WATERMAN NEWS

SPRING/SUMMER 2012

 

Welcome new residents!  Residents are reminded to call the Village Hall at 815-264-3652 or any of your elected officials if you have questions or concerns.  The Village Hall is open 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Mon.-Tues., Thurs.-Sat. closed Wed. & Sun.  A 24/7 drop box located to the right of the Village Hall door for water bills or other items. For more information, check the unofficial Waterman website at www.watermanil.com.

 

Mother Nature has treated us to unseasonably warm weather this Spring.  The blooming trees and flowers are a treating us to an abundance of colorful blooms and sweet aromas, including fresh-cut grass—in March!

 

When you’re doing your outdoor spring cleaning, please include cleaning around any storm drains located near your property.

 

BRUSH PICK-UP/YARD WASTE DUMPSTER

Because of the increasing cost of fuel, Public Works will no longer be performing weekly brush pickups.  For the convenience of all Waterman residents, a 24/7 365-day brush dumpster is located at the 215 W. Adams parking lot.  YARD WASTE ONLY please; the brush is taken to a compost site.  Paper brush bags are acceptable.  No plastic bags or trash of any kind allowedFor large quantities of brush, call Village Hall 815-264-3652 for disposal arrangements.  Yard waste stickers are available at Village Hall at $3.00 each for pick up on Mondays by Northern Illinois Disposal. 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS – IN DATE ORDER:

Mark your calendars for these Community Events:

April

2  11-noon LIHEAP Assistance-Village Hall

2  Scout Troop 39 mulch sale flyer distribution

7  10:30 Easter Egg Roll – India Creek Middle School

7  12:30-5:00 Train Rides with the Easter Bunny-Lions Park

11  Pack 339 Blue & Gold Dinner

14  8:30 - ?  Community Beautification

May

4  6:30 p.m. Senior Citizen Dinner-Community Building

4  Troop 39 food stand - Waterman Methodist Church

4&5  Community-wide garage sales

11 & 12  Delivery of Troop 39 mulch

13  ICHS graduation ceremonies

17  8th Grade Graduation at ICMS

19  Waterman Summer Rec parade and raffle

21  Last day of school

24  6:30 Senior Citizen’s Dinner – Community Building

June

1  Reading is So Delicious – Clinton Township Public Library

July

19  Lions Handicapped Fishing Derby – Shabbona Lake

21  Summer-fest sponsored by Waterman Lions Club

 

LIHEAP ASSISTANCE

Help is still available for winter energy bills.  A representative will be at the Village Hall, 215 W. Adams, April 2 from 11:00 to Noon.  Please bring SS cards for all household members, proof of gross income for past 30 days, and current heat and electric bills. Call 815-758-3538 or 847-697-4400 for more information.

 

TROOP 39 MULCH SALE

Spruce up your yard with some fresh mulch.  Troop 39 is having their annual sale.  WATCH FOR FLYERS

 

EASTER EGG ROLL

Waterman Lions Club/Aurora Sportsman’s Club are sponsoring an Easter Egg Roll for all Waterman children up through 5th grade on Saturday, April 7 at 10:30 am, at the middle school. A surprise for all participants!

 

FREE EASTER BUNNY TRAIN RIDES

Waterman and Western Railroad presents, free train rides with the Easter Bunny, Saturday, April 7 from 12:30 – 5:00 pm. Easter eggs for the kids.  For more information call 815-264-7753 or www.petestrain.com

2ND ANNUAL BEAUTIFICATION

Calling all volunteers!! The 2nd annual downtown beautification will take place Saturday, April 14.  All volunteers will be meeting at the Clock at 8:30.  Bring your gloves, brooms, rakes, and sunshine! 

 

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

Waterman Garage Sales will be held the first weekend in May--4th & 5th.  Please contact Brianne Wackerlin at briannewackerlin83@yahoo.com or at 815/970-1284 only 12-1 pm or 5–6 pm, please.  Troop 39 will be grilling burgers, hot dogs, & brats at Waterman Methodist Church from 10-2. Bathroom facilities are also located at the church.

 

WATERMAN SUMMER REC

Opening Day and celebration parade will begin at 10:30, May 19 at the elementary school and end at Lions Park.  Activities to follow include food and scrimmage games, and raffle.  Raffle tickets are $10 and only 300 available.  Grand prize of $1,000.  For ticket info call Arnie at 815-739-5667.

 

CLINTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY

“MORE THAN BOOKS” watermanlibrary.com

The library launches its “Reading is So Delicious” summer reading program June 1st.  During the months of June and July, the library will host a range of free activities for children teens, and adults that encourage and support the love of reading.  Opportunity to attend a wide variety of programs is available free of charge to everyone in the community.  See website for full summer schedule.

 

LIONS CLUB SUMMER-FEST – EXPANDED!

Summer-fest, July 21st-Lions Community Park in additional to the yearly events and exhibitions it has been expanded to include antique trucks, Championship garden tractor pull, vintage baseball exhibition game, quick-draw contest sponsored by Aurora Sportsmen’s Club, expanded vendor areas and petting zoo.  Daytime entertainment by Barb City Stompers.  Look for flyers closer to even date. 

 

PROJECTS AND UPDATES:

 

STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Due to the expanded storm sewer improvements made last fall, the street improvement program was postponed to this summer.  Motor Fuel Tax proceeds are the funds used for these projects.

