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Special Ceremony To Mark 25th Anniversary of Plainfield Tornado
There will be a ceremony to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Plainfield tornado on Friday, August 28, at 3 p.m., at the tornado memorial across from Plainfield Central High School, 24120 W. Ft. Beggs Street. The ceremony will feature remarks from Mayor Collins and Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant; a reading from Rev. David Medow; a special message from Rev. Kristen Larsen; and music from the PHSCC band and choir. Then, at 3:28 p.m. – when the storm actually hit Plainfield – former Plainfield Mayor Mary Latta will read the names of the 29 tornado victims as several area churches toll their bells.
The event will then move to the PHSCC auditorium for a special program from 4:45-6 p.m. featuring WBBM television meteorologist Steve Baskerville, WGN television meteorologist Tom Skilling, and College of DuPage Professor of Meteorology Paul Sirvatka.
St. Mary Immaculate Church will host a special Tornado Commemoration Exhibit featuring storm-related pictures and artifacts in the school gym on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23. Finally, the Plainfield Historical Society’s Main Street Museum will host a special exhibit about the 1990 tornado from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, August 29. Event Details, Traffic & Parking Information.
2015 Concrete Curb and Sidewalk Program
Beginning August 28, a contractor will be sawcutting areas of concrete sidewalk and curb to be removed and replaced at various locations throughout the Village. Areas to be removed and replaced have been marked with pink paint. Residents should mark any underground sprinkler heads or buried electric fences that are adjacent to concrete removal and replacement areas to minimize the possibility of damage. The project is expected to be completed by October 30.
Hunger Action Month
September is Hunger Action Month and Plainfield is getting involved by hosting a food drive to help benefit the local food pantries: Creekside Cares, Green Harvest, and the Plainfield Area Interfaith Food Pantry.
The Village, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and all Plainfield School District 202 Schools will be accepting non-perishable food donations from September 1-30.
The food pantries would appreciate donations of the following items: oatmeal/cereal/cereal bars, canned chicken, tuna, peanut butter & jelly, pasta & pasta sauce, rice, dried beans, canned fruits & vegetables, macaroni & cheese, reduced sodium soup, hot chocolate, and individual snacks (granola bars, fruit snacks, pudding, applesauce, cookies, crackers, chips, raisins, cheese & crackers). The pantries are also in need of paper products (tissues, toilet paper, paper towels) and personal care products (bar soap, shampoo, toothpaste).
2015 Street Improvement Program
Concrete removal and replacement is underway as part of the Village’s Street Improvement Program which includes two major resurfacing contracts. Concrete work will continue the week of August 31st. Asphalt milling will also continue next week along with the paving of new asphalt on streets that have been milled. The first contract, funded through Illinois Motor Fuel Tax, includes 135th Street (West Norman Greenway to US Route 30), Coil Plus Drive (south of 143rd Street), Feeney Drive, and the Parkview Meadows subdivision. The second contract, Village funded, includes River Road, Michigan Street, Bartlett Avenue, Dillman Street, Center Street, Evans Street, Amboy Street, Hartong Street, Miles Avenue, Park Avenue, Lakeside Court, Ottawa Street (Route 59 to Miles Avenue), and various alleys. All work is expected to be completed by October 23, 2015.
Ash Tree Update
The Public Works Department removed over 1,700 dead parkway Ash trees over the past three months. We anticipate that stump grinding work will begin next week and continue until early winter. Public Works is also preparing for this fall’s planting program, over 600 new trees are slated for installation in Village parkways. The trees will generally be installed in areas where tree removal occurred last year. During the past three years, the Village has installed over 1,900 new parkway trees.
Metronet Survey Work
Metronet Technologies is in the Village conducting survey work for the construction of a fiber network to provide Gigabit Internet, TV, and phone services. As part of the process, Metronet may need to access the utility easement adjacent to your property.
