Welcome to the Village of Beecher
The Village Board approved an ordinance for use of Non-Highway
Vehicles (golf carts & recreational vehicles) on Village streets at the
July 24th Board meeting which takes effect on August 1st.
Click here for Non-Highway Vehicle Permit Application and copy of ordinance.
PENFIELD WATERMAIN REPLACEMENT PROJECT
The replacement of watermains on Penfield between Reed Street and Dixie Highway and on Elm and Birch south of Penfield began on Wednesday, June 7th and will be completed before school resumes in late August. The first phase of the project will begin east of Trim Creek. After the Fourth of July, the second phase of the project will begin west of Trim Creek. The road will be closed to through traffic in one block sections during the workday but driveways will be accessible. The alternate route will be Indiana Avenue. The road will be open at night and on weekends. There will be some brief water outages as services are switched over to the new main. The Village apologizes for any inconvenience this project may cause. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Village Hall at 708-946-2261.
FUNDING FOR THE PENFIELD STREET WATERMAIN REPLACEMENT
As is explained above, the Village of Beecher is in the process of replacing watermains on Penfield Street between Dixie Highway and Reed Street and on Elm and Birch south of Penfield. The existing mains are over 100 years old and are subject to frequent repairs disrupting service and reducing water quality. Funding for this project was provided by a low interest loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s Public Water Supply Loan Program (PWSLP). The PWSLP is funded by both State and federal resources. The $1,203,000 loan has an interest rate of 1.64% and will be repaid over 20 years using the watermain replacement fund account. The new main will limit service disruption, reduce the number of costly repairs, and improve water quality. For more information contact the Village of Beecher at 708-946-2261.
NEW CROSSWALK FLASHING LIGHTS
There has been some confusion about the new crosswalk flashing lights installed by IDOT as part of Beecher's "Safe Routes to Schools" initiative. Below is a quick summary of the law:
MOTORISTS: State law in Illinois requires motorists to stop and yield to pedestrians crossing within a crosswalk. First violation is a petty offense with a minimum fine of $150. A second or subsequent violation is a petty offense with a minimum fine of $300.
PEDESTRIANS: The laws are clear that pedestrians have the right of way within a crosswalk but the law also says “NO PEDESTRIAN SHALL SUDDENLY LEAVE A CURB OR OTHER PLACE OF SAFETY AND WALK OR RUN INTO THE PATH OF A MOVING VEHICLE WHICH IS SO CLOSE AS TO CONSTITUTE AN IMMEDIATE HAZARD”. Make sure you cross the road within a crosswalk and activate the flashing lights by pressing the button and do not cross until safe to do so.
MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAM
It’s that time of the year again! The Village has begun mosquito spraying on Thursday evenings at dusk when conditions are favorable. To be effective,spraying for adult mosquitoes must be conducted when suitable environmental conditions are present. In the event of rain or poor environmental conditions, mosquito spraying will be done on the next day the weather conditions are favorable.
Please keep children away from the spray fog cloud directly behind the spray trucks. The chemicals used for the Village’s Mosquito program is non-toxic to humans and animals but can be an irritant to those with asthma or other types of breathing problems. If this is the case, you may want to remain inside with doors and windows closed during application in your area.
For further information about the mosquito program please call Bud Cowger at 946-2261 between 8am and 4pm Monday through Friday.
The Village of Peotone offers an electronics recycling drop off center open on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 208 E. Main Street, Peotone. This center is only open to Will County residents. For more information click here.
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