Village of Palatine

February 9, 2018

Welcome to the Village of PalatinE-Newsletter

The Village of Palatine wishes to share community news, events and information
important to the residents it serves. 
The Village of Palatine will release a weekly
PalatinE-Newsletter keeping our subscribers informed of the happenings within the Village of Palatine.

Adopt A Hydrant Program

Help Clear Snow Around Fire Hydrants

The Palatine Fire Department would like to remind residents to take the time to clear the area around their hydrants. Heavy snowfall makes finding and accessing fire hydrants very difficult for firefighters, and during an emergency every second counts. With your help we can ensure that hydrants will be located quickly.

Residents, business owners, and local civic groups are asked to consider participating in the “Adopt-A-Hydrant” Program. By clearing a fire hydrant, snow should be removed about 3 feet away from the hydrant in all directions with a pathway cleared between the hydrant and the roadway.

With your help we can ensure that hydrants will be located quickly. Please see our website page for more information on our Adopt-A-Hydrant program.

Keep Streets Clear During Snowfall

Reminder Regarding Street Parking During Heavy Snowfall

The Palatine Police Department would like to remind residents about the Village Ordinance regarding street parking after two or more inches of snowfall.

Sec. 18-91.
(a) Unlawful to park. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to park or cause to be parked any vehicle on any public street within the corporate limits of the village at any time within a twenty four-hour period after an accumulation of two (2) inches or more of snow.

Residents can help by not parking vehicles on any public street any time within a 24 hour time period after an accumulation of two or more inches of snow or when snow removal is in progress.

Illegally parked cars that are interfering with snow plowing operations will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense. Cars are towed only when absolutely necessary and every effort is made to tow the vehicle to a nearby location. If you find that your car has been towed, call the Police Department at 847-359-9000 for information on its location.

Snow Blowing Ordinance

Placement of Snow on Village Streets and Parkways

When shoveling snow, do not blow or throw snow into an already plowed street. This action can create hazardous conditions.
Village ordinances prohibit plowing, blowing, or shoveling of snow into the street or onto a parkway across from your property.

Sec. 16-45.
It shall be unlawful to deposit on any street or public right-of-way any material which may be harmful to the pavement or public right-of-way thereof any dirt, mud, waste material, snow, grass or other articles which may do injury, endanger or impede the flow of traffic or limit access to any person, animal or property. Any contractor or property owner having supervision over the activity where such deposits may be generated shall take such steps as necessary to either prevent such deposits from occurring or have on-site the appropriate manpower and equipment needed to remove the deposits as necessary throughout the working day and not only at the end of the day.

We realize it is sometimes difficult to find a place to deposit snow, but putting it in a street or a parkway not adjacent to your property could result in a fine. In addition, the resident can be held personally liable for the creation of a hazardous condition. Merchants are not permitted to dump snow from parking lots on public streets or parkways.

Please visit our webpage on Tips on Keeping Your Driveway Clear.

Brush Pickup

Curbside Brush Pickup Has Been Rescheduled for February 12, 2018

Curbside brush collection has been rescheduled for Monday, February 12 at 7:00 a.m. Curbside brush collection was previously scheduled for Monday, February 5, but due to heavy snowfall it was scheduled for a later date. For residents that have already placed brush at the curb, please leave brush until collection resumes. 

This collection will be for unbundled brush and does not include bagged leaves or brush at this time. 

Residents must have all brush unbundled and no larger than 8 inches in diameter to accommodate chipper. Additionally, all brush must have cut end  facing toward the street.

Residents may also dispose of their Christmas trees, however please make sure the tree is clean of lights and all ornaments. Only cleaned trees will be accepted

Firewood, tree stumps and root balls will not be accepted because of the potential damage it may cause to the chipper.

Crews will pass down each street once. Residents are asked to be patient. If the amount of brush is excessive or there is inclement weather, it may take the entire week to finish brush collection.

Snow Plowing in the Village

Information on Snow Plowing in the Village

The Village of Palatine Public Works Department is responsible for 167 center lane miles of snow and ice control within the Village. The 167 miles are divided into 11 sections with two trucks that are typically assigned to each section or route in a plowing event. Public Works is also responsible for plowing the commuter parking lots, Fire Stations, Police Headquarters and Village Hall parking lots.

Depending on the type of snow and amount of snowfall, it can take approximately seven hours to clear a typical route which is 15 miles. Major streets are plowed first such as Northwest Highway, Palatine and Hicks Roads, followed by secondary and residential streets, including cul-de-sacs. The Village is not responsible for the plowing of State and County Roads such as Quentin, Roselle, Rand, Dundee, Algonquin, Euclid, Route 53 and Hicks Road (north of Dundee Road and south of Northwest Highway). 

Damaged Mail Boxes/Parkways

If a curbside mailbox or parkway is damaged by a Village snowplow, call the Public Works Department at (847) 705-5200. The Village will either repair the box and/or parkway, or bring out a temporary mailbox so residents can receive mail delivery. Keep in mind, the Village is not responsible for mailboxes damaged during snow plowing if the boxes do not meet code. For frequently asked questions, visit our webpage.

Protect Your Mailbox in Winter

Protect Your Mailbox in Winter

During the winter, mailboxes are occasionally damaged during snow plowing operations. If a Village snow plow hits a properly installed mailbox that meets Village Code, the Public Works Department will repair or replace the mailbox and/or post at no cost to the homeowner.

