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The Village only picks up branches following a severe storm. Fallen branches should be moved to the curb no later than 48 hours following a storm. If branches have not been picked up residents should follow up with the Public Works Department no later than one week following a storm event.
If branches are moved to the curb as a result of a snow storm, residents should contact the Public Works Department as soon as possible to notify the location of the branches. All regular tree trimmings must be disposed of through the yard waste program. Learn more by referencing LRS guide here.
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The Village removes leaves from residential streets beginning in mid October and ending the first week of December. Leaf removal begins as early as 6:00 am and may continue into the evening. In early October, an informational postcard is mailed to residents explaining the leaf removal program and schedule. Residents may also receive information on the program by subscribing to announcements from the Department of Municipal Services at Notify Me. Only leaves should be raked into the gutter. Other landscaping materials such as plants, grass, branches or pumpkins should not be raked into the street. Residents parking on residential streets should exercise caution during this time as hot automobiles can easily ignite large piles of leaves.
During the removal process, residents can call the Leaf Hotline, 708-246-1800, ext. 305, for daily schedule updates.
When snow begins, residents should make every effort to remove parked cars from streets. Clear streets allow Village staff to salt, and later plow when snow accumulates beyond two inches. It is illegal to park on any street for 12 hours after a snowfall of two or more inches.
May 27, 2020 Update: The Village’s 2020 mulch program has ended, there is no more mulch to be distributed.
The Municipal Services Department generally has garden mulch available to residents in the spring.
Residents can request a delivery of approximately 3 yards by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with their full name, street address, and phone number. Deliveries will be scheduled as staffing and weather permits.
Residents may also visit the entrance of the Public Works yard (1440 Hillgrove) with their own containers to collect smaller amounts of mulch. Public Works staff are not able to provide assistance with this process. Residents should follow social distancing guidelines at all times - by remaining a safe distance from others, and/or remaining inside their vehicle until the person ahead of them has finished. Please do not block the roadway, and be aware of traffic entering or leaving the yard.
Questions can be directed to Municipal Services at 708-246-1800, ext. 200.
The Village recognizes the community solidarity that is demonstrated by placing memorial ribbons on parkway and private trees. There is some concern, however, about the potential health impact on the trees - particularly when the use of materials like plastic can contribute to the formation of mold, mildew or trunk rot. Therefore, the Village is outlining a simple set of guidelines for residents wishing to place memorial decorations on parkway trees:
Current Village policy requires that any block desiring to hold a block party obtain a permit not less than one week in advance of the event. The permit is granted simply by filling out the block party Consent Form and paying the $50 deposit. The form is available at the Village Hall or online here. Print the Consent Form, get it filled out by your neighbors and return it to the Public Works Department. The Public Works Department will process the permit, notifying the Fire and Police Departments of the scheduled event. The $50 deposit is required for the orange cones and will be returned when the cones are picked up by the Public Works Department. On Friday afternoon preceding the weekend event, the Public Works Department will deliver the necessary orange barricade cones to a designated person for use during the block party. The cones will be picked up by the Public Works Department on Monday morning following the event. Any further concerns should be directed to 708-246-1800, Ext. 200.
Both the Village of Western Springs and ComEd repair the street lights in the Village. The street lights repaired by the Village include the lights in the downtown business district and the neighborhoods of Springdale, Fairview Estates, and Commonwealth. For lights maintained by the Village, please report the burned-out light to Public Works at (708) 246-1800, ext. 200 or through our online request system.
The remainder of the Village is maintained by ComEd. When a street light maintained by ComEd is burned out, a request for repair needs to be sent to ComEd. This can be done using online. It is not necessary to contact the Village to report a burned-out ComEd street light.
The tree replacement program allows residents to replace parkway trees and share the cost with the Village. A parkway tree replacement form needs to be completed and submitted in early February to ensure an April planting. Residents are prohibited from planting their own tree in the parkway. Permission is needed for the specific location, spacing and species. Learn more at: http://wsprings.com/192/Forestry
Please call (708) 246-1800, Ext. 200 or email email@example.com to be placed on the tree replacement list.
Curb and gutter will only be replaced if it is determined to impede the flow of storm water and if funds are available for replacement.
Residents may request permission from the Public Works Department to hire a certified arborist or forester to trim a tree in front of their home. Qualifications and contractor information must be submitted to the Public Works Department for review and permission must be granted in writing by the Public Works Department if any private trimming is to be allowed.
To submit a request to have the Village Forester inspect a tree, please use the online form or contact (708) 246-1800, Ext. 200.
The Village does not oversee ComED's vegetation management practices and ComED has discretion to manage vegetation in and around utility easements near its systems.
ComED is required to notify affected customers and property owners with (i) a statement of the vegetation management activities planned, (ii) the address of a website and a toll free telephone number at which a written disclosure of all dispute resolution opportunities and processes, rights, and remedies provided by the electric public utility may be obtained, (iii) a statement that the customer and the property owner may appeal the planned vegetation management activities through the electric public utility and the Illinois Commerce Commission, (iv) a toll-free telephone number through which communication may be had with a representative of the electric public utility regarding the vegetation management activities, and (v) the telephone number of the Consumer Affairs Officer of the Illinois Commerce Commission. The notice also stated that circuit maps or common addresses of the area to be affected by the vegetation management activities are on file with the local municipal or county office.
Notices for tree trimming and other management practices from ComED will be posted on the Village's website as they become available. Questions pertaining to ComED's tree trimming practices should be directed to ComED at 1-800-334-7661 or at the link below. ComED's Right Tree, Right Place Program
The tree replacement program allows residents to replace parkway trees and share the cost with the Village. A parkway tree replacement form needs to be completed and submitted in February to ensure an April planting. Residents are prohibited from planting their own tree in the parkway. Permission is needed for the specific location, spacing and species. Learn more at: http://wsprings.com/192/Forestry . Please call (708) 246-1800, Ext. 200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the tree replacement list.