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Yes. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the deadline to purchase vehicles sticker and animal licenses has been extended to June 30.
Residents needing to make water bill payment should do so in one of the following ways:
• In person - Face masks are required at Village Hall for in-person payments
• Online here (*you will need your account number)
• By phone 833-230-2598 (*you will need your account number)
• Or by utilizing the drop-box located outside of the south doors of Village Hall
* If you need your account number, please call Village Hall and leave a message including your name and address, or email email@example.com with your name and address, and staff will look up your account number and contact you with the information.
Yes. Village Hall re-opened on June 1 after being closed for nearly three months due to the coronavirus. Face masks are required for all patrons at Village Hall.
To purchase your vehicle sticker or animal license, you may select any of the following options:
Residents may purchase yard waste stickers at the Park Forest Currency Exchange, 98 S. Orchard Drive.
Yes. All previously scheduled programs and events sponsored by the Village of Park Forest are cancelled until further notice. The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Community Health is working towards organizing online programs and activities as well as planning for the resumption of “in-person” programs when people can assemble in groups again. Please continue to watch the Village’s website for updates for announcements and information on programs offerings.
Park Forest food service businesses are providing delivery and curbside service during the stay-at-home order. A complete list of Park Forest businesses currently open is located here. Please note that the list is updated twice a week.For more on Park Forest businesses, you can also visit the Park Forest Businesses Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ParkForestILBusinesses/.
Monday night Village board meeting are continuing to be held during the stay-at-home order. Meetings are conducted via conference call. Board meeting start times have temporarily been moved up from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m.Residents wishing to make a comment during the meeting can submit those comments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before 3 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Public comments will be read during the meeting. A record of all action, if any, taken during the meeting will be made available upon request.To view upcoming meeting dates, visit the Village’s calendar here: http://villageofparkforest.com/calendar.aspx The agenda for Monday meetings is posted no later than the prior Friday. To view board meeting agendas visit http://villageofparkforest.com/AgendaCenter Please note that upcoming Saturday Morning Rules Meetings have temporarily been cancelled.
The best thing you can do to help others is also the best thing you can also do to help yourself: stay at home. How you also can help the community while at home is by taking a few minutes to be counted in this year’s census. There is likely to be some longer term economic fallout as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Thus, it may be more important now than ever to ensure that your household is counted so that our community is sure to receive as many dollars as we qualify for from the federal government over the next decade.To complete the census now, visit https://my2020census.gov/ .
To purchase an animal license, you may select any of the following options:
In person: Face masks are required at Village Hall for in-person payments.
The Village of Park Forest has compiled a listing of coronavirus related information and websites here https://www.villageofparkforest.com/covid19
Additionally, online bill pay of parking tickets is available by visiting https://www.violationspayment.com/ws/
(click on Park Forest then Parking/Compliance/Hearing Request)
Questions regarding your ticket can usually be answered by any records clerk. More detailed problems are handled by the Parking Administrator at the Park Forest Police Department, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Those wishing to speak with the Parking Administrator should call 708-748-4701 during the above noted days and times.
If you were issued a municipal citation where the citation number begins with the letter M, you can pay the fine in cash or credit card (MasterCard/Visa/American Express) at the Park Forest Police Department, in person or by mail. Please note that prepayment is not available if the officer checked the “Must Appear” box at the bottom of the Municipal Citation. In this case, the hearing information is included to the right of the “Must Appear” box, and you must appear at the hearing or be subject to a $750 fine.
Citizens wishing to make a complaint regarding the conduct of an officer may call to speak with a Watch Commander at 708-748-4701 or do so in person at the police department. You may also download the complaint form here and drop it off at the police department. The Watch Commander may be able to remedy the situation, or refer you to the supervisor of the officer involved. The Watch Commander will also be able to assist if your complaint is not resolved to your satisfaction. However, please note: complaints that dispute the events that lead to a traffic stop or arrest will not be handled by the Park Forest Police Department. Once a citation or criminal complaint has been has been issued, the court of venue is the proper place to dispute the facts of the case.
Yes. The Village is required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to test for lead every three years from IEPA-approved sites. The Village does not have laboratory facilities to test for lead in drinking water, but contracts with a lab certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The most recent sampling period was July/August of 2017. The results are posted on the Village’s website at www.vopfwaterreport.com. The Village complies with all IEPA testing requirements and have met those requirements every year since testing began in 1997.
• Flush your pipes before drinking - The more time the water sits in your home’s pipes, the more lead it may contain. Any time water in a particular faucet has not been used for six hours or longer, flush the cold water pipes by running the water until it becomes as cold as it will get. This could take as little as 30 seconds or up to three minutes. To save water, use the water you flush out for watering plants.
• Use cold water for cooking and drinking - Use only water from the cold-water tap for drinking, cooking, and especially for making baby formula. Hot water is likely to contain higher levels of lead. Run cold water until it becomes as cold as it will get. Boiling water will not get rid of lead contamination.
• Use water filters or treatment devices - Many water filters and water treatment devices are certified by independent organizations for effective lead reduction. Devices that are not designed to remove lead will not work. Verify the claims of manufactures by contacting National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International at 800-NSF-8010 or visiting www.nsf.org. Some water filters that remove lead also remove fluoride. Residents with children may wish to discuss fluoride replacement with a dentist.