The Village is not responsible for mailboxes damaged by non-Village vehicles and total liability is limited to the cost of replacing a standard metal mailbox and/or a standard pre-treated wooden post. 

Proper placement and mounting of a mailbox can help prevent snow plows from striking it. According to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) regulations, mailboxes should be placed so that the front of the mailbox is set 6 to 8 inches back from the curb or the edge of the pavement. There should also be 41 to 45 inches of space from the bottom of the mailbox to the top of the curb or road. 

Residents who believe their curbside mailbox was damaged by a Village snow plow may call the Public Works Department at (847) 705-5200, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please note, damage must be reported upon noticing it. See our webpage for information regarding mailboxes and snow plowing operations within the Village.


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Class

The Palatine Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) in conjunction with the Palatine Fire Department would like to promote the upcoming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Class.

CERT training prepares you to know what to do for your family, neighbors and community in the event of natural or man-made disaster. Take an active role in emergency preparedness for your home, your neighborhood, your workplace, and your community. Learn to solve problems, improve communities, connect with others, and save lives
Register through Harper College here. Tuition is $59.00. Upon successful completion of the class participants may quality to volunteer with PEMA. If you become a PEMA volunteer $35.00 is refunded.

For any questions and additional information, please visit the PEMA webpage.


Important Reminders About Our Coyote Neighbors 

Recently the Village has received an increased number of phone calls regarding coyote sightings. The Village does not remove coyotes, let trapped animals out of cages, or bring trapped animals to different locations. Please see our webpage for more information regarding our coyote neighbors.

Coyotes inhabit every available territory in Cook County, and between February and March coyotes breed and may become more territorial. A coyote will defend its territory against other canine it determines to be encroaching, particularly if the animal is smaller, such as a fox or small pet dog. A coyote may attempt to scare off, injure or kill the pet.

Coyotes, however, are generally wary of humans and prefer to keep their distance. Although some coyotes use areas around human development, a majority avoid areas of active human presence. People should nonetheless remain alert if any wild animal is suspected to be near and take reasonable measures to ensure their safety.
A few practical steps we can take to coexist with coyotes include the following:

  • Remove food from outdoor settings that might attract coyotes, including pet food, bird food, and cleaning and putting away the grill at night.
  • Respect coyotes as wild animals by not feeding or otherwise attempting to befriend or tame them.
  • Support preservation of natural habitat.

If you feel you’re in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1. To learn more about coyote behavior, visit the Urban Coyote Research Project

Citizen Police Academy

Palatine Citizen Police Academy
Accepting Applications

The Palatine Police Department is now accepting applications for the spring session of the Citizen Police Academy that will run from February 21 through April 25 on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

The Citizen Police Academy is a unique opportunity for participants to gain insight into the world of law enforcement as well foster positive relationships with the officers who serve in their community. Numerous members of the department will be instructing during the eight week academy with classroom lectures and hands on experience.  The topics to be covered will include:

• Use of Force
• Shoot Don’t Shoot Scenarios
• Crime Prevention
• Vehicle Stops
• Neighborhood Based Policing
• SWAT Operations
• Gangs
• K-9 Demonstration
• Animal Control
• Crime Scene Investigation

The goal of the Citizen Police Academy is to educate citizens regarding the law enforcement profession and to strive to work cooperatively with the residents of Palatine to make our community a safe place to live and work.

Applicants must be at least 25 years of age and reside in Palatine.  Class size is limited and spots fill quickly.  Please fill out the application and address it to the Palatine Police Department as shown below.  If you should have any questions, contact Commander Larry Canada at (847) 359-9009.

Palatine, IL Police Department
595 N. Hicks Rd.
Attn:  Commander L. Canada
Palatine, IL 60067

Upcoming Community Events

Jr. Sweetheart Ball (ages: 8-12)
Salt Creek Rural Park District - Twin Lakes
1200 E. Twin Lake Drive
Friday, February 9
Pre-Registration Required 

Job Fair at Twin Lakes
Salt Creek Rural Park District - Twin Lakes
1200 E. Twin Lake Drive

Tuesday, February 13, 3:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

American Legion Holds Lent Fish Fry Dinner Fundraiser
American Legion Post 690
122 W. Palatine Road
Friday, February 16, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friends of the Palatine Library Used Book Sale
Palatine Library
700 N. North Court
Friday, February 16, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Paint Night - Eiffel Tower 
Salt Creek Rural Park District - Twin Lakes
1200 E. Twin Lakes Drive
Friday, February 16, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Parents Night Out
Salt Creek Rural Park District - Rose Park
530 S. Williams Avenue
Friday, February 16, 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

* Palatine community groups are welcome to submit public events to our event calendar by filling out an
event calendar request

Employment Opportunities

Public Works Seasonal - Summer Help
Public Works Department

Public Works Seasonal - Forestry
Public Works Department

Engineering Intern
Public Works Department

Next Village Council Meeting

February 12
7 PM, Council Chambers

*To view current and past agendas and packets or to view videos of the council meetings, please click here.

Village of Palatine

Village of Palatine

200 East Wood Street
Palatine, Illinois
(847) 358-7500

Monday through Friday

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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