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Public High School—District 204, Lyons Township High School District, has two campuses. South High School is located in the Village and serves the freshman and sophomore classes. North High School serves the juniors and seniors and is located in nearby LaGrange.
Private—St. John of the Cross Roman Catholic elementary school is the only private school located within the community. It serves students from the Village and surrounding communities.
Heavy construction equipment, including bulldozers, jackhammers, pile drivers, cement mixers, tractors, and other power equipment, may be used:
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Construction equipment may not be used on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Lawn maintenance equipment may be used:
If there is a noise violation in your neighborhood, please call the Police nonemergency number at (708) 246-8540.
Residents owning a dog or cat must register the animal within 10 days of acquiring the pet. The fee is $10, paid annually by May 1st of each year. No penalty fee is assessed for late renewal of pet licenses. To obtain a license, owners must show proof of a current rabies vaccination. The license may be purchased online or print the form and return it with payment to Village Hall, 740 Hillgrove, Western Springs, Il 60558. Bicycles can be registered with the Village for a one-time fee of $1. Bicycle licenses can be obtained at the Western Springs Police Department or Village Hall.
The license fee structure is as follows: Automobiles - $50Motorcycles/Mopeds - $50Recreational Vehicles - $55Dog or Cat License - $10
Information about the proposed Tollway expansion project can be found at: https://wsprings.com/294
It is necessary for the Village to be aware of the date, time and location of a block party in order to provide for the safety of the attendees, as well as contingency plans, if an emergency arises in which the street on which the party is held would be ordinarily used for access. 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.
Dead animals on Village streets, sidewalks or parkways will be picked up by the Public Works Department. If an animal is located on Ogden Avenue, 55th Street or 47th street, residents must call IDOT at 217-782-2937. If an animal is located on Wolf Road, residents must call the Cook County Highway Department at 708-448-8006. For assistance in the collection of a dead animal from a Village street, sidewalk or parkway, please use Report a Concern. The Village does not collect or destroy wild animals.
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. Refuse & Yardwaste Guidelines
Each year on a Saturday in May, the Village hosts a Spring Cleanup Day, allowing residents to dispose of household items including clothing, draperies, books, furniture, scrap metal, and appliances (household garbage, electronics, landscape waste, liquids, tires, batteries, medical waste, and construction and demolition debris are not eligible). No registration is required for this service. All items for disposal must be on the curb by 6 a.m. the morning of collection day. Please check the May calendar for the exact date of the cleanup.
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Heavy construction equipment, including bulldozers, jackhammers, pile drivers, cement mixers, tractors, and other power equipment, may be used: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
If you wish to prevent door-to-door solicitors from disturbing you at home, a NO SOLICITING ALLOWED decal is available for display on your door or other easily seen location. The decal can be obtained at the Village Hall.
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.
The village removes leaves from residential streets beginning in late 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 a street light maintained by ComEd is burned out, a Request for Repair needs to be sent to ComEd. Anyone can fill out the form online at www.ComED.com. It is not necessary to contact the Village to report a burned-out ComEd street light.
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.
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 Recreation Center gym is available for open gym during regular business hours if not being used by the Recreation Dept. or rented out. The gym schedule is posted by the gym doors and online in real-time on our website. You may also call the Recreation Dept. for open gym times (708-246-9070 x424). Participants must be 10 years or older and sign in at the front desk. Western Springs youth residents (8th grade or younger) are free. High school age and older, residents and non-residents, must show a valid I.D., sign in at the front desk, and pay $5.00 per visit. Discounted Punch Cards are available for $20.00 for 10 uses. There may be a one hour time limit if others are waiting.