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Maple Park residents could be fined for leaving garbage cans out too long

Village trustees approve lease in Civic Center, purchase of new computer server

Maple Park
Maple Park

MAPLE PARK – The village of Maple Park has approved the purchase of a new computer server, authorized a lease agreement for the northwest office in the Civic Center and took steps toward stopping residents from putting out their garbage too early and from leaving their empty containers out too long.

The decisions were made during the monthly Board of Trustees meeting on June 4.

Residents cannot place their garbage, yard waste and refuse at the curb line of their premises earlier than 3 p.m. on the day before the scheduled collection and are required to remove the containers no later than 9 a.m. on the day after the collection.

Residents found in violation of this ordinance can be fined as much as $750, but discussions made it sound like it would be a situational response in the hopes of stopping habitual offenders and not penalizing those who simply forget on the rare occasion of bringing back up their trash cans.

Police Chief Dean Stiegemeier explained that the wording about the time frame had originally been in the ordinance but at some point was taken out.

In other matters, a quote of $7,888 was shared for the computer server and the board approved the motion to purchase it since it does not exceed $8,000.

The board also agreed to rent the northwest office of the Civic Center to Trustee Suzanne Fahnestock, who was not in attendance. She will be required to pay $275 per month for the rental.

Village President Kathy Curtis explained that it would be a small professional services business.

“She said she thinks she will have two employees,” Curtis said. “And the rent of $275 came off the standard list of rentals that we had in the last fiscal year by the finance committee.”

Board Trustee Christian Rebone asked Stiegemeier about whether the police department had a plan to curtail speeding now that summer is here, and many children will be outside playing.

“Our summer plan is trying to find people to work,” Stiegemeier said. “That is the issue. We’re trying to get some additional officers on board.”

Homeowners may have received or may soon receive a visit from a solicitor from Vivint Solar who is selling solar energy systems. The village ensured that the solicitor, William Rhodes, completed and passed a thorough background check and was issued a permit.

Lastly, new resident Hillary Joy made a formal complaint against the village’s Public Works Department during public comment. Joy moved to Maple Park with her husband and children April 2.

“After several weeks of waiting for permits and talking on the phone a couple times, and then meeting in person, it was very off-putting as new residents in getting a pool permit and shed permit,” she said. “I read all the ordinances online before we purchased and I was under the impression we’d be good. We’ve just felt discouraged that anything we asked for we were argued with back and didn’t get anywhere, and there were several arguments. It was very adversarial which was unfortunate.”

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