April 1, 2020
Dear Village Residents,
After the April 7 Village Board meeting, the Village Board and all committees and commissions, will only meet as necessary and if it is essential to village business until further notice.

Governor JB Pritzker announced that he will sign a 30-day extension of the state’s disaster proclamation today, extending the Stay at Home order and suspending on-site learning in K-12 schools through the month of April.

Please conduct village business via email at info@springgrovevillage.com or phone at 815-675-2121. Building permit applications can be found on-line here and be printed out and emailed , or mailed or dropped off at the Municipal Centre located at 7401 Meyer Road. The Village will make every effort to ensure timely inspections. (Please see new Building Department hours in an article below.) Village payments can be made on-line here , or can be placed in the drop box outside the front door of the Municipal Centre.

Available via this link is updated guidance on Essential Businesses & Operations. Here is a helpful flowchart to determine if a business is essential or non-essential.

Our parks are still open, but you must keep a physical distance of at least six feet from others at all times and no congregating is allowed. Also be conscious that park equipment could possibly be contaminated and take precautions. We don't want to close our parks but may need to if large groups continue to congregate there. If we all work hard at staying home and practice social distancing when outside we can beat this and enjoy each others company sooner.

Visit Coronavirus.gov for the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Illinois, visit the  Illinois Department of Public Health  website and their frequently asked questions available  here . The IDPH has a hotline for questions on Coronavirus or to report a potential case. Please call 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov to have all your COVID-19 questions answered.

Stay healthy,

Mark Eisenberg
Spring Grove Village President
Main Street and Downtown Improvements
A Safe Routes to School Grant awarded to the Village is being used to replace and extend the culvert/bridge on Main Street (area shown in photo). The funding will also pay for a new bike path off the road on the north side of Main Street starting at Winn Road which will cross over the creek on the new extension so riders/walkers do not have to ride or walk on the street. At the same time, the village is resurfacing Main Street and is updating the downtown area by adding diagonal parking spaces along the south side of Main Street (by Blivin) adding decorative lighting, and replacing/extending the sidewalk on the north side of Main Street. Once donations and/or more grant funding is received, benches, gazebo, and bike rack with a brick paver sidewalk will be built in the square. A phase two would include 29 additional interior parking spaces at Main & Blivin, if needed, and funding is available.
Easter Bunny Car Parade this Sunday!
The Village Easter Bunny will be smiling and waving to children and adults from the Horse Fair Park Gazebo this Sunday, April 5, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m! Families must remain in their vehicles and drive by slowly through the park. View the flyer here to see the route to take.
O n-Line Census Response is Due Today!
Today is National Census Day! Responses are due today to the 2020 Census online at my2020census.gov . It takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Call 844-330-2020 if you need help. Completing the census will ensure we get the federal & state funding we need for critical services, like schools, roads and other public services.
Nicor Gas Meter Updates
Grid One Solutions has begun updating our Nicor Gas meters. The updated device will automatically send usage meter readings to Nicor.  Grid One employees will have appropriate identification and will knock on your door to alert you that they are there. The device installation will take 10-15 minutes for most residential-sized meters. For more information, click here .
Hatchery Park
Hatchery Park is still open to the public at this time (please keep a physical space of at least 6 feet from other people). However, the large pier in the big pond is being repaired starting March 30 and improvements are being made to the parking lot. Please do not attempt to fish off of the large pier until further notice and be careful when driving in the parking lot. Also, Hatchery Park is not an Illinois Spring Trout location. For a list of Spring Trout Locations visit this site.
Photo of the Week

Vicki Lee has been sewing masks to give to nurses, hospitals and fire departments. These masks will be worn on top of N95 masks to help them last longer. She's in need of 1/4 inch elastic or thinner if you have some you would like to donate! Contact Vicki here . If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here .
Landscape Waste
Landscape waste collection begins next week. Grass clippings, leaves, garden debris, weeds and fruit are acceptable landscape items. Stickers must be purchased for $2.05 each and placed on each biodegradable yard waste bag, 33-gallon can, or bundled brush. Or you can purchase an annual subscription for $100 instead and put out up to six cans, bags, or bundles a week (seven bags or more require a sticker). Contact Groot at (877) 404-7668 to sign up. Any brush or branches outside of a container must be cut down to 4 feet in length and bundled no greater than 2 feet in diameter. Purchase stickers at the Jewel Customer Service desk or the Village Municipal Center (mail in a check for the number of sticker you need or pay on-line and they will be mailed to you). View more info here.
Help Wanted
The Village is seeking interested applicants for two part-time seasonal positions in the Public Works Department. Main responsibilities include lawn mowing, weed-whacking, trash pick-up and general landscaping for all village-owned properties. Click here to download an application.
INK 5K Update
The date for the Isa Kranz Foundation INK 5K will be rescheduled to a later date. Please read more information here .
New Building Department Hours
The building and zoning officer has new office days of Monday, Thursday & Friday. Please be aware of this if you are planning or currently working on a new project that these are the days he will be making inspections, working on permit applications and returning phone calls.
Midwest Breakfast and More...
Midwest Breakfast has drive-through service if you're looking for a nice hot breakfast or lunch , or just want a cup of coffee - please call and place your order first! View other restaurant websites and phone numbers . Please support our local businesses as much as possible. Some may have deliveries, others curbside pickup.
Get Help with Shopping
A young group of volunteers would like to help senior residents, or others who are at a high risk of contracting COVID-19, by shopping for their groceries. If you, or anyone you know, needs help with grocery shopping or with purchasing other necessities, please contact them here .
Blast from the Past
Creek School stood at the northeast corner of Wilmot Road and Main Street. A school existed at that intersection since at least 1853. Originally called the Nippersink Creek School, the first building was a one-room log cabin. This school was built in 1882. In August 1925 the old landmark school was torn down. Many Spring Grove residents "a good many of whom received their education there", would miss the old familiar school. A bungalow built by Selim Pierce not long after the school was razed still occupies the corner today. School photo is from around 1906.
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