Plainfield Community Emergency Response Team Offers Free Classes

If a disaster occurs, you want to be able to take care of your family, friends, and neighbors until first responders are able to assist. Learn how to respond in a safe and effective way. The CERT program educates you about disaster preparedness and response skills. A CERT Informational Meeting will be held on August 30, at 7 p.m., at the Law Enforcement Center, 14300 S. Coil Plus Drive. For more information, a complete schedule, and to register, visit www.plainfieldcert.org.


DuPage River Survey

We need your input! Plainfield is a member of a partnership of municipalities and townships in our area that are working together to keep our water clean and our landscapes healthy. This partnership, the Lower DuPage Watershed Coalition, is conducting a survey on water quality and the DuPage River. The results of this survey will help the Watershed Coalition understand the water quality issues that residents are facing and direct resources to solve the most pressing problems first. The survey will take only a few minutes of your time, please click here. Responses are due by September 2. Thank you for participating!


Labor Day Reminders

The Village Offices will be closed Monday, September 5 (Labor Day).

Refuse collection will be delayed by one day all week after Labor Day.

The Police Department is participating in the Labor Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign, August 22-September 5. Click here for details.

Hunger Action Month Go Orange Day

Thursday, September 8, is Go Orange Day. Residents are encouraged to wear orange, tie an orange ribbon around their lampposts, or change their porch lights to orange to show support for local hunger relief efforts and to spark a conversation about hunger. Go Orange Day photos can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #HungerAction and tagging Northern Illinois Food Bank (@ILFoodBank).


Green Village Program

The 2016 Green Village Series continues on Monday, September 12, at 7 p.m., with a program on Small Flowering Shrubs at the Plainfield Library. Shrubs are the workhorse of landscaping. From ornamental to flowering shrubs, simplify your pruning efforts with shorter and more compact shrubs. Certified Landscape Designer Kathleen Obirek will show you how to add some new life to your garden this fall. Register online. The Green Village Series is a partnership between the Plainfield Public Library District and the Village to provide the community with environmental programs.


Coffee with the Mayor - September 14, 2016

Join Mayor Collins for coffee and conversation on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 9 a.m. at the Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport Street. All residents are invited. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Village.

Community Food Drive for Hunger Action Month

September is National Hunger Action Month and Plainfield is hosting a food drive, in cooperation with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, to benefit the Plainfield Area Interfaith Food Pantry and the St. John Lutheran Church Food Pantry. The Village, C.W. Avery Family Y.M.C.A., Plainfield Park District, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and Plainfield School District 202 will be accepting donations through September 23.
The food pantries would appreciate donations of: oatmeal/cereal; canned chicken and tuna; peanut butter and jelly; pasta and pasta sauce; flour/sugar; rice; canned fruits and vegetables; soups/ramen; macaroni & cheese; condiments; and boxed potatoes. Personal hygiene products (soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste); baby items (diapers, wipes, formula, and food); household cleaning products; and paper products (tissues, toilet paper, paper towel) are also welcomed.

Hunger Action Month Events

• The Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a window decorating contest for the local business community – be sure to check out the window displays as you shop around town!
• On Tuesday, September 13, Nevin’s Brewing Company, 12337 S. Route 59, will give 10% back to hunger if you mention the Northern Illinois Food Bank or Hunger Action Month.
• Residents are also encouraged to bring donations for the food pantries to Coffee with the Mayor at Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport Street, on Wednesday, September 14, at 9 a.m.
• The C.W. Avery Family Y.M.C.A. will host “Food for Fitness” on Saturday, September 17, from 6-8:30 p.m. This event is open to the entire community and will include Zumba, Werq, and Lo Impact classes (40 minutes each). Take them all or just drop in for one class! The "cost" of the classes is five cans of non-perishable food per person.
• The Plainfield Public Library will host “Healthy Eating on a Budget” on Monday, September 19, at 7 p.m. For more information and to register for this free program, visit www.plainfieldpubliclibrary.org.


Senior TRIAD Meeting

Mark your calendar - The Plainfield Senior TRIAD will meet on Monday, September 26, at the Plainfield Fire District Administration Building for a luncheon.


2016 General Election Early Voting

Early Voting will be conducted at the Village Hall, October 24-November 4, 2016. Voting hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (No Saturday hours.) In order to vote early at the Village Hall, you must live in the Village and in Will County. The Village will also conduct early voting for all of Plainfield Township. Kendall County residents interested in early voting should contact the Kendall County Clerk at 630-553-4104.
If you have not previously registered to vote, the last day to register to vote in the General Election is October 11, 2016. To have an absentee ballot mailed to you, please contact the Will County Clerk’s Office at 815-740-4632 or the Kendall County Clerk’s Office at 630-553-4104.