Plainfield’s How-To Fair: October 3-4
Expand your world this fall by learning something new during Plainfield’s Inaugural How-To Fair, October 3-4. In one interactive, fun, and informative weekend, you can engage in over 50 free and different “how-to workshops!” Taught by local experts and business owners, learning opportunities range from how to tile a backsplash to smart travel; from home brewing to making greeting cards; and from holding an estate sale to making the most of your mobile phone apps. Registration for the Fair is now open, so be sure to visit howtofairplainfield.com for a complete list of workshops! There is something for everyone! More details.
Labor Day Reminders
The Village Offices will be closed Monday, September 7. Refuse collection will be delayed by one day all week after Labor Day.
Coffee with the Mayor - September 9
Please join Mayor Collins for coffee and conversation on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 9 am at the Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport Street. All residents are invited.
Green Village Program
The Green Village Series continues on Monday, September 14, at 7 pm, at the Plainfield Library. Get ideas on enhancing your outdoor living area with color and pizazz by adding containers with plants and flowers this autumn season. Free planter giveaway for a lucky attendee. Register online.
Historical Society Sale
Mark your calendar...The Plainfield Historical Society Yard Sale has been rescheduled for September 18-19 at 23718 W. Lockport Street.
Upgrades at Lockport Street, Meadow Lane
IDOT announced that the intersection of Lockport Street (Illinois 126) and Meadow Lane will be resurfaced, beginning, weather permitting, Tuesday, August 25. Flaggers will be directing traffic on Lockport Street and Meadow Lane when necessary. Near the end of the project, new traffic signals will be installed and activated to control traffic. The project will be complete by November 30. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. 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.
Route 30 Reconstruction
8/7/15 Update: Daytime road closures will be required along US 30 (Dillman Street to Union Street), Getson, and Union next week to install storm sewer and water main. A temporary detour route utilizing Dillman, Corbin, and Union Streets will be utilized. Resident access will be maintained and the work is expected to be completed by August 15.
Route 30 is closed to ALL westbound traffic between Renwick Road and Route 59. Drivers will need to use the posted detour route which utilizes Renwick Road. Eastbound Route 30 is open to LOCAL traffic only from Route 59 to Howard. The eastbound lane is reduced to 10’6”. Route 30 Detour Press Release from IDOT
Project Information: IDOT has started reconstruction of 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.
Chat with the Chiefs
On Wednesday, October 28, at 7 pm, 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" community meeting 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.
Police Department Survey
The Police Department is looking for your feedback! Please take a moment to complete the Plainfield Police Department Citizen Survey.
Now on Display at Village Hall
When visiting Village Hall, be sure to check out the historic oil lamps on display. The Village has partnered with members of the Plainfield Historical Society and Historic Preservation Commission who will be sharing their fascinating collections with the community. Many thanks to Larry Papi for sharing his collection and knowledge of oil lamps.
The Village Offices will be closed Monday, September 7 (Labor Day); Wednesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day); Thursday, November 26-Friday, November 27 (Thanksgiving); and Thursday, December 24-Friday, December 25 (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 2015, refuse collection will be delayed due to the following holidays:
Labor Day (Monday, September 7) – Pickup will be delayed by one day all week.
Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26) – Pickup will be delayed by one day for residents with Thursday collection only.
Christmas Day (Friday, December 25) – Will not change pickup in Plainfield.
Yard Waste Pickup
Yard waste collection has resumed. Please make sure that all yard waste (brush, grass clippings, and leaves) is properly packaged in kraft yard waste bags and/or a Waste Management yard waste cart. Branches must be tied in 4 foot bundles weighing 50 pounds or less. Please note: sod, trees, stumps, dirt, stones, and landscape brick/pavers are not accepted as yard waste.
The last day for yard waste pickup is Monday, November 30 for residents with Monday pickup; Wednesday, December 2 for residents with Wednesday pickup; and Thursday, December 3 for residents with Thursday pickup. Leaves are considered yard waste and are not an exception to the final yard waste collection date. Yard waste collection will resume in April 2015.
Calling All Homeowners Associations
If you are the president or management company for a HOA, please email us your contact information (name, address, phone, & e-mail address). That way, we can provide information on meetings for homeowners associations and advance notice regarding work that is scheduled to occur in your subdivision.