and family! Picnic tables will be available. Hot dogs - $2.00 each. Make it a meal with a chips and a drink for $4.00.
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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