Village of Palatine

January 18, 2019

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.

Village Hall Offices Closed on Monday, January 15

Village Hall will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Village Hall will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 22 at 8:00 a.m.

State of the Village Address

All Palatine residents are invited to join the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, January 30 for an opportunity to engage with leadership from the Village of Palatine, including Mayor Jim Schwantz. The meeting will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Council Chamber of Village Hall, 200 E. Wood Street. Learn about what is on the horizon for the Village in 2019, as well as an update on the status of our business community. For more information visit the Palatine Chamber of Commerce.


Bitter Cold Can Cause Pipes to Freeze

Freezing winter temperatures can cause water pipes inside your home or business to freeze or burst.  The following suggestions can help prevent frozen pipes:

  • Leave cabinet doors open under kitchen or bathroom sinks (especially if they are located against an outside wall) to allow warmer room temperature air to circulate around pipes.
  • Place a small lamp with an incandescent bulb near the pipes.  Be sure to remove anything flammable from the area to prevent fires.
  • Allow faucets to drip slowly to keep water flowing through pipes that are vulnerable to freezing.  If the dripping stops, ice may be blocking the pipe.  Keep the faucet open to assist in pressure relief.

If Water Pipes Freeze
If you turn on your faucets and no water comes out, the water in your pipes is probably frozen.  You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer.  Make sure the faucet is open, and never stand in water while operating an electric appliance.
Do not use a blowtorch or any other open flame to thaw pipes to prevent fires.
If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve in the house.  Leave the water faucets turned on.  Make sure all family members know where the water shut-off valve is located and how to operate it.  If you need the water turned off at your residence and the shut-off valve is not working, please call the Public Works Department and the Water Division can shut the water off at the buffalo box (b-box) outside your home.

For more information or assistance with frozen pipes, please call the Public Works Department at (847) 705-5200 or visit the Village's webpage.

Snow Plows

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.

Placement of Snow on Village Streets & Parkways

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


Residents are not required to shovel the sidewalk adjacent to their property. However, the Village encourages all residents to clear their sidewalk for the safety of pedestrians and children walking to school. This will help avoid creating slippery conditions for pedestrians. State law protects property owners from any added liability if they shovel their sidewalks.

Clearing Snow

Frosty Family Fun Returns Tonight!

Featuring Winter-Themed Games for the Whole Family

Palatine Park District invites families to enjoy an evening of frozen and frosty fun activities offered indoors at Birchwood Recreation Center, 435 W. Illinois Avenue, Palatine. Frosty Family Fun will feature many winter-themed games, crafts, and unlimited hot chocolate and treats on Friday, January 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This affordable event is an opportunity to enjoy traditional winter activities in the comfort of the indoors.

The evening will include a variety of wintry crafts and games, and the fifth annual indoor snowman building contest. This year’s event is sponsored by Grade Power Learning of Palatine. Register for Frosty Family Fun online at using code 140080-01 for children and 140080-02 for adults. The fee is $5.00 per child for the full evening and $1.00 for adults. All children must be accompanied by an adult for this event. Regardless of age, everyone, including adults, attending this event must be registered. Registration can also be completed in person at Community Center, Birchwood Recreation Center, or Falcon Park Recreation Center.

For more information about Frosty Family Fun, contact Special Interest Coordinator Lisa Schroeder at 847.496.6347 or

Frosty Family
Frosty Family
Frosty Family
Palatine Park District

School’s Out Fun days in January & February

School’s Out Fun days at Falcon Park Recreation Center provide activities and games on days off school following the Community Consolidated School District 15 calendar. These events include both organized games and unstructured play in the gym and on the turf along with crafts, games, and more. Participants should wear gym shoes and bring a water bottle and a lunch.

Program hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with optional extended hours available from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Program registration is required in order to register for the extended hours. The fee is $40 for residents and $60 for non-residents for each daily program. The fees for each session of optional before or after care is $12 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Dates this session include January 21 and 22 and February 18 and 19. Registration is available online at or in person at Community Center, Birchwood Recreation Center, and Falcon Park Recreation Center.

For more information, visit, or contact Jon Seidenzahl, Assistant Falcon Park Manager, at 847.496.6306 or

Upcoming Community Events

Frozen Frenzy
Twin Lakes
1200 E. Twin Lakes Drive
Friday, January 18, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required.

Palatine Winter Farmers' Market
Palatine Train Station Parking Lot
137 W. Wood Street
Saturday, January 19, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

School's Day Out
Rose Park 
530 S. Williams Avenue
Monday, January 21 (Talent Show), 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 22 (Water Works), 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required.

POC Tailgate Fundraising Party
Durty Nellies
180 N. Smith Street
Friday, January 25, 6:00 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

PEMA Volunteer

Maintenance Worker I/II
Public Works

Next Village Council Meeting

Monday, January 21
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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