Village News

Snow Removal

The snow season is upon us. Please be reminded that property owners are responsible for removal of snow from the sidewalks surrounding their property. This also includes clearing snow from around fire hydrants, and for corner lots, clearing a path to the street at the corner. Attached below are some reminders and tips to help keep your household and our fellow motorists and pedestrians safe during the snowy season.

Click here for an overview of the Village's Snow Removal Procedures. Please take note of the graphic regarding clearing a pocket adjacent to your driveway (stage left). This will provide a space other than your driveway for snow to settle as the streets are plowed.

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Dickens Decorating Contest Voting

Thank you to all who attended this year's Dickens in Dundee!

Click here to view the Holiday Decorating Contest entries. Voting will continue until Saturday, December 10 at midnight (Sunday morning). Winners will be posted and notified after the votes are tabulated.

Votes can be submitted by either of the following means. You may vote for more than one entry:

- If you have a Facebook account, simply "LIKE" the photo of the entry you wish to vote for in each category.

- If you DO NOT have a Facebook account, please email your vote(s) to decorating4dickens@gmail.com. Please include the category name and the entry number in the category for each entry for which you would like to vote.

All of the entries look amazing! Thank you to all participants, and to the House Decorating Contest Committee, Cindy Kennedy Photography and Cheryl Anderley.

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West Dundee Community Events Survey

The Village is seeking feedback from residents and business owners regarding community events held in and around Downtown West Dundee.

Click the below link to access a short survey in regards to your attendance, impressions and suggestions regarding these events, as well as their personal and professional impact on your household or business.

The survey will be available online until November 15, 2016. Should you wish to complete the survey after this date, please contact us at villagehall@wdundee.org.

Your feedback will assist in future event planning and help us to better address the concerns of those directly served and impacted. Thank you!

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Electronics Recycling

The Electronics Recycling Drop-off at West Dundee Public Works reopened on September 26, 2016. This drop-off location is open to all Kane County residents for household electronics recycling.

Please note that there is a fee to recycle TVs and monitors. For more information, visit the Trash, Yard Waste & Recycling page of our website.

Dundee Township Historical Society News

The Dundee Township Historical Society is open from March through December, Weds & Sun 2:00-4:00pm, or by appointment. Click below for a copy of the July 2016 DTHS Newsletter, The Informer, which provides information about upcoming programs and a bit of history.

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Dundee-Crown Business Incubator Program Seeks Volunteers

Have you heard about the new INCubatoredu program at Dundee-Crown High School?

INCubatoredu@dchs provides students the opportunity to learn firsthand the ins and outs of starting a business. The 100+ students enrolled in the program work in teams to create, and fully develop, their own product or service resulting in a functioning business. We are looking for community members, business leaders, and entrepreneurs to help guide and mentor our students as they form their very own businesses.

If you have any questions about the program or the volunteer roles please contact our INCubatoredu@dchs course instructor: Nick Pahl at nicholas.pahl@d300.org.

More information is available on our website:
www.dchsincubator.weebly.com
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Avoid Vehicle Break-ins with the Push of a Button

Click below for helpful and easy tips from the Police Department to avoid becoming a victim of vehicle break-ins.

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2016 State of the Village Report

In April, President Nelson presented a State of the Village report before the Dundee Lions Club, outlining goals and objectives of the organization, ongoing projects and accomplishments of the previous 12 months.

Attached below is a copy of this report, as well as a final status report regarding the 2015 Village Board Goals.

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Electrical Aggregation Rate Update

UPDATE May 1, 2016: Since the Village of West Dundee last renewed the pricing for our electrical aggregation program (2014), pricing of all commodities has seen an unprecedented drop. For instance the price of gasoline a year and a half ago was $4.50 per gallon has been cut in half. Similarly, electrical pricing has seen a significant price decrease over the last year.

As such, the recently released Com Ed base rate of 6.275 cents per kWh through May, 2017 is considerably lower than the Village’s current electric aggregation program rate of 7.57 cents per kWh.

We in the Village are encouraging residents to switch back to ComEd for the duration of the Village’s program (August 2017). The Village’s program has no early termination fee, so any resident wanting to move to the lower ComEd rate may do so with no penalty by calling the Village’s current supplier, Constellation Energy, at 1-844-309-6310.

Please note that neither the Village nor ComEd can switch your account. You must call Constellation at the above-referenced number in order to do so. Prior to calling, please have your ComEd account number on hand in order to expedite the call.

The Illinois Commerce Commission maintains a "Price to Compare" to assist Illinois residents in understanding how various electricity rate offers compare with the current ComEd rate. More information can be found at www.pluginillinois.org.

Text to 911 Now Available

As of March 1, 2016, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon customers within the QuadCom 911 service area may be able to use their mobile device to send a text message to 911 for emergency help. (QuadCom serves Barrington Hills, Carpentersville, East Dundee, Sleepy Hollow, South Barrington and West Dundee.)

Texting during an emergency could be helpful if you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, or if a voice call to 911 might otherwise be dangerous or impossible. But if you are able to make a voice call to 911, and if it is safe to do so, you should always make a voice call to 911 to request emergency response from Police, Fire or Emergency Medical Services.

With either a text or voice call, the first information you should provide is your location, in as clear and premise terms as possible. Do not use abbreviations or slang when communicating with 911.

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The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, odorless, colorless, poisonous gas created when household appliances that burn fossil fuels burn incompletely (furnace, stove, dryer, fireplace, etc) and by equipment with internal combustion engines (vehicles, mowers, generators, etc).

CO is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the US. The health effects of CO depend on the concentration and duration of exposure, as well as individual health conditions. Heart patients may experience chest pain at lower levels of exposure. As CO levels increase beyond a tolerable level, symptoms such as headache, fatigue and nausea may become more noticeable. At sustained high concentrations of CO, disorientation, unconsciousness and death are possible.

Learn how to protect yourself, your family and pets from CO Poisoning. Click below for more information.

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Tall Grass and Weeds

Please click below for the Village code regarding tall grass and weeds over 10" in height and other prohibited plant material which are considered to be a nuisance.

Complaints regarding violations of this ordinance may be directed to the Public Works Department via email, phone or reported online at https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/.

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Smart Choices for Smoke Alarm Placement

Home is where most of us feel the safest – but it’s also where we are most likely to experience a fatal fire. In fact, 85% of fire fatalities occur in the home. This is due in large part to homes being unprotected or under-protected in terms of smoke alarms being in working order and sufficient in number and placement.

Click below to learn best practices for the use of smoke alarms in your home to protect yourself and your family, reduce your risk and help you escape quickly in the event of a fire.

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Water & Sewer Rates Effective 5/1/2015

A 2% increase to the water/sewer rates and $0.50 increase to the bi-monthly distribution charge went into effect throughout the community on May 1, 2015. All bills generated after this date will reflect these changes.

Click below for detailed rate information and calculation of total billing amount per 1,000 gallons of usage.

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Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor

The Longmeadow Parkway Fox River Bridge Corridor is a proposed four-lane Fox River Bridge crossing and four-lane arterial roadway corridor with a median, approximately 5.6 miles in length, designed to alleviate traffic congestion in northern Kane County.

The proposed road passes through portions of the Villages of Algonquin, Carpentersville and Barrington Hills, as well as unincorporated areas of Kane County. The western terminus is at Huntley Road west of Randall Road, approximately 1,300 feet northwest of the Huntley/Boyer intersection. From Huntley Road to the Fox River, the corridor primarily traverses mostly undeveloped properties or new subdivisions; these subdivisions were developed with a dedicated right-of-way to accommodate the proposed corridor. After crossing the river, the corridor parallels existing Bolz Road, to the eastern project terminus at Illinois Route 62.

The Village of West Dundee, along with Kane County, McHenry County, Carpentersville, Algonquin, East Dundee, Sleepy Hollow, Gilberts and Huntley have passed resolutions in support of the bridge/corridor over the course of many years since the project began.

Below are some key pieces of information regarding the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor:

- The Rt. 72 (West Dundee), Main St. (Carpentersville) and Rt. 62 (Algonquin) bridges are currently double their capacity.

- Population west of the Fox River is expected to increase 150,000 by 2040, further impacting traffic congestion and the resulting effects on the economy and community.

- There have been no new river crossings been built in Northern Kane County since the I-90 Tollway Bridge in the 1960's.

- The project location has been approved by the IL Dept. of Natural Resources and the Army Corp of Engineers and is the only approved bridge location between Carpentersville and the McHenry County line.

- More than $35 million has been spent on engineering and land acquisition and 60% of the land has been purchased, to date.

- The project will bring 4000+ jobs to Kane County.

A detailed history and current status and information about the project can be viewed at http://www.co.kane.il.us/dot/foxBridges/longmeadowPkwy.aspx.

West Dundee Ambassadors Program

The Village of West Dundee has recently begun to formalize a program to recruit and utilize volunteers within our community. The West Dundee Ambassador Program was formed with the purpose of creating a centralized list of individuals who are interested in giving of their time and talents in order to match these folks up with opportunities as they arise.

We welcome you to register for the Ambassador Program by completing the Volunteer Application and returning it to the Village Hall via mail, fax, email or in person.

Ambassador Program participants will be added to the Village Newslist email subscription. As programs and volunteer events develop, an email will be sent to notify ambassadors and community members.

Should opportunities arise for individual, small group or ad-hoc committees related to specific areas of interest or expertise, those interested or qualified individuals on within the ambassador program will be invited to participate.

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"Flushable" Wipes Cause Damage to Sewer Systems

Products labeled as "flushable" cleansing cloths or wet wipes have been reported to clog toilets and sewer systems throughout the United States and abroad, leading to costly repairs for both homeowners and municipalities.

Please help keep the West Dundee sewer system in good working order. Please do not flush anything other than human waste and toilet tissue.

Additional information can be found at www.forthepeople.com, and a short video illustrating the difference between toilet tissue and wet wipes in terms of breakdown can be viewed at www.consumerreports.org.

Living with Wildlife - Coyotes, Skunks, Raccoons and more

Illinois Dept of Natural Resources and University of Illinois Extension provide an online resource for residents on coexisting with Illinois wildlife, especially in urban areas, via the "Living with Wildlife" website.

Many species of wildlife are welcome visitors to our properties, but some animals may wear out their welcome. Fortunately, taking a few simple steps can help prevent many of the most common wildlife related problems around your home.

For more information, click below to visit the "Living with Wildlife" website. This resource provides wildlife identification tools, helpful tips to prevent conflict and much more.

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Picking up a Permit?

Permits are issued by the Community Development Department, located in the fire station at 100 Carrington Drive (Public Safety Center #2).

PSC #2 is on the southwest corner of Route 72 and Carrington Drive (which lines up with Sleepy Hollow Rd heading north). It is a large brick building with a clock tower. Park in the front of the building, enter at the double doors, and you will be greeted at the service window just inside the lobby.

Telephone Scams

Please be aware of an increase in telephone scams requesting money. Recent reports have been related to claims of money owed to the IRS or claims that a loved one is in danger, arrested or injured.

Any request regarding use of green dot pre-paid credit cards to transfer money should be suspected as a potential scam. Remember to always confirm the claims through a third party before taking any action. Click the PDF below for more information on the "Grandparent Scam" and how to protect yourself.

Please contact the West Dundee Police Department should you suspect you have been a target of such a scam.

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General Maintenance Code Enforcement

Based on direction from the Village Board and a focus on general aesthetics of the neighborhoods of West Dundee, the Village will be placing increased attention a number of common property maintenance code violations.

The areas of code enforcement that will be focused on include:

• Vehicles parked in driveways should not block the sidewalk, particularly during daylight hours, in order to promote a pedestrian-friendly environment throughout the Village.

• Refuse containers should not be placed curbside any earlier than the evening prior to collection. Typically, this is Thursday evening. During the week of the 6 major holidays (New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day), collection is moved to Saturday, in which case refuse containers should not be placed earlier than Friday evening.

• Garbage cans should not be stored along the front (street side) of your home, but rather along the side or in the rear yard.

• Grass and weeds within your individual lot should be properly maintained, and do not become overgrown or unsightly. These would include any planting beds, landscape areas or lawns.

• Outdoor fire pits must located in the rear yard and at least 20’ away from any structure or combustible material. No garbage or yard waste is permitted to be burned.

• RVs, boats and trailers may not be stored in any driveway for longer than 48 hours.

Please click below for additional information regarding enforcement intentions related to these code compliance issues.

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Fox Valley Regional Housing Study

In 2013, the Villages of West Dundee, East Dundee, Carpentersville and Elgin received grant funding to provide for a regional study regarding housing stock and projected future housing needs.

Through the study, present and future housing needs were analyzed utilizing multiple data sources and existing housing conditions in such areas as housing affordability, housing and transportation costs, and housing condition. Additionally, the capacity for new housing was reviewed by creating profiles of the workforce in the sub region and identification of industry sectors and commuting patterns, and; utilizing population, demographic and employment forecasts and determining potential new populations for each municipality and for the study area as a whole.

Click below to view the final report.

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Leave Fawns Alone

With spring comes the sight of young deer and other newborn wild animals.

A doe will leave her fawn(s) alone for many hours every day in order to keep them safe from predators and because they are not able to keep up with her.

You might see a fawn in a field, off the side of a road or in your yard. Regardless, leave them alone unless you observe one of the following indicators that they are in trouble: Please call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator if you observe a fawn that is clearly injured, cries non-stop for hours or is lying with the side of its head on the ground straight in line with its body.

Please do not attempt to move or rescue a fawn left alone. Unless the above mentioned conditions are observed, leave them for their mother's return.

Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an adult beetle known for nibbling on ash foliage. It was determined that the larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark and wood of ash trees, which disrupts the ability to transport water and nutrients causing dieback and death. The adult beetles are dark metallic green bullet-shaped and about 1/2 inch long, with a narrow and elongated body, flat head and black eyes. As they emerge trees they will leave a unique "D" shaped exit hole, approximately 1/8 inch in diameter that may appear on the trunk or upper branches. Millions of ash trees in the Midwest have been infested.

The EAB was first found in West Dundee on Market Loop in 2009. Since then, the Village has identified and removed over 900 parkway trees. This is just over 16%, or 1 out of every 6 parkway trees within the Village has been removed in those five years.

The Village of West Dundee conducts an annual tree assessment that begins in mid May. Tree removals begin shortly thereafter and continue on as resources allow. Locations where trees are to be removed will be notified from the Village with a letter informing them of why the tree was removed and what the process is for replacement.

If you feel your tree is infested, contact the Public Works Department at (847) 551-3815 and Village staff will come out to inspect the tree.

For additional information, refer to the following links:
Illinois Department of Agriculture: http://www.illinoiseab.com

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Neighborhood Traffic Violation Report Form

Residents can report minor traffic violations to the Police Department by completing a Neighborhood Traffic Violation Report Form regarding specific vehicles. This form is available by clicking below, and also on the Police Dept and Area Construction Projects pages of this site.

From these reports, the Police Department sends a courtesy letter to the vehicle owner advising them of the reported violation and encourages the driver to obey traffic laws. The form may also be used to report general traffic concerns by completing the "other" section of the form. All submissions will be reviewed by the Police Department.

This form should not be used to request emergency assistance or report crimes in progress. In these cases, dial 911.

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ComEd Cares - Financial Assistance Plans

ComEd has dedicated $10 million in assistance funds in 2014 to help customers facing financial hardship pay their electric bill. Through April 1, 2014 ComEd has adjusted the eligibility requirements for financial assistance programs for eligible residents including seniors, veterans and activated members of the armed services. In addition, the company is now offering flexible budget billing and flexible deferred payment agreement options to assist customers receiving higher than normal bills in light of the severe cold weather blanketing northern Illinois.

To apply for ComEd’s Residential Special Hardship grant, or the State sponsored assistance programs, such as LIHEAP, customers should visit a local LIHEAP Agency such as Community Contacts, Inc at 100 S. Hawthorne, Elgin, (847) 697-8800.

For more information on any of ComEd’s assistance programs or to enroll in ComEd’s bill-payment assistance programs, call 1-888-806-CARE (2273) or visit ComEd.Com/CARE for more information.

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IDOT Online Comment Form

IDOT provides a question/comment submittal form on their website for issues related to roadways maintained by the State of Illinois, which would include Routes 31 and 72 in West Dundee.

This form can be used to communicate with IDOT on a variety of topics, such as reporting potholes or debris in the roadway, burned out streetlights, or construction related inquiries. Click below to access the form.

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Car Seat Safety Checks

Please be advised that the Village of West Dundee no longer provides child car seat safety checks.

Child car seat safety checks are available from Sherman Hospital, located at 1425 Randall Road in Elgin, by appointment. Please visit the Advocate Sherman Health website for additional information or call 224-783-8996 to set up an appointment.

Upcoming safety seat check events may also be posted to the website www.seatcheck.net.

Tree Care Information

If you received a letter that your tree will be replaced, it will be done so based on available time and resources. If you should have questions, do not hesitate to contact Public Works at 847/551-3815.

Attached are tree care guidelines, which will be provided to each owner receiving a new parkway tree.

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Municipal Electrical Aggregation Program

Please visit the Resident Info Kit on our website for additional information.

Electronics Banned from Landfills

The Illinois Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act, which initially banned TVs and monitors from entering landfills beginning January 1, 2012, has been expanded to include the following electronics products:

- TVs & Monitors
- Printers
- Computers (including Laptops & Tablets)
- Electronic Keyboards & Mice
- Fax Machines
- VCRs & DVD Players & Recorders
- Portable Digital Music Players
- Video Game Consoles
- Small Scale Servers
- Scanners
- Digital Converter Boxes
- Cable & Satellite Receivers

Visit the Refuse, Recycling and Yard Waste page for information about Electronics Recycling options for residents.

Kane County Recycles

This article provides a brief history and a look forward at recycling in Kane County and Dundee Township.

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ComEd Smart Ideas

ComEd's Smart Ideas program offers energy efficiency incentives, tools and tips from to help you take control of your energy usage and save money.

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Recreational Fires

Although recreational fires are legal and do not require a permit, there are a few basic rules that need to be followed to ensure the health and safety of your family and neighbors.

Before breaking out the marshmallows and campfire songs, please review these rules to enjoy it all in a fire-safe and respectful manner.

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Emergency Assistance for Individuals with Special Needs

Both the State of Illinois and Kane County have enacted programs to ensure that individuals with special needs or disabilities gain the assistance needed in times of emergency or natural disaster.

Please pass this along to family and friends who care for individuals with special needs or the elderly.

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