Fall in Lombard

This page contains useful information and resources for residents pertaining to common questions and situations that arise during the fall season. 
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fall pride 2018 Pride Newsletter

The Pride is mailed to all Lombard residences several times per year. Did you know that it's also available online?

The fall issue of the Pride offers residents seasonal information, photos from the community, upcoming Village and community events, District news from your Trustees, construction updates and more! View the latest version and past versions at villageoflombard.org/pride

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Public Works

 Recycling Extravaganza

The Village's annual Recycling Extravaganza is being held on Saturday, September 22, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Village Hall, 255 E. Wilson Avenue. The Recycling Extravaganza will once again allow a one-stop-drop for many hard to recycle items.  The items including books, bikes, crutches, wheelchairs, clothing, reusable furniture/appliances, building supplies, flags, cell phones, eyeglasses, hearing aids, car batteries, latex paint, scrap metal, wood clay/ceramic pots, fire extinguishers and empty gas tanks will be accepted.

New this year will be musical instruments, sheet music and school/office/art supplies.  Learn more at villageoflombard.org/recyclingevents.. For electronics (working or not), besides TVs and monitors, the Village recommends donating to Goodwill on Roosevelt Road. For TVs and monitors and Household Hazardous Waste, Waste Management provides a free "At Your Door" curbside collection program for Lombard residents.

Leaves & Yard Waste 

  • Fall leaf pick up begins November 5 and ends December 14, 2018. During this time, leaves that are placed in paper bags at the curbside will be collected for free on the same day as your regularly scheduled waste collection days. An unlimited number of bags containing only leaves may be placed curbside on the normal waste collection day without the need of stickers.  Paper bags may be placed prior to this period, provided that yard waste stickers are attached. The stickers cost $2 each and are available at local stores. . 
  • Yard waste stickers are required on any cans and also for non-residential properties. Except for paper bags of leaves during the free leaf pick-up, cans and bags filled with yard waste must have sticker. Properly bundled brush does not require a sticker at any time of the year.  Each bundle of brush must be securely tied and not to exceed 6 feet in length, 18 inches in diameter, nor over 50 pounds.  Individual limbs and branches much be less than 6 inches in diameter. Visit villageoflombard.org/yardwaste for more information.
  • Phosphorus Poisoning is what happens when leaves and grass clippings are blown into the street, where they wash into sewers, and pollute our waterways. Lombard Public Works reminds residents to never blow leaves or grass clippings into the street.
  • After December 14, the leaf pick up ends, and residents are responsible for their leaves. Mulching leaves into the lawn will help add nutrients to plants during winter months.  

Preparing for Winter: Outdoor Faucet and Lawn Sprinkler Winterization

With the change in season approaching, it is time to winterize your lawn irrigation systems, outside hose bibs, and faucets. Lawn irrigation systems require a backflow preventer per the Village’s Cross Connection Control Ordinance. If your backflow preventer is located outdoors, remember to remove and store it someplace warm for the winter. Allowing it to freeze is a costly mistake. Remember where you stored it, as you will need to give the backflow preventer to your lawn irrigation contractor or plumber next spring to re-install it. Illinois Plumbing Code requires that your backflow preventer be tested immediately upon re-installation of your backflow preventer every season. Annual tests must be performed by a certified tester and be submitted to the Village of Lombard’s Cross Connection Control Program contractor, Aqua Backflow, for compliance. If you have or require backflow protection, you may be notified for compliance (testing, repairs, installations, inspections, or surveys) by Aqua Backflow, Lombard’s backflow management firm. Any questions can be directed to the Village of Lombard Public Works Department at (630) 620-5740 or via email at publicworks@villageoflombard.org.

Police Department

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: Oct. 27
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Residents can bring unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal to the Lombard Police Department at 235 E. Wilson Ave., on Saturday, October 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m..

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back event addresses the vital public safety and public health issue of prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings. Many Americans are not aware that expired or unwanted medicines commonly found in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends’ home medicine cabinets.

Trick or Treating & Halloween Safety 
Lombard's recommended hours for trick-or-treating on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, are 3 - 7 p.m. The Lombard Police want to help make Halloween a fun and safe experience for parents and children together. 
  • Plan ahead for a safe Halloween. 
  • Costumes should be fireproof. 
  • If face masks are used, make sure your children can see well enough through them. Consider using makeup instead. 
  • Cost89793519umes should be made of white or very light colored materials. You can decorate your child’s costume and trick-or treat bags with reflective tape or patches to make them highly visible to motorists. 
  • Toy weapons and other props, i.e., swords, broomsticks, hatchets, wands, etc. should be made of cardboard or Styrofoam. Sharp instruments are dangerous.
  • Children should wear their regular shoes instead of fancy costume shoes for safety reasons. 
  • Trick-or-treating should be done during daylight hours. If out after dark, provide each of your children with a flashlight to prevent falls on porch steps and on sidewalks. Do not use jack-o-lanterns or candles. 
  • A responsible adult or teenager should accompany each group of children. Never let your children travel down a street by themselves. Walk with them to each house and wait in the driveway or by the door until the children return. 
  • Instruct your children that they should never enter the home of a stranger or accept rides. 
  • Watch for traffic and always walk while trick-or-treating. 
  • Try to limit the size of each group of children to four or five. 
  • Adults can help by keeping their front yards well lighted. 
  • Parents should check all “treats” before allowing children to eat them. Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy. 
  • Stay in your own neighborhood and only go to houses that have porch lights turned on. 
  • Parents should know exactly the route their children are taking and should set a time limit for trick-or-treating. 
  • To help trick-or-treaters who come to your house, remove all obstacles from the steps, porch, sidewalk and lawns. 
  • Trick-or-treating should be for young children only. Parties are a good alternative for older children. 

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
drive sober halloweenThis Halloween, the Lombard Police Department is cracking down on impaired drivers with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort, and is giving a fair warning to all party goers: keep the party off the road. Upcoming campaigns are Halloween:  October 26 - November 1; Thanksgiving:  November 16 - November 26. 

  • Plan a safe way to get home before you attend the party.
  • Designate a sober driver, take public transportation, a car service, or a call a sober friend of family member to get home.
  • Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement as soon as it’s safe to do so.
  • If someone you know is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely.
For more information please visit www.villageoflombard.org/drivingsafety

Fire Department

Pink Shirt Fundraiser
Throughout the month of October, Lombard Fire Fighters will be wearing custom made pink shirts, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Months. These shirts are annually sold to staff and residents through September, with 100% of proceeds going to the Advocate Good Samaritan Cancer Care Center. 

National Fire Prevention Week and Community Open House
IMG_4331The Lombard Fire Department is inviting residents to attend a community open house at Fire Station 45 at 50 E. St. Charles Rd., on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m., in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13.

The free open house will include fire safety education and the opportunity to get a closer look at Fire and EMS vehicles, and the apparatus involved in firefighting. This year’s Fire Prevention Week Theme, “Look. Listen. Learn., Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”, The Lombard Fire Department reminds residents the importance of checking the expiration date on the back of smoke detectors. All smoke alarms need to be replaced when they are 10 years old or if they don’t respond when tested.

Participants who purchased a pink shirt in early Sept. are invited to wear their shirts for a group photo with the Fire Department at 7 p.m. The pink shirts are sold annually to raise funds for the Good Samaritan Hospital’s Cancer Care Center. Call 630-620-5736 with any questions. 

Bonfire Safety
During fall months, recreational outdoor fires are popular. It's important to remember that these fires can create safety hazards. During dry or windy conditions, burning bans may be in place to help keep residents safe. Before you start a fire be sure to call (630)620-5750 to check if a burning ban is in place. 
  • Only dry seasoned wood is permitted to be used.
  • Recreational fires cannot be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible materials (including fences)
  • Fires that are not in approved containers will be limited in size to 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height.
  • Residents are prohibited from burning landscape waste such as leaves, shrub and grass clippings and tree limbs.
  • Fires in approved containers (i.e. portable fireplaces) can be 15 feet from any structure or combustible materials but, cannot be placed on wood decks. Example of Approved Container 
  • All recreational fires must be attended by an adult until extinguished.
  • Means to extinguish the fire must be available for immediate use such as a fire extinguisher, dirt, sand, water barrel, and garden hose.
  • Fires that produce offensive smoke or objectionable odors will be prohibited.
  • Dial 911 to report a burning complaint (The commanding officer at the scene of a burning complaint is authorized to order the extinguishment of a fire which creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation, or is in violation of the adopted codes and ordinances.) 
  • Permanently placed outdoor fire pit and fire place structures will require pre-approval and a building permit. 
Please call the Lombard Fire Prevention Bureau at (630)620-5750 with any questions and click here for an informational guide. 

Community Development and Code Enforcement

Seasonal parking and storage of recreational vehicles begins Nov. 1 (Click here or image for larger version)
Lombard residents are reminded that Village Ordinance prohibits the parking and storage of boats, trailers, and other recreational vehicles in front yards from Nov. 1 to March 31 annually.

The ordinance, which took effect on Nov. 1, 2014, changed the limits of the parking of recreational vehicles in the front yard of single family residential properties. The front yard is defined as the first 30 feet from the property line.

During the winter months, residents can park their recreational vehicles in their garage, side or rear yards as long the vehicle is on a hard surface, in the front yard past the setback of 30 feet or at off-site storage.

“This ordinance will help keep front yards clear of such vehicles during the winter months when they are used less,” said William Heniff, Director of Community Development of the Village of Lombard. Heniff is also reminding residents that recreational vehicles with wheels removed or those permanently affixed to the ground are illegal, per Village Code. Residents should contact the Community Development Department at (630)620-5749.