2021 Spring Newsletter
Mayor Jeff Walik
Spring is finally here. It felt like the winter weather just wouldn’t quit, but neither did our hard-working Public Works Crews who stayed busy keeping the streets and alleys plowed for our residents and those traveling through our village. They worked long hours in challenging conditions, and they deserve a big “thank you”. I want to express my thanks to those of you who moved your vehicles so our crews could plow the streets. It’s important that we all work together to keep our roads open and passable for emergency vehicles and plow trucks. I would also like to thank our dedicated members of the Police and Fire Departments for their service and assistance throughout these winter months. While many of us have the luxury of staying indoors during severe winter storms, our first responders are out on patrol and answering calls regardless of the season
As we look forward to the warm months ahead, I am pleased to say that we will be having some of our spring and summer events. Hopefully, we are entering the final stages of the pandemic. We are encouraged by the number of COVID-19 cases going down. As the vaccine rollout amplifies, we still feel that we have a way to go before we are back to 100%. To be safe we will continue to follow the CDC guidelines of wearing of masks and social distancing at the Village Hall and at our spring/summer events. If there is another spike in Covid-19 positive cases we might have to consider canceling our scheduled events but we certainly hope not.
Village Hall re-opened to the public on April 5th. We will continue with the modified business hours of 10am-3pm thru the month of April, and in May we will resume regular business hours with extended hours during vehicle sticker sales.
I am so proud to be serving as Mayor of the Village of Stickney for a second term. Everything we are doing could not be done without our committed Village Officials and staff and you, the supportive residents. We will continue to work hard for the entire community. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Mayor another four years.
Police Chief James Sassetti
I am sure like me; most residents are happy that winter is behind us and warmer weather is ahead. With the warmer weather, more people will be out and about, including children. Please be mindful and watch your speed when driving on Village streets and through alleys. Unless posted otherwise, the Village wide residential speed limit on streets is 20 mph.
The safety of our residents and children is paramount so PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY!
Additionally, I just want to remind our residents that as of April 1st, street sweeping has begun. This means that you should be following the respective street sweeping signs on your block to avoid being issued a parking citation. Our goal is to attain clean streets and NOT issue parking citations. However, to assist Public Works in their effort to clean the streets, we need vehicles moved and issuing parking citations to vehicles in violation of the signage is our primary enforcement mechanism so please obey the street sweeping signs on your block to avoid being issued a parking citation.
Finally, I am sure that based upon restrictions over the past year or so, most people are anxious to return to some semblance of normalcy. Spring and summer time bring forth more outside gatherings. As we enjoy the impending warm weather, please continue to follow the COVID-19 guidance from the CDC in addition to being courteous to your neighbors. This means being mindful of loud music and loud gatherings at your home. We want everyone to enjoy friends and family, however, please do it in a respectful manner so again; please ensure that gatherings and music are at an acceptable level as not to disturb your neighbors. As always, if you should need assistance from the Stickney Police Department, please call 708-788-2131 or 911 for emergencies. Together we will have a GREAT spring and summer!
Fire Chief Jeff Boyajian
As the winter weather comes to an end and the warmth of spring approaches, I would like to stress the importance of having Smoke Detectors as well as Carbon Monoxide Detectors in your home as they may one day save your life.
Smoke Alarms: Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond. The Illinois’ Smoke Detector Act requires a smoke detector within 15 feet of every sleeping room. Smoke detectors must be 4-6 inches from the wall if mounted to a ceiling. Smoke detectors need to be on every level of a home, except unoccupied attics.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Test carbon monoxide (CO) alarms at least once a month using the test button. Replace them if they fail to respond when tested. The sensors in CO alarms have a limited life. Replace the CO alarm according to manufacturer’s instructions or when the end-of-life signal sounds. Never ignore a CO alarm when it sounds. Get outside immediately and call 911 from a fresh-air location. Carbon monoxide detectors are required within 15 feet of sleeping spaces.
Public Works Director Joe Lopez
Yard Waste Pick-up: Waste management has resumed yard waste pick-up on April 5th through November 30th.
Please follow the guidelines for yard waste pickup that can be found on our website at www.villageofstickney.com.
Annual 50/50 SIDEWALK REPLACEMENT PROGRAMApplications for the 50/50 sidewalk program will be taken through April 30th, 2021. Funding for the program is limited and will be available to residents on a first come first serve basis. Residents will only be allowed to replace no more than 5 sidewalk squares at a time per year. Applications are available at the Village hall or the Village website www.villageofstickney.com. Payment is due in advance.