STORM SEWER IMPROVEMENTS

The storm sewer improvement projects are almost finished.  Improvements included installing additional storm sewer line around Waterman Elementary, additional pipes on the north boundary of ICMS property, new storm sewer line under all of W. Cleveland, additional line installed under E. Adams, and installed a 10’ box culvert under N. Pine at Duffy.  All possible with a grant from the IL Dept. of Commerce & Economic Development/CDAP. 

 

ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS

The Building & Grounds Committee are selling advertising signs to be displayed on the outfield fence around the big ball diamond at Lions Park.  Please call Village Hall or Pete at 630-710-1023 for more information.

 

SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION

The Village Board is applying for an 80% grant to construct a sidewalk on W. Birch from W Adams to the park for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

 

ELECTRIC AGGREGATION

At the March 20th primary election a referendum was passed granting the Village Board authority to select an electricity provider for the community.  This provider will be at a rate lower than the current ComEd fees.  There will be two public meetings (dates to be announced soon) to inform the community and address any questions or concerns.  There will also be a participation letter sent to all qualifying account holders.

 

REMINDERS:

Street repair/resurfacing projects to begin late June/Early July

Village-wide speed limit is 25mph unless otherwise posted

School zones have been expanded around the two schools

No U-Turns allowed on South Elm Street in front of ICMS

Village Hall is accepting credit/debit cards forms of payment

Electronic disposal dumpster located at 345 West Adams

All government checks must be direct deposited in 2013

Support your local businesses – it really does make a difference!

Watch for children on bicycles they don’t always watch for you!

Water/sewer bills are due by midnight on the due date

 

 

HYDRANT FLUSHING

Hydrant flushing will be on the first Tuesday of the month beginning in May.  Hydrants will be flushed when it is determined to be necessary. 

 

MAINTAINING DRAINAGE

The Village is asking all residents who live along Village drainage ditches not to dump yard waste and other debris in the ditches so water flow is not obstructed.  Residents who continue to block drainage ditches with debris may be subject to a citation and fine.

 

DOWNTOWN SIDEWALK RESTRICTIONS

Please remember that bicycles, skateboards, and rollerblades are not to be ridden on the downtown sidewalks.

 

ELECTRONIC WASTE DISPOSAL

Recent laws prohibit electronic waste in landfills.  Northern Illinois Disposal has a dumpster, specifically for electronic waste, located on the west side of their building at West Adams.

 

BURNING ORDINANCE

We would like to remind residents of the burning hours:

Monday-Friday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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

Sunday 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.

Only leaves, small twigs, and other small vegetation may be burned.  Burning is not allowed on Village property.  This includes alleys, public right-of-way, the parkway (the area between the sidewalk and street), or 20 feet from the street if no sidewalk exists.  The burn site must be 50 feet from any structure, with the exception of 25 feet if the pile is less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.

 

DOG ORDINANCE

Village ordinance prohibits dogs from running loose.  Dogs must be kept on a leash or tied when not on the owner’s premises (this includes the parks).  Any dog caught running loose will be brought to the Village Hall for pickup by DeKalb County Animal Control.  Owners will be liable to DeKalb County for boarding fees, pick up fees and rabies vaccination. Dog walkers are responsible for pickup the pet’s waste! Violators will be fined.

 

BUILDING PERMITS

Independent Inspections, Ltd. is contracted by the Village for building inspections.  Permit applications may be picked up at the Village Hall, but IIL will issue all permits and do the inspections.  Permits are needed for new construction, additions, remodeling, siding, roofs, sheds, fences, decks, swimming pools, and electric.  If you are not sure if a permit is required or have questions, please call IIL at 800-422-5220.  Pease make a call before putting up ANY kind of pool--this includes the soft-sided blue pools that have become very popular. Information packets are available at Village Hall.  

 

GARBAGE SCHEDULE

Garbage and recycling pick-up is every Monday morning. Please have refuse and recyclables at curb by 6:00 a.m. Pick-up is one day later if a holiday falls on Monday. Yard waste is not picked up. Major appliances are not picked up with regular garbage. Contact Northern Illinois Disposal at 800-930-7321 for more information. Please remember—you can help keep garbage costs down by recycling. Extra bins can be picked up at Village Hall.

 

IN THE Service

A number of our citizens are currently serving in the military.  We are very thankful that these individuals are serving our country.   If you know anyone serving, please drop them a line, mail is a big pick-me-up when serving away from home.  Be sure and thank them for giving up part of their life by serving our country.

 

MEETING SCHEDULE 2012

Unless posted otherwise, Board meetings are held at the Village Hall, 215 W. Adams St. at 7:30 PM.  Meeting dates are:  February14, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11. Please check the bulletin board at the Village Hall or call 264-3652 for upcoming committee meetings.

 

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS
As a reminder, your elected officials have regular jobs like most of us do. They give up a large portion of their free time to serve the citizens of Waterman for very little compensation. They can use all the help and support we can give them.
 

  Mayor President of the Board Thomas Ekle 815-766-1851    
  Trustee Chair of Finance and Personnel Roger Bosworth 815-264-3551    
  Trustee Chair of Water/Sewer Slade Browder 815-264-7801    
  Trustee Chair of Streets and Alleys Pete Robinson 815-264-7753    
  Trustee Chair of Public Safety Joan Stanley 815-264-3996    
  Trustee Chair of Buildings and Grounds Teena Watne 815-264-3456    
  Trustee Chair of Zoning Mike Heiderscheidt 815-264-9928    

 

Our Police Department can be reached at 815-264-3574 or for all emergencies call 911
 

                                                                                                  

 

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