2017 Consolidated Election

The Consolidated Election will be held on April 4, 2017. The Village will have the Village President position and three (3) Trustee positions open. Each position is for a four-year term. Petitions for Village President and Trustee will be available for pickup beginning September 20, 2016 at the Village Hall, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The first day to file petitions is December 12, 2016 at 9 a.m. The last day to file is December 19, 2016 at 5 p.m.


How-To Fair

Mark your calendar - this year’s How-To Fair is November 12! In one interactive, fun, and informative day, you can engage in over 30 free and different “how-to workshops!” Taught by local experts and business owners, learning opportunities range from home repair to fitness; from knitting to cooking; and from creating your own greeting cards to making the most of your mobile phone apps. Watch for details online at www.howtofairplainfield.com.


Route 30 Reconstruction Project

Project Information: IDOT is reconstructing Route 30. Between I-55 and Renwick Road, the typical section will be a 5-lane highway. From Renwick Road to Route 59, a 3-lane section will be built. The project is expected to be completed by Summer 2017. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for travel. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, and be on the alert for workers and equipment.


Fort Beggs Drive Streetlighting

A cooperative project between the Village and the Plainfield School District to provide LED streetlights along Fort Beggs Drive is underway. The new streetlights have been installed and landscae restoration should be completed in September.


ComEd News

ComEd is trimming trees in Plainfield from July through September. Vegetation management is a key component of ComEd’s maintenance program to ensure electrical system reliability, as vegetation contact with ComEd equipment is a leading cause of outages. For more information about vegetation maintenance along power lines and ComEd’s “Right Tree, Right Place” program, click here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact ComEd at 1-800-Edison-1.

Lily Cache Road Closed

Lily Cache Road is closed at Caton Farm Road as part of the City of Joliet’s project to replace the existing Caton Farm Road bridge over the DuPage River. The closure is expected to last approximately 15 weeks as the contractor completes the first stage of the project.


MetroNet Update

The Village Board approved a local franchise agreement with MetroNet and they are currently installing fiber-optic cable throughout the community. Construction of underground infrastructure is underway in Arbor, Century Trace, Champion Creek, Crossings at Wolf Creek, Dillman Estates, Dunmoor Estates, Fairfield Commons, Grande Park, Heritage Meadows, Liberty Grove, The Ponds, River Ridge, Shenandoah, The Streams, Vintage Harvest, and Winding Creek. Work will soon be underway in Patriot Square. Informational signs are posted. To check on construction status or report a problem, visit www.metronetinc.com/construction or to find out when the MetroNet network will reach your neighborhood, visit www.metronetinc.com/plainfield or call 779-252-1111. More information


Chat with the Chiefs

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at 7 p.m., join Chief Riddle of the Plainfield Fire District, Chief Veseling of the Oswego Fire District, and Chief Konopek of the Plainfield Police Department for Chat with the Chiefs at the Plainfield Fire District Headquarters. Attendees will learn more about the happenings within the Plainfield Fire and Ambulance Departments, the Oswego Fire Department, the Plainfield Police Department, and the Plainfield Emergency Management Agency.


Now on Display at Village Hall

When visiting Village Hall, be sure to check out the Historical Society's summer themed exhibit. Many thanks to Sue Hasenyager and the Plainfield Historical Society for setting up and sharing this collection of photos and artifacts!

Office Closures

The Village Offices will be closed Monday, September 5 (Labor Day); Friday, November 11 (Veteran's Day); Thursday, November 24 - Friday, November 25 (Thanksgiving); and Friday, December 23 & Monday, December 26, 2016 (Christmas).


Refuse Collection Reminder

Waste Management holidays that fall on a refuse collection day will cause collection to be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. In 2016, refuse collection will be delayed due to the following holidays:
Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 24) – Refuse collection will be delayed by one day for residents with Thursday collection only.
Christmas Day (Sunday, December 25) – The holiday will be observed on Monday, December 26; refuse collection will be delayed by one day all week. 
New Year’s Day (Sunday, January 1, 2017) - The holiday will be observed on Monday, January 2; refuse collection will be delayed by one day all week.


Yard Waste Pickup

Brush, grass clippings, and leaves should be placed in Kraft yard waste bags, a landscape waste cart, or tied in 4 foot bundles weighing 50 pounds or less. The last day for yard waste pickup is Monday, November 28 for residents with Monday pickup; Wednesday, November 30 for residents with Wednesday pickup; and Thursday, December 1 for residents with Thursday pickup. Yard waste collection will resume in April 2017. Please note: Leaves are considered yard waste and are not an exception to the final yard waste collection date. They must be packaged in brown Kraft bags or yard waste carts. Uncontained leaves will not be collected.

Calling All Homeowners Associations

If you are a member of a Homeowners Association Board (HOA) or a management company that represents a local HOA, please e-mail us your contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail address, subdivision, and Board position). That way, we can provide information on meetings for homeowners associations and advance notice regarding work that is scheduled to occur in your subdivision.