June 18, 2021 
In this Issue:
Electronics Recycling Event
Block Parties
Vehicle Stickers: Online Sales and Saturday Hours
Mosquito Safety
Refuse and Recycling Cart Reminders

COVID-19 Statistics
Latest Disease Information for Niles
As of June 18, 2021, there have been 4062 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Niles, with 228 COVID-related deaths reported. These numbers represent 11 new cases and 2 new deaths since the previous update on May 29, 2021.

For more statistics on the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the Cook County Department of Public Health website.
Vaccine Information
As of Wednesday, May 12, everyone age 12 and older in Suburban Cook County is eligible to receive one of the vaccines against COVID-19. The vaccine is free of charge and insurance is not required. The Village has provided helpful links to the appropriate agencies to receive a vaccine on its COVID-19 web page. 

Illinois is currently in Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan. Village-owned facilities no long require masks for vaccinated individuals.
Electronics Recycling
June 26 at Public Works 9 A.M.-Noon
On Saturday, June 26, 2021, the Village of Niles will host an Electronics and Document Destruction Recycling Event at Niles Public Works, 6849 W. Touhy, from 9 A.M. to noon. Residents from Niles and other SWANCC communities are eligible to participate. Materials will not be accepted from non-SWANCC residents, businesses, schools, or institutions. IDs will be checked for verification of residency.

For Electronics:
Accepted items include: Cable Receivers, Cell Phones, Computer Monitors, Computers (Desktop, Notebook, Tablet), Converter Boxes, Desktop Fax Machines and Printers, Keyboards, Mice, MP3 Players, Portable Digital Assistants (PDAs), Satellite Receivers, Scanners, Televisions, Video Game Consoles, Video Recorders/Players, and Zip Drives.

For Paper:
  • Residents can bring up to six file-sized boxes or paper bags. NO PLASTIC BAGS.
  • Paper documents will be shredded on site.
  • Plastic spines/covers and metal clips/binders MUST be removed from all documents.
  • Do NOT include photos, slides, negatives, books, store receipts, magazines, greeting cards, newspapers, or any non-paper item.
  • Paper documents should be contained in one area in the back of the vehicle.

Safety Guidelines:
  • Residents must remain in their vehicle at all times.
  • Residents will unlock/open the trunk from inside the vehicle to allow staff to unload the items.
  • If a resident has both electronics and paper, keep each type of materials separate in the back of the vehicle – don’t mix electronics with paper! Boxes will be returned to the resident.

For more information, visit www.swancc.org.
Donate to the Niles Food Pantry
During the electronics recycling event, the Public Works Department will also be collecting food donations or cash donations for the Niles Family Services Food Pantry. Please consider giving to this cause and supporting local residents in need!
Niles Family Services Logo
Summer Block Parties
Block Parties are back! The pandemic taught us all a lot, and showed how much neighbors look out for one another, especially in Niles. The Village of Niles makes hosting a neighborhood block party easy, and will even deliver tables, chairs, grill and canopies.

For more information and to apply, visit the Village of Niles block party web page.
Reminder: Buy Your Vehicle Stickers Online
The 2021 Village of Niles vehicle stickers are on sale now. The Village allows online purchases/renewals in the form of a debit/credit card at vniles.com/OnlineBillPay. There is no fee to use this service and the stickers will be mailed out within a few days of receipt.

In addition to their regular business hours, the Village’s Finance Department will be open Saturday, June 19, 2021 and Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 8:30 A.M. until 12:00 noon for residents to purchase their vehicle stickers in person.

Seniors whose preprinted application already reflects the senior discount can renew online. Individuals who need to register for the senior discount for the first time need to show an I.D. in person at Village Hall (1000 Civic Center Drive).
West Nile Mosquitoes
Summer safety reminders
The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) has found the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in the District this year. This is a common, annual occurrence, but merits awareness and caution when spending time outdoors. One batch of mosquitoes, collected on June 9, 2021, from an NSMAD trap in Skokie, tested positive for West Nile virus in the NSMAD lab on June 11. Please visit the NSMAD website to see the most current test results.

While the risk of being infected with West Nile virus is low at this time of year, the NSMAD recommends that residents take personal protection measures to minimize mosquito bites including: using insect repellent, wearing loose fitting clothing, and avoiding peak mosquito feeding times during the hours around dawn and dusk. Residents are urged to examine their property and eliminate any items that can hold water, particularly smaller items that may be easily overlooked. Remember, if it can hold water, it can breed mosquitoes.
Refuse and Recycling Cart Reminders
Do not place your refuse carts in the street
Always place refuse and recycling containers on the house side of the curb (on the carriagewalk, parkway, or driveway) and NOT in the street. Whether for summer street sweeping, fall leaf pickup, winter snow removal, or simply everyday driving, obstacles in the street are never a good thing. So remember: Don't block the street with your refuse carts. Place them up behind the curb, and not in the street or gutter.

Houses along the new bike lanes on Howard Street should still place refuse carts on the house side of the curb, and never in the street or in the bike lane (see picture). Groot workers will manually retrieve and return carts in these locations as necessary.
Village Board Meetings
In-person meetings have resumed
Village of Niles Board of Trustees meetings have returned to an in-person format. Members of the public are welcome to attend these meetings in-person and speak during designated public comment times. Due to the ability to return safely in person, virtual attendance through Zoom will no longer be provided. Meetings will continue to be broadcast and streamed live. The June Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 22 at 7:00 P.M.
Watch Village Board Meetings on Niles TV (Comcast channel 6 or AT&T U-Verse channel 99, or online at www.vniles.com/NTV).

Get Official Village Information
Remember: Always go to official Village information sources to obtain accurate information about current events:
Village of Niles 
1000 Civic Center Drive, 
Niles, IL